Jake Bugg There’s a lot of fervour about a certain Mr Jake Bugg at the moment. Having supported the likes of the Stone Roses as well as gigging with (and receiving plaudits from) the singer/song writing legend that is Mr Noel Gallagher you can see why. Now, I’m not one to gloat but the Gig Junkies team have been supporting the wee fella for an age and beyond and quite frankly think that he is rather splendid indeed!


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Gary Numan We’ve had biopics of musicians before of course but surely Numan’s life story is rich for the picking? Son of a bus driver does a series of menial jobs before achieving global pop success and becoming one of the best stunt pilots in the UK. His plane crashes...quickly followed by his career then, after years in the wilderness, some of the biggest names in music start crediting him for influencing them. Finally he marries a member of his fan club and lives happily ever after...it’s got it all!


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Snoop Dogg Thanks to a ‘bit of a queue’ (it took nearly 50 minutes to get in tonight) we managed to miss Maverick Sabre, who'd finished by 8.30. For some reason security was super tight this evening and everyone was patted down and checked for weapons. Weapons? Seriously? Is Snoop still the threat to civilisation that he was painted as being back in the day? Was there actually a threat of the East Coast / West Coast rivalry kicking off again in Digbeth? I think not. Anyway, having eventually got in and secured a prime balcony spot there was plenty of time to chill as Snoop remained in his kennel until just after 10pm. Why’s the balcony such a prime spot at a Snoop gig? Well, warm air rises right? And given the quantity of weed being consumed down below before lazily curling its way skywards it was a little like being in a giant bong up there. Sweet.


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Beardyman What's the world coming to? I'm in The Library Room at the HMV Institute for a gig put on by BirminghamPromoters.com. Usually, Birmingham Promoters fill their calendar with up and coming bands as well as established artists with just a small dedicated following. Something about this gig isn't making sense. Instead of the usual band associated instruments; drum kit, guitars etc... Tonight there's nothing, not a jot. Unless you count a pair of decks, notebook pro, Kaos Pad and a microphone as instruments. Oh yeah! And a bare foot judge presiding over the scene. If you're a working roadie, I'd imagine a job with Beardyman must be considered an easy gig.


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Metal Hammer Razor Tour Next up was Scottish heavyweights Bleed From Within fresh from their European tour with All That Remains & Soilwork. Playing a lot of their new material at first the crowd were going wild with circle pits and lots of crowd surfing taking places with vocalist Scott Kennedy getting right in with the crowd passing the microphone out to singing fans who were loving every second of this amazing performance by the band. After playing tracks from Empire & Humanity their set ends with Scott throwing himself front flipping into the crowd landing on everyone in sight to massive applause.


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The Go! Team Psych-folk, krautrock, pop-psych... call it what you will... Nottingham’s The Soundcarriers are one of those bands that make the sort of achingly cool music that you probably pretended to like when you were at school (whilst secretly listening to the latest boy/girl band du jour).


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Imelda May It’s turning into a bit of a retro week, what with Brownbird Rudy Relic and C.W. Stoneking covering off the 1920s and 30s just a couple of nights ago and Imelda dragging us forward to the 50s tonight. I guess that’s the benefit of living in a time which has such a rich musical legacy to look back on although, perhaps for many of the people here tonight, the spirited rockabilly style that Imelda’s making her own is probably something new (check out Wanda Jackson to see Imelda’s spiritual grandma though).


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Athlete What was equally impressive was the effortless way in which the band captured the essence of their stereo tracks and took it to the next level within their live performance. Not holding back or hiding behind distracting lighting extravaganza; or even participating in over the top showboating antics, all that remained to blow you away was simply a pure and evoking raw sound.


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Heaven 17 Almost every band under the sun is doing this ‘let’s play one of our best albums in one night’ things now, but Heaven 17 have more reason than most to revisit their crowning glory. Why? Well, back when they originally released it (1981) they didn’t play live... partly it seemed to have been down to a refusal to do what was expected and partly down to the fact that the cutting edge technology of the day was less reliable than a cheque from the Irish government. Now most mobile phones would be up to the job so, thirty years late, here’s Penthouse and Pavement in all its vintage synth funk glory. Of course 1981 was a completely different time to the world we’re all living in today. There was a recession on, loads of political unrest, a vicious Tory government, religious extremism, rising unemployment, deeply unpopular wars and all we had to look forward to was a royal wedding. How times change eh? Hmmmm.


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