Live at The Academy, Bournemouth

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A full house of nostalgic fans for The Specials with an interesting choice of warm up acts. An almost empty Opera House greeted Finnish band, The Scenes, on Tuesday as they opened for 2 Tone legends The Specials. The art-punk-rock outfit are little known outside their native land but their website claims their shows are “madly energetic, lights-out mayhem”.

Live at The Academy, Bournemouth

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The night was all about big hair, and bigger voices. Ella Eyre graced Bournemouth’s O2 Academy on Wednesday 15 October on her first headline tour. Her name may not be instantly recognisable yet, having only recently released her own tracks but her voice and song writing have been featured on a few chart toppers you will know. The support acts were good, building a cold and somewhat damp crowd into a suitable frenzy for the main lady. First up was singer-songwriter, Joel Baker, who was joined on stage by a drummer and a bassist. He’s got a bit of cheeky chap about him and a reasonable voice.

Live at The Academy, Newcastle

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In the midst (or what some would hope is the tail end) of the great indie revival, here are two veterans who’s respective reformations pre-date the latest clutch of cash-in nostalgia acts. Echo and the Bunnymen have been touring pretty solidly since their 1997 return to prominence. And James, although they did their best to burn out with 1993’s experimental/forgettable Wah Wah, have managed to forge a successful touring and recording career since their reformation in 2007. Tonight they share a bill at the sold out Newcastle Academy.