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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Moose Blood Moose Blood are a band to watch for 2015 and this is why we are back to see them at the Institute on their support stint for Mallory Knox.


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Kasabian It’s been quite a year for Kasabian. Fresh on the heels of headlining Glastonbury this summer followed by an a historic hometown show in front of 50,000 people at Victoria Park. Being announced as the Best Act in the World (Q Awards) and the launch of their critically acclaimed 5th album 48:13. Then to top it all off, a sell out tour! Not bad for a bunch of lads from Leicester!


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Crossfaith Tonight’s show was bought to you by the letter C and the shape circle, not least because three bands’ names on the bill start with this letter.


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Robert Plant On a very wet Friday evening, the Wolverhampton Civic Hall is the busiest I have ever seen it, all waiting in anticipation for local rock royalty to take to the stage in the form of Robert Plant. As the house lights fade, the stage takes on a purple hue whilst Indian folk music replaces Sonic Youth and after a few minutes the Sensational Space Shifters enter followed by the living legend himself. Dressed simply in a black shirt and jeans with his trademark hair tied back, Plant still has the stature of a true rock star.


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The Specials Thursday night, Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, it must be The Specials. It's cold outside, but inside The Civic, the crowd are warming up nicely for an evening of classic Two-Tone from The Specials and some Dancing with The Rude Boys.


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Courteeners 2014 has been quite a year for Manchester’s indie rock band Courteeners, The band headlined the second stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals in August following the release of their forth album ‘Concrete Love’ which reached No 3 in the UK Album Chart. The year concluded with a huge 19 date UK tour in October and November.


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The Jesus And Mary Chain The Jesus and Mary Chain (JAMC) are back on the road, joining the ranks of established bands reforming and playing their iconic works live. In this case the album is 1985’s feedback fest ‘Psychocandy’.


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The Levellers Anticipation was high for this one. The 4th time of seeing The Levellers and they’d only let me down once, V99 when they inexplicably played a mid-afternoon slot to a crowd steel reeling from Mel C (‘I am an antichrist, I am a Sporty Spice’) and their set was cut short on the instructions of headliners Manic Street Preachers. Far outweighing this was a Brid Spa gig in ’95 that is still talked about amongst my fellow gig goers that night and a storming headline slot at this year’s Galtres Festival.


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