Band of Skulls Southampton's alt-rock trio Band of Skulls took to the blue lit stage, guitars in hand, with the female vocalist (Emma Richardson) stood on one side of the stage, drummer (Matt Hayward) middle back and the male vocalist (Russell Marsden) stood directly opposite. As a band I’m not too familiar with, this staging proved they needed little to take control of the venue with their powerful sound.


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Paolo Nutini By all accounts, 2014 has been a hell of a year for Paolo Nutini. After years in relative obscurity following the release of his second album, he burst back onto the music scene with phenomenal third album 'Caustic Love' which has once again sky-rocketed him to superstardom. It's not hard to understand why every seat in the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester is filled; the room humming with anticipation for what such a unique artist will bring to the table this evening.


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Billy Idol On this Bonfire Night we lucky things at Gig Junkies are off to see fireworks in Brum of a different kind. And we're kinda excited!  Cos we're here to see former punk of Generation X fame, who went to American to seek fame and found it and then some! With a Rebel Yell and far, far more than that - success beckoned with attitude-laced hits that were chant-fantastic. And the blonde bombshell with the snarl that Elvis would be jealous of, is here tonight - ladies and gentlemen - welcome Billy Idol.


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John Mayall What can be said about the great John Mayall? At 80 years old, the legendary blues singer, songwriter, harpist, organist and guitarist is still going strong, and I find him in the middle of his aptly named "80th Anniversary Tour" at Birmingham’s beautiful Symphony Hall. Receiving an OBE in 2005 for services to music, Mayall has continued to make music for over 50 years, and, as BB King once said of his friend, "John Mayall, he was the master of it all.”


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Counting Crows I was going to say something cheesy about Counting Crows and fireworks – it being the 5th November and all, but I am far, far better than that and thankfully so are they!


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Twin Atlantic Twin Atlantic kicked off a 12-date UK tour in Aberdeen on the 23rd October. Eight days in and with the tour nearly at a close the Glaswegian four-piece take to the stage at Birmingham’s Institute.


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Lamb Lamb take to the stage and, despite the venue being far from full, they are greeted like returning heroes. Having just released studio album number 5 (Backspace Unwind) Andy Barlow is clearly fired up punching the air and whooping at every opportunity.


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The Barr Brothers Out on King’s Heath High Street, the night is cold and misty but upstairs the air hangs heavy with expectation for the sold out visit from Montreal natives The Barr Brothers.


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Maverick Sabre Tonight sees Maverick Sabre conclude his latest tour to a sold out crowd, at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.  Having released his debut album over two years ago, it has been a while since Maverick has performed in London. Taking two years out to experience life before writing his second album, the fans have had to wait quite a while before seeing the ‘Let Me Go’ singer return once more. Following a successful festival season however, Maverick is back and ready to show London he’s worth the wait!


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Fuse ODG After recently being part of the festival season (Fusion Festival, V Festival) Fuse ODG is currently doing his first headline tour across the UK. As I head down to The Institute, Birmingham, the crowd is lining up all the way around the block. Fans in the queue are trying to sell spare tickets for the sold out show.


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George Ezra George Ezra is currently at the height of his career. He has just spent two weeks at number one in the albums chart, following from two hit singles, ‘Budapest’ and ‘Blame It On Me’. Now he finds himself playing to a max-capacity crowd at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, some twelve hours after his February tour went on sale and promptly sold out. This is a man on top of the world.


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John Cooper Clarke Tonight we’re at the beautiful Town Hall in Birmingham, to see a full on punk-rock gig, with a twist. There is no music, no musicians, no instruments, it is the words that are the lyrics and the melody. Tonight we’re here for rock with words, the punk god-father of the satirical, the political and the scathing courtesy of Doctor John Cooper Clarke.


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Katy B Katy B has been going from strength to strength! Following a tough couple of months where shows had to be cancelled (one of which was cancelled only a few nights ago on doctor’s orders), Katy B has returned to London once more to show her fans she’s back and means business! Tonight’s show takes place at The Roundhouse as part of her ‘Little Red’ Tour, an album which has been the first of Katy’s to peak at number one in the charts!


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Steve Cropper Walking into Woody’s bar at The Robin 2, and seeing a genuine legend propping up the bar, chatting with the punters is one of the more surreal moments of my life*. But, as Steve Cropper (for it was he) was to say later “I’m just an old man, having some fun”.


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