Lets Rock-Thumb The 80's are here again, as if they never went away. As part of their annual national tour, and returning to Clapham Common, Lets Rock! London, arrived for this year's big retro blast to celebrate all things 80's on Saturday 15th July with a star-studded line up of some great acts from the late 1970's through to the early 90's.


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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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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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Hinder Summer and festival season must be over as we’re here tonight for the first gig of autumn 2015 - tonight to the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton to see a sold out gig by Californian surfer rock dudes, with charismatic frontsman Whitfield Crane - welcome Ugly Kid Joe.


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Festival No. 6 My final festival of the summer neatly marks the change from Summer to Autumn. Back at Portmeirion for the fourth Festival No.6, and my third visit it this wonderfully eclectic festival set in a stunning backdrop. Portmeirion, a rich and colourful Italianate village designed by the late Architect, William Clough Ellis and built overlooking the River Dwryryd estuary was home to the 1960’s cult TV show “The Prisoner”, the lead character played by Patrick McGoohan who was the “No.6” that the festival references. Portmeirion was voted as the “Most Unique Venue” of all the UK festival sites and Lonely Planet has also recently included Portmeirion as one of the best 500 places to see on the planet. I for one, can’t argue with that particular accolade.


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Festival No.6 Returning for 2015, Festival No.6 is an intimate, bespoke banquet of music, arts, food and culture taking place over the weekend of the 3-6 September in the magical village of Portmeirion, Wales, home of the cult TV series The Prisoner. With many more music acts, new venues and world famous chefs yet to be revealed, the fourth Festival No.6 is certain to be the biggest and most impressive to date with over 550 acts lined up to perform over the weekend.


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BKSFestival Welcome to Beekse Bergen, Netherlands. Home of the Beekse Bergen, Safari and Camping Park, but also for the last three years home to the Best Kept Secret Festival (BKS), a great small and exceptionally friendly festival with a chilled out vibe...


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Best Kept Secret Festival 2015 The Best Kept Secret Festival 2015 takes place from Friday 19th June 2015 to Sunday June 21st 2015 at Fairgrounds Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, Holland.


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Kate Walsh Two years ago I got married in Cornwall. An odd beginning for a live review you may think but I just needed to share something with you. The song we chose to play as my wife-to-be walked down the aisle was "Your Song". Not by Elton John, by Miss Kate Walsh...


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U2 Inside Cardiff's humungous Millennium Stadium you could be forgiven for thinking you'd entered the set of the new War Of The Worlds movie, albeit with 70,000 extras. An immense other-worldly structure rises up several storeys high in the centre of the stadium, with insect-like legs and a blinding array of flashing multi-coloured lights. Look down towards it's feet and four relatively tiny creatures attempt to draw your attention back towards earth level. These creatures go by the names Adam, Larry, Bono and The Edge.


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