Halestorm This tour feels like an important one for Halestorm; the hard rocking fourpiece have shown they can win over an arena crowd with a short, sharp set, but what about the prospect of them making it back to the big venues on their own? This headline run of decent sized venues could go some way to determining their next step.


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The Quireboys On arrival at Robin 2 in Bilston, I awaited the entrance of fascinating act, The Quireboys. Talented young artist Louis Coupe (lead singer of The Rooz) was on stage setting the scene and getting the audience ready for the rock styled acoustics of the main act. Firstly on the guitar then playing the piano this support was an entertaining artist warming up the audience nicely.


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Steel Panther Tonight is the opening night of the tour and everybody is in high spirits. A lot of the fans here have taken it upon themselves to get glammed up for the occasion and why not? With the line up of bands that we have on show tonight everyone is in a for a treat.


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Yellowcard Since their beginnings in 1997, Yellowcard have considered Less Than Jake to be one of their main inspirations. The two bands were formed within 100 miles of each other and regularly toured the same venues while climbing from nobodies to the stars they are today.


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The Script Entering the large venue of the Genting Arena, I took my seat – along with thousands of others – ready to be engulfed in the ambient Irish Rock Pop band The Script and their ‘No Sound without Silence’ Tour.


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Pond Pond are a band who seem to live in the shadow of fellow Aussies from Perth, Tame Impala. Members of Pond have been in Tame Impala and vice versa. While Tame Impala seem to have got most of the limelight, Pond may be the hardest workers, having made six albums since 2009. And as tonight’s gig demonstrates, Pond are a red hot band, far beyond being an offshoot of Tame Impala.


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Fightstar It was a sad day for Fightstar fans back in 2010 when announcing their hiatus however after four years absent, they ended their hiatus and announced a small run of UK shows for early 2015 which we were lucky enough to attend. Fightstar's main support for these handful of shows were the young and fresh Moose Blood who released their debut album late 2014, who look to have a very bright future. So with four years absence from live shows do Fightstar still have what it takes to put on a tremendous show? Or will the stage rust take longer than anticipated to shake off?


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Ocean Colour Scene In the late 80’s a group of lads from the outskirts of Birmingham, formed a band morphing from the ashes of two: The Boys and Fanatics. First few years weren’t easy, they got signed and company ownership changes meant then went into dispute with the label. Then one Paul Weller, picked up and mentored them and with support gigs with Oasis, they got their break, especially with second album 'Moseley Shoals'. The boys are back in town with a couple of homecoming gigs to celebrate a remarkable 25 year career. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Ocean Colour Scene in the poshest venue in the city, going all acoustic as part of their celebration tour.


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Kerrang! Tour 2015 This year’s annual Kerrang! Tour sees the likes of We Are The In Crowd, Don Broco, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth take part in the twelve-day stretch up and down the country.


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10cc 1974. There was a hung parliament; Conservatives were ousted by Labour. ABBA won Eurovision with ‘Waterloo’. West Germany won the World Cup. The Rubik’s Cube was invented. Ceefax was started by the BBC. The “rumble in the jungle” as Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman. The Birmingham Pub Bombings, still painfully remembered today. And anything digital, internet, iThingy was years off. 10cc released their vinyl album ‘Sheet Listing’ to play on a record player on their journey to huge success. And 40 odd years on, in the luxurious Symphony Hall we’re here to take a peek into their hugely creative musical journey…


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Ocean Colour Scene Birmingham boys Ocean Colour Scene are back with a couple of homecoming gigs to celebrate a remarkable 25 year career!


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The Phantom Band Every now and then I go and see a band I’ve heard good things about, hoping to be at least pleasantly surprised and have a good evening out. So tonight at Manchester’s Deaf Institute I’m trying out The Phantom Band, an indie sextet from Glasgow.


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Kaiser Chiefs “This is a public service announcement. Welcome the people of Wolverhampton to Wolverhampton Civic Halls. Tonight performing for your delectation and entertainment will be the Kaiser Chiefs supported by Public Service Broadcasting. Thank you for coming along and enjoy tonight’s performance. Yes.”


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The Staves Stepping into the tight but intimate venue of the Rescue Rooms, The Staves were welcomed wonderfully by the audience with a sold out start to their tour. Ecstatic to be back, they tell us the Rescue rooms was the first gig they ever played (back when they were a support act).


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