he Flaming Lips close Festival No.6, Portmeirion, Wales, UK on Sunday 10th September, 2017 With summer feeling like a distant memory, and a more autumnal feel, my penultimate festival of the summer (and the year) finds me back at Portmeirion for the sixth Festival No.6, and my fifth visit to this beautiful spot in North Wales for one of my favourite festivals.


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Maximo Park For a while, you could be forgiven for thinking Maximo Park had succumbed to the law of diminishing returns. For, despite a stellar career that's spanned nearly 17 years, there's a nagging feeling that they've never quite topped their classic debut 'A Certain Trigger'. While there's been plenty of decent singles, each subsequent album seemed a little more lacklustre - and, maybe, the 2015 tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of that release seemed a bit like a swansong.


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Warpaint Unusually, it's a totally female cast at the Manchester Apollo tonight, headlined by acclaimed Californian band Warpaint, playing some rare UK dates.


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PINS You wait ages for three female fronted (in the case of two of tonight’s bill 100% female line ups too) bands and then three come along at once. Okay, I know there are other testicle free groups out there (and there always has been) but given the fact that ladies make up roughly 50% of the population it’s a never ending source of puzzlement that you see relatively few women only or women dominated bands. Why? Beats me. Answers on a XX chromosome please.


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