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258. The Specials: Millennium Square, Leeds [27.5.17]

258a_The Specials [270517]Artist: The Specials

Support: Toots & The Maytals / Jaya the Cat

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 27.5.17

The Specials returned to Millennium Square, this time supported by the legendary Toots and The Maytals.

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257. Saint Etienne: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge [26.5.17]

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Artist: Saint Etienne

Support: Dean McPhee

Venue: The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge

Date: 26.5.17

Prior to this gig, the only other time I had seen Saint Etienne live was 27 years earlier at The Duchess, Leeds. An even more intimate show at The Trades Club showed how timelessly classy their output has been over the years, as they performed a perfect blend of new material and indie-club classics.

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Setlist: Nothing Can Stop Us / Magpie Eyes / You’re in a Bad Way / Whyteleafe / When I Was Seventeen / Take It All In / Who Do You Think You Are / Dive / Like a Motorway / Split Screen / Heather / Only Love Can Break Your Heart / Tonight / Kiss and Make Up / Sylvie // Train Drivers in Eyeliner / I’ve Got Your Music / He’s on the Phone.

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256. The Cribs: First Direct Arena, Leeds [20.5.17]

256a_The Cribs [200517]Artist: The Cribs

Support: Slaves / Pulled Apart by Horses

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 20.5.17

Appropriately raucous support slots from Pulled Apart by Horses and Slaves.

Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Forever – 10 Year Anniversary Tour: Awful sound for the first half of The Cribs’ set, which is a rare occurrence at Leeds Arena. Less is more in the case of volume vs clarity. However, they seemed to sort it out and make amends for the latter part of the show.

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Big is not always best – as The Cribs would prove by returning to their roots for their next Leeds shows . . .


254. Stone Foundation: The Wardrobe, Leeds [12.5.17]

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Artist: Stone Foundation

Support: Pete Williams

Venue: The Wardrobe, Leeds

Date: 12.5.17

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253. Richard Ashcroft: First Direct Arena, Leeds [22.4.17]

253a_Richard Ashcroft [220417]Artist: Richard Ashcroft

Support: Black Grape

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 22.4.17

A reminder of how Richard Ashcroft and (The) Verve transcended their ‘90s Britpop peers – with a setlist ranging from ‘Urban Hymns’ to his latest album. Whilst Blur and Oasis bickered, and the Gallaghers’ sibling rivalry tore them apart, Ashcroft has always let his songs do the talking.

Setlist: Out of My Body / Sonnet / This is How it Feels / Space and Time / A Song for the Lovers / They Don’t Own Me / Ain’t the Future So Bright / Music is Power / Velvet Morning / Break the Night with Colour / Lucky Man // C’mon People (We’re Making it Now) / History / The Drugs Don’t Work / Hold On / Bitter Sweet Symphony

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252. Haçienda Classical: First Direct Arena, Leeds [14.4.17]

252a_Haçienda Classiçal [140417]Artists: Graeme Park / Mike Pickering / Peter Hook / Rowetta / Manchester Camerata Orchestra / Bez / MC Tunes

Support: Peter Hook [DJ Set]

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 14.4.17

Manchester’s legendary Haçienda crossed the Pennines for an evening of old school club classics in classical style. Timeless tunes from a misspent youth, adapted for an adult audience. ‘Strings of life’ indeed.

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251. Shaken & Stirred – The Music of James Bond: Leeds Town Hall [2.4.17]

251a_Shaken & Stirred [301108]Artist: Orchestra of Opera North

Conductor: Gareth Hudson

Vocalists: Mary Carewe / Simon Bowman

Venue: Leeds Town Hall

Date: 2.4.17

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250. Echo 42 Big Band: Jazz in the Spa, Boston Spa Village Hall [1.4.17]

Artist: Echo 42 Big Band

Venue: Jazz in the Spa, Boston Spa Village Hall

Date: 1.4.17

Something a little different for my 250th gig; stylish retro swing.

I’ve designed the monthly ‘Jazz in the Spa’ listings poster for over 23 years, so it’s always good to call in and see one of the bands in action.

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249. Peter Hook & The Light: O2 Academy, Leeds [18.3.17]

249a_Peter Hook [180317]Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 18.3.17

Substance [Live]: Continuing his quest to eventually play every Joy Division and New Order song live, ‘Hooky’ (& co.) played an epic gig featuring the ‘Substance’ (best of) albums of his former bands.

The fact that the band played the Joy Division set after the New Order tracks implies that Hook’s true loyalty lies with his earlier work – but what a choice to have. A substantial back catalogue indeed.

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Joy Division_New Order [Substance]

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248. Pet Shop Boys: First Direct Arena, Leeds [18.2.17]

248a_Pet Shop Boys [180217]Artist: Pet Shop Boys

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 18.2.17

Incredibly, during a career spanning 31 years of pop perfection, Pet Shop Boys had never played live in Leeds – until now.

It was worth the wait, to see and hear decades of electronic anthems performed in spectacular style. Remixed and revamped for the modern day, with sensational lights and lasers.

Setlist: Inner Sanctum / Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) / The Pop Kids / In the Night / Burn / Love is a Bourgeois Construct / New York City Boy / Se A Vida É (That’s the Way Life is) / Love Comes Quickly / Love etc. / The Dictator Decides / Inside a Dream / West End Girls / Winner / Home and Dry / The Enigma / Vocal / The Sodom and Gomorrah Show / It’s a Sin / Left to My Own Devices / Go West // Domino Dancing / Always On My Mind / The Pop Kids (Reprise).

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247. Dream Wife: Headrow House, Leeds [21.1.17]

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Artist: Dream Wife

Support: Drahla

Venue: Headrow House, Leeds

Date: 21.1.17

The rebirth of ‘girl power’ for Dream Wife’s first UK tour as a headline band.

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246. Placebo: First Direct Arena, Leeds [3.12.16]

246a_Placebo [031216]Artist: Placebo

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 3.12.16

A perfect blend of angst and aplomb as Placebo played Leeds Arena on a world tour to celebrate the band’s 20th anniversary.

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245. Black Honey: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds [12.10.16]

245a_Black Honey [121016]Artist: Black Honey

Support: Dream Wife

Venue: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

Date: 12.10.16

An excellent live set from Black Honey, supported by the equally awesome Dream Wife. Girls and guitars galore!

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244. Jumbo Records 45 Years Celebration, Leeds [1.10.16]

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Artists: Serious Sam Barrett / Marsicans

Venue: Jumbo Records, Leeds

Date: 1.10.16

A day of live music and celebration, as Jumbo Records celebrated 45 years of being one of the UK’s best independent record shops.



243. The Ordinary Boys: Lending Room, Leeds [25.9.16]

243a_The Ordinary Boys [250916]Artist: The Ordinary Boys

Support: Benson

Venue: Lending Room (The Library), Leeds

Date: 25.9.16

It would be fair to say that lead singer (Preston) well and truly had his 15 minutes of fame during his Britpop and Big Brother days.

Recently reunited, The Ordinary Boys took to the stage at the Lending Room, before a crowd of merely 100 people, many of who were there for local support band Benson. However, the intimate venue and no frills performance took ‘the boys’ back to basics, with the focus on live music, rather than the trappings of fame and fortune.

Less is more. Ordinary is fine.

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242. OnRoundhay: Roundhay Park, Leeds [17.9.16]

242a_OnRoundhay [170916]Artists: James / Primal Scream / Wolf Alice

Venue: Roundhay Park, Leeds

Date: 17.9.16

With sponsorship from John Lewis and Puffin Books, and an emphasis on being family friendly, the inaugural OnRounday event had a somewhat middle-class feel, but proved to be a rather pleasant one-day festival.

It was nice to see so many kids enjoying their first experience of live music, from an excellent selection of bands. The family-friendly vibe (or possibly the expensive drinks) seemed to ensure that the event was devoid of the usual herds of drunken knobheads – always a plus-point!

OnRoundhay would be a welcome annual event, so long as they can match the high standards of its first year.

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241. Chapel Allerton Arts Festival: Leeds [2.9.16]

Artists: The Bugaloo Foundation / Caro / The Elephant Trees

Venue: Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds

Date: 2.9.16

Annual music and merriment on Regent Street, Chapel Allerton. A good showcase for local up-and-coming talent.

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238. Centre Stage 2016 – The Final: O2 Academy, Leeds [27.7.16]

238a_Centre Stage [270716]Artists: The Mallrats / Tree / The Elephant Trees / Faux Pas / Lewis Crossley / The Indigo Project / Big Bad Rabbit / Shaarks / Liberate / Territory / Blyss

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 27.7.16

Centre Stage is an annual ‘battle of the bands’, curated by Martin House Children’s Hospice. The competition showcases fresh young talent, many of whom go on to greater success in the music industry. The winning band receive the prestigious prize of playing live at that year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The 2016 final kicked-off with a set by the previous year’s winners; The Mallrats.

The winning band of Centre Stage 2016 was Faux Pas.

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236. Ocean Colour Scene: Millennium Square, Leeds [24.7.16]

235a_Ocean Colour Scene [240716]Artist: Ocean Colour Scene

Support: Shed Seven / The Bluetones / Reverend and The Makers

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 24.7.16

“When you find that things are getting wild, don’t you want days like these?”

Back to Millennium Square, for the second big gig of the weekend, as Ocean Colour Scene celebrated the 20th anniversary of their ‘Moseley Shoals’ album.

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235. The Cribs: Millennium Square, Leeds [22.7.16]

234a_The Cribs [220716]Artist: The Cribs

Support: The Thurston Moore Group

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 22.7.16

Not quite their home town of Wakefield, but The Cribs played their biggest headline gig to date at Millennium Square, Leeds.

Local boys done good!

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This gig was later released on DVD as part of the limited edition CD version of the ‘24-7 Rock Star Shit’ album.

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233. An Evening with Marc Almond. Accompanied by Leeds College of Music Contemporary Orchestra and Pop Choir: Leeds Town Hall [8.7.16]

232a_marc-almond-080716Artists: An Evening with Marc Almond. Accompanied by Leeds College of Music Contemporary Orchestra and Pop Choir

Venue: Leeds Town Hall

Date: 8.7.16

Generations of home-grown talent took to the stage of Leeds Town Hall – as local legend, Marc Almond performed a stunning set of re-arranged classics, accompanied by some of the city’s finest musicians.



230. The Jam Pact: The New Roscoe, Leeds [1.5.16]

Artist: The Jam Pact

Venue: The New Roscoe, Leeds

Date: 1.5.16

I’m not a huge fan of cover bands, but these guys were good! They performed for three hours, extensively covering classic singles and album tracks from The Jam’s repertoire. A skillful set, which echoed the sound and spirit of the late 70s and early 80s mod revival.



229. Mexrrissey: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds [9.4.16]

228a_mexrrissey-090416Artist: Mexrrissey

Venue: Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

Date: 9.4.16

Mexrrissey slipped down the Leeds side streets to give Morrissey & Marr’s finest songs a Mariachi makeover.

“I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour,” on Sol and tequila!




228. Rudimental: O2 Academy, Leeds [1.3.16]

227a_rudimental-010316Artist: Rudimental

Support: Anne Marie

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 1.3.16

The multi-talented Rudimental collective proved to be purveyors of cool vibes and good times. ‘Feel the love’.



227. New Order: The Warehouse Project, Manchester [5.12.15]

226a_new-order-051215Artist: New Order

Support: Erol Alkan [DJ Set] / Factory Floor

Venue: The Warehouse Project, Manchester

Date: 5.12 15

So much anticipation . . . followed by so much disappointment.

Reinvigorated by the release of their critically acclaimed album, Music Complete; New Order tried to recreate their Haçienda heyday, at The Warehouse Project in their home town of Manchester.

When the gig was announced, many fans were bemused by the relatively small venue, and late stage time. Had the band considered their long-term fans and target audience, in an attempt to be cutting edge and hip?

The evening started off well, with Factory Floor playing a blinding set in the fairly spacious venue, consisting of three disused arches below Manchester Piccadilly Station. However, as Erol Alkan’s DJ set progressed, and anticipation built for the main act, most of the crowd converged in the venue’s central arch.

By the time New Order took to the stage, there were simply too many people in the available space. Many of the audience could not see or hear the band properly, and some left the gig early, in disappointment.

The band played a great set, with latest songs featuring Elly Jackson (of La Roux) being particularly good. However, the overall atmosphere was marred by being crammed in, with difficulty to see and no space whatsoever to move. At times the situation felt dangerous, and I left with a sense of ‘regret’.



226. Simple Minds / The Stranglers: First Direct Arena, Leeds [27.11.15]

225a_simple-minds-271115Artist: Simple Minds

Support: The Stranglers

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 27.11.15

Starting the evening on a high note, The Stranglers performed a support set of classic, timeless tunes, still sounding edgy but brilliant.

Simple Minds upped the ante and delivered a full on stage show, flaunting an outstanding discography spanning decades. A spectacular showcase, bordering on glitzy but with a sense of celebratory style.



225. CUD: The Wardrobe, Leeds [26.9.15]

224a_cud-260915Artist: CUD

Support: John Parkes

Venue: The Wardrobe, Leeds

Date: 26.9.15

Asquarius [Live]: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release, CUD performed their third album in full, followed by a selection of other favourites.

The Wardrobe’s sound system struggled to cope with the mighty CUD during this intimate, but somewhat distorted gig. Hence my film footage ended up as a silent movie.



223. Madness: Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds [18.9.15]

222a_madness-180915Artist: Madness

Venue: Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds

Date: 18.9.15

Unbelievably, this was the first ever live concert to be held at Headingley Cricket Ground.

Always the showmen, Madness never fail to deliver a nutty selection of their classic tracks. Although, in my opinion, the absence of Chas Smash from the lineup left them ‘one step behind’ their former glory.

We opted for premium tickets, including tour merchandise and exclusive access to the Gladness Beer Garden, which served the band’s own brand of craft lager.





221. Paloma Faith: Dalby Forest [26.6.15]

220_paloma-faith-260615Artist: Paloma Faith

Support: Liam Bailey

Venue: Dalby Forest

Date: 26.6.15

A somewhat eccentric lady, singing songs in the woods.


220. Embrace: Unity Works, Wakefield [28.5.15]


Artist: Embrace

Support: Sons of Great Men

Venue: Unity Works, Wakefield

Date: 28.5.15

Wakefield’s intimate and stylish Unity Works hosted this warm-up gig for Embrace’s forthcoming American tour.

A set of singalong anthems from one of the UK’s most consistently brilliant (and underrated) bands.

Setlist: Protection / In the End / Someday / All You Good Good People / Follow You Home / Come Back to What You Know / Save Me / Yeah You / One Big Family / Quarters / Gravity / Total Eclipse of the Heart / Refugees / Ashes // DNA / The Good Will Out.



219. Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular: First Direct Arena, Leeds [27.5.15]

218a_dw-symphonic-spectacular-270515Event: Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Artist: BBC National Orchestra

Compere: Peter Davidson

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 27.5.15

An excellent orchestral performance of classical scores and melodies from the Doctor Who timeline, with an emphasis on the music of Murray Gold.

The show was hosted by the 5th Doctor (Peter Davidson), and invaded by an array of aliens from different dimensions of time and space.



New Dawn Fades: City Varieties, Leeds [15.5.15]

x06a_New Dawn Fades [150515]Artist: All Roads Meet

Venue: City Varieties, Leeds

Date: 15.5.15

New Dawn Fades was a play rather than a gig but the cast did perform live versions of classic Joy Division tracks.

A brave and successful attempt to retell a sacred story that has already been expertly covered by Tony Wilson, Deborah Curtis, Michael Winterbottom and Anton Cobijn. The minimal cast and simple set design captured the promise and pain of the Manchester music scene’s finest.

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217. The Wick Effect: The Hop, Leeds [12.4.15]

Artist: The Wick Effect

Venue: The Hop, Leeds

Date: 12.4.15


216. Paul Weller: The Victoria Theatre, Halifax [18.3.15]

215a_paul-weller-180315Artist: Paul Weller

Venue: The Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Date: 18.3.15

Guest list passes and a quick trip backstage, courtesy of the ever generous Andy Lewis (as usual, in exchange for a donation to Paul Weller’s charity of choice).



215. Elbow: Manchester Apollo [7.2.15]

214a_elbow-070215Artist: Elbow

Support: Black Rivers

Venue: Manchester Apollo

Date: 7.2.15

Justifying their reputation as ‘the nicest band in the world’, Elbow chose to host a four-night residency of smaller hometown gigs at Manchester Apollo, rather than play a stadium or arena.

A perfect performance by the band, accompanied by the usual sing-along from the crowd.



214: Inspiral Carpets: O2 Academy, Leeds [13.12.14]

213_inspiral-carpets-131214Artist: Inspiral Carpets

Support: Blossoms

Venue: O2 Academy Leeds

Date: 13.12.14

The return of Inspiral Carpets, with original singer Stephen Holt on vocals.



213: The Human League: O2 Academy, Leeds [8.12.14]


Artist: The Human League

Support: Ronika

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 8.12.14

Another timeless performance from Sheffield’s original synth pioneers.


212. Jake Bugg: First Direct Arena, Leeds [19.10.14]

211a_jake-bugg-191014Artist: Jake Bugg

Support: Hudson Taylor / Skinny Living

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 19.10.14

Brilliant to see that a stripped down performance by a true musician, such as Jake Bugg, can fill an arena and captivate a sizable audience.

Free tickets for first direct customers, to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the new Leeds Arena.



210. Paul Weller: Dalby Forest [27.6.14]

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Artist: Paul Weller

Venue: Dalby Forest

Date: 27.6.14

Weller returned to the ‘pretty green’ setting of Dalby Forest.

Guest list tickets (courtesy of Andy Lewis), in return for a donation to Paul Weller’s charity of choice – great idea!

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209. CUD: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [12.4.14]

208a_CUD [120414]Artist: CUD

Venue: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Date: 12.4.14

Leggy Mambo [Live]: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release, CUD performed their third album in full, followed by a second set of ‘greatest hits’.

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The band created a limited edition art print to commemorate the album’s anniversary.

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205: Peter Hook & The Light: The Cockpit, Leeds [25.10.13]

204_Peter Hook [251013]Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Venue: The Cockpit, Leeds

Date: 25.10.13

Movement / Power Corruption & Lies [Live]: Another chance to see the first two New Order albums performed live in their entirety. Followed by an encore of Joy Division favourites. I will never tire of hearing such tracks played live.


204. Johnny Marr: Leeds Metropolitan University [13.10.13]

203a_Johnny Marr [131013]Artist: Johnny Marr

Support: Meredith Sheldon

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University

Date: 13.10.13

Johnny ‘F*ckin’ Marr! (Need I say more?)

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203. The Wick Effect: The New Roscoe, Leeds [19.7.13]

Artist: The Wick Effect

Support: The Godfather [Punk Poet]

Venue: The New Roscoe, Leeds

Date: 25.8.13


201. The Scandal: First Direct Arena, Leeds [22.6.13]

200a_The Scandal [220613]Artist: The Scandal

Support: The Puppeteers

Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds

Date: 22.6.13

A public open day, to test the facilities at the brand new Leeds Arena; a long overdue addition to the city’s music venues.

Upcoming bands; The Puppeteers and The Scandal had the privilege of being the first ever acts to play live at the prestigious new venue.

As the audience, it was our job to test the venue’s acoustics, toilets and fire exits.

Although I prefer smaller intimate venues for gigs, I would visit First Direct Arena more frequently, were prices for tickets, refreshments and merchandise no so ludicrously expensive! However, on the plus side, the venue does attract larger bands, who would otherwise not play the city.

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200. James / Echo & The Bunnymen: O2 Academy, Sheffield [16.4.13]

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Artist: James

Support: Echo & The Bunnymen

Venue: O2 Academy, Sheffield

Date: 16.4.13

My landmark 200th gig was one of those times where the support band were on a par with the headline act. So many classic, timeless songs were performed between the two bands.


199. Peter Hook & The Light: Manchester Cathedral [18.1.13]

198a_Peter Hook [180113]Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Support: Modern Blonde

Venue: Manchester Cathedral

Date: 18.1.13

Movement / Power Corruption & Lies [Live]: A marvellous and moving live performance of the first two New Order albums, in a historic and prodigious Manchester venue.

Setlist: In a Lonely Place / Ceremony / Procession / Dreams Never End / Truth / Senses / Chosen Time / ICB / The Him / Doubts Even Here / Denial / Mesh / Cries & Whispers / Everything’s Gone Green / Age of Consent / We All Stand / 5-8-6 / Your Silent Face / Ultraviolence / Ecstasy / Leave Me Alone // The Beach (Interlude) // Hurt / Temptation / Blue Monday.

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The gig was released as a digital download by Play Concert.

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198. The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ: FullCircle, Leeds [22.12.12]

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Artist: The Wonderful Sound of the Cinema Organ

Venue: FullCircle, Leeds

Date: 22.12.12

A unique evening at the short-lived but ever eclectic venue; FullCircle.

Flyer designed by my good self, in exchange for sumptuous sights, sounds and supper.

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197. CUD: The Cockpit, Leeds [14.12.12]

196a_CUD [14.12.12]Artist: CUD

Venue: The Cockpit, Leeds

Date: 14.12.12

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196. Katie Patterson’s Steely Dan Big Band: FullCircle, Leeds [14.10.12]

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Artist: Katie Patteron’s Steely Dan Big Band

Venue: FullCircle, Leeds

Date: 14.10.12

Flyer designed by yours truly, in exchange for the best seats in the house and a ‘slap-up’ Sunday roast.


194. CUD: The Cockpit, Leeds [22.6.12]

193_CUD [220612]Artist: CUD

Venue: The Cockpit, Leeds

Date: 22.6.12

CUD comeback (one of many).



193. Peter Hook & The Light: FAC251 The Factory, Manchester [18.5.12]

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Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Venue: FAC251: The Factory, Manchester

Date: 18.5.12

Still [Live]: The third of a triptych of annual gigs to commemorate the death of Joy Division’s lead singer; Ian Curtis.

As always, a fitting tribute from Curtis’s former bandmate, as ‘Hooky & Co.’ performed ‘Still’ live in its entirety for the first ever time.


192. The Cribs: Theatre Royal, Wakefield [16.5.12]

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Artist: The Cribs

Support: Retarded Fish / The Black Belles

Venue: Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Date: 16.5.12

Jack Daniel’s ‘J.D. Roots’ was a series of gigs where bands played intimate venues in their home town. Free tickets, free t-shirt, free Jack Daniel’s; not to mention The Cribs, on top form! What’s not to like?

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191. New Order: Manchester Apollo [26.4.12]

190a_New Order [260412]Artist: New Order

Support: DJ Tintin [DJ Set] / Jake Evans

Venue: Manchester Apollo

Date: 26.4.12

A typically rainy day in Manchester set the scene for New Order’s return to their home town. The absence of Peter Hook from the band’s line-up was compensated for by the welcome return of Gillian Gilbert on keyboards.

The set list included a range of career spanning classics, many of which were given a subtle contemporary twist to bring them up-to-date and keep them sounding fresh.

Setlist: Elegia / Crystal / Regret / Ceremony / Age of Consent / Love Vigilantes / Here to Stay / Waiting for the Siren’s Call / Bizarre Love Triangle / True Faith / 5-8-6 / The Perfect Kiss / Blue Monday / Temptation // Transmission / Love Will Tear Us Apart.

A series of limited edition screen printed posters were produced to commemorate the tour.

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189. Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse: O2 Academy, Leeds [10.12.11]

188a_Adam Ant [101211]Artist: Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 10.12.11

Adam Ant quit the 80s tribute trail and returned to the music scene in his own right. A welcome return with a fine and dandy show.

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187. Peter Hook & The Light: FAC251 The Factory, Manchester [18.5.11]

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Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Venue: FAC251: The Factory, Manchester

Date: 18.5.11

Closer [Live]: Finely crafted recreations of classic tracks, as Peter Hook & The Light (featuring Rowetta) played a live set of Joy Division’s ‘Closer’ album in its entirety.

For a second consecutive year, this special night at The Factory commemorated the anniversary of Ian Curtis’s death.

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186. The Rinky Dinks: Crawfold Farm, Petworth [9.4.11]

185_The Rinky Dinks [090411]

Artist: The Rinky Dinks

Venue: Crawfold Farm, Petworth

Date: 9.4.11

The Believer’s Big Bold Barn Blowout: Folk fun in a barn down on the farm, as part of Rawden’s 40th birthday celebrations. “Yee-ha!”


185. From The Jam: Black Flag Venue, Wakefield [1.4.11]

184_From The Jam [010411]Artist: From The Jam

Venue: Black Flag Venue, Wakefield

Date: 1.4.11 [Rescheduled from original date on ticket]

Being a massive fan of The Jam, since the 80s mod revival, I had reservations about seeing ‘Foxton & Co.’ performing such sacred songs live. Such fears were instantly alleviated, as From The Jam proved themselves to be so much more than a tribute band.

Bruce Foxton looked as sharp as ever, living up to his legendary mod status just as much as Paul Weller does. Russell Hastings pays respect to The Jam’s repertoire, performing well known and much loved songs with his own vocal style – never attempting to impersonate Weller.

Face facts; it’s unlikely there’ll ever be a reunion of The Jam. If you want to see their songs performed live with power and passion, From the Jam are one of the best options.


184. Interpol: O2 Academy, Leeds [22.3.11]

183_Interpol [220311]Artist: Interpol

Support: Matthew Dear

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 22.3.11


183. Primal Scream: O2 Academy, Leeds [14.3.11]

182_Primal Scream [140311]Artist: Primal Scream

Support: Kassidy

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 14.3.11

Screamadelica [Live]: To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of its release, Primal Scream performed their ‘Screamadelica’ album in its entirety. An evening of anthems from a seminal indie-dance crossover album.

Primal Scream [Screamadelica]



182. Ocean Colour Scene: O2 Academy, Leeds [18.2.11]

181_Ocean Colour Scene [180211]Artist: Ocean Colour Scene

Support: Exit Calm

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 18.2.11

Moseley Shoals [Live]: To celebrate the 15 year anniversary of their classic album, Ocean Colour Scene performed ‘Moseley Shoals’ in its entirety. A further storming set featured the best of the rest of their repertoire.

OCS [Moseley Shoals]


181. James: O2 Academy, Leeds [14.12.10]

180_James [141210]Artist: James

Support: Frazer King

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 14.12.10


180. The Human League: The Victoria Theatre, Halifax [30.11.10]

179a_Human League [301110]Artist: The Human League

Venue: The Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Date: 30.11.10

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179. Ellen and the Escapades: Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds [4.9.10]

Artist: Ellen and the Escapades

Venue: Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, Leeds

Date: 4.9.10

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival Logo [Crop]


178. Peter Hook & The Light: FAC251 The Factory, Manchester [18.5.10]

177_Peter Hook [180510]

Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Venue: FAC251: The Factory, Manchester

Date: 18.5.10

Unknown Pleasures [Live]: A poignant performance of Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album, in its entirety – to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis. Rowetta performed vocals on several songs, adding a stunning contemporary edge to timeless tracks.

The occasion was complemented by an exhibition of Joy Division memorabilia, displayed in the legendary Factory boardroom.


177. Peter Hook – An Evening of Unknown Pleasures: Theatre Royal, Wakefield [27.4.10]

176a_Peter Hook [270410]Artist: Peter Hook

Compere: Howard Marks

Venue: Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Date: 27.4.10

An Evening of Unknown Pleasures: Factory fables and Mancunian myths, straight from the horses mouth. Legendary dope fiend Howard Marks compared an evening of ‘Hooky’ recalling his musical memoirs and hedonistic Haçienda days.

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176. Peter Hook & The Light: FAC251 The Factory, Manchester [5.2.10]

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Artist: Peter Hook & The Light

Support: Freebass

Venue: FAC251: The Factory, Manchester [Opening Night]

Date: 5.2.10

Twenty years since the birth of ‘Madchester’, the evening saw the revamp and relaunch of the building that conceived the scene, and facilitated its demise.

FAC251 was the legendary head office of Factory Communications. Created by Tony Wilson, designed by Ben Kelly, endlessly funded by New Order (along with The Haçienda), and finally bankrupted by artistic ideology (expedited by Happy Mondays).

Nearly two decades later, the iconic building was rescued and resurrected by Peter Hook, Ben Kelly and Function One – and reborn as FAC251: The Factory.

In true Factory style, the building was barely completed on launch night. The freshly plastered walls were still damp and certain fittings and fixtures required finishing – but there was special sense of occasion, as those in the know mingled with Mancunian legends and celebrities.

Support act Freebass was a bass player ‘super group’ including Peter Hook (New Order), Mani (The Stone Roses) and Andy Rourke (The Smiths), with Gary Briggs on vocals.

Peter Hook & The Light performed a poignant set of Joy Division songs, with Rowetta (Happy Mondays) adding a beautiful and emotional twist to some of Ian Curtis’s haunting lyrics.

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175b_Peter Hook [050210]



175. Madness: O2 Academy, Leeds [8.12.09]

174a_Madness [081209]Artist: Madness

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 8.12.09

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174. Paul Weller: Victoria Hall, Halifax [2.12.09]

173a_Paul Weller [021209]Artist: Paul Weller

Support: Twisted Wheel

Venue: Victoria Hall, Halifax

Date: 2.12.09

During the gig, snow began heavily falling on the ‘Happy Valley’ and across the UK. As a result, the remainder of the  Weller winter tour was postponed.

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173. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: O2 Academy, Leeds [29.11.09]

172_Yeah Yeah Yeahs [291109]Artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Support: Duchess Says

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 29.11.09

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172. Morrissey: O2 Academy, Leeds [29.10.09]

171a_Morrissey [291009]Artist: Morrissey

Support: Doll & The Kicks

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 29.10.09

171b_Morrissey [291009]



171. Franz Ferdinand: O2 Academy, Leeds [20.10.09]

170_Franz Ferdinand [201009]Artist: Franz Ferdinand

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 20.10.09


170. Massive Attack: O2 Academy, Leeds [24.9.09]

169_Massive Attack [240909]Artist: Massive Attack

Support: Martina Topley Bird

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 24.9.09


169. Florence & The Machine: O2 Academy, Leeds [21.9.09]

168_Florence & The Machine [210909]Artist: Florence & The Machine

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 21.9.09

A mesmerising performance. Lungs & legs!


168. Nine Inch Nails / Jane’s Addiction: Manchester Arena [14.7.09]

167_NIN_Jane’s Addiction [140709]Artist: Nine Inch Nails

Support: Jane’s Addiction

Venue: Manchester Arena

Date: 14.7.09

So much more than a support band; Jane’s Addiction, featuring their original line-up, set the bar high. However, Nine Inch Nails delivered a truly stunning set, flaunting the genius of Trent Reznor & Co. Their musical mastery was proved with a simple one song encore of ‘Hurt’.


167. Paul Weller: Dalby Forest [27.6.09]

166_Paul Weller [270609]Artist: Paul Weller

Support: Twisted Wheel

Venue: Dalby Forest

Date: 27.6.09

Weller in the wild, wild wood.


166. The Specials: Millennium Square, Leeds [24.5.09]

165a_The Specials [240509]

Artist: The Specials

Support: Kid British

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 24.5.09

A long overdue and welcome reformation of the pioneers of 2 Tone, as The Specials celebrated their 30th anniversary.

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165. Kasabian: O2 Academy, Leeds [25.3.09]

164_Kasabian [250309]Artist: Kasabian

Support: The Hours

Venue: O2 Academy, Leeds

Date: 25.3.09

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164. The Beat: The Cockpit, Leeds [13.3.09]

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Artist: The Beat

Venue: The Cockpit, Leeds

Date: 13.3.09



163. Late of the Pier: Leeds Metropolitan University [12.2.09]

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Artist: Late of the Pier

Support: Miachu & The Shapes

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University

Date: 12.2.09


162. The Cribs: St. George’s Hall, Bradford [8.2.09]

161_The Crib [080209]Artist: The Cribs

Support: Jack Lewis & The Fishermen 3 / The Thermals

Venue: St. George’s Hall, Bradford

Date: 8.2.09


161. Madness: Manchester Central [18.12.08]

160a_Madness [181208]Artist: Madness

Support: Stereo MC’s

Venue: Manchester Central

Date: 18.12.08

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160. James Bond: Shaken, Not Stirred: Leeds Town Hall [30.11.08]

160a_Shaken Not Stirred [301108]Artist: Orchestra of Opera North

Conductor: Gareth Hudson

Vocalists: Mary Carewe / Grainne Renihan / Peter Corry

Venue: Leeds Town Hall

Date: 30.11.08

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159. MGMT: Carling Academy, Leeds [5.11.08]

159_MGMT [051108]Artist: MGMT

Venue: Carling Academy, Leeds

Date: 5.11.08

The former Leeds Town & Country Club was refurbished and briefly reopened as the Carling Academy. Before long it would once again rebrand as an O2 venue.


158. The Music: Leeds Metropolitan University [15.5.08]

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Artist: The Music

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University

Date: 14.5.08

Welcome to the North!


157. The Pigeon Detectives: Millennium Square, Leeds [3.5.08]

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Artist: The Pigeon Detectives

Support: The Twang

Venue: Millennium Square, Leeds

Date: 3.5.08

The evening required a choice between two hometown bands: New indie upstarts The Pigeon Detectives or the ‘last ever’ gig by veterans CUD.

Years later, The Pigeon Detectives still have to live up to their debut album, and CUD have made more comebacks than Rocky Balboa.


156. The Fratellis: Leeds Metropolitan University [19.4.08]

156_The Fratellis [190408]

Artist: The Fratellis

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University

Date: 19.4.08

An evening of Costello Music.


155. Supergrass: Leeds Metropolitan University [16.4.08]

155_Supergrass [160408]

Artist: Supergrass

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University

Date: 16.4.08


154. Gallows: Leeds Metropolitan University [23.2.08]

154_Gallows [240208]

Artist: Gallows

Venue: Leeds Metropolitan University

Date: 23.2.08

Ticket no. 00002. Still chasing that illusive first ticket for a gig. This is the nearest I’ve got, so far.


153. Super Furry Animals: Leeds Town Hall [30.10.07]

153_Super furry Animals [301007]

Artists: Super Furry Animals

Venue: Leeds Town Hall

Date: 30.10.07


152. The Pigeon Detectives: Manchester Academy [28.10.07]

152_Pigeon Detectives [281007]Artist: The Pigeon Detectives

Support: One Night Only

Venue: Manchester Academy

Date: 28.10.07