Echo and the Bunnymen One of the bands of the alternative 80s, these guys with their haunting melodies and lead singer's trademark outspoken comments - 1984's 'Ocean Rain' was "the greatest album ever made" he declared at the time, these Liverpudlians made the charts their home. And 30 odd years on they are still out and about, still masses of dry ice and darkened image, tonight in Wolverhampton welcome Echo and the Bunnymen.


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Wooden Shjips I’m always up for a good bit of psychedelia and tonight’s sold-out gig from space-drone-noise rocking San Franciscans Wooden Shjips has been long awaited. Band guitarist Ripley Johnson has recently done UK gigs with his ‘other band’, Moon Duo, but Wooden Shjips appearances here are rare, with the Gorilla gig part of a very short UK tour.


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Martin Kemp Well. This chap is kinda famous. He's an actor - famously in Eastenders; done films - probably most notably The Krays - and possibly more famously was part of one of the biggest New Romantics 80s band out there - Spandau Ballet. With tales to tell in bucket loads, Martin Kemp, brings his spoken word tour to a small town in the Black Country tonight.


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Divine Comedy These guys are one of those bands who cleverly and eloquently comment on life in their lyrics - singer songwriter's Neil Hannon words are quirky and original and they are here tonight showcasing their eleventh album 'Foreverland' - welcome Birmingham to the world of The Divine Comedy.


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Michael Kiwanuka Right now there is a buzz around Michael Kiwanuka. A North Londoner in his late twenties he is promoting his second album released in the summer to critical acclaim. Twice nominated for the Mercury prize, life should be looking up for this accomplished guitarist and soulful singer-songwriter. Manchester Ritz, with a 1500 hundred capacity, is the final show of the UK leg. It is a sell-out and it is buzzing.


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Heaven 17 So thirty five years ago. This band released an album. It wasn't a hit and a single got banned. Boom. Their other guise had morphed out of one electronica band that had a minor (sic) degree of success (and who are still touring today) before developing into something new. But success did come their way. In bucket loads. So welcome tonight to the delectable Town Hall in Birmingham, the British Electronic Foundation (BEF) and their 'alter ego' if you like, Heaven 17.


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Birdy Birdy is a singer/songwriter, who at just 20 years old has already been nominated for both a Brit Award and a Grammy Award. Having had success across the world, 2016 has been a great year so far for Birdy. Earlier in the year, she released her third album, ‘Beautiful Lies’, which reached number 4 in the UK Albums Chart and tonight she brings her headline tour to the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.


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Steel Panther Humorous hit after hit hounded the stage as the Los Angeles super band exhilarated the crowd with tongue in cheek 'Just like Tiger Woods' and 'Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World' before slapstick 'Asian Hooker' echoed around the arena, crowd chanting along whilst male crowd surfers were being pulled from the crowd by security.


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Billy Talent Forming, quite remarkably, way back in 1993 - this Canadian outfit from Mississauga, Ontario - have just released their fifth album ' Afraid of Heights. ' This year they played Download and are now out and about across the UK throughout October, their first UK tour in 4 years. We sent our photographer Hollie Turner across to cover the fun with Billy Talent.


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You Me At Six You Me at Six are now used to playing venues of the arena caliber, so obviously with a 2500 cap, tickets sold out very quickly and the venue is completely sold out. With a deep blue light, singer Josh Franceschi enters the stage alone and gives us some of his beautiful melodies shortly joined by the rest of the band after.


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The Tubes And so tonight to a packed Robin 2, us little Gig Junkies take a trip to Bilston, to the legendary Robin 2 to see a band who are legendary in their own right for lots of reasons. They have always been standout, different, notorious, way back in the day their '77 tour was banned in the UK due to British censorship.But now 40 years on - and still on form - The Tubes are here tonight - with their 'Mondo Pulp tour celebrating the pulp art era with all their classic hits.


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Angel Olsen After the release of her second full-length album Burn Your Fire For No Witness in 2014 I was hooked by Angel Olsen enchanting vocals and grunge-folk sound. Yet, until hearing Olsen live at Club Academy in Manchester, I hadn’t picked up on the resounding country-folk palette of her voice. Her music, especially the 2016 album MY WOMAN encompasses a wide range of genres, of grunge-rock to folk, with electronic reverb. It is an album which cannot and perhaps should not be pinned down. It reminds audiences not to constrain an artist to a certain genre whilst lyrically reminding us not to constrain a woman to certain social expectations.


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Goo Goo Dolls They formed this band back in 1986 but it’s hard to believe watching John Rzeznik and Robby Takac who still have the crowd in the palm of their hands like their careers are just beginning. For tonight we're at the 02 Institute in Birmingham to see the Goo Goo Dolls.


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Jean Michel Jarre So in the mid seventies this French artist released a seminal album. Oxygene. He recorded it over a period of eight months using a number of analogue synthesizers and an eight track recorder in his kitchen. In a world where we take technology for granted - this seems a million miles away. This album - went on to sell over 18 million copies. And as an artist Jean Michel Jarre has gone on to sell over 80 million albums - and is here at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, 40 years after THAT album on his 'Electronica Tour,' performing throughout the UK and Europe in October and November celebrating the release of "Electronica 1: The Time Machine' in 2015, and this year's "Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise.'


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