New Power Generation It's always something special to see your childhood musical icons come across the pond to the UK, even more so when it's your hometown but I think tonight at Birmingham's iconic Institute building had that added magic, whether it be the tightness of the sound or how lead singer MacKenzie has evolved on stage, it's no doubt "Rock ’n’ Roll is alive and lives in Minneapolis" as the legendary New Power Generation wowed the crowds.


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Lewis Capaldi It’s been a wild 12 months for Lewis Capaldi, the self-proclaimed ‘America’s Sweetheart’ has managed to bag his first Grammy nomination, a debut album and a string of worldwide sold-out shows. The Scottish Beyoncé took over the O2 Academy in Glasgow over the weekend for two sell-out shows packed to the brim with loyal fans.


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The Wonder Stuff The Wonder Stuff – 30 Years in the Bathroom and HUP is played in full along with Eight Legged Groove Machine.


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Airbourne Sometimes there are gigs that break from the norm - for me at least. For a long time we have “endured” the support band to get ourselves through to the main event and heck, so we should - support the upcoming acts most definitely, but tonight we are lucky, three great bands to watch. Should be great! We shall see...


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Rex Orange County Two years ago I saw the incredibly talented Rex Orange County at the Peckham Liberal Club for the release of first studio album, Apricot Princess. The venue held just over a hundred people and the tickets only cost a tenner. When he walked onto the stage he gave a hint of a smile but it seemed there was a slight sense of nervousness to his being. After a few songs, he settled in when he realised that most of the people in his line of sight were friends from school and he played a very cool and calm show for us all.


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Tokio Myers There is something totally rootsy about Tokio Myers. He’s appeared on large stages full of thousands of people, but you could just as easily imagine him busking alongside many of the talented musicians that line the streets & subways of central London. He’s classical, and yet urban all at once. He is the unexpected winner of 2017’s Britains Got Talent. But how so unexpected? Perhaps in the most part, due to how authentic he is as an artist - a self made musician and composer. Already forged from his own melting pot of rich experience - not that of any generic talent show format.


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Yungblud MADNESS! I’m sure everyone expected this to be a wild party under the O2 Academy Brixton’s roof tonight and they were ready for it from before reaching the venue doors. I arrived a bit early only to find out that people waiting outside were already warming up their voices, singing along to choruses of both Yungblud and classic British tunes. You could easily forget all about the cold and rain outside, as their presence was fading away to the excitement and restlessness that were filling the air.


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McFly "I know what you’re thinking, McFly just got sexier" - Dougie Poynter McFly are back, people, and they are on fire! I’m not just referring to the pyrotechnics here, the pop-rock band made fan’s dreams come true by reuniting for an awesome ‘one night only’ gig at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday night. The whole evening was filled with sing-your-heart-out classic tunes, such as ‘Obviously’ and ‘Star Girl’, bad jokes, "You wanna hear a joke? I’m a professional musician!" (by Dougie) and catchy new songs. It was everything you would want from McFly.


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YONAKA Tonight at the O2 Institute in Birmingham, the venue is hosting three separate events, so making sure you end up in the right room is essential. With six days remaining on their headline tour Brighton rockers YONAKA are set to perform to a sold out crowd here in Birmingham.


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Vampire Weekend Whisper it but it's been over ten years since self titled first album of Vampire Weekend was released. An album, which quickly became the soundtrack to the final year of my university life. Much has changed since those heady days. Unaffected by the 2016 departure of Rostam Batmanglij (whose influence is still very much felt on newer tracks), Vampire Weekend have gone from NYC indie newcomers to seasoned mainstream live artists.


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Rival Sons Californian blues rockers Rival Sons have been doing their thing now for 10 years and during that time have steadily grown in popularity, putting out six albums - the most recent of which, the well-received 'Feral Roots', was released earlier this year - and expanding their fanbase.


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Friendly Fires A lot has changed in the 8 years since Friendly Fires last played Birmingham. When the band announced they were returning with new album 'Inflorescent', they owed the second city a long overdue visit.


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Gary Numan Marking his 40th anniversary, Gary Numan shows no sign of slowing down, putting his feet up or anything else you’d expect for someone who’s been in the business for so long. In fact, as he ages, he becomes more prolific, more influential.


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Angie Stone For the past couple of weeks I’d had friends call me, asking what I wanted to do for my birthday, I told them, Angie Stone is in town, seriously it is not going to be the gig to miss this year. It’s not everyday such a powerful and inspirational singer comes to play in your backyard on a Thursday night in mid October, and for once London weren’t the only ones having all the fun.


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