Hell Is For Heroes It's hard to believe that 15 years have passed since Hell Is For Heroes released their first studio album, The Neon Handshake. It was one of the defining albums of the early-2000s rock scene, gathering rave reviews and scoring Rock Sound's Album of the Year award.


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Less Than Jake Less Than Jake are regulars on these shores and their dedication to their UK fans surpasses most bands from across the pond. As a result they've built up a sizeable, dedicated fanbase, and it was great to see them returning for another tour.


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Badly Drawn Boy It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) released his first album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast. It proved to be his breakthrough album - it achieved critical success and won him the Mercury Music Prize, whilst catapulting firmly into the public consciousness.


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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tonight's gig at the Birmingham Academy had a varied lineup, and it was unclear whether this would be a good or bad thing. All three bands had punk leanings, but each pushed at the boundaries of the genre in different ways. It promised to be an intriguing night - would we be treated to an interesting mix of musical styles, or would the bands be too different to keep the crowd happy?


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[Spunge] Tewkesbury ska-punkers [Spunge] have been touring relentlessly since their formation nearly 20 years ago. Despite never breaking into the mainstream, they have a loyal band of followers and always put on a hell of a show, so it was great to see them returning to Birmingham.


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Less Than Jake It's been almost exactly two years since Less Than Jake's last UK tour, and it's always exciting to see them return. As one of the most energetic, entertaining, and downright fun bands around, they have a habit of delivering performances that put them in a class of their own. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to see what they could do this time round.


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