Weezer Tonight is a real treat for the fans here in Manchester, seeing Weezer play live in the UK is a rare sight (something lead singer Rivers Cuomo apologises for during the show) so there is a lot of expectation in the crowd. Would they deliver?


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Bonobo With crowd-pleasing support from Jens Kuross and Daktyl, and a sold-out tour of the newest album Migration, there’s no denying that Bonobo have returned with a bang. Performing to a packed-out O2 Apollo crowd in Manchester, Simon Green (Bonobo), was shrouded in darkness for much of the show, with focal lighting on the stunning vocalist Szjerdene Mulcare and the almost-orchestral 12-piece band consisting of strings, brass, guitar, drums and keys.


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Panic! At The Disco It feels odd referring to Panic! At The Disco as a “band” when in fact, technically it is now the solo project of front man Brendon Urie after original members parted ways a couple of years back. Not that you would know this from the music as Urie has stayed true to Panic’s happy but emo but edgy but a little bit racey style with new album Death Of A Bachelor.


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Radio X Road Trip - Manchester

When XFM first started broadcasting it was a breath of fresh air for indie fans in the UK.  The antithesis to existing radio stations, it managed to bridge the divide between playing classic indie and alternative tracks and introducing and championing new bands. It was with some surprise that it was replaced earlier this year by ‘Radio X’, a similar offering but with new presenters like Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughan brought in to revamp the offering and to recharge its appeal. Has it captured any new fans? Is it helping to rejuvenate the English indie scene? Time will tell, but there seems to be an initial commitment to bringing indie fans closer to their favourite acts through a series of pre-Christmas road trip gigs across the country.



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Catfish and the Bottlemen Catfish and the Bottlemen played a brilliantly energetic performance to a sold-out O2 Apollo Manchester on Tuesday 3rd November, with another proceeding it the following night-so high in demand is their indie-rock sound; predictable considering their debut album 'The Balcony' reached number ten in the UK official chart.


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The Offspring Having seen The Offspring play a couple of lacklustre performances over the years at various different festivals I was looking forward to taking another trip down memory lane with their nostalgic skater songs at one of their own headline shows and seeing if there was any difference in their show.


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Clean Bandit Clean Bandit have enjoyed quite a run recently; I’d say winning the Grammy Award this year for Best Dance Recording has only brightened the spotlight already shining on them as a result of storming the pop charts. At Gig Junkies, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to see how they group would translating such success into a tour.


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Bastille Bastille have had one hell of a year. They've dominated the music charts, finding success and fans seemingly with ease and can even add winning Best British Breakthrough at The Brit Awards to their list of achievements to date. Given they only formed in 2010 it's been a supersonic rise, mostly thanks to single 'Pompeii' which became a wide reaching hit upon release in early 2013. Can their live show live up to the reputation that precedes them though?


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Pixies With their unique brand of weird surf-punk and experimentation, Pixies have proved to be an incredibly influential band and have been name checked by Kurt Cobain and David Bowie, among others. While now legendary, they never achieved massive success during their original incarnation. Reunion rumours were rife until they finally got back together in 2004 for what proved to be a series of instantly sold-out gigs. Intermittent tours since have reputedly grossed millions of dollars, but the question has remained, will they ever record new material?


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Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds For me, this is the gig of the year. At last I get to photograph and review one of my all time favourite bands, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. And what an evening it turns out to be.


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