The Levellers

Time to party! Yep we're looking forward to this one as we make our way over to Wolverhampton on out third gig in three nights! Gigging people appear to be in two places tonight, either at the Genting Arena for Duran Duran, or, with a total left field and alternative edge to have a good old blast and party on this Beautuful Nights tour with the rag-tag-bobble-tail crew that are The Levellers.



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New Order And here we are in a rather busy, rather wet Wolverhampton to see one band who just keep on turning up. In their previous guise they came indie cult legends, with the ultimate sad twist of fate. In their current guise - they started of with one of the iconic dance floor 12 inch classics and after a while, went on to have hit after hit after hit. Lulls and hiatus’s, well they’re back with a shiny new album ‘Music Complete’ in tow. No blue Monday, a very warm welcome Tuesday to New Order.


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Hinder Well tonight we're back in Wolverhampton at the smaller of the two main building Civic Hall venues - the Wulfrun for double headliners featuring long standing talents artists. From cuddly toys to harvests and worlds welcome people of Wolverhampton to (Andrew) Roachford and The Christians.


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Us lucky Gig Junkies got to go along to this year's Slamdunk Festival 2015 at Wolves Civic. Every year the question of stage location raises it's head. This year they realised a riser under the marquee wasn't gonna cut it when it became the Impericon Stage of Hardcore. And so a new outdoor stage was birthed outside the Wulfrun and thus the joy of crowded corridors within the Civic was born for the crowds.


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Royal Blood Here at GigJunkies we're lucky-so-and-so's as we get to go to some fantastic events and festivals. "Royal Blood" is just one of those events. Coming off the back of their recent best British group for 2015 prize win; these guys are on a crest of a wave at the moment. They appear to be level-headed and down-to-earth guys, and it is certainly doesn't appear to be adversely affecting their humility in-front of this avid Wolverhampton Civic crowd.


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Erasure It’s the end of November and Christmas is approaching at a million miles an hour. Here at Gig Junkies, we think we’ve been good little guys and gals so we’ve busily been writing our little Christmas list for Santa Claus. We’ve asked for a barn-storming, sing-a-long poptastic full-on party! And Santa - he say yeah! Yippee! So tonight we’re here at Wolves Civic for a full, over-the-top party with a electronic synth god and a guy with a voice to die for - courtesy of Erasure.


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Jake Bugg Spoiler Alert!  This review is full of superlatives about the uber talented young man from Clifton Nottingham. Please don’t read any further if this offends you. Gigs Junkies favourite son, Mr Jake Bugg, who we’ve basically been touting forever (see - we reviewed him here yonks ago) was back, just down the road from his homeland on the West side of the Midlands at the splendid Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.


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The Darkness After break-ups and drug issues, the original four band members are reunited – yes, rock legends The Darkness are back! They’re promoting the latest album, ‘Hot Cakes’, and, boy, are they on form!


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Sigur Rós Along with Bjork, Sigur Rós have put the small country of Iceland (population 311,000) on the music map of the world. Like Bjork, Sigur Rós are highly original and it’s good to see them bringing their ethereal post-rock sounds back to Wolverhampton. I missed them when they were last here a few years ago, but tonight they return to the Civic Hall with a really sensational show.


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Paloma Faith Here at Gig Junkies we’re oh so lucky. We get to photograph some superb gigs. Paloma Faith's gig on her Fall to Grace tour in Wolverhampton is just one of them. Gig Junkies' very own Bianca got to shoot the beautiful songstress' show. We hope that you like what she saw.


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The xx Today is a rather special date in the calendar. Not only is it 12-12-12, but it’s also the first visit to Wolverhampton for The xx. The concert is sold out and there is excitement in the air. There is certainly plenty of band merchandise being shifted, with designer xx carrier bags in abundance. The xx’s sound is a defined by whispered vocals, often sparse instrumentation and very personalised lyrics about relationships. The question is how their subtle material will come over in such a big venue. We are about to find out that the band’s apparently small sound works brilliantly in a cavernous hall.


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Garbage Tonight’s band were ‘manufactured’. Full stop. Polar opposite to the usual mates or friends of friends coming together to form a band - two producers and a sound engineer thought it would be a rather good idea to form a band. Then they found a wee Scottish lass to front it. And while this particular path may not have been the easiest ‘Vow’ blew everyone away; four albums sold over 17 million albums in a decade - and then they disappeared from view. Tonight they’re back; they’re far from rubbish - they are, indeed, Garbage.


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One Direction Have we got a Christmas treat for you...? We got to photograph the the boy-band of the moment One Direction in Wolverhampton at the Civic Hall. We hope you enjoy the photos of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis, and would love to hear what you thought of the shows. Tweet @GigJunkies and we'll post the best ones, right here alongside the photos...


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John Mayer Being a big John Mayer fan for a long time it was a great pleasure to be able to finally get to one of his gigs. The anticipation had set in earlier in the day and I was "up for it". Awesome seats, 3rd row middle balcony gave a great view of the stage. I've never sat down at a gig but I was liking the feeling of a Roman Emperor at the Colosseum (in my strange fantasy world). A great night was to be had.


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