The Wonder Stuff The final night of The Wonder Stuff’s December tour. It ended festively at the 02 Institute in Birmingham along with support from Black Country and Birmingham bands Bentley Rhythm Ace, Fuzzbox and newcomers The Lottery Winners.


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The Wonder Stuff There’s gigs, there’s great gigs and then there’s gigs when everything is just perfect and lodges itself permanently in your music sodden brain. For the perfect gig certain things have to fall into place, in this writer’s humble opinion. The venue has to be intimate but large enough not to feel claustrophobic. The sound has to be top notch. We’ve all been at gigs where the sound is such a mess that a band can be 2 minutes into a song before you realise you know said song, and know it well. The crowd have to be up for it without being over the top. The bands have to be on fire but more than that they have to be enjoying themselves. A band who look like they don’t want to be there are just no fun at all.


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Erica Nockalls So for the first time in years the British summer has actually appeared and we’re all drooping in heat that would be great if you were on holibobs - maybe not so great if you have to work! Tonight we’re at the indie venue in Brum with a legendary status, the Hare & Hounds in King's Heath, to see a ‘family affair’ - interlinking artistes - who do more than just play music. Predicting the room would be hot and stuffy - we’re wrong! Tonight’s air con is hugely efficient; it’s cooler inside than out.


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Erica Nockalls So for the first time in years the British summer has actually appeared and we’re all drooping in heat that would be great if you were on holibobs - maybe not so great if you have to work! Tonight we’re at the indie venue in Brum with a legendary status, the Hare & Hounds in King's Heath, to see a ‘family affair’ - interlinking artistes - who do more than just play music. Predicting the room would be hot and stuffy - we’re wrong! Tonight’s air con is hugely efficient; it’s cooler inside than out.


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The Wonder Stuff A sell-out 02 crowd welcomed back homecoming Midlands heroes tonight concluding their four consecutive nights’ ‘Sleigh The UK Tour’ (slay, get it? Ho Ho Ho! 2013 tickets on sale already.) What a damnably nice bloke JJ’s Mike Edwards is - just as well given the antics of stunt keyboard-breaker, BarryD. Imagine if, after ‘Revolver’, Lennon/McCartney had time-warped into the Indie Dance scene and said, ‘We’ll have some of that!’


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