Evanescence Six years after their last UK tour, Evanescence have returned with their newly released album Synthesis which features a combination of brand new material and some of their older classics (with a twist). Tonight the Manchester Apollo is buzzing with an unexpected and different vibe to your average 'rock' concert. The audience has matured somewhat, gone are the days of baggy jeans and chains, thrashing about a sweaty mosh pit, as tonight, people have traded that in for formal attire, ready for this seated only show.


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The Prodigy Torrential rain and snow didn't stop the masses gathering at Manchester’s O2 Apollo for the opening night of dance superstars The Prodigy’s winter tour.


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Zara Larsson It’s been quite the year for Zara Larsson. After rocketing into the international music scene in 2015, 2017 saw the release of her second studio album ‘So Good’, a hit-single packed pop triumph which has catapulted her into being a regular on the UK singles charts. Her catchy, accessible upbeat pop sound has seen Larsson amass a loyal following and a wide and varied fan base. We’re here at Manchester’s O2 Apollo to see how Larsson’s chart and club hit successes translate into a live show.


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Steel Panther Tonight is the opening night of the tour and everybody is in high spirits. A lot of the fans here have taken it upon themselves to get glammed up for the occasion and why not? With the line up of bands that we have on show tonight everyone is in a for a treat.


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Placebo Placebo have gained quite a cult following from their fans over the years, they travel from far and wide to their gigs. Tonights gig in Manchester is no different with many different accents and languages being spoken.


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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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The Charlatans As Tim Burgess looked out at the bouncing crowd filling the Apollo from underneath his dyed peroxide blonde fringe and launched into the opening lyric from ‘North Country Boy’ with steely force and confidence, I knew that this was going to be one of those gigs. Playing their 1997 hit album Tellin’ Stories in its entirety, The Charlatans brought the house down on Friday, leaving their audience for the most part in a state of shock and awe.


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Buzzcocks Tonight I witnessed a real moment of music history. Buzzcocks were one of the key punk bands of the 1970s and three versions of the band are now reunited for two nights only (Manchester and London). When any band gets back together again after a long absence, there are always arguments among fans about whether it’s the definitive line-up that people really want to hear. Usually someone is missing, but with this reunion you have the two distinct and classic line-ups, plus the current version. The quirk is that the various editions of the band are performing three sets in reverse order.


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