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Vampire Weekend - Gig Review

When they sing about ‘Oxford Commas’ and ‘California English’, it’s hard not to recognise the intelligence of the four young men who make up Vampire Weekend, but be under no illusion, it’s a lot harder to avoid recognising their sheer class when it comes to a live performance. Touring after the release of their second album ‘Contra’ following the ....


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Gig Review - Hatcham Social

It was a year ago when a small indie night called Mixtape added a new avenue on a Tuesday for musicians, indie fans, and those that like dirt cheap drinks. So, in order to celebrate their birthday they went big time by asking along Hatcham Social. They recently released their debut album, ‘You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil’, in March 2009 and, in a month’s time, this ....


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Editors - Gig Review

In this light and on that very evening, it felt like they had never been away. Even if you had found yourself in Sheffield’s o2 academy blindfolded by a Steel City scarf or in fact just the excitement of what lied ahead, one smidgen of a burst of the stunning tones of front man Tom Smith meant one thing. Editors are back! Touring with their third album, In This Light and On This Evening, ....


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Elbow - Gig Review

Elbow played the Newcastle leg of their sold out UK tour at the Carling Academy, and what a treat it was to see such an excellent band. The Bury band consists of Guy Garvey (vocals/ percussion/drums/ guitar), Mark Potter (guitar), Chris Potter (keyboards / organ), Pete Turner (bass/keyboards), and Richard Jupp (drums). Their songs are perfectly crafted, and have the ability to take you to ....


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Late Of The Pier - Gig Review

Late of the Pier brought their electronic indie pop to the packed house at the Middlesbrough Empire and were an absolute treat to behold and proved why the likes of NME are singing their praises. The headliners Late of the Pier then emerged, and blew everyone else out of the water.  The Castle Donington 4 piece consists of Samuel Dust (vocals, guitar, and keyboards), Francis Dance (bass, ....


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Gig Review - Bookhouse Boys

When you hear of a band that has 9 people in, this includes two drummers, two trumpets and a stunning female vocalist, this is surely got to be interesting to watch? Unfortunately, in the Bookhouse Boys case, this was not the case. The Bookhouse Boys come from London, and have just recently released their debut album. They also played last year’s Middlesbrough Music Live and went down a ....


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The Futureheads - Gig Review

Up first was The Chapman Family. Hailing from Stockton-On-Tees, The Chapman Family have recently been creating buzz on a national level, having played Glastonbury earlier this year and completing their first tour abroad. They wasted no time in showing everybody why there is a lot of interest surrounding them at the moment.  You know how some bands are described as 'creating a wall of ....


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Dirty Weekend - Gig Review

Kubar was open again and who better to be headliners than Stockton lads, Dirty Weekend. They didn’t disappoint, with the full crowd delighted with what they saw. It could have started better though, the first song ended abruptly when a drunken idiot knocked the microphone stand over. The lads took it in the stride, with lead singer and bassist, Danny Spooner dedicating the next song to “that ....


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Pendulum - Gig Review

Australian Drum and Bass outfit, Pendulum played a blistering gig at Leeds Academy; with light shows and driven dance tunes lead to an amazing spectacle. Pendulum are made up of Rob Swire (vocals/synth/producer), Gareth McGrillen (Bass/DJ), Perry ap Gwynedd (Guitar), Paul ‘El Hornet’ Harding (DJ), Kodish (Drums) and Verse (MC) and were playing the only Leeds date of the current ....


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Gig Review - Suzanne Elizabeth Marron

Local acoustic singer songwriter, Suzanne Elizabeth Marron headlined the Loosely Acoustic gig at the Georgian Theatre, and what a treat it was. She oozes talent, playing both the guitar and piano, her songs are truly magical. Her voice is angelic, but contains raw power and emotion; her music is majestic and peaceful. This all had the big crowd captivated and hanging on every single note and ....


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Underground Heroes - Gig Review

Underground Heroes played the Stockton leg of their tour at Ku.bar, and went down a storm. The Chesham lads played to the, unfortunately, less than crowded room but still had most dancing and having a good time. Especially the angry fan, the guy who knew all the words but seemed really pissed off that he knew them. There songs were a form of indie punk, which automatically compared them to ....


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The Datsuns - Gig Review

What a better way to start a night by going to see a band who are favoured by Metallica and toured with Velvet Revolver, all for £6, surely to good to be true? Unfortunately it was, The Kiwi rockers failed to light the flame on what could have been an amazing night. Performance wise they gave a decent showing on a stage that is probably a bit smaller than what they are used to. The bands ....


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The Music - Gig Review

Dance rock pioneers, The Music played the Middlesbrough leg of their UK tour in the Arena. Many probably would have thought that this band would be playing the Town Hall or maybe The Empire, so this is somewhat a coup for the venue. The Leeds boys didn’t disappoint, the band came storming on stage and opened with the debut single ‘Take the Long Road and Walk It’ which had the ....


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Shed Seven - Gig Review

The Promoters said they would take “no responsibility for sore throats due to singing”, and they did right, as there were no doubt a few sore throats in Middlesbrough after this one. Brit pop legends, Shed Seven, famous for songs such as ‘Going for Gold’, ‘Chasing Rainbows’ and ‘On Standby’ went down an absolute storm. The band opened with the ....


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