Psychedelic Furs So tonight we're off to Brum to see a band that you could say are a band's band. They inspired a raft of subsequent bands; from all strands of their journey from their formation and roots in punk, new wave or the latter US commercial inspired rock hits they had post MTV. Extended hiatus (or split) in the early 90s, it was the early noughties before they came back together and have toured ever since (with a hint of an album in the pipeline?) - welcome tonight The Psychedelic Furs.


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Echobelly When Echobelly announced new album 'Anarchy and Alchemy' after a thirteen year hiatus it took me right back down memory lane, staying over at my nan's on a Friday night as a twelve year old and raiding my 28 year old uncles CD, to collection nostalgically playing the likes of Oasis, Space, Sleeper and the mystical sounds and poignant lyrics from Sonya Madam belting out 'King Of The Kerb'.


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Charlotte Church "Down the dark, dark stairs, upon the bloody gallows of soft rock, through the oubliette of cheese, into the torture chamber of disco..." So begins the description of Charlotte Church's 'Late Night Pop Dungeon'. Sure, Birmingham's O2 Institute might be a sight too spacious and sparkly to pass as an actual dungeon, but descending the stairs and walking towards the stage front there's every sense of entering a whole new world.


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Bury Tomorrow Bury Tomorrow formed back in 2006 and have released four studio albums; touring across UK/Europe with bands such as Architects, Parkway Drive and Beartooth. Extensive touring of the UK, strong live performances and Dani's close relationship with the fans has given them a loyal fanbase.


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Laura Marling I’m used to seeing Marling seated. I say ‘used to’ as I first saw her tour with her debut album ‘Alas I Cannot Swim’ in 2008, when you were able to purchase a limited edition kit with album AND gig ticket (and prints, and more!) in one. I’ve seen her at least once on every tour since then, as a committed (and some may say obsessive) fan ever since.


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Glass Animals A dense colony inhabited Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Friday night, long-anticipating the indie-tronic hums of Oxford’s alt-rock band, Glass Animals. Headlining their very first Birmingham gig, their colossal fan base (unbeknown to me) penetrated my ear-drums upon the lad’s entrance to the stage.


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Lissie After a foot-tappingly elongated wait at the bar for a pint of cider, U.S born Lissie entered the stage with guitarist Nick Tesoriero and forecast an alleviating cloud across the audience, kindling their gig spirits with track ‘Hero’ introducing her set.


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The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms have barely left the UK over the last couple of years, which shows how they've gone from playing the Temple to the Main room here tonight. The stage is dressed to feel like a cozy living room, filled win standard lamps and a sofa complete with jaded girl glued to phone. ‘Scream’ plays on an old TV and only the double mirror ball fun denotes the occasion.


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Feeder Carving our way through the largely male orientated numbers, we entered the poky venue of Birmingham’s Institute. Scouring the crowd’s features I supposed their fans originated from Feeder's 90’s days, a fairly youthful yet adult crowd awaiting their entrance - the ‘growing up with’ era.


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The Birthday Massacre Digbeth bound, heading towards the O2 Institute, on a cool autumn evening, and the queue is stretching down Digbeth as far as the old Irish Centre. Its a busy night at the Institute, as Feeder are playing in one room, and Canadian Goth Rock band, The Birthday Massacre back in the UK for a short tour are in another. Both shows are sold out, so the Institute is packed out, not bad for a midweek night..


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Rat Boy So the story goes a little like this. As eager fans braved a wet, blustery night in what seemed to look like a never-ending queue at Birmingham Institute to see one of 2016`s hottest rising stars, the lone Gig Junkies contributor heard a voice after dodging traffic crossing the road enquiring where she was going, who was on and would it be a good night? A bit of “chit chat” as she enquired, to the out-of-town group of handsome young men “if they were going there too?” A cheeky grin flashed as “Rat Boy” coolly replied he was performing and then it dawned, talk about an #Epicfail but explaining who,why, where and when we parted with this Chelmsford charmer reminding to “write him a good review..."


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Good Charlotte Acting as a pit stop between their headline slot on the Lock Up Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, Good Charlotte graced the good people of Birmingham with their angst riddled, pop punk tunes on a rather fittingly rainy, emo Saturday.


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John Grant Here at GigJunkies we're lucky-so-and-so's as we go to some fantastic events and festivals. John Grant is just one of those events. Since our review of the intimate Royal Shakespeare Company gig back in 22 June 2014, John has released his glorious "Grey Tickles, Black Pressure" album back in October 2015. Interestingly he touched upon the reason for the title explaining that "Grey Tickles" is a translation from Icelandic to describe entering middle-age, which is a lovely way to see it, far more cheeky and certainly in John's style. "Black Pressure" was also mentioned as being Turkish for "nightmare", which was quite the opposite from tonight, as it was a dream.


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We Are Scientists Dynamic, New York based rock indie duo, We Are Scientists, enveloped Birmingham’s O2 Institute in an enigmatic sound unlike that of their former albums. New album release, Helter Seltzer, explores a fusion of electronic, punk and hard instrumental rock that has propelled them into a distinguished artist worthy of a venue much larger than the Institute's 2nd room.


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