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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Northlane Tonight we visited the O2 Institute Birmingham for a night of fine modern metalcore with Northlane and some absolute gems in Invent, Animate and Erra in supporting roles. The venue itself was busy early on.


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Jesca Hoop Tonight we take a trip to the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham to see songstress Jesca Hoop supported by Lucas Oswald.


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Every Time I Die Every Time I Die need no introduction and have been smashing shows like this for nearly 20 years! Just let that sink in, 20 years and still more hungry and passionate than most new bands. Even in a cast Jordan Buckley flails around the stage like a man possessed. Brother Keith conducts the carnage and grins manically as he paces the stage. It was great to finally hear tracks from Low Teens in their natural environment and they sound magnificent.


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The Darkness For me, its always great to go to a Hard Rock gig. The lightshow is usually great, the music is really right up my street, the crowd is generally spot on and the atmosphere amazing. Tonight just imagine all of that times 10 - Why? Well beacuse The Darkness are in town, thats why.


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Skinny Lister Have a look at the Xtra Mile Recordings roster. It is a list of some of the finest acts out there. Diverse, but each one worth your time and money. Two of the best live acts this country has to offer are Xtra Mile artists Skinny Lister and Beans On Toast and they’re currently touring their blistering sets around this sceptred isle.


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Howard Jones It’s been well over thirty years since Howard Jones asked us to “throw off our mental chains”; to challenge our preconceived ideas. How time flies by. In support of his brand new ‘Best Of’ Howard Jones release entitled ‘BEST (1983-2017)’, and now with all new and extended Electric Band, he's put doing a series of five shows across the UK, including tonight's at Birmingham's o2 Institute.


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Hookworms Hookworms are a five-piece Leeds-based band who have been getting some great reviews and radio play (Radio 6’s Marc Riley being a particular enthusiast) and they are renowned for making a full-on racket. Tonight they are playing close to base at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club and a good number of their fans have turned out to see them. It’s the first gig of their current tour, with the next one scheduled for their home city at Leeds Brudenell Social Club (reputedly their favourite venue) this coming weekend.


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Bad Touch It’s almost panto season and tonight we have ‘Beauty & The Beast’ in the shape of Mollie Marriott and Bad Touch, live at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. Classic Rock n’ Roll tales as old as time. I’m back at my favourite independent music venue in the North – Leeds Brudenell Social Club for a night of Classic Rock that could have been made in the 70’s. We have the long hair, flares, boots, beards and loud guitars – we also have beer at £1.99 but that’s not as a throwback gimmick, or even because it’s Black Friday. This is a normal night here, a social music club deep in the mainly student community of Leeds. Now having 3 stages and every night is booked, it’s so great to see it thriving when many others are closing down.


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PVRIS “I hope you have your dancing shoes on tonight!” declares Pvris lead singer Lynn Gunn to the Birmingham crowd. It’s been 3 years since they released their excellent debut album ‘White Noise’ and their rise has been pretty fast since then. Tonight they are playing another sold out UK gig in support of their latest 2nd album ‘All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell’ released 3 months ago.


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Bananarama To Arena Birmingham on a Winter’s evening to spend the evening in the company of three friends who formed a band in the early 80’s. They went on to massive success - including a listing in the Guinness World Records as the all female group with the most chart entries in the world! With 10 top #10 singles in the UK, they went on to sell over 40 million records. Being in the right place at the right time paid of for them and the friends are reformed in their original line up - welcome Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey - hey hey it’s Bananarama.


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The Divine Comedy A cold and windy November evening in Leeds saw a welcome return of The Divine Comedy, a great British band fronted by their founder Neil Hannon. Many people have said that their best days are behind them, but if last night’s performance was anything to go by, they couldn’t be more wrong.


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Opeth Tonight we venture into the world of progressive metal; specifically of the Nordic variety. The 02 Institute in Birmingham presents us with Enslaved from Norway, a band that has been on the radar since the nineties and has a large back catalogue to choose from. The headliner tonight, Opeth, have garnered much success in their 18 years since formation, with frequent changes in style along the way.


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Average White Band The Irish Centre in Leeds saw the original funksters Average White Band play to a packed 800 capacity crowd, delivering a fizzing 90 minute set. Able support by DJ Lubi and Gip Damone, delivered a smoothly delivered funk and soul set to get the crowd in the mood.


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