Slaughter Beach, Dog With some musicians, the phrase ‘side project’ would strike fear into even their most ardent fans. The general consensus being that to step away from their main band is to indulge their most eye rollingly, pretentious whims. Occasionally though, a side project comes along that may just be a match for the band that spawned them. Slaughter Beach, Dog are the brain child of Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald.


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Milton Jones The Borough Halls across Dudley continue with their excellent comedy line -up and tonight, this time at Dudley Town Hall Milton Jones Is Out There.' Tonight's gig is pretty much sold out as nearly a 1,000 punters take to their seats in this historic civic building.


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Rae Morris Rae Morris is ‘reborn’ as an electro dance pop artist. Almost 75% is brand new material played tonight in Leeds and she never stopped moving around the stage, New Moves, New Songs, New Attitude – just ‘Do It’!


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Tom Grennan Tom Grennan is a singer-songwriter from Bedford, who for one night only has brought his soulful voice to London! Following the success of his collaboration with Chase & Status, on “All Goes Wrong,” Tom made it on the longlist for BBC’s Sound of 2017 and the ball has been constantly rolling since, with his debut album, “Lighting Matches” also on the horizon. Now, performing at his biggest headline show to date, for a sold out show no less, KOKO is where the party’s at!


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The Big Moon To say it’s a chilly Monday evening, the Sheffield crowd are in great spirits and well they should be, it’s been a great year so far for The Big Moon! They released their Debut Album ‘My Love Is Cool’ back in April, this was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize; appearances at all the major UK Festivals; and now every date on this UK Tour is either sold out or almost sold out!


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Prawn Prawn are a slow burn band, they create space in the brain on a reflective autumnal day. ‘Run’ is not a record that demands attention from the very first listen; which leaves it open for the most intense criticism as a follow up to their sophomore record ‘Kingfisher’.


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Beyond The Tracks 2017 In it's initial year as a first festival, Beyond The Trackshad a point to prove. With a lineup full of Indie/Alt greats from Birmingham and Beyond carefully cultivated by the masterminds behind the City's prestigious Moseley Folk Festival, it certainly did this. Over the course of the weekend, the Festival hosted acts such as Orbital, Faithless, indie royalty Maximo Park and the Coral before closing on Sunday evening with The Jesus and Mary Chain pioneers of the early noughties Birmingham Indie scene, Editors. Sadly the weather was not on the side of Beyond The Tracks, but this didn't stop music fans showing from far and wide to enjoy a well crafted line up.


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Gary Delaney The Borough Halls across Dudley continue with their excellent comedy line -up as Gary Delaney brings his show - "There’s Something About Gary" to Stourbridge Town Hall. Delaney is the skilled exponent of the one liner with killer punchline - as we take our seats on the screen at the rear of the stage is his Twitter feed - featuring a raft of these witty quips which already sets the audience chortling.


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Beyond The Tracks 2017 The second day of the first ever Beyond The Tracks Festival brought some big-name bands to the heart of Birmingham, including Ocean Colour Scene, Maxïmo Park, The Coral and The Twang. Eastside City Park is a relatively small plot of land, just beyond the tracks (surprise, surprise) that lead a steady stream of trains in and out of New Street Station. The set-up felt rather like a fireworks events, with several fairground rides and food & drink stalls, along with the autumnal (but mostly dry!) weather.


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Beyond The Tracks And so to the first day of the inaugural Beyond The Tracks festival, taking place on a green space in Eastside in the heart of Birmingham; and ambitious festival which for the first day goes all dance / trance / party with the likes of Leftfield, Faithless (DJ Set) and headliners Orbital.


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Richard Thompson and his Electric Trio Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson is certainly a workaholic and is prolific in his recorded output. As well as frequent touring and producing new work on studio albums he has recently started to revisit some of his past work. Following the release of ‘Acoustic Classics Vol. II’ to great reviews in August, Richard Thompson will release ‘Acoustic Rarities’ (Beeswing via Proper Distribution) on October 6, just ahead of his UK tour. ‘Acoustic Rarities’ is new recordings of some of the more obscure songs in the Thompson catalogue, some previously existing only as cover versions.

Richard Thompson was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time and is one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters.


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John Legend John Legend, multi-platinum selling and ten time Grammy Award-winner R&B singer brought his "Darkness and Light" Tour to The O2 in London last night and it was a perfect excuse for all the thousands of couples attending to make this special occurrence their Tuesday date-night.


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OnBlackheath I headed to leafy south-east London this past weekend for one of the last summer festivals, OnBlackheath. The festival is sponsored by John Lewis and its fourth year. What makes the festival different is that it caters for all ages. A sea of families, running toddlers, strollers and Hello Kitty balloons welcomed me. With an array of activities to keep the children occupied, if I had any, this would also be a festival I would comfortable take them to.


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Elvana “Sometimes I sound like Nic Cage. Sometimes it’s Matthew McConaughey. If you’re very f***in’ lucky, I might sound like Kurt Cobain. Mostly… I DO NOT sound like Elvis f***in’ Presley! But DO WE CARE!?” Not one bit. A packed house at the O2 Academy2 in Birmingham were firmly behind Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana as they brought their UK tour to the West Midlands on 9 September.


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