Dream Wife bring power-punk to their support slot at the O2 Academy.

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The glam grunge trio won over The Vaccines crowd with a short but meaningful selection of compelling tracks.

The London-based British-Icelandic group, formed as part of a ‘fake girl band’ art project in Brighton in 2014. The trio soon got booked for gigs after the popularity of their mockumentary ‘Spinal Tap’ and their mesmeric public performance at a gallery exhibition for their project finale. After writing a few more songs, and touring more profusely, even reaching Canada, their fantasy became a reality and they were signed to Enfer Records in 2015.

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The Vellas rock Café Totem as they kick start their journey in a new direction

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Sheffield’s Indie four piece, The Vellas, comprised of Daniel Harbey (Vocals and Guitar), Ethan Grzesiek (Bass), Jack Motley (Guitar), and now Chris Hardy (Drums), [previously Alex Wood] have a sound similar to iconic bands such as Joy Division and The Strokes.

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EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

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One of the most captivatingly beautiful films I have ever seen is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In my eyes, it marries the two genres of romcom and sci-fi effortlessly; I struggle to imagine the day in which I no longer hold this film in such high esteem. Admittedly, it’s a movie that demands you sit and watch it repeatedly in an attempt to draw sense and coherence out of its (at times, thoroughly perplexing) narrative – but I believe that the first viewing alone was enough for me to extract an understanding of the fundamental emotions that both the writer (Charlie Kaufman) and the director (Michel Gondry) intended to portray.

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Pale Waves Bring a Tide of Goth-Pop Anthems to Leadmill

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Rising stars Pale Waves entranced fans on their return to the iconic Leadmill stage with their set of fan favourites.

The Manchester-based dream pop quartet were propelled into the public sphere shortly after signing to Dirty Hit Records and touring with fellow Mancunians The 1975 throughout North America and Europe last year. The tour soon led to the growing popularity of the band, further cementing their cult following: a perfect foundation for the release of singles such as ‘Television Romance’ and ‘New Year’s Eve’ at the end of 2017.

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