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LIVE: Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Arena, Manchester (14/12/2016)

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Date: December 14th 2016
Venue: Arena, Manchester
Support: Babymetal
Website: www.redhotchilipeppers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/chilipeppers
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chilipeppers

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Anyone who is over the age of 12 and doesn’t know of Red Hot Chili Peppers, or can at least recognise three or four of their songs at a minimum, needs to seriously give themselves a long hard look in the mirror, then spend the next week at home listening to nothing but. Even though their output of material has been far from their peak for at least a decade, RHCP are iconic. Now, with new album ‘The Getaway’ out, it seems like they’re finally heading in the right direction, and hitting arenas to ensure we know the extent of their impact.

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LIVE: Bullet For My Valentine @ Academy, Manchester (04/12/2016)

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Date: December 4th 2016
Venue: Academy, Manchester
Support: Cane Hill / Killswitch Engage
Website: www.bulletformyvalentine.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bulletformyvalentine
Twitter: www.twitter.com/bfmvofficial

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Back in 2005, Bullet For My Valentine released their debut album ‘The Poison’, a record that, put simply, catapulted them forward several ranks in the scenes of modern British metal, and has changed their lives ever since. As is the trend in recent years, to celebrate milestone releases and to also treat fans of those eras, the Welsh outfit are interchanging dates of their UK tour to hark back to this breakthrough release, and the nostalgia tonight is very much present.

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LIVE: Architects @ Academy, Manchester (12/11/2016)

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Date: November 12th 2016
Venue: Academy, Manchester
Support: Stick To Your Guns / Bury Tomorrow
Website: www.architectsofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/architectsuk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/architectsuk

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Anyone who knows the history of Brighton darlings Architects will know that they’ve certainly been through enough trials and tribulations in their career to rightfully earn the pedestal they stand upon today. This year’s output ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ became the band’s most successful record, and the fruits of their labour see them now on what is their biggest headline tour to date.

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LIVE: Dance Gavin Dance @ Sound Control, Manchester (10/11/2016)

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Date: November 10th 2016
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Support: Kurt Travis / Jonny Craig / Good Tiger
Website: www.dancegavindance.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dancegavindance
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dgdtheband

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Not many bands have had a past as turbulent as Dance Gavin Dance. Until their past two records, ‘Mothership’ and ‘Instant Gratification’, there’d be at least one member change after every album. Literally every album. Prevailing for a decade, the band are over in the UK in Europe to celebrate the ten year milestone, after already touring it in the States a few months back and, put simply, it’s a once in a lifetime celebration.

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LIVE: Steel Panther @ Arena, Manchester (18/10/2016)

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Date: October 18th 2016
Venue: Arena, Manchester
Support: Buckcherry / Bowling For Soup
Website: www.steelpantherrocks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/steelpantherkickass
Twitter: www.twitter.com/steel_panther

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Who would have ever thought that the jokes, fun and goofy nature of a glam rock parody band like Steel Panther would’ve ever been able to ascend to the point where they would have their own headline arena tour across the UK? Maybe some of you, but it just goes to show that a parody – if done right – can be just as successful as the genuine thing.

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LIVE: The Lounge Kittens @ The Deaf Institute, Manchester (13/10/2016)

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Date: October 13th 2016
Venue: The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Support: Jay Foreman
Website: www.theloungekittens.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theloungekittens
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelkittens

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Covers are fun, right? Well, most of the time at least. If an artist or band covers another artist’s or band’s work but do very little to change it from its original interpretation, then really, what’s the point? The Lounge Kittens are all about the innovative and original covers, and doing them just right is what has set them up as being favourites cross the rock and metal community lately. Now, they’re on a full headline tour of the UK.

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LIVE: Moose Blood @ Academy 2, Manchester (08/10/2016)

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Date: October 8th 2016
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Support: Luca Brasi / Boston Manor / Turnover
Website: www.mooseblooduk.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mooseblood
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mooseblooduk

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It’s crazy when you sit and think about what the past few years have been like for Canterbury’s Moose Blood. Only two years into their career, the band managed to released their debut album ‘I’ll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time’, and started to get heralded as the UK’s answer to the likes of Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. Now another record in and their biggest UK tour to date completely selling out, this is only the beginning.

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LIVE: Of Mice & Men @ O2 Apollo, Manchester (01/10/2016)

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Date: October 1st 2016
Venue: O2 Apollo, Manchester
Support: Hands Like Houses / Crown The Empire
Website: www.ofmiceandmenofficial.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ofmice
Twitter: www.twitter.com/omandm

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Of Mice & Men‘s ongoing surge towards the front ranks of modern day metalcore in the past few years has been, if nothing else, remarkable and commendable. In just the past couple of years they’ve toured alongside giants of the genre like Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, and Linkin Park. Now with ‘Cold World’ under their belt, an album that builds on their ambition to fill arenas, a good place to start is playing their biggest headline UK/European tour to date.

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LIVE: Emarosa @ Sound Control, Manchester (27/09/2016)

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Date: September 27th 2016
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Support: Grumble Bee / Sykes
Website: www.emarosa.us
Facebook: www.facebook.com/emarosa
Twitter: www.twitter.com/emarosa

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The last time that Kentucky’s Emarosa were on tour and performing in any capacity in Manchester was on December 8th 2010. That’s right, almost six whole years, and a lot has changed in that time; only two of those members part of the band back then still remain, and the band have released an EP and two full-length records, the latest ‘131’ being the reason that they’re finally back in the UK.

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LIVE: Heck @ The Parish, Huddersfield (04/09/2016)

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Date: September 4th 2016
Venue: The Parish, Huddersfield
Support: Black Peaks / Bad Sign / The Temple
Website: www.abandcalledheck.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/abandcalledheck
Twitter: www.twitter.com/abandcalledheck

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The Parish in Huddersfield used to be one of the UK’s best kept secrets, but in the last couple of years it’s become more of a household name and played host to some high profile acts such as The Bronx, Cancer Bats, While She Sleeps, Norma Jean, and many more. It’s no surprise at all that the legendary northern party house was selected as the place to start this mammoth tour, and the punters are out in droves despite it being a Sunday AND the last night of the summer holidays for many.

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