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LIVE: Patent Pending @ The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (18/04/2016)

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Date: April 18th 2016
Venue: The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Support: Boy Jumps Ship / Robert And The Wamble Bambles
Website: www.patentpendingmusic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/patentpendingmusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ptpgofficial

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In a world of generic new-wave pop-punk, it’s refreshing to have a band like Patent Pending around to lighten the mood with their eccentric and childish behaviour. The New York band have continued an era of Bowling For Soup and Blink 182 when we live in one with baggy t-shirts and pizza snapbacks, and they’re finally looking at some prolonged success after latest LP ‘Riots Heart Rebellion’ dropped last year. This latest run of dates in bigger venues shows the draw that Patent Pending are starting to command.

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LIVE: Funeral For A Friend @ O2 Ritz, Manchester (09/04/2016)

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Date: April 9th 2016
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: Zoax / Shai Hulud
Website: www.funeralforafriend.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/funeralforafriend
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ffaf

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When it comes to British post-hardcore, or the country’s modern rock scene in general, very few bands have been as prolific, iconic, or as inspirational as Funeral For A Friend. Despite one or two admittedly more miss than hit albums towards the latter end of the 2000s, the Bridgend troupe have been loved and respected by fans and peers alike. This will be Manchester’s last chance to dance, and what more fitting way to detach and bid farewell than experiencing the album that started it all back in 2003, ‘Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation’.

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LIVE: Crossfaith @ Academy 2, Manchester (26/03/2016)

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Date: March 26th 2016
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: The One Hundred / The Qemists
Website: www.crossfaith.jp
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crossfaithofficial
Twitter: www.twitter.com/crossfaithjapan

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Music is arguably the only universal language in the world. A genre, or even just one song, especially in today’s digital age, can transcend its origin and reach and resonate within the depths of a fan on the completely opposite side of the Earth, even if they have no idea what’s being said within the lyrics (if any). Though admittedly they stick to English, Japanese mosh monsters Crossfaith have really built a huge plataeu for themselves over here in the UK, literally the other side of the world from their home, especially with last year’s LP, ‘Xeno’.

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LIVE: While She Sleeps @ The Hut, Corby (20/03/2016)

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Date: March 20th 2016
Venue: The Hut, Corby
Support: Grains / Scar City
Website: www.whileshesleeps.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/whileshesleeps
Twitter: www.twitter.com/whileshesleeps

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After hitting the big cities with Cancer Bats on their co-headline UK tour last year and gallivanting in the States with Bullet For My Valentine and Asking Alexandria, Sheffield metalcore saviours While She Sleeps are taking their ‘Brainwashed’ tour to the corners of the country, and hitting up some of the best independent venues while they’re at it. Tonight sees the turn of Rugby club turned venue The Hut in Corby.

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LIVE: The Neighbourhood @ O2 Ritz, Manchester (20/03/2016)

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Date: March 20th 2016
Venue: O2 Ritz, Manchester
Support: Kevin Abstract / MOTHXR
Website: www.thenbhd.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theneighbourhood
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thenbhd

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Though they may not be bothering the charts over here in the UK as much as they are back in the States, California’s The Neighbourhood and their unconventional and darker brushed brand of indie rock is certainly one that hits well with their fans. It hits well enough for every UK date of their headline European tour to sell out, so evidently last year’s broody R&B tinged full-length ‘Wiped Out!’ has, well, wiped the floor.

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LIVE: Defeater @ The Star & Garter, Manchester (16/03/2016)

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Date: March 16th 2016
Venue: The Star & Garter, Manchester
Support: Kids Insane / Break Even
Website: www.defeater.me
Facebook: www.facebook.com/defeaterband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/defeater

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Concept bands are a rare breed, at least the good ones are, who can create a solid story from the ground up and keep the overarching plot through the art of their music release after release. Massachusetts melodic hardcore kings Defeater are certainly a member of this rare flock of talent, most recently continuing their Word War II era story of characters going strength-to-strength in the form of last year’s ‘Abandoned’. They’re finally back over in the UK to showcase it live in some rather intimate venues.

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LIVE: The 1975 @ O2 Apollo, Manchester (13/03/2016)

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Date: March 13th 2016
Venue: O2 Apollo, Manchester
Support: The Japanese House
Website: www.the1975.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/the1975
Twitter: www.twitter.com/the1975

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Over the years, Manchester has born and bred an awful lot of well respected and adored acts, most notably being Oasis, The Stone Roses, Simply Red, and The Smiths. Having just dropped their second album across the world, which debuted in the #1 spot in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and currently amidst a UK tour with multiple consecutive dates in a handful of cities, it seems like the path to superstardom is already set for The 1975, and what better place to see it in motion than their home city.

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LIVE: Sylosis @ The Waterfront, Norwich (12/03/2016)

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Date: March 12th 2016
Venue: The Waterfront, Norwich
Support: Decapitated / Pain Penitentiary
Website: www.sylosis.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sylosis
Twitter: www.twitter.com/sylosis

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With the ludicrously thrilling thought of two of the worlds most vital and vicious metal acts shattering stages night after night, the prospect of Decapitated and Sylosis going toe to toe will certainly have fans salivating up and down the country. Judging by tonight’s evidence, the duo squaring off with equally rampaging displays, both are set to be become an important part of the metallic furniture (although we knew that already).

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LIVE: Allusondrugs @ The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes (04/03/2016)

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Date: March 4th 2016
Venue: The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Support: Max Raptor / Press To Meco
Website: www.allusondrugs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/allusondrugs
Twitter: www.twitter.com/allusondrugs

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When music is surrounded with pessimists saying that rock is dead or asking where the next generation of headliners are, it’s hugely encouraging to see a long, well supported, rotating headline tour of 3 genuinely great and exciting British bands getting the publicity that it is deserves. The ‘UK Throwdown’ tour triple threat of Press To Meco, Max Raptor, and Allusondrugs is the perfect example of what your local independent venue can offer you, and how the rock scene in 2016 is overflowing with hungry, talented bands.

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LIVE: The Used @ O2 Academy, Leeds (21/02/2016)

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Date: February 21st 2016
Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds
Support: The New Regime
Website: www.theused.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theused
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wearetheused

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Let’s be honest here, though they’re still running a steady career with an uninterrupted output of records, Utah’s The Used have riden out their peak days, bursting through the doors of the emo years in the mid-00s and dwindling over the years to follow along with the genre, MySpace, guyliner and striped fingerless gloves. What better way to celebrate than reliving their first two albums in full across two nights. We harked back with them at their second date in Leeds, playing out their most commercially successful record to date, ‘In Love And Death’.

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