Archive for the ‘Lives’ Category

When my friend Mike informed me about going to Slam Dunk Festival I then found out that it was in Wolverhampton. Needless to say I got myself a ticket and so did he. The lineup for me looked good with a few familiar faces and other bands who I haven’t heard much of but heard good things about. So how was the event overall and what did I get up to?

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Placebo, again? Well if you remembered the last time I reviewed Placebo in Birmingham I said they were very good live, so when my Dad got a couple of tickets for Christmas I wasn’t going to pass up seeing them again. At this point it’s become harder for them to impress me which they’ve already done in the past, but was it still a good show?

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When one of my mates told me he was seeing Enter Shikari play at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall I was excited to find out that it was on my Birthday as well. So I decided “What the Hell” get myself a ticket for a Birthday treat, as I remembered seeing Enter Shikari at Download 2013 and enjoying them there. They recently released a new album this year ‘The Mindsweep’. So how was the event?

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As soon as my mate Jack found out The Pretty Reckless were doing a tour of the UK he didn’t hesitate but to get two tickets for me and him. Considering that I missed them at this year’s Download festival and Jack said they were really good I thought I’d check them out. So I got their Going to Hell album in preparation and got used to most of those songs, but how was their show?

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Skillet. Another band you may or may not be familiar with. They’re a Christian hard rock band from America (plus a British drummer), but don’t worry, they’re not the preachy type. Whilst they’re big in America they have only been to the UK a couple of times, one to support Nickelback and the other at this year’s Download Festival. But now they did their first headline tour in the UK and I was lucky enough to have them visit Wolverhampton for one of their shows at the Wulfrun Hall. Me and my mate Jack went. How did the event go?

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Download festival 2014. I was looking forward to this for so long. We’ve had past experience, there were more people coming and the three headliners did not disappoint. But how was the weekend as a whole?

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Before the big-un that is Download festival I decided to go to a smaller gig at the Flapper and Firkin in Birmingham. There I saw the band Layers supporting Freeze the Atlantic. Who is this ‘Layers’ you may ask? Well the band’s guitarist James Thompson is actually my guitar teacher. So when he informed me they were playing in Brum I thought I’d go check his band out, see if I was really learning from a professional.

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Nine Inch Nails are one of the biggest names in the Industrial music scene. Known for their unique blend of dark synth pop with basslines and fronted by one man powerhouse Trent Reznor. Since their comeback album Hesitation Marks was released in 2013 the band have been touring again, and (obviously) they came to the UK. Hearing they get a good live reputation I thought it would be a good chance to check them out. So how was the gig?

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As soon as Kayleigh found out that Limp Bizkit were touring the UK she didn’t hesitate to let me know. I was impressed with their performance at Download 2013 so I was eager to see them again. Upon finding out they were headlining the Kerrang tour and the tickets were £20 we just had to go.  And it wasn’t just Limp Bizkit but there were also three other bands playing, so if you were to do the maths we were paying £5 per band. Bargain or what? So anyways here’s my summary of the Kerrang Tour 2014.

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If I was to ask you about the band Placebo your initial reactions would either be “Who are Placebo” or “Placebo, good stuff”. Whilst not the most famous band who everybody knows about most people who do know about them seem to like them. First formed in 1996 they’ve been going for almost 20 years and whilst the time gap between album releases and touring is bigger than usual their live shows make it worth it. On December 12th me and my Dad went to see them at the O2 Academy in Brum.

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