Boardmasters Surf + Music Festival 2016 Infected with festival fever, thousands sat above the sun-kissed sands of Cornwall’s Watergate Bay this weekend, on a picturesque hillside home to Boardmasters, one of the only British festivals that welcomes flip-flops over wellies.


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Kaiser Chiefs Suave in his entrance and charming in ego, front-man Ricky Wilson immediately presents the naughties established indie pop rock band, Kaiser Chiefs, by stirring up an animated Everyday I Love You Less and Less from fame-making album Employment. Instantly igniting the energy of the band and fans, the addictive lyrics had Ricky destroying music equipment and climbing on drums within minutes of entering the stage.


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We Are Scientists Dynamic, New York based rock indie duo, We Are Scientists, enveloped Birmingham’s O2 Institute in an enigmatic sound unlike that of their former albums. New album release, Helter Seltzer, explores a fusion of electronic, punk and hard instrumental rock that has propelled them into a distinguished artist worthy of a venue much larger than the Institute's 2nd room.


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Mumford & Sons

Out with the gentlemanly waistcoats and in with the grungy denim shirt-jean combo, the freshly transformed British quartet have re-categorised themselves within the rock music genre. The convincingly celtic rooted folk band Mumford & Sons have stripped back the banjo and string ensemble and opted for electric rock with their 2015 album Wilder Mind. Their new material has been saturated in the clashing of symbols, hard hitting drums, and twangs of electric guitars.



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Ella Eyre The appropriately entitled album tour, Feline, fittingly suits the youthful Ella Eyre’s feisty stage presence and roaring vocals as she illuminates Birmingham’s O2 Academy alongside a duo of fierce female vocalists backing her on the concluding night of her tour.


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The Staves Impeccable English sister trio The Staves activated a tightly packed venue of the Institute, Birmingham, with their appealing harmonies and outstanding choral vocals, they’ve fascinated their fans who’ve inflated in numbers since their latest sell out tour and release of album ‘If I Was.’


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Foxes Since the last time I witnessed English, singer-songwriter Foxes on her first album tour ‘Glorious’ her style seems to have expanded to resonate with a huge demographic, as the fans of Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2 comprised of all ages.


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James Bay

Sold out; James Bay has gained his fans in their thousands with a record year introducing his album Chaos and the Calm as well as winning this year’s Critics Choice Award at the Brits. Hitchin’s very own has hit us by storm, with a multitude of tracks and representing the era of acoustic rock, competing (never mind befriending) the likes of Sheeran and Ezra.



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Fall Out Boy Naughties American alt-rock comeback band Fall Out Boy re-established themselves on the UK’s music radar with their release of 2013 album Save Rock and Roll and they’ve continued their prominence in the category ever since; emerging new sounds and styles once more with their intensifying 2015 album American Beauty/American Physco.


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Jim Adkins Jimmy Eat World’s front man Jim Adkins is venturing solo, and upon his humble entrance to the small stage of the Glee Club, he considerately asked if phones could be switched off: “Seated gigs are all about listening”.


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V Festival, Weston Park, Stafford For years, the chart topping foundations of V festival has drawn in the mainstream music crowds, the playlist hand-picked when ripe by the elitists of the industry; put together with the ease of celebrity status. Yet, this year, they seemed to have missed their quota amongst the to-be-seen at summer events loosing a third of ticket sales, with something lacking from their line up.


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Funeral for a Friend Resurfacing after a quiet few years, Funeral for a Friend carry on their long stint as a hard-core metal rock quintet, with a showcase of their new album ‘Chapter and Verse’ at tonight’s event in the intimate and tired venue of the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton.


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Of Mice & Men Hit with a gross humidity as I enter crowded venue of the O2 Academy, awaiting Of Mice & Men, the suspense is high in the sold out arena. As I settled in with a beer in hand the room swallows us up in a blackout and a siren of alarms set off a deafening roar of screams from the audience.


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McBusted Entering the Barclaycard Arena I was instantaneously met by a mass of nostalgic noughties crazed music fans, ecstatically awaiting the new pop rock and punk pop fusion band McBusted. The six piece have begun a hysteria with their Most Excellent Adventure Tour. Blackout set off an immensity of screams and with their infinite energy McBusted entered, pinging into position one by one from below the stage like they’d just landed onto the screen of an arcade game.


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