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Celebrating David Bowie at The O2 Shepherd’s Bush, London, UK – 12th January 2018 

15 Jan 18

It was the right week and the right time for Bowie fans to come together from all over the UK to celebrate David Bowie.


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Paramore at The Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK – 14th January 2018 

14 Jan 18

Entering Birmingham’s Genting Arena, we thawed our frozen fingers from the chilly outdoors and welcomed Nashville trio Paramore to the stage ready to delight us in a glorious set of synth pop-rock.


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Fall Out Boy at The Hippodrome, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London, UK – 12th January 2018 

12 Jan 18

It sold out in less than 30 seconds! A rare intimate acoustic set from American rockers Fall Out Boy drew hundreds of adoring fans to The Hippodrome in Kingston-Upon-Thames on 12th January 2018.


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Gig Junkies Year in Review 2017 

29 Dec 17

As the New Year commences, Gig Junkies reminisce on a year of incredible acts, whilst our musical playlists expand beyond the limits of our memories, we will always be able to return to our stockpile of photographs and reviews to remind us of those …


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HIM + Biters at Roundhouse, London, UK – 17th December 2017 

17 Dec 17

When HIM announced earlier this year they would disband after a final tour, their decision wasn’t exactly met with surprise.


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Five Finger Death Punch + In Flames + Of Mice and Men at Arena, Birmingham, UK – 17th December 2017 

17 Dec 17

Five finger Death Punch are here in the UK touring in support of their ‘A Decade of Destruction’ compilation release which has many of the killer tracks played over the years which need little introduction to many out there.


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Roy Wood Rock & Roll Band + Kev Orkian + Galleon Blast + special guests @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – 16 December 2017 

16 Dec 17

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – as they say.


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Gogol Bordello + Lucky Chops at The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK – 15th December 2017 

15 Dec 17

The audience for Gogol Bordello were an unexpected mixed bag – the punks, goths, and musos in their requisite uniforms – with the addition of a lot of younger children with parents.


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The Prodigy at The O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK – 14th December 2017 

14 Dec 17

Torrential rain and snow didn’t stop the masses gathering at Manchester’s O2 Apollo for the opening night of dance superstars The Prodigy’s winter tour.


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The Pictish Trail + Monoganon at Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK – 13th December 2017 

13 Dec 17

Isle of Eigg resident Johnny Lynch has been performing as The Pictish Trail since the early 2000’s.


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PHOTOS: Liam Gallagher at The Arena, Birmingham, UK – 12th December 2017 

12 Dec 17

Liam Gallagher swaggered on to the Birmingham stage to rapturous applause and the opening chords of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’.


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Ellie Goulding & Friends at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK – 11th December 2017 

11 Dec 17

The Best of British Pop curated by Ellie Goulding explodes on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall for the Streets of London Charity.


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UB40 + Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys at First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK – 10th December 2017 

10 Dec 17

Since UB40 opened for business way back in 1978, they have been one of the UK’s leading advocates of reggae, and the ensuing 40 years have seen them release 18 albums, which have sold in lorry loads, and they also achieved global recognition.


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Ho99o9 + Kate Mo$$ at The Haunt, Brighton, UK – 8th December 2017 

8 Dec 17

It seems natural that a band with such a name as Ho99o9 would one day rock up to play within the walls of Brighton venue The Haunt.


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The Kerrang! Tour ft. The Amity Affliction + Boston Manor + Vukovi + Casey at Beckett University, Leeds, UK – 6th December 2017 

6 Dec 17

The Kerrang! Tour has always been a great showcase for new bands some of which have gone onto greater things such as Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon and All Time Low.


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Nothing More + In Search of the Sun + Psycho Village at Dingwalls, Camden, London, UK – 6th December 2017 

6 Dec 17

Until two weeks ago I’ve never heard of a band called Nothing More and to quote a recent article by TeamRock, “Who the f*ck are…Nothing More?” Fast-forward two weeks to last night, I knew exactly who they are and I’ve been listening to …


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Mastodon + Red Fang + Russian Circles at Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK – 4th December 2017 

4 Dec 17

Now onto the big boys, Mastodon.


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Marilyn Manson at O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK – 4th December 2017 

4 Dec 17

The black curtain is raised in the O2 Apollo in readiness for the unveiling of Marilyn Manson.


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Gorillaz @ Arena Birmingham, UK – 2nd December 2017 

4 Dec 17

So tonight will be an interesting gig as the crowds head to Arena Birmingham on this damp winter’s night, as this band are something entirely different – predominantly because they are made up of a cast of virtual characters – 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, …


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PHOTOS: Ray BLK at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London, UK – 4th December 2017 

4 Dec 17

Starting the year off on a high British singer-songwriter Ray BLK was crowned the winner of the BBC Music Sound of 2017.


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Electric Dreams Weekender @ Butlin’s Bognor Regis, 1-4 December 2017 

4 Dec 17

It’s the beginning of December and I’m at a seaside resort for my final festival of 2017, but I’m not here for a sandy beach and a few waves.


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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes + Basement + Ecca Vandal at O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK – 2nd December 2017 

2 Dec 17

As is customary on ‘these types’ of evenings the ‘Facial Hair per attendee’ ratio was a good 30% higher than a normal gig.


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Scouting For Girls + Ben McKelvey at O2 Academy, Oxford, UK – 30th November 2017 

30 Nov 17

A lot can change in ten years, but Scouting for Girls still hold up as one of the hottest pop-rock acts around.


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Mark Lanegan + Duke Garwood + Joe Cardamone at The Wulfrun, Wolverhampton, UK – 29th November 2017 

29 Nov 17

Before he starts playing, Mark Lanegan demands that the minimal onstage lighting be dimmed even more and when he is satisfied he begins his ninety minute set with Death’s Head Tattoo from his latest album Gargoyle.


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Jesca Hoop + Lucas Oswald @ Hare and Hounds – 27th November 2017 

27 Nov 17

Tonight we take a trip to the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham to see songstress Jesca Hoop supported by Lucas Oswald.