Marillion + Luke Jackson @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 7th December 2014

It’s become a tradition on the Marillion calendar that the band play a handful of dates just before Christmas across Europe.  This year they kicked off the tour to a sold out crowd in Leamington.  It has been over three years since the band last played The Assembly, when they held their 2011 convention here […]

Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Symphony Hall, 5th December 2014

There is no doubt that Rodrigo y Gabriela put everything into their performance at Symphony Hall tonight. With the release of 9 Dead Alive this year, the Birmingham venue is full tonight. And this evening, we witness the acoustic guitarists play the complex and pounding metal-flamenco that fans are still dumbfounded by . Gabriela’s percussive […]

Ben Howard @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, 4th December 2014

I’ve been looking forward to tonight and it appears that I’m not the only one, as  The Civic in Wolverhampton was full tonight for  Ben Howard’s sell out show. By the time I arrived the room was already packed out with people pretty much stuffed into every corner. The evening starts with the lights dimmed to almost […]

Hacktivist + Dead Harts + The One Hundred @ The Temple, 3rd December 2014

Djent, grime and hardcore all rolled into one was going to fill my Wednesday evening. In one of the last instalments of the Download Freezes Over tour;  Hacktivist, Dead Harts and The One Hundred were going to bring an eclectic mix to The Temple. Being the smallest venue that The Institute complex has to offer […]

David Gray @ Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 2nd December 2014

Tuesday night’s audience at the Cambridge Corn Exchange seemed reluctant to remove their coats as they came in from the cold wet streets. David Gray had rolled into town for his Mutineers Tour and his fans were in need of warming up. Gray along with seven band members took to the stage and clearly defined the […]

Baby Godzilla + Zoax + Sexwolf! + Swamp Donkey @ The Oobleck, 1st December 2014

If you ever find yourself in a room where Baby Godzilla are performing, you can only assume one thing… anything could happen! Tonight on a chilly December’s evening inside The Custard Factory, the Nottingham-based foursome have brought a suitable chaotic line-up of bands along to do their best to warm things up a little. Unfortunately arriving […]

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators @ LG Arena, 1st December 2014

Earlier than scheduled, the house lights dim and some circus inspired music plays as the band enter the stage. The arena isn’t a complete sell out but the standing area is rammed from front to back, all cheering the acclaimed guitarist who is most famous for being a member of the classic Guns N’Roses line […]

Free Radio Live 2014 @ The LG Arena, 29th November 2014

A plethora of pop stars playing a few songs each to a packed arena of screaming fans a few weeks before Christmas? It must be this year’s instalment of the slick mini festival that is Free Radio Live. The packed offering has become something of an institution in these parts over the past few years, […]

Tonight Alive + The Summer Set + Chunk, No Captain Chunk! @ The Institute, 28th November 2014

We’re now well into gig season, with chances to catch some great live music coming left, right and centre and tonight has a particularly juicy offering in the form of one of the real success stories of the past 12 months; Australian outfit Tonight Alive. Since releasing their fantastic second album ‘The Other Side’ this […]

Delain @ O2 Academy, 26th November 2014

This week Delain kicked off their three sold out headline gigs in a row with a show at the O2 Academy in Birmingham. The Dutch symphonic metal band filled the venue with smoke as the lights went down accompanied by their signature intro music. As the band members arrived on stage the sell-out crowd welcomed […]

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Rival Sons @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 9th December 2014

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Marillion + Luke Jackson @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 7th December 2014

It’s become a tradition on the Marillion calendar that the band play a handful of dates just before Christmas across Europe.  This year they kicked off the tour to a sold out crowd in Leamington.  It has been over three years since the band last played The Assembly, when they held their 2011 convention here […]

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Interview – ’68

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Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Symphony Hall, 5th December 2014

There is no doubt that Rodrigo y Gabriela put everything into their performance at Symphony Hall tonight. With the release of 9 Dead Alive this year, the Birmingham venue is full tonight. And this evening, we witness the acoustic guitarists play the complex and pounding metal-flamenco that fans are still dumbfounded by . Gabriela’s percussive […]

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I’ve been looking forward to tonight and it appears that I’m not the only one, as  The Civic in Wolverhampton was full tonight for  Ben Howard’s sell out show. By the time I arrived the room was already packed out with people pretty much stuffed into every corner. The evening starts with the lights dimmed to almost […]

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Hacktivist + Dead Harts + The One Hundred @ The Temple, 3rd December 2014

Djent, grime and hardcore all rolled into one was going to fill my Wednesday evening. In one of the last instalments of the Download Freezes Over tour;  Hacktivist, Dead Harts and The One Hundred were going to bring an eclectic mix to The Temple. Being the smallest venue that The Institute complex has to offer […]

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David Gray @ Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 2nd December 2014

Tuesday night’s audience at the Cambridge Corn Exchange seemed reluctant to remove their coats as they came in from the cold wet streets. David Gray had rolled into town for his Mutineers Tour and his fans were in need of warming up. Gray along with seven band members took to the stage and clearly defined the […]

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Baby Godzilla + Zoax + Sexwolf! + Swamp Donkey @ The Oobleck, 1st December 2014

If you ever find yourself in a room where Baby Godzilla are performing, you can only assume one thing… anything could happen! Tonight on a chilly December’s evening inside The Custard Factory, the Nottingham-based foursome have brought a suitable chaotic line-up of bands along to do their best to warm things up a little. Unfortunately arriving […]

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Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators @ LG Arena, 1st December 2014

Earlier than scheduled, the house lights dim and some circus inspired music plays as the band enter the stage. The arena isn’t a complete sell out but the standing area is rammed from front to back, all cheering the acclaimed guitarist who is most famous for being a member of the classic Guns N’Roses line […]

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The Xcerts + Kagoule + Hyena @ The Sunflower Lounge, 30th November 2014

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Free Radio Live 2014 @ The LG Arena, 29th November 2014

A plethora of pop stars playing a few songs each to a packed arena of screaming fans a few weeks before Christmas? It must be this year’s instalment of the slick mini festival that is Free Radio Live. The packed offering has become something of an institution in these parts over the past few years, […]

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Tonight Alive + The Summer Set + Chunk, No Captain Chunk! @ The Institute, 28th November 2014

We’re now well into gig season, with chances to catch some great live music coming left, right and centre and tonight has a particularly juicy offering in the form of one of the real success stories of the past 12 months; Australian outfit Tonight Alive. Since releasing their fantastic second album ‘The Other Side’ this […]

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Seasick Steve Announces Sonic Soul Surfer Tour Dates And New Album

Seasick Steve releases his sensational new album, ‘Sonic Soul Surfer’, March 23rd on Caroline International, along with announcing a 2015 […]

Lily Allen + Fryars + Lolawolf @ O2 Academy, 26th November 2014

It’s been 8 years since Lily Allen burst onto the scene with her debut album “Alright, Still” and after being […]

John Grant With The Royal Northern Sinfonia @ Birmingham Town Hall, 24th November 2014

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The Gaslight Anthem + Deer Tick + Bayside @ O2 Academy 23rd November 2014

The Gaslight Anthem’s five date headline tour of the UK ends tonight, at the Academy in Birmingham tonight. Supporting the […]

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