Biffy Clyro As storm Ali blows a hooley across the UK, inside, amongst the stunning surroundings of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall we are comfy and snug for a magical night courtesy of Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro.


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Albert Hammond Jr Feel Good Indie Rock – Albert Hammond Jr offers some kind Strokes in Manchester. It’s a difficult job for a rhythm/lead guitarist from a highly successful worldwide band to make it as a solo artist. Like Carl Barat without his oppo in The Libertines, you are reduced to playing drastically smaller venues and releasing introspective, much more personal but probably less commercial albums, with various collective friends and acquaintances forming members of your live band.


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Goat Girl Goat Girl are a young all-female band from South London who have real attitude and write great songs. Their debut album, released last April, contains 19 short (most under 3 minutes), diverse and punchy songs and has received great reviews and radio play. The Brudenell is sold-out tonight for the Leeds stop on the band’s extensive tour. Goat Girl are really working hard at gigging: earlier this year I saw them in Montreal during their tour of North America supporting Parquet Courts. They were very well received by the Canadian audience and are making new friends wherever they play.


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Jonathan Wilson Six months after his last UK appearance, Jonathan Wilson is back in town with what looks to be a different band and an ever so slightly improved video backdrop. Three keyboardists are in the line-up including Drew Erickson who played with Wilson as part of Roger Waters’ touring band. Ny Oh’s backing vocals are a particularly welcome addition. The setlist is largely unchanged (notably ‘Dear Friend’ is substituted for ‘Moses Pain’) and focusses on his recent Rare Birds album.


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Justin Timberlake Arriving at The Arena Birmingham there were queues and confusion all over the place; I quickly discovered that this was the result of a well-known ticket vendor having a hiccup resulting in long queues and ID checks at the box office, but this didn’t dampen the spirits of the eager fans waiting to get inside for Justin Timberlake.


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Electric Six The kings of 2000s era comedy rock graced Leamington with their presence for a fun show full of their favourite hits and a couple of surprises from their albums since. We weren’t in a Gay Bar, but the Dance Commander implied there would be Danger! If there wasn’t any Improper Dancing going on by the end. Don’t know what I’m on about? That means you’ve not met Electric Six before.


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THE FEVER 333 If you’ve never been to the O2 Academy Islington it is based inside a shopping centre where fans of THE FEVER 333 lined around the inside.


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Liam Gallagher It’s a mild evening in Manchester as Liam Gallagher played his biggest headline solo show to date with well over 50,000 packed into the cricket ground. Liam's Debut album ‘As You Were’ was only released 10 months ago and his popularity and resurgence has soared in that time. This also has a lot to do with nostalgia and the fact he was the frontman for the mighty Oasis and tonight’s setlist reflects his love for his former band.


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Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers So, summer ‘18 and that insanely tropical heatwave we’d all gotten used to has suddenly disappeared, and instead we’re left outside waiting for doors on a wet and what now feels like a cold 20 something degree evening, desperate to get in and see if Hobo Johnson & the LoveMakers, on their first tour of the UK, can bring some of that warmth back, at least for the night, with their distinctly unique brand.


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Tragedy What a night! Heavy guitars, black eyeshadow, glitter and energy, a match made in… disco heaven? Tragedy, for the uninitiated are the ‘All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond!’ and if you’re looking for a night full of high-octane, adults only, fun, look no further than this group of animals straight out of New York City.


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The Wildhearts Apparently, tonight’s gig is billed as a warm up for The Wildhearts before they head off to Japan and Australia, let's hope they enjoy similar size crowds out there as they are doing here in The Plug in Sheffield. Just as a side note, it has been rumoured that this pretty decent venue is soon to close and become a golf superstore – what a damn shame if it's true, OK not a classic Sheffield venue along the lines of The Leadmill, but all the same a great live music outlet. Another One Bites The Dust (if you needed a musical reference).


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British Summer Time Hyde Park Ft. Michael Bublé Girl group icons, Bananarama, legendary Van Morrison, The Feeling and The Shires were just a few to mention that warmed up the 6th year rendition of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park for the headliner and Canadian chart-topper, jazzman, Michael Bublé this past Friday, the 13th of July.


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Jorja Smith Ok. I’m going to start off with a cheesy cliche just to get it over with. Jorja Smith has the voice of an angel. Right. Now we’ve got that over and done with, I’ll continue.


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Steve Winwood I declare I’ve been a big fan of Steve Winwood ever since Traffic’s appearance at Lancaster University in 1974. Yet tonight’s show is something of a mixed bag. Sat behind his Hammond Organ for the first three numbers it is clear that this ‘vintage’ seventy year old has lost none of his distinctive and distinguished vocal chops.


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