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James + Lanterns on the Lake at Victoria Theatre, Halifax, UK – 20th May 2018 

20 May 18

Halifax, a town famous for Cat’s Eyes (the reflecting studs on the road that keep you safe), chocolate and banking has a rich musical history, but of late the calibre of acts playing here has had a bit of a boom with the Stone Roses, Kasabian and …


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EP Review: Better Than That by James 

18 May 18

James have always been a great singles band.


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Jess Glynne at the Jazz Cafe, London, UK – 17th May 2018 

17 May 18

Jess Glynne; ‘Wow I didn’t know she was a thing anymore’ this was what my friend said to me after learning I was off to see her this evening.


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Rita Ora + Raye + Kara Marni at The Academy, Manchester, UK – 15th May 2018 

15 May 18

In the five short years since last touring the UK Rita Ora is back with a bang on her comeback ‘Girls’ tour.


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Album Review: Perfume by Wand 

13 May 18

‘Perfume’ immediately sounds like a follow-up to ‘Plum’, featuring strong melodies and riffs, plus a few inspiring instrumental work-outs and, like ‘Plum’, the album sounds like a real group effort.


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Wolfgang Flür + Peter Dugall + Virginia Wing and Xam Duo at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK – 12th May 2018 

12 May 18

There’s a good turnout at the Brudenell tonight to see a rare UK live show from ex-Kraftwork member Wolfgang Flür.


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Ray LaMontagne + Freya Ridings at City Hall, Sheffield, UK – 11th May 2018 

11 May 18

Hats off to Ray LaMontagne – He’s ‘Just Passing Through’ but calls in at Sheffield City Hall for an incredible intimate acoustic session.


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Nap Eyes + Haley Heynderickx at The Hare & Hounds, King’s Heath, Birmingham, UK – 9th May 2018 

9 May 18

There is a short change over time before Nap Eyes take to the stage.


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Jungle + Rae Morris + Tom Tripp at Rock City, Nottingham, UK – 8th May 2018 

8 May 18

There was a large crowd out in Nottingham on Tuesday to enjoy the musical prowess of Jungle a collective of musicians that captivated the ears of British summer barbeques and festivals just over four years ago.


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Arcadia 10th Anniversary Festival, Queen Elizabeth Park, London, UK – 5th May 2018 

5 May 18

Taking place within London’s iconic Olympic Park and designed to celebrate Arcadia’s tenth anniversary this two day, three staged festival offered an experience that can’t be found at any other.


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The Vamps + Jacob Sartorius + New Hope Club + HRVY + PM at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK – 4th May 2018 

4 May 18

May the fourth be with all the people attending The Vamps today at the Genting Arena Birmingham.


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Album Review: Revelation by Reef 

4 May 18

This album is a real, real mixed bag.


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The Limiñanas + Girl Sweat + Lewsberg at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK – 4th May 2018 

4 May 18

Based in Perpignan, The Limiñanas’ core comprise ‘forty-somethings’ Marie and husband Lionel Limiñana.


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Yo La Tengo at Royal Festival Hall, London, UK – 4th May 2018 

4 May 18

There’s a unique charm to Yo La Tengo, one they’ve possessed throughout the full span of their decades-long career, and is evident as ever on their latest album, ‘There’s A Riot Going On’.


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Album Review: For Now by DMA’s 

3 May 18

DMA’s, the Sydney based trio’s debut album, Hills End, landed on these shores some two years ago.


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We Are Scientists + The Pale White at Thekla, Bristol, UK – 2nd May 2018 

2 May 18

New York rockers We Are Scientists packed out Bristol’s Thekla on Wednesday 2nd May, turning the first leg of their Megaplexpedition into an impromptu birthday bash…


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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at the Arena, Birmingham, UK – 1st May 2018 

1 May 18

When Noel Gallagher comes to town – be it yesteryear with his brother and their sibling rivalry, or more recently with his High Flying Birds, it’s always an event.


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Love Music, Hate Racism: Kioko + Daddy G + Lady Sanity at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK – 29th April 2018 

29 Apr 18

If you’re reading this it’s safe to assume that you love music, and hopefully you hate racism.


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Gomez ‘Bring It On Anniversary Tour’ + John Smith at the O2 Academy, Leeds, UK – 29th April 2018 

29 Apr 18

Gomez emerge from the stage door to a massive cheer from this patient crowd, the opening synth sound of ‘Get Miles’ fills the room and we are off.


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Joe Satriani’s G3 with John Petrucci + Uli Jon Roth at Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK – 25th April 2018 

25 Apr 18

Joe Satriani brings his guitar buddies for another overdose of steller G3 solos at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.


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Of Mice & Men + Wage War + Sylar at the O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK – 25th April 2018 

25 Apr 18

“Welcome to this evening’s medley of metalcore! Ready to mosh? Marvellous.


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Ugly Kid Joe + Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons + Yellowcake at Concorde 2, Brighton, UK – 21st April 2018 

21 Apr 18

Almost 3 years after their last Brighton show, Ugly Kid Joe returned to our beloved venue by the sea, Concorde 2, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their platinum selling album America’s Least Wanted.


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LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Björk + Beck to Play Brand New All Points East Next Month 

21 Apr 18

All Points East is a brand new ten day event held in Tower Hamlets’ beautiful Victoria Park, East London from 25th May – 3rd June 2018.


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Common People is Back Next Month with Headliners The Jacksons, James + Ride 

21 Apr 18

Set to bring you electrifying music, entertainment and arts in the heart of Oxford this spring bank holiday, Common People is back for 2018 with headliners The Jacksons, James and Ride.


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Ray LaMontagne’s New Album ‘Part Of The Light’ + Ireland and UK Tour Dates 

17 Apr 18

Grammy Award winner Ray LaMontagne is set to release his seventh studio album, Part Of The Light on May 18th via Columbia Records.