Hiss Golden Messenger Hiss Golden Messenger is the moniker for MC Taylor's Americana folk band and he has chosen to embark on this tour as a solo artist, nothing but guitars and humour to entertain. From the outset he lays down his intent with an emotionally wrenching acapella number that encapsulates the audience drawing them forward into his world and it becomes apparent that this will be one helluva set.


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Lewis Capaldi It’s been a wild 12 months for Lewis Capaldi, the self-proclaimed ‘America’s Sweetheart’ has managed to bag his first Grammy nomination, a debut album and a string of worldwide sold-out shows. The Scottish Beyoncé took over the O2 Academy in Glasgow over the weekend for two sell-out shows packed to the brim with loyal fans.


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Shed Seven Shed Seven - Still Going For Gold in Shedcember 2019, Massive Homecoming Yorkshire Gig at Leeds Arena. Without doubt the biggest band from York has to be Shed Seven, and as a loyal Yorkie I’ve seen them play in some of the smallest pubs and clubs in the city since they first got together, watched them lose the Battle of the Bands competitions, twice and also saw them play plenty of amazing shows at Fibbers and The Barbican in York. It smarts a bit that they choose Leeds as their big homecoming gig on the Shedcember tour this year.


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Katherine Priddy We are at that time where we are all being encouraged to tick one box or another. Where even if you do you may not get the result you hoped for… some things are not as advertised. Disappointment often follows. For a genuinely good evening out go and see Katherine Priddy play and if it happens to be a lovely intimate, warm, friendly venue like Kitchen Garden in King's Heath Birmingham then lucky you.


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Mac DeMarco An evening with Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV you say? I’m there! Tonight sees Vernor (the lesser-spotted Mac DeMarco to you guys) sojourn to Birmingham for the 1st time since his Institute gig in 2015 to proffer his jizz-jazz wears to us Midlanders…


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Halestorm Of all the shows I’ve been to this year, this was one of the most enjoyable, and probably the most important.


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Calexico and Iron & Wine Americana/alternative country rockers Calexico and folk singer-songwriter Iron & Wine (aka Sam Beam) released the LP 'Years to Burn', their first collaboration together since their 2005 EP, 'In the Reins', in June this year and have been touring it pretty much non-stop since then.


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Fontaines D.C. Viva the Revolution as The Boys in the Better Land - Fontaines D.C. play yet another sweatfest in Leeds.


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Yungblud MADNESS! I’m sure everyone expected this to be a wild party under the O2 Academy Brixton’s roof tonight and they were ready for it from before reaching the venue doors. I arrived a bit early only to find out that people waiting outside were already warming up their voices, singing along to choruses of both Yungblud and classic British tunes. You could easily forget all about the cold and rain outside, as their presence was fading away to the excitement and restlessness that were filling the air.


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McFly "I know what you’re thinking, McFly just got sexier" - Dougie Poynter McFly are back, people, and they are on fire! I’m not just referring to the pyrotechnics here, the pop-rock band made fan’s dreams come true by reuniting for an awesome ‘one night only’ gig at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday night. The whole evening was filled with sing-your-heart-out classic tunes, such as ‘Obviously’ and ‘Star Girl’, bad jokes, "You wanna hear a joke? I’m a professional musician!" (by Dougie) and catchy new songs. It was everything you would want from McFly.


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Mick Flannery On a rainy night in Islington, as another Irish singer-songwriter almost said, we go to church. Mick Flannery is in town. Mick is from Cork. Just like me. Mick has a beard. Just like me. Mick is one of our finest artists. Just like I once won a Bachelor of the Year competition.


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Lankum I hadn’t heard of Lankum until a few weeks ago, when I read a five star review of their latest (and third) album ‘The Livelong Day’ in a music magazine. I checked-out some of their songs and they sounded great: I also found some more rave press reviews, all of them four or five star. So I’ve grabbed the opportunity to see Lankum live at Leeds.


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Sleeping with Sirens ‘Tonight in London we are going to play all the dope-ass ones!’… and they sure lived up to this statement. For those of you who thought Sleeping with Sirens are turning pop and going mellow, you’re in for a treat with their new album and definitely with their live performances. Returning to their original heaviness, SWS made a pleasantly surprising comeback this year with ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’ released via Sumerian Records. However, their UK tour shows took it up another level, with an even heavier sound, complimented by a masterful visual display of lights and shadows.


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Deerhunter Becoming a parent seriously affected my ability to discover new music. The days of scouring Last.fm or some such to find “similar” artists to my ongoing predilections, became the nights of little sleep and my rest-addled brain took succour in the familiar, the easy. Them the breaks… plus, our babies were ace. No problem.


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