The Script Entering the large venue of the Genting Arena, I took my seat – along with thousands of others – ready to be engulfed in the ambient Irish Rock Pop band The Script and their ‘No Sound without Silence’ Tour.


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Pond Pond are a band who seem to live in the shadow of fellow Aussies from Perth, Tame Impala. Members of Pond have been in Tame Impala and vice versa. While Tame Impala seem to have got most of the limelight, Pond may be the hardest workers, having made six albums since 2009. And as tonight’s gig demonstrates, Pond are a red hot band, far beyond being an offshoot of Tame Impala.


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Ocean Colour Scene In the late 80’s a group of lads from the outskirts of Birmingham, formed a band morphing from the ashes of two: The Boys and Fanatics. First few years weren’t easy, they got signed and company ownership changes meant then went into dispute with the label. Then one Paul Weller, picked up and mentored them and with support gigs with Oasis, they got their break, especially with second album 'Moseley Shoals'. The boys are back in town with a couple of homecoming gigs to celebrate a remarkable 25 year career. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Ocean Colour Scene in the poshest venue in the city, going all acoustic as part of their celebration tour.


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Kerrang! Tour 2015 This year’s annual Kerrang! Tour sees the likes of We Are The In Crowd, Don Broco, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth take part in the twelve-day stretch up and down the country.


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10cc 1974. There was a hung parliament; Conservatives were ousted by Labour. ABBA won Eurovision with ‘Waterloo’. West Germany won the World Cup. The Rubik’s Cube was invented. Ceefax was started by the BBC. The “rumble in the jungle” as Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman. The Birmingham Pub Bombings, still painfully remembered today. And anything digital, internet, iThingy was years off. 10cc released their vinyl album ‘Sheet Listing’ to play on a record player on their journey to huge success. And 40 odd years on, in the luxurious Symphony Hall we’re here to take a peek into their hugely creative musical journey…


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Ocean Colour Scene Birmingham boys Ocean Colour Scene are back with a couple of homecoming gigs to celebrate a remarkable 25 year career!


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The Phantom Band Every now and then I go and see a band I’ve heard good things about, hoping to be at least pleasantly surprised and have a good evening out. So tonight at Manchester’s Deaf Institute I’m trying out The Phantom Band, an indie sextet from Glasgow.


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Kaiser Chiefs “This is a public service announcement. Welcome the people of Wolverhampton to Wolverhampton Civic Halls. Tonight performing for your delectation and entertainment will be the Kaiser Chiefs supported by Public Service Broadcasting. Thank you for coming along and enjoy tonight’s performance. Yes.”


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The Staves Stepping into the tight but intimate venue of the Rescue Rooms, The Staves were welcomed wonderfully by the audience with a sold out start to their tour. Ecstatic to be back, they tell us the Rescue rooms was the first gig they ever played (back when they were a support act).


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Rob Lynch Rob Lynch seems to have combined alcohol with flu drugs to create an increasingly winning combination of wit and mirth. Corralling the remaining seated dregs of an audience into action by likening the scene to Phoenix Nights.  Opening with album opener ‘31/32’ picks up perfectly from the making the most of life reflections that Allison Weiss left us with.


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Mike Heron and Trembling Bells As a fan of the former Incredible String Band, I thought tonight’s Mike Heron gig would certainly be worth an evening out in Preston, but it turns out to be a real treat, a beautifully rich tapestry of ICB music plus a lot more.


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Moose Blood Opening with ‘Pups’, Moose Blood are greeted with a crowd that start bouncing instantly as singer Eddie asks for us all to “have some fun” in that super polite way of his. Eddie’s vocals sound ballsier tonight. I am unable to decide whether that is a reflection upon being the headline band and the type of crowd on this tour, or just a sign of a voice that’s fucked from all the touring.


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Frank Turner Well this promised to be special. Frank Turner’s first gig of 2015, solo, in an intimate venue. This year’s Independent Venue Week ambassador playing in a venue we nearly lost last year, as part of IVW. Perfect.


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Charlie Simpson Heartthrob Charlie Simpson, with his floppy hair and shirt jean combo, enters the stage very humbly on the simple and small stage of The Slade rooms, a full venue, yet tight fit for the audience. With a pianist on side, the set promptly begins and with second track ‘Down, Down, Down’; from popular album ‘Young Pilgrim’ and ‘Sun Down’ he illustrates his indie, folk sound and soft vocals.


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