Steel Panther So, where do you start with a band like Steel Panther? Well, I started based on the recommendations of lots of friends and my step son, they had all seen Steel Panther before and absolutely raved about them. Me? Well I still didn’t really know what to expect, so when we arrived at the O2 in Newcastle I had heard a few tracks tracks, marvelled at their lyrical capability – more later readers - but couldn’t wait to see them in the flesh.


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Among the Echoes It’s Saturday 15th March, and downstairs in the Flapper, it’s a sell out crowd, with an assembled audience from across the UK (and Sweden too!) for the “Ides of March” event (Beware of Julius Caesar references…) organised by Synthetic City Promotions (i.e. Ian Wall/Johnny Normal) with appearances by 5 electronic artists from around the country.


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Maxïmo Park Having dipped in and out of Maxïmo Park's career over the last ten years and having already seen several unbeatable live performances, I was excited to see how they'd evolved since the last time I caught them back in 2010. The Institute is the perfect setting for their typically decadent offering and the room fills up quickly despite the early Friday night start time.


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Metronomy Manchester’s Ritz is sold out tonight for the much anticipated gig by arty electro-popsters Metronomy, in the early stages of their UK tour and eager to promote their acclaimed new album, ‘Love Letters’.


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Ella Eyre Ella Eyre is a 19 year old British singer songwriter, BRIT school educated and signed to Virgin EMI Records. She has already collaborated with many top chart sellers. These include the likes of Tinie Tempah, Bastille, Naughty Boy, and Rudimental, whom she received her first joint number one with. Just last month she could be seen taking the stage by storm with Rudimental at the BRIT awards, going on to win a BRIT Award that same night. One of the highlights of her career so far however, would probably be that she was the runner up for BBC's Sound of 2014. To find out more about Ella Eyre, an outstanding talented upcoming artist, visit her Twitter and Facebook pages.


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 Rodriguez Rodriguez tonight is supported by two acts Chloe Charles who gives a confident and sassy performance with strong harmonious vocals, and Dennis Coffey a well seasoned guitarist. In every area of the world that Rodriguez performs he has a different backing band, and for his British stint Coffey's backing then supports Rodriguez on stage with drums, bass and guitar. Coffey leads in nicely and fills the auditorium with a set of real crowd pleasers from the likes of Stevie Wonder and co.


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Lissie After buzzing over Lissie’s cover of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ little did I know that very same evening I’d be watching her doing her thing live on stage… arriving at the close-nit venue of the Birmingham Institute I firstly found myself feeling the fresh vibes that came about with the support act, Norma Jean Martine.


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The English Beat It’s a pleasant Sunday night in Birmingham, following a balmy early spring day in the city, and I wade through the massive crowd gathered outside to see All Time Low on the main Academy stage. Tonight though, I’m here to cover The English Beat, who are here as part of a short UK tour performing on the Academy’s second stage.


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Haim It was only back in December that HAIM graced our shores with a tour and it seems their is still plenty of demand for them. Tonights show is sold out along with the rest of their 8 date UK tour and even before all that they were creating a craze at festivals up and down the country.


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Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Tonight's gig at the Birmingham Academy had a varied lineup, and it was unclear whether this would be a good or bad thing. All three bands had punk leanings, but each pushed at the boundaries of the genre in different ways. It promised to be an intriguing night - would we be treated to an interesting mix of musical styles, or would the bands be too different to keep the crowd happy?


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Mike and the Mechanics The Symphony Hall and surrounding area is a very busy place tonight. Ant and Dec (not in person) are filming a fling thing in Centenary Square, while there's a posh black tie do on in one of the halls. But we're here in the lovely Symphony Hall auditorium to see Mike Rutherford’s ‘side project’ Mike and the Mechanics.


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Bastille Bastille have had one hell of a year. They've dominated the music charts, finding success and fans seemingly with ease and can even add winning Best British Breakthrough at The Brit Awards to their list of achievements to date. Given they only formed in 2010 it's been a supersonic rise, mostly thanks to single 'Pompeii' which became a wide reaching hit upon release in early 2013. Can their live show live up to the reputation that precedes them though?


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Rizzle Kicks Here at Gig Junkies we’re oh so lucky. We get to photograph some fantastic gigs. Rizzle Kicks’ gig at Leeds Academy is just one of them. Gig Junkies’ very own Chris got to shoot the platinum selling duo’s show. We hope that you like what he saw.


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The Wytches The Wytches are a Brighton based band that have recently been signed to Heavenly Records and undertaken a number of support slots for tours with the likes of Drenge. Their music has been described as “surf doom” which is a fair assessment; however, I would also add that there are distinct psychedelic influences which dilute the pure surf guitar sound. Marc Riley has been championing their music on 6Music and they have drawn in a sizeable crowd, many of which know most of the lyrics to the majority of the tracks and are thoroughly enjoying the set.


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