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Biffy Clyro, MEN Arena, Manchester

Biffy Clyro are a band who's stage presence and charisma really needs to be seen to be believed. Tonight will be the third time we've seen the band, and, if the previous performances are anything to go by, it's going to be something special. From their performance at the 2010 Leeds Festival, which saw singer Simon Neil throw a monitor off the stage, to their astounding performance at Manchester Central that Winter, each time the band take the stage you know something memorable is about to happen.  Tonight the support comes in the form of City & Colour an acoustic/folk/rock amalgam fronted by Alexisonfire's Dallas Green. Unfortunately due to a delayed train and the venue's somewhat overzealous security we only catch two songs. 'Happiness By the Kilowatt', a hangover from the days of the aforementioned Alexisonfire, receives a riotous reaction from a half-capacity crowd whilst set closer 'Sorrowing Man' sees the arena aglow with the lights of phones; it's a far cry from the days of people holding up lighters, but given a lot of the crowd's obvious penchant for  hairspray, that's probably a good thing.


Polica, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

One of the first things which strikes you about the live set of Polica is the surprising lack of intensity to the sound of a band who perform with two live drummers. With so much vocoder and synth work propping up the melodic aspects of the songs, it might be considered the duty of the dual, organic drum patterns not only to provide a sense of anticipated intensity, but also to provide the sense of humanism which the music might otherwise lack. But on stage, the drums and the rhythm take a surprisingly backseat role, the two drum lines generally hugging one another quite closely as they slink through the modest grooves of songs like ‘I See My Mother’, in their relatively unassuming way. To be sure, moments like the climax of the tumultuous closer ‘Amongster’ see the duo pulling apart from each other and really letting rip into a clattering chaos as sophisticated as it is intense. But these moments are more anomalous than might have been expected.


Live: The Staves, Art Centre, Norwich

Three sisters proud of their Watford roots, Emily, Jessica and Camilla Staveley-Taylor make up The Staves and we're excited to see whether their live performance matches up to their enticing recordings; something they exceed in doing. Pre-show the air of anticipation is palpable as the venue is full to bursting with people who clearly harbour a lot of love for the band.


Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Blind Tiger, Brighton

Walking into the Blind Tiger in Brighton for the start of the Afriganza Festival, the smell of hot spicy yam curry alongside rice, okra and sweet potatoes greets us, providing a happy antidote from the bitter cold outside. Over four days the festival will feature African music, workshops, and films in a huge AfroBeat celebration, and in light of it's success Blind Tiger have announced that Afriganza will be a new monthly event from June.


Jessie Ware, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

To sell out two nights in a row at Shepherd's Bush Empire little more than six months after releasing a debut LP is an impressive enough feat. Throw into the mix a Southbank Award for Best Pop, won just one day before tonight’s show, and it’s easy to understand why Jessie Ware is clearly giddy with excitement and gratitude for the duration of tonight’s performance.

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