Metallica Tonight the family gathers at the Genting Arena; youngsters and old, metal heads and music fans, people who have seen these guys multiple times and those for whom this is the first experience. Thirty six years since formation and eight since they graced this particular venue - welcome to one of the biggest bands in the world - hold on to your horses - Metallica are in town.


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First Aid Kit So the 80s comes to Sheffield, the City Hall to be precise, as a line up of The Christians, Altered Images and Ultravox lead singer Midge Ure, remind us of some great tracks from years gone by.


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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Garage rock icons Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are touring of Europe, the US and Canada in support of their upcoming 'Wrong Creatures' album; and tonight, they've landed in Birmingham for a show at the O2 Academy.


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Matt Forde Tonight we take a trip to Stourbridge Town Hall, to see one of the UK's leading political comedians, with a take on politics past and present. Matt Forde has appeared on Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time and many more. And as one would expect. His show has take on a politician not even the best satirist could have made up; Donald Trump.


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The Pigeon Detectives On Friday, I postponed binge-watching Stranger Things 2 to go and review The Pigeon Detectives at Birmingham’s O2 Institute, supported by Little Comets and The Clause. But was it worth it? The initial melodrama involving a member of security staff asking me my age, and then reacting with embarrassment when I told her, was not a good start (I am more than double the 14+ age requirement for this gig). However, things seemed a bit more reasonable once I got inside.


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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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The Horrors The Horrors return with their monstrous new album ‘V’, exhibiting class & creativity on their latest UK tour. The boys from Southend-on-Sea delighted Birmingham with a real swagger about them. An indulgent performance that stimulated the senses & entertained throughout.


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London Grammar Gracing the stage to a warm welcome of applause London Grammar kicked off their Birmingham show with 'Who Am I' from their much awaited new album 'Truth Is A Beautiful Thing'. Followed by two classics 'Flickers' and 'Help Me Lose My Mind', taken from their 2013 hit album 'If You Wait'.


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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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Reel Big Fish Reel Big Fish are often wrongly dismissed as a novelty or nostalgia act by the uninitiated, but there is so much more to them than that. I last saw the California band at Leeds festival 2004 but since then they have lost the integral multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist Scott Klopfenstein to family commitments. This is hardly the Aaron Barrett show though, with long time members Johnny Christmas and Derek Gibbs still sharing centre stage with the irrepressible frontman.


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The Waterboys Few bands have changed as much as these guys as they take their musical journey, with that core folk rock mix, over the past thirty odd years. Their self titled album gave us 'A Girl Called Johnny' before 1985’s sky-scraping 'This is the Sea.' their music has continually evolved, from the influential mix of Celtic, gospel, country and rock on the classic 'Fisherman’s Blues', to the fired-up poetic passion of 2011's 'An Appointment with Mr Yeats', 2015's the rootsy, funky 'Modern Blues' and now to 'Out of All This Blue'. Welcome tonight to the Symphony Hall, Mike Scott and his Waterboys.


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Richard Thompson Us little Gig Junkies take a trip to The Lowry in Salford to catch-up with the legend that is Richard Thompson, with support from Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. Reviewer Andrew Lindsay gives us five reasons to LOVE Richard Thompson.


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Public Service Broadcasting Public Service Broadcasting arrive in Leeds halfway through the UK leg of the tour promoting their third album, Every Valley. Recorded in Ebbw Vale it’s an album specifically about the South Wales mining industry although it can easily be translated to include not only any UK coal field but any industry in the Western World. It’s a chronological album taking us from when coal was king, through the miners’ strike to pit closures and finally onto how a community copes when its lifeline has been taken away.


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Starsailor Some time ago I saw four quiet, nervous lads support The Beautiful South at Sheffield Arena. Stage presence was at a minimum. What stood out was the craft in the song writing and the frankly astounding, almost angelic, voice of singer James Walsh. 16 years and five studio albums later Starsailor roll back into the Steel City 6 dates into the UK leg of the ‘All This Life’ tour. The nervousness is now replaced with a confident maturity of a band who know just how good they are and don’t feel the need to shout about it. They remind me of the kid who always gets picked last at football then turns out to be the next Lionel Messi.


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