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LIVE: Bloc Party @ Victoria Hall, Stoke (14/10/2009)

Date: October 14th, 2009
Venue: Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Grammatics
Website: www.bocparty.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/blocparty

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Since the release of their third full-length ‘Intimacy’, Bloc Party have been touching more on the softer side of electro and dance, and feeding it into their soft indie rock style. Their latest endeavour ‘One More Chance’ is just a another product of such direction, and so the official and cleverly titled Bloctober tour sees the four-piece hitting many areas of the UK to end 2009 with a good bang.

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LIVE: Skindred @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (07/10/2009)

Date: October 7th, 2009
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Karnivool, Dead By April
Website: www.skindred.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/skindred

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Reggae metallers Skindred have not really been anywhere near ‘huge’ on the alternative music scene, though they’ve always had a presence strong enough to be recognised when mentioned. With a tour of many sold out dates across the UK, maybe even further recognition and acknowledgement is heading their way fast. Deserved considering the trouble the band have faced in the past with labels and such.

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LIVE: Download 2009 @ Donington Park (12/06/2009)

Date: June 12th, 2009
Venue: Donington Park
Stages: Main Stage, Second Stage
Website: www.downloadfestival.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/downloadfestival

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Download Festival comes along for yet another year, and the opening arena day welcomes a host of mainly nu-metal styled bands to the stage aswell as two reformed bands. This is the start of what is going to be one of the best weekends of the year!

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LIVE: Baddies @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (04/06/2009)

Date: June 4th, 2009
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Heart Of The Sun, The Ritzz
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/baddies

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It’s always nice coming across bands that haven’t really made it yet, but look like they’re getting the support and attention where they could very well hit it. The thought of being one of few people to say “I saw them when they were in tiny venues and barely no one knew them”. Baddies are one such hotly tipped band, and in The Sugarmill venue where there are about 30 to 40 people maximum, you may question just when the word about this lot is going to get around.

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LIVE: The Blackout @ Academy 2, Manchester (20/05/2009)

Date: May 20th, 2009
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Support: The Urgency, Hollywood Undead, Silverstein
Website: www.theblackout.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblackout

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On the horizon sits the release of Welsh’s post-hardcore pack The Blackout‘s second full-length release, entitled very confidently ‘The Best In Town’. But then again, since when is confidence always been a bad thing, especially when delivered with a reason to be so confident? It’s up to the 6-piece to deliver the reason tonight.

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LIVE: Papa Roach @ Academy 1, Manchester (16/04/2009)

Date: April 16th, 2009
Venue: Academy 1, Manchester
Support: Dear Superstar, Filter
Website: www.paparoach.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/paparoach

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Ever since their huge change of sound and style from their third album ‘Getting Away With Murder’ and onwards, Papa Roach have been one band that have lost a lot of respect and admiration – mainly from their fans of the debut ‘Infest’. Still, with five studio albums under their belts and still signed to a major lable, they soldier on with a tour promoting their latest effort, ‘Metamorphosis’. But, does this mean that as their music has arguably suffered, does that mean their live performance has too?

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LIVE: 36 Crazyfists @ Academy 2, Manchester (10/03/2009)

Date: March 10th, 2009
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Gwen Stacy, Poison The Well
Website: www.36crazyfists.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/36crazyfists

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Approaching almost a year since the release of their latest album ‘The Tide And Its Takers’, 36 Crazyfists finally bring their Alaskan metalcore dominance across to the UK. Surely the long-awaited anticipation for the boys to come back here will set promise for an explosive set response.

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LIVE: Architects @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (24/01/2009)

Date: January 24th, 2009
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: A Textbook Tragedy, Misery Signals
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/architectsuk

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Metal has many different subgenres, crossovers, genre blends, etc. which has grown over the years, offering something new and refreshing whilst providing variety at the same time. But at the end of the day as with any other type of genre, if it’s good then what does it matter? Architects provide a hardcore and technical approach to the metal market, which generally makes for a good live show.

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LIVE: The Blackout @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (29/12/2008)

Date: December 29th, 2008
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: SaidMike, Attack! Attack!
Website: www.theblackout.co.uk
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theblackout

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This date is a special one for The Blackout‘s calendar for one, arguably two reasons; one being that it’s the birthday of vocalist Sean Smith, and the arguable second being that it’s the second time the band have played in Stoke in their career. However, the band are back at The Sugarmill during their short after Christmas tour, and have brought along another two Welsh bands for their support.

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LIVE: Johnny Truant @ The Sugarmill, Stoke (09/12/2008)

Date: December 9th, 2008
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Support: Mountains Became Machines, Blackhole
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/johnnytruant

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2008 has seen many great alternative rock and metal bands split up, including Reuben, Midasuno, and now metalcore stars Johnny Truant from Brighton. Announcing their final ever headlining tour across the UK for December, Johnny Truant need to kick up their usual performance standards up a few notches for self-respect and honour, and to go out in style.

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