Embrace Having liked Embrace for over 20 years and only having seen them a handful of times I was more than a little excited. The older clientele in attendance would suggest that I wasn't alone in my 20 year love affair with the Leeds band, and based on the crowd’s reaction it wasn’t the first time many of them had seen them.


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Jesca Hoop Tonight we take a trip to the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham to see songstress Jesca Hoop supported by Lucas Oswald.


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Howard Jones It’s been well over thirty years since Howard Jones asked us to “throw off our mental chains”; to challenge our preconceived ideas. How time flies by. In support of his brand new ‘Best Of’ Howard Jones release entitled ‘BEST (1983-2017)’, and now with all new and extended Electric Band, he's put doing a series of five shows across the UK, including tonight's at Birmingham's o2 Institute.


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Opeth Tonight we venture into the world of progressive metal; specifically of the Nordic variety. The 02 Institute in Birmingham presents us with Enslaved from Norway, a band that has been on the radar since the nineties and has a large back catalogue to choose from. The headliner tonight, Opeth, have garnered much success in their 18 years since formation, with frequent changes in style along the way.


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Lost Horizons Tonight is a step into the unknown to see a new band, Lost Horizons, performing songs from their debut album ‘Ojalá’ (meaning ‘hopefully’ in Spanish). I’m prompted to check them out as Lost Horizons is a return to playing music for a musical hero, Simon Raymonde, formerly of The Cocteau Twins and the man behind the revered Bella Union record label. Lost Horizons is a joint project with drummer Richie Thomas, formerly of 1980s post-punk band Dif Juz and a guy with an impressive musical pedigree, having toured with iconic acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain and Felt, as well as The Cocteau Twins.


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Depeche Mode So in the high season for gigs and night after night of some of the biggest names in music - one of the most inspirational and iconic of British bands visit Birmingham Arena, to hoards of expectant fans. This tour is massive. The Global Spirit tour is set to continue til Summer 2018, and it will have been experience by well over 1.6 million fans at 110 concerts. Welcome tonight the legendary Depeche Mode.


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ENTER SHAKIRI So to accompany their recently released album 'The Spark' these eclectic musicians bring their tour to Nottingham, as part of a series of arena tours. Welcome to the Motorpoint Arena tonight, Enter Shakiri.


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Mr Big American Classic Rock comes to Newcastle in the form of Mr Big who are here to promote their new album Defying Gravity and to dish out a masterclass of guitar work and top power ballads.


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Slow Readers Club Multiple generations packed out one of the UK’s most unique venues as Slow Readers Club rocked the boat at Thekla in Bristol on 17th November. The Mancunian four-piece rolled into the city’s cargo-ship-turned-music-hall halfway through a sold-out UK tour, and were greeted by stacks of fans who were chomping at the bit to see the headliners right from the start.


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Steve Lamacq Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music), lifts the lid on Rock’n’Roll at Birmingham’s Glee Club in an evening of anecdotes and observations on his life and a 30 year career in music media. ‘Going Deaf For A Living’ takes you on an adventurous journey (often hilarious, sometimes sombre and with occasional violence!) through music culture from the mid 70’s to the current day.


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Her's Music for dreamers… The dream-pop duo Her’s, consisting of Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading-or should I say trio, with their old friend the cut-out Pierce Brosnan holding fort by the drum machine-waltzed onto the intimate stage at the Sebright Arms to the mellow sounds of Roy Orbison’s Dreams. Admittedly nervous and hot under the lights, the pair radiated a comical air, filling the packed-out room with friendly giggles and stifled guffaws.


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Herbie Hancock From composer, band leader and also an actor it was with great pleasure EFG London Jazz Festival announced American pianist Herbie Hancock to play the distinguished Barbican Centre in London, packed by an incredible talent of musicians the crowd were wowed as he appeared on stage for a two night residency.


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BBC Radio 1 Xtra Live BBC Radio 1Xtra celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and tonight comes to Manchester Arena with an amazing line-up featuring Travis Scott, French Montana, J Hus, Bugzy Malone, Ghetts, Stefflon Don, Not3s, Bryson Tiller and a couple of special guests. The event is being hosted by the 1Xtra DJ family featuring Yasmin Evans, Charlie Sloth, DJ Target, and Mista Jam, getting everyone excited for the artist performances.


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Billy Bragg

Tonight's performer has always been outspoken. A revolutionary spokesman for a generation, highlighting social injustice and rallying for the cause. And he's been doing this for thirty odd years. To a pretty much sold out Birmingham Town Hall, and galvanised by recent 'events' welcome to Mr Billy Bragg.



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