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LIVE: GlassJaw @ Academy 1, Manchester (24/01/2010)

Date: January 24th, 2010
Venue: Academy 1, Manchester
Support: Shapes, Pulled Apart By Horses
Website: www.glassjaw.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/glassjaw

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Today, it’s a rare occurance to have the chance to see the band GlassJaw live, especially if you live outside of the US. Still, with only two very brief appearances since their reformation in 2006, the New York four-piece finally make a long overdue short headline tour across the UK. They may aswell whilst they’re over here in support of Brand New. With speculations and rumours of a new release since 2002’s ‘Worship & Tribute’ also on their shoulders, GlassJaw have an awful lot of weight on their shoulders.

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LIVE: Whole Wheat Bread @ Academy 3, Manchester (15/04/2009)

Date: April 15th, 2009
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: N/A
Website: www.wholewheatbread.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wholewheatbread

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The only act tonight not consisting of a female member – and a male lead vocalist – Whole Wheat Bread‘s fusion of rap and punk rock is both energetic and fun.

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LIVE: VersaEmerge @ Academy 3, Manchester (15/04/2009)

Date: April 15th, 2009
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: N/A
Website: www.weareversaemerge.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/versaemerge

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To close things off, final act – and quite possibly the youngest of the four too – is alternative rock 5-piece VersaEmerge.

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LIVE: The Subways @ University, Keele (04/10/2008)

Date: October 4th, 2008
Venue: University, Keele
Support: Twin Atlantic
Website: www.thesubways.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thesubways

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They’ve not had the greatest deal of commercial success, but The Subways have by no means stayed out of the media spotlight completely, especially since the release of their latest album ‘All Or Nothing’. Tonight they’re playing at the Student’s Union venue at Keele University, and the room is far from empty to see this indie rock trio in action.

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LIVE: The Subways @ Download Festival (13/06/2008)

Date: June 13th, 2008
Venue: Tuborg Stage, Download Festival
Support: N/A
Website: www.thesubways.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thesubways

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Underdogs of the festival’s Friday line-up The Subways “popped their cherry” at Download at a satisfactory standard. With ‘All Or Nothing’, their second full-length release due for release at the end of the month, they have to make a good impression upon those watching who may be a bit unfamiliar of their presence.

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LIVE: Banned! Night @ Winnington Rec, Northwich (04/01/2008)

Date: January 4th, 2008
Venue: Winnington Rec, Northwich
Headliners: Skinless Finger
Support: Endurance Of Hate, Onsetcold
Website: www.bannedinnorthwich.org
MySpace: www.myspace.com/bannedinnorthwich

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Winnington Rec once again holds it’s locally popular Banned! Night event on this day of the week we’ve come to know as Friday. The show consists of 2 metal bands and another band more of a funk/ska/experimental genre of music.

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LIVE: Reuben @ Club Academy, Manchester (22/02/2007)

Date: February 22nd, 2007
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: The Red Light Company, Sucioperro
Website: www.wordsfromreuben.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wordsfromreuben

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It’s 7:30PM, and already there’s a huge crowd gathered in the tiny underground venue that is Club Academy in Manchester. First expected to play the smaller Academy 3 room but upgraded to Club Academy, Reuben, the band that are said to look like tramps but sound like kings, are to play their first show in Manchester this year to promote the release of their new DVD, ‘What Happens In Aldershot Stays In Aldershot’. The low stage with no barrier is going to let this band’s small yet truly dedicated fanbase get as close as possible.

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LIVE: Pendulum @ Download Festival (14/06/2008)

Date: June 14th, 2008
Venue: Tuborg Stage, Donington Park
Support: N/A
Website: www.pendulum.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/officialpendulum

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Maybe a bit of a risk of act choices for Download Festival, Pendulum are definitely one of the few acts on the weekend line-up that sticks out among the others like a sore thumb. Though, their gracious welcome into the rock scene may give them a great upper hand.

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LIVE: The Offspring @ Download Festival (14/06/2008)

Date: June 14th, 2008
Venue: Main Stage, Download Festival
Support: N/A
Website: www.theoffspring.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/offspring

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Though an old and respected punk rock band, The Offspring aren’t really the kind of band that you’d expect to play and headline at a huge traditional metal festival and pull it off well, but this band were a surprisingly impressive act for their position at the end of the night. Not that they’re not a good band by any mean, but that they’re not a band you’d expect to see headlining Download festival.
‘Greatest Hits’ compilation album, including the golden oldies like ‘All I Want’ and ‘Come Out And Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)’, and well-known releases like ‘Want You Bad’ and ‘Hit That’. Once ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ began, half of the crowd across the field were throwing right back at the band the catchy chorus lyrics, and the infamous “Give it to me baby, a-huh a-huh” line. For the end of their performance they close with one of the first songs to get them noticed on the rock circuit, ‘Self Esteem’. Arguably not the most suitable song to close with, but definitely one that ended the night with the fans reminded of the old days and the band’s roots.

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LIVE: Paramore @ MEN Arena, Manchester (16/12/2009)

Date: December 16th, 2009
Venue: MEN Arena, Manchester
Support: Now Now Every Children, Paper Route, You Me At Six
Website: www.paramore.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/paramore

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With their band in termoil not too long ago, it seems strange that a young yet firmly established band like Paramore might not have even been existing today on their biggest tour across the UK to date. But with things in the past and a new successful album, it seems like nothing can possibly stop the Tennesse 5-piece from taking over. The MEN Arena is a good place to start.

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