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Massive Attack

Gig review: Massive Attack at Manchester Arena

Somehow, it’s 21 years since Massive Attack turned up the volume on the abrasive, paranoid, post-punk elements of the sonic stew which had seen them labelled “trip hop” for their down-tempo beats, soulful female vocals and whispered raps. The result, Mezzanine, more than holds its own amid that run of brooding pre-millennium albums which includes the likes of Radiohead’s OK Computer.

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The Wombats

Gig review: The Wombats at First Direct Arena, Leeds

Twelve years after they first cascaded on to the scene with debut album A Guide To Love Loss and Desperation, Liverpool’s The Wombats bought their grandeur live show to Leeds’ First Direct Arena for a headline performance complete with confetti, balloons and all the hits.

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The 1975

Gig review: The 1975 at FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield

“I’m not going to revert to just talking again,” quips The 1975 frontman Matt Healy, clad in an apparent blue boilersuit and waltzing across a travellator strung across the front of the stage at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena.

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