Hot Chip London based electronic band Hot Chip are one of the UK's most celebrated and revered synth acts. Gaining mainstream success after the release of their 2006 hit single 'over and over', they have continued to wow audiences all over the world with a string of successful releases and a critically acclaimed live show.


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Sam Fender Some might say that it’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a year for Sam Fender. Since releasing his debut single 18 months ago, the 24-year-old has been listed on the BBC’s Sound of 2018 Award, picked up a prestigious BRITS Critics’ Choice Award and sold out venues across the country. Quite a feat for an artist that’s yet to even release their debut album.


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Ten Tonnes It’s 5.30pm and a small crowd has hurried into a corner of Birmingham’s HMV store. The reason? To catch glimpse of one of the country’s rising stars Ten Tonnes.


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Liela Moss Liela Moss is usually seen fronting The Duke Spirit however, in late 2018 she released her first solo album on Bella Union, which sees a departure from the usual indie-rock sensibilities into the realms of soundscapes and intricately layered opulence.


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Kioko The Midlands has a rich and prominent history revolving around reggae and ska, and tonight at the o2 institute, Birmingham’s very own Kioko are out to prove that their deadly roots have inspired an auspicious legacy.


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Mumford & Sons Nobody likes watching gigs at arenas. You can’t see the band, the tickets are expensive, the queues are huge and more often than not you spend your evening involuntarily staring at a giant screen instead of the stage. Tour after tour tries it’s best to combat the growing list of complaints and tonight in Birmingham, Mumford & Sons are giving it their best efforts.


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Peace Birmingham welcomes indie rock quartet Peace back for their small, yet mighty ‘world tour’ in their hometown with open arms. Ready for an eclectic mix of nostalgia and a modicum of their latest guitar-driven anthems.


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Florence + the Machine This being the High as Hope Tour, it’s only fitting that Florence + the Machine open the show with the opening track from the latest album of the same name. ‘June’ is strange, beautiful, and builds up into an epic crescendo as she repeatedly wails “I’m so high, I can see an angel!” in her signature falsetto. Our star is the last of her ensemble to make her way down the illuminated staircase on stage, with her musicians receiving a huge ovation as they shuffle onto the stage before her. Stepping quite literally into the spotlight, this sermon is underway.


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The Decemberists Against an impressive backdrop of a skull with swirling eyes surrounded by serpents the band enter to the accompaniment ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. For the stage play Greig intended the tune as a dream like fantasy to mark Peer Gynt’s entrance into the troll king’s hall. It is an appropriate choice for The Decemberists as they embark on an evening of whimsy, fantasy and irony.


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Raye It’s a busy night at the o2 Academy. The two largest rooms are completely sold out and teenage girls have been sleeping in the streets outside since midday yesterday to secure their spot at the front of the 5 Seconds of Summer show taking place downstairs in Academy 1. Upstairs, though, up and coming contemporary R&B star RAYE is entertaining 600 loyal fans in her self-proclaimed ‘first ever sold out show.’


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Incubus “Is Incubus still a band?” is mounted as one of the top 4 Google searches to include the word ‘Incubus’ at the moment, which is interesting considering they’re currently getting ready to wrap their final dates of a world tour, their first in many years. That being said, the atmosphere in tonight’s completely sold out o2 Academy definitively confirms that an army of people in Birmingham never forgot about them for a second.


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