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Foo Fighters - The Stadium Of Light, Sunderland

Foo Fighters - The Stadium Of Light, Sunderland

There is no grand entrance, no overblown fanfare, not even a hint of pomp and circumstance. Dave Grohl simply guns it onstage from behind a curtain, grinning like a child who's just rung a doorbell and scarpered. “Are you ready?” he growls....

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The Prodigy - Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading

The Prodigy - Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading

Beneath five large dishes suspended in front of a massive photograph of an insouciant fox, Prodigy MC Maxim stalks in a full-length fake fur coat with the hood up, like a giant walking gerbil. Beside him, Keith Flint sports a Siouxsie...

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The Strokes - Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta

The Strokes - Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta

Striding out to greet a 30,000-strong crowd, The Strokes look ready to tear hearts and eardrums apart. It’stheir first gig of 2015, and their first since Julian Casablancas revealed they were planning to record new material in a recent...

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Super Furry Animals - Cardiff University Great Hall

Super Furry Animals - Cardiff University Great...

For a band with such a forward-thinking outlook as Super Furry Animals, it seemed initially surprising that the main reason behind their first tour in six years is to mark a couple of anniversaries. However, the dates – which begin officially...

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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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