Circa Waves Kicking off their UK tour, Circa Waves came to the o2 Academy in Sheffield to entertain with their high-energy and fun alternative rock and to perform songs from their latest release ‘Different Creatures’. Support on the tour comes from two promising acts, INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, each of which brought their own following with them.


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All Time Low Outside the 02 Academy, the crowd barrier were ladened with duvets and blankets abandoned on a cold Spring evening in Birmingham, however inside was a different temperature altogether on this the sell-out school-night. Playing to a jam packed O2 Academy, support acts Watermarks and SWMRS warmed up the crowd for American teen rock favourites All Time Low encouraging the crowd to clap along and stomp their feet.


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Bush If, like me, you are a 30-something who grew up in South Africa, you almost certainly owned a copy of Bush’s ’94 album ‘Sixteen Stone’. You were also most likely a teenage girl with a crush on frontman Gavin Rossdale, or a teenage boy who had to lie about owning said album because you could NEVER listen to both Nirvana AND Bush. So, with Bush tracks dominating the soundtrack of my rebellious and tortured youth (my youth was neither rebellious nor tortured, but it makes me sound cooler than I am), it was with much excitement, and slight trepidation, that I made my way to o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday evening, to see the band return to the stage after a couple of year’s absence from touring, with a headline UK show, and a new album to boot.


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The Specials Forming in Coventry in 1977, these guys were a legendary part of the 2 Tone and ska scene if the time. Truly dance-able with lyrics of a political and social stance, they broke with tracks such as 'Too Much Too Young' and the unemployment themed spooky 'Ghost Town' - a track that hit the top spot in the UK charts. In two years they shone brightly, with seven UK top ten singles, before three members left to form Fun Boy Three, with the rest continuing on as the Special AKA. In 2008, they reformed and have been touring ever since. Welcome to Wolverhampton tonight - The Specials.


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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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The Birthday Massacre Digbeth bound, heading towards the O2 Institute, on a cool autumn evening, and the queue is stretching down Digbeth as far as the old Irish Centre. Its a busy night at the Institute, as Feeder are playing in one room, and Canadian Goth Rock band, The Birthday Massacre back in the UK for a short tour are in another. Both shows are sold out, so the Institute is packed out, not bad for a midweek night..


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bluedot-thumb bluedot Festival Set over three glorious summer days at Jodrell Bank, (the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge), bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery that promised to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth which looks to inspire the scientists of the future.


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Godiva-thumb Godiva Festival Godiva Festival, now in its 18th year, takes place at Coventry War Memorial Park and is a Council run, free festival. Godiva played host this weekend to a record breaking audience of around 148,000 visitors (up 7000 on 2015) for three days of live music, dance, street theatre, comedy and disco as well as a host of family activities including craft stalls, funfair and lots more besides.


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Picnic-thumb Picnic in the Park. This annual free event put on by Warley woods Community Trust attracted large crowds who enjoyed a glorious sunny afternoon of live music, food, drink, craft stalls, dog show, donkey rides and even a Horse and Carriage. Again this year, Bearwood Promoters curated the music stage on behalf of the Trust, and 6Music DJ Stuart Maconie did a fantastic job of compering the afternoon’s music and reuniting a few lost items with their owners….


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The Stone Roses Four years ago The Stone Roses were resurrected in spectacular fashion. Returning to their Mancunian homeland, the band reunited after a fifteen year split. In an iconic moment for British and indie music, they performed an emotional and triumphant set of shows at Heaton Park, delighting their long-serving fan base and showing the world that they still had 'it'.


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The Dixie Chicks Last night Birmingham was in the presence of serial Grammy award winning country royalty, when The Dixie Chicks hit The Barclaycard Arena with a bang!


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Rudimental Blissfully unaware of Rudimental’s new album release, I felt somewhat ignorant turning up to Rock City as a follower of the band rather than a fanatic. Hitting the music scene in 2012 their drum’n’base rhythms remind me of my summer nights back at high school; times I cherish and was in hope of reliving at the gig.


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Joe Jackson Tonight is an all too rare opportunity to see Joe Jackson, singer, songwriter, pianist and writer, on his “Fast Forward” UK Tour. Jackson arrived in the New Wave/Post punk scene in 1979 with his “Look Sharp” album containing the witty and acerbic “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Born in Burton, Jackson grew up in Portsmouth, and is now Berlin based via London and New York. The show is a sellout, and the older crowd (with a few youngsters dotted around) eagerly await the start of the show. To get the crowd in the mood, we are treated to some old time jazz to warm us up ready for the show. I’m hoping for some “Jumping Jive” at some point this evening.


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Anne-Marie Anne-Marie is one of the few, (if not only) three-time world champions in Shotokan karate, touring across the UK at the moment! A singer/songwriter from Essex, she has spent the last couple of years touring with Rudimental as a live vocalist and has even appeared in the West End many years before that, alongside Jessie J in ‘Whistle Down the Wind’. Having released her debut EP, ‘Karate’, earlier in 2015, her debut album is set to release later this year, with all paths having led to tonight, the final night of her debut headline tour.


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