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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Pulled Apart By Horses As I walked into the Institute well aware of whom Pulled Apart by Horses were, I was greeted with a sign politely stating “No Stage Diving” I found this a tad ironic with tonight’s visit of Yorkshire's finest, ready to rip the place apart.


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Hugh Cornwell + Hazel O’Connor Tonight, Gig Junkies friends, we are in Bilston, in the Black Country and the delectable little venue that is the Robin 2 to see two blasts from the past - two icons of punk / new wave on a double headlining set - Hazel O’Connor and Hugh Cornwell.


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John Grant Having last toured the UK in 2013 in support of the distinctly electro flavoured Pale Green Ghosts album Grant’s back this time with a modest, ahem, 34 piece orchestra in tow. It makes sense though given the lushness of that voice and the soaring songs (many of which focus on Grant’s struggles to come to terms with himself, his life and his loves) that practically cry out for the gravitas that only a full fat orchestra can really deliver. The venue’s pretty perfect too, Brum’s grand old Town Hall, a Victorian Grade I listed building that’s seen everyone from Charles Dickens to Black Sabbath do their thang (although sadly not on the same night).


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Sharon Van Etten Sharon Van Etten is on a bit of a rollercoaster. Following the breakthrough success of her 2012 ‘Tramp’, this year’s ‘Are We There’ seems to have fulfilled her promise and is already being listed as one of the best albums of 2014. Tonight she and her band bring the new album to Manchester.


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James Bay Just days after topping the iTunes Chart with his new E.P. ‘Hold Back The River’James Bay headed to the O2 Academy 2 in Birmingham. Bay's songs and guitar playing would be presented to a sold out venue tonight, but first it was time for Port Isla to take to the stage. With their set ranging from melodic anthems to soft indie ballads, the four piece band from Norwich more than paved the way for James Bay to grace to the stage.


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The Pretty Reckless With the curtains drawn and bells ringing to the backdrop of a moody guitar riff and some very suggestive moaning, the stage (and atmosphere) were literally set for The Pretty Reckless to take their bow. Boom, the curtains dropped and they were off like a shot with the catchy ‘Follow me Down’. A splendid opener.


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