Pure Love Tonight, Pure Love's headline show at XOYO marks the 1 year anniversary of their first ever show that took place at Bush Hall on February 14th 2012. The Brooklyn based Pure Love, Frank Carter and Jim Carroll have spent the last year playing storming, riotous shows up and down the UK. In the summer, the duo played a phenomenal set at Reading and Leeds festival, drawing in crowds of over 10,000 and cementing Carter as one of the UK’s most exciting and prolific frontmen. Gig Junkies very own photographer Jordan got to shoot the duo's Valentine’s day gig, we hope you like what he saw. Were you there? We would love to hear what you thought. Tweet us @GigJunkies, or post your comments on our Facebook page and we'll put your thoughts, right here alongside the photos.


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Kerrang! Tour 2013 So this Valentine’s night, we’ve given up a romantic meal for a night at the O2 Academy for a bit of up-and-coming rock, we’re at the Kerrang! Tour 2013. An eclectic mix of punk rock, in your face screaming and goth glam rock… Kerrang! was once the place of denim, leather, spiral perms and Iron Maiden. Thirty odd years on, as the rock genre has spread and merged with other genres, the music that Kerrang! plays and promotes has followed suit. So this 2013 tour is all about new talent and if it’s objective is about bringing the next generation into the world of rock n’ roll than it’s obviously worked. Because the crowd is made up of little people - max age of 15 if I’m being generous, kids with face-paint everywhere and the odd parent in tow.


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Jake Bugg I’m one of those people who half-watches Later with Jools Holland. I mostly have it on in the background and show a vague passing interest in bands I like when they perform. The only real time I stood up and took notice was when a then relatively little known Jake Bugg was introduced on it. Hearing his voice and how different he was I knew then I wanted to see him live one day. When the opportunity arose to see him in Manchester, I was the first to put my hand up to attend. The Academy is probably the largest small venue in Manchester where you can see an artist before they get really big. It makes many gigs there a special occasion.


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