Bombay Bicycle Club It’s been two years since Bombay Bicycle Club graced Wolverhampton with their presence, and the marked change in sound and pace since their 2011 album ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ was pretty evident tonight, playing a set mostly comprising of their newer, heavier, electro and in parts R&B influenced material from their latest album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’. Things have certainly evolved for this London 4-piece, with each of their 4 albums carrying the progression of UK indie with them, and who seem to be one of the most inventive indie bands around right now.


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Foxes As we entered Kasbah Nightclub, this venue was a little different to many… I was pretty certain they’d mopped the floor with glue, cue worrying that the soles of my shoes would be ripped from them every time I wanted to move. Whilst awaiting the lovely Foxes, an exceedingly drunken and tall lady made sure to use me as a leaning post… until the lights dimmed and she ran to the front screaming to welcome Foxes onto stage.


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Brit Floyd Brit Floyd – ‘The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show’, proudly proclaims the band’s web site.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with setting the bar of expectation high, but for a band celebrating the five decade long musical history of one of the most iconic acts of all time, this is setting a high bar indeed.


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Catfish and the Bottlemen Surprisingly, it was the little room (AKA the Library) that we were directed to see the current media darlings Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Institute in Brummieland. Splendid! Based on what I’d seen online of their previous gigs, it was going to get niiiiiccceee and sweaty!


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Ben Howard By the time I’d grabbed a pint and squeezed into the venue of Wolves Civic, the lush Mr Ben Howard had entered a black out stage and I’d been immediately deafened by woops and screams… and when I say squeezed, I mean breathing down the neck of the person in front of me at this completely sold out gig.


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The Wytches "This is our biggest gig ever", announced The Wytches’ frontman Kristian Bell mid-set during tonight’s show. Indeed, Scala is packed to the brim; between the new-goth teens down the front to the pint-drinking, middle-aged men at the back, there is very little room to breathe.


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Electric Six It would be awesome if we could dance! With Dick Valentine and Electric Six this is a nailed on dead cert if ever I’ve seen one. For me one of the most fun and underrated bands of the last ten years strutted into the Academy 2 stage in Birmingham. Some improper dancing is about to occur.


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Slash The music journalist in me has always wanted to do a Slash gig. It’s not that I’m a massive fan - admittedly he’s a decent axe man and I do like the whole cigarette and top hat thing he’s got going on - but I do find his guitar playing a wee bit ‘twiddly’ at times. Or as my fellow muso Miss Toni Woodward refers to it ‘noodley’. Anyway, I digress. The main reason why I’ve always wanted to see the curly haired rocker from Stoke perform is to use a headline based around the 80’s film icon whom happened to waltz around in skin tight shorts, whilst playing the nemesis of Ming the Merciless. Yes people…


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Mastodon To quote Jane Austen "What are men to rocks and mountains?" This is the genre where men try and bridge that gap. This is a show for museos who like their proficient twiddly guitar and old school metal fans. This feeing is further emphasised by the wide age ranging male dominated crowd and the length of hair on show.


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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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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Arriving terrible late to the venue after hitting traffic most of the way there. I arrive at a sold out Civic Hall with half an hour to spare before Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott took to the stage. There are fans gathered outside for a cheeky smoke and a few alcohol fuelled revellers enjoying some lively banter.


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Peter Gabriel Tonight to the last time for this particular Gig Junkies team at the LG Arena before it morphs into the Genting Arena. We’re here to see a performer who founded one of the biggest bands in rock history way back in 1967, who became prog rock legends. Just seven years in he left, they went on to sell over 140 million records - but he didn’t do too bad, businessman, singer-songwriter, record producer, humanitarian activist, and a solo performer in his own right - tonight he’ll be performing his classic,  most commercial and ridiculously successful 1986 album in it’s entirety - welcome tonight Mr. Peter Gabriel, performing “Back to Front’ including ‘So’ in it’s entirety.


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Charlotte Carpenter The two support slots set up the headliner nicely and Charlotte Carpenter takes to stage initially in a trio backed by guitar and drums. "Woes" from the October 2014 released EP "Take It All" kicks of the headliner's set in soft yet enchanting style.


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The Vaselines The Vaselines were only a band for two years. They broke up within a week of releasing their 1989 debut ‘Dum Dum’. Nonetheless, their cult status was cemented in the early 90s when Nirvana covered a number of their songs, and the Glasgow pair are now in their sixth year as a reformed band. While the indie-pop jangle of ‘Dum Dum’ can be heard in many current acts, including the likes of Courtney Barnett and Big Deal, the band’s recent albums, 2010’s ‘Sex With an X’ and this year’s ‘V for Vaselines’ prove that they are the true pioneers of the genre- and tonight at the Garage, new songs are just as heralded as the old favourites.


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