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WEEK IN REVIEW

James Bay @ O2 Academy, Leeds

Starting us off this week is antlongstaff‘s shot of James Bay at the O2 Academy in Leeds. It’s been an incredible twelve months for James Bay. He received the Critic’s Choice Award at this year’s Brits and did not disappoint with his debut album, Chaos and the Calm going straight to number one in the UK charts.  If you were at a music festival this summer, the chances are you saw James Bay. Never resting on his overwhelming initial success, he’s entertained crowds across the world (including a Canadian tour with George Ezra) and even included a very special cover of Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

 

The Sisters of Mercy @ The Ritz, Manchester

80’s rockers The Sisters of Mercy drew a massive crowd to the Manchester Ritz this week. dorisdoritos captured the mood of the night with this upload. Recalling their commercial success with Temple of Love, The Corrosion and More, the post-punk band made it seem as if the past 30 years didn’t even happen. Perhaps an homage to Back to the Future this week.

 

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes @ The Star & Garter, Manchester

dorisdoritos hit The Star and Garter in Manchester this Saturday and caught this great moment as a member of the crowd climbed on top of his mates at the Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes gig. Crowd-surfing always signifies an unforgettable gig and we love to see these posts on gigpic. Frank Carter, formerly of Gallows and Pure Love has embarked on a solo career and released the album Blossom in August. If this picture is anything to go by, he’s picked up right where he left off.

 

Years & Years @ Cardiff Students’ Union

Years & Years treated the students of Cardiff to a showcase of their hits earlier this week. The trio are currently on a UK tour, selling out venues across the country. jordgriffiths captured lead singer Olly impressing the crowd with his distinctive voice which helped their songs King and Shine reach numbers 1 and 2 respectively. Years & Years will be playing two nights at London’s O2 Brixton Academy, a milestone in any artist’s career, before continuing their tour into November. Don’t worry if you missed out this time round, the group will be back on the road on 28th March, beginning at The Ironworks, Inverness.

 

Blossoms @ The Ritz, Manchester

Having supported The Courteeners and The Charlatans, five-piece Stockport band Blossoms have started to make their own mark with a headline tour. It seems as though Blossoms have gathered a fanatic following and their homecoming gig at The Ritz was completely sold out. georgialitherland9721 was one in attendance, posting this brilliant shot of the boys. Blossoms have injected a refreshing sound to the music scene and refuse to cling to the coattails of the legendary Manchester bands. Frontman Tom Ogden’s voice swings between Kurt Cobain and Ian Brown whilst maintaining an originality and Myles Kellock’s keys stand them apart from their guitar-led peers. However, Josh Dewhurst’s guitar solo on Madeleine is as pleasing as any you’ll hear this year.