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Coachella 2015

Coachella 2015

In between sightings of Clint Eastwood, Paul McCartney and Justin Bieber, you’ll be surprised to find that Coachella is actually a music festival, not simply a sun-swaddledcelebrity zoo. This year’s line-up boasts AC/DC’s return after five...

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Nicki Minaj, The 02 Arena, London

Nicki Minaj, The 02 Arena, London

"Who here got someone they wanna shit on tonight?" Nicki Minaj asks the O2 Arena before launching into faecal-themed brag track 'Did It On 'Em'. Though her performance has arena show production values - shedloads of dry ice, ripped backing dancers...

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Morrissey, Leeds, First Direct Arena

Morrissey, Leeds, First Direct Arena

Before a swooning version of ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’, Morrissey arches an eyebrow so high it practically nudges the Gods. “I can’t in my wildest dreams – and my dreams are very wild – imagine anyone being inspired by or...

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Warpaint - Birmingham Institute

Warpaint - Birmingham Institute

Despite the brace of new tunes, Warpaint’s latest UK tour is essentially a victory lap for last year’s feted, self-titled second album. And tonight, fans in Birmingham have brought their party hats. “People rag on this city,” guitarist...

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Kanye West, KOKO, London

Kanye West, KOKO, London

Proof that the self-anointed number one rock star on the planet is in town is snaking around the streets of Camden, past off-licences, fried chicken shops and pubs. At 12:30am, 90 minutes after the doors were supposed to open, the queue for Kanye...

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NME Awards Tour 2014 with Austin, Texas, Leadmill, Sheffield

NME Awards Tour 2014 with Austin, Texas,...

It’s the first night of the NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas and Chilli Jesson is hungover. “I feel rough!” Palma Violets’ bassist tells NME ahead of his band’s headline set. After a heavy night at the previous evening’s NME Awards...

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The Cribs, Electric Ballroom, London

The Cribs, Electric Ballroom, London

“Does anybody want to hear a new song?” asks Ryan Jarman, introducing ‘Different Angle’ to a sold out and up for it Electric Ballroom. “I hate it when you see a band and they play new songs and nobody moves. Let’s start a moshpit.”...

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Drenge, The Dome, London

Drenge, The Dome, London

Nearly a month after introducing their second album with a stomping performance of comeback single ‘We Can Do What We Want’ on the Late Show With David Letterman last month, Drenge bring their new tunes to London. This NME Awards Show with...

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Peace, Heaven, London

Peace, Heaven, London

An hour into Peace’s gorgeous, amorphous NME Awards gig, showcasing their second album ‘Happy People’, the Birmingham champions take a sharp left turn straight through the looking glass. As the pumped up ‘1998 (Delicious)’ nears its...

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La Roux, Koko, London

La Roux, Koko, London

There’s a moment during tonight’s final song – ‘Bulletproof’, the Number one single from La Roux’s self-titled debut album – when the house lights come up temporarily and the band are confronted with the imposing sight of 1,400-odd...

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