Cast Does anyone else miss Britpop? As a staunch fan of the likes of Oasis, Blur, The Stone Roses, The Charlatans and countless more It's something I think about often. The wealth of songwriting talent emerging from Britain at that time, the number of working class bands inspiring a generation to dream big and strive for something better and the incredible catalogue of timeless British music it produced made it a truly golden era. The recent reunion of The Stone Roses and the constant threat of an Oasis reformation only prove there's still hunger for it and a lingering loyal fan base. It's no wonder that one of Britpop's finest, Cast, have been back on the road and playing all the old hits for ecstatic audiences.


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The Strypes Alex Turner courted controversy at The Brit Awards this week with a left-field speech which has since been tiresomely and disappointingly over-analysed . "That rock 'n' roll, eh? That rock 'n' roll, it just won't go away.", proclaimed Turner, an apt call to action in a world where pop and dance music dominate and few young rock bands seem to be gaining prominence. Irish four-piece The Strypes are answering that call. Swiftly gaining momentum over the past year, the rhythm and blues band have been touring the UK for the past two weeks, and we went to check out their Manchester show.


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Kodaline If you’ve been watching prime time television over the past couple of months you’ll have heard of Kodaline, perhaps even without realising it. The advert for debut album ‘In a Perfect World’ has been pretty much everywhere. And if you have seen it you’ve most likely enjoyed what you’ve heard. Kodaline’s sound sits somewhere between the rousing ballads of Coldplay and the upbeat folk of Mumford and Sons which puts them squarely in the ‘bound to be popular’ category. That broad appeal combined with good word-of-mouth reviews from previous shows explains the sold-out crowd in Manchester on a Sunday night.


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