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God is an Astronaut at the Club Academy, Manchester.

Normally a 3-piece band, God is an Astronaut tours with 4 members, the Kinsella (twin) brothers, Niels & Torsten, Lloyd Hanney and Robert Murphy. Their style is hard to pin down crossing between post-rock, space rock and, some might consider, ambient. For me space rock is Hawkwind and ambient is elevator or phone ‘on hold’ music so I’ll stick with…

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The Dead Daisies – Burn It Down Tour, Part 2, Backstage Werk, Munich.

I’m pleased to say that Firebrand were given 2 bites of the cherry on this tour with this second bite taking place at the largest of the Backstage, Munich venues, Backstage Werk. This isn’t a venue I’ve been in previously although I have visited the 2 smaller venues within the complex which, combined, look like something out of Scrapyard Challenge….

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THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 2018 REVEAL ACTS SPANNING 50 YEARS TO CELEBRATE

50TH ANNIVERSARY GOLD THEME ANNOUNCED FOR SATURDAY 23RD JUNE 21ST – 24TH JUNE www.isleofwightfestival.com Today, The Isle of Wight Festival 2018 announces 23 new acts to be added to the bill: Camila Cabello, Manic Street Preachers, Chase & Status, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Haçienda Classiçal, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Kodaline, Soul II Soul, Feeder, Circa Waves, Sheryl Crow, Tom Grennan,…

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The IoW Festival approaches…..

With just a few weeks to go this years’ IoW Festival will soon be under way. Traditionally the first of the Festival Season’s events will take place between the 21st-24th June and this year is its 50th Anniversary party. With a line-up that includes Kasabian, Liam Gallagher, Depeche Mode and the Killers I doubt that even inclement weather (which is…

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Stevie Nimmo Trio (+1), ‘Sky Won’t Fall’ Tour; Eastwell Village Hall, 07/04/2018

Stevie brings his ‘new’ band to a tiny rural village in North Leicestershire for a night of ‘Stevie’ in their diminutive, but tidy, village hall. The Trio, now a quartet since having young Dave Devlin on guitar duties as Stevie fell off his push bike whilst cycling with his children last year. It has failed to heal so now there…

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The Dead Daisies ‘Burn It Down’ Tour 2018; Rock City, Nottingham 13/04/18

Friday the 13th sees 3 bands yet again at Nottingham’s Rock City. Supporting ‘super group’, The Dead Daisies, we have Scottish Rockers, The Amorettes and from this side of the border, The Treatment. Due to traffic, roadworks and building demolition I eventually arrive to be stood in a queue waiting to get in. Having to pick up the very much…

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Epica – United Principle Tour, Rock City, Nottingham 06/04/2018.

Whilst covering the Bloodstock Festival last August, a massive festival dedicated to the followers of all things Metal, displayed on two large screens either side of the main stage were up and coming acts visiting the UK and potentially appearing at this year’s Bloodstock. One such band that kept appearing were Epica. Having never seen the band before it was…

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Palace Of The King – Get Right With Your Maker

Formed in late 2012, Palace Of The King are a 4-piece rock band hailing from Melbourne, Australia. The line-up is Tim Henwood – Vocals/Guitar; Sean Johnston, Keyboards/Guitar; Travis Dragani – Drums and Anthony Licciardi – Bass. Get Right With Your Maker is their third studio album. So just what can you expect to hear? Well judging by previous outings strap…

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Magnum at Leamington Assembly, with the Rebecca Downes Band.

This is Magnum’s Road to Eternity tour in celebration of the release of their new, and 20th, studio album ‘Lost on the Road to Eternity’ which was let loose on Magnum fans in January this year. Before Bob Catley and co. come along we have the very amiable, and very talented, Rebecca Downes Band to get thing going. Rebecca Downes…

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