Mastodon Now onto the big boys, Mastodon. The crowd are obviously looking forward to it and there is an almighty growl as the lights dim before they've even hit the stage. These boys know how to make an entrance and starting with 'The Last Baron' means from he start of the show everyone is in unison.


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Mark Lanegan Before he starts playing, Mark Lanegan demands that the minimal onstage lighting be dimmed even more and when he is satisfied he begins his ninety minute set with Death’s Head Tattoo from his latest album Gargoyle.


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Brian Fallon & The Crowes Previous Gaslight Anthem front man Brian Fallon took to the stage with his current band mates on Saturday night ‘The Crowes’ at the Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall.


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Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes There is always a moment when you know the band you're about to see is on the verge of exploding. Tonight holds that moment and it’s bittersweet. It means the end to a show fuelled by raw hunger, an energy searching for acceptance and instead is replaced by a sense of arrival. Wolverhampton was the last date on the tour to sell out and is often a rarity for a Slade Rooms show, in fact Midlands dates in general. It seems us Midlanders can be lackadaisical in our approach to supporting bands passing through our fair towns; which further reinforces the magnitude of what’s next for this band.


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Interview with Frank Carter Gig Junkies’ Lee and Kirsty sit down to chat with Frank Carter of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes about life on their sold out tour, the new album ‘Modern Ruin’ and 'the suit'. There's even a bit of word play thrown in for good measure.


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The Specials Forming in Coventry in 1977, these guys were a legendary part of the 2 Tone and ska scene if the time. Truly dance-able with lyrics of a political and social stance, they broke with tracks such as 'Too Much Too Young' and the unemployment themed spooky 'Ghost Town' - a track that hit the top spot in the UK charts. In two years they shone brightly, with seven UK top ten singles, before three members left to form Fun Boy Three, with the rest continuing on as the Special AKA. In 2008, they reformed and have been touring ever since. Welcome to Wolverhampton tonight - The Specials.


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Echo and the Bunnymen One of the bands of the alternative 80s, these guys with their haunting melodies and lead singer's trademark outspoken comments - 1984's 'Ocean Rain' was "the greatest album ever made" he declared at the time, these Liverpudlians made the charts their home. And 30 odd years on they are still out and about, still masses of dry ice and darkened image, tonight in Wolverhampton welcome Echo and the Bunnymen.


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Black Peaks + Heck Black Peaks take the headline spot and are welcomed on stage by a whistling crowd. Opening with ‘White Eyes’ they deliver a pitch perfect set. I have to confess I've yet to listen to their debut album, I had intended to listen the shit out of it, as Black Peaks singles have been a slow burn for me. Instead I was waiting to blown away live.


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Crossfaith Crossfaith really are a guilty pleasure, and in all honesty after seeing them 4 times now I can’t decipher how they haven’t quite blown up yet. They are a band you need to experience live. Their one by one, riser posing entrance never gets old and I always want to know what leather jacket keyboardist Terufumi will be wearing this time. Sadly nothing compares to the Akira red jacket but tonight’s slogan emblazoned back of ‘New Age Warriors’ is promptly second favourite.


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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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Judas Priest

Local lads Judas Priest certainly know how to play to a home crowd. The stage is shrouded in the best curtain I have ever seen; showing an industrial skyline at night of the factories that inspired the genre it simply stated ‘Welcome to the Home of British Steel’ in the corner. Before the curtain drop the lighting changed to red illuminating the sky on the curtain to reflect the origins of the Black Country name.



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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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Peace

An incredible gig from a band that you can't help but love.

I guess that’s the short review for the night that Peace played the Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 10/10/15. The English indie rock quartet graced the stage as the curtains lifted up, and from the ear shattering sound of the crowd you knew that this was going to be a happy gig, for happy fans, on the 'Happy People' tour.



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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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