The Mission: We are blood brothers

The Mission/Blood Brothers | O2 Academy Islington | 23 July 2015

The O2 Academy Islington is sticky hot. And not just due to the raging sea of bodies, sometimes piled on top of each other, their arms aloft, singing/chanting/shouting as one. On a summer’s night.

Wayne Hussey reveals he’s coming down with something and needs to sweat it out. So the temperature’s been turned up. But that’s the only concession he makes to his condition – during a jubilant two-and-a-half hours on stage, there’s no hint the singer and guitarist isn’t running at 100%. Instead, perhaps buoyed by the rapturous crowd, he genuinely seems to relish performing with all the intensity and passion demanded by his songs – be they hits or rarities.

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The Mission & Blood Brothers at O2 Academy Islington

The Mission and their intimate-show alter egos, Blood Brothers,  treated a sold-out O2 Academy Islington to close on three hours of classics (‘Butterfly On A Wheel’, ‘Tower Of Strength’, ‘Deliverance’), newer tracks (‘Wither On The Vine’, ‘Swan Song’, ‘Black Cat Bones’), and rarely performed fan favourites (‘Swoon’, ‘Evangeline’).

  • Read our review of The Mission and Blood Brothers at O2 Academy Islington here.

All This Noise: You’re here to stay

Creativity doesn’t have to come from conflict.

“After a while you get used to each other,” says Alan, producer and bass player of All This Noise. “There’s no panic, there’s no weird ego stuff. It doesn’t matter who does what. Nothing matters.”

“When we started writing stuff together, it just sort of clicked,” continues James, the other half of the London band formed little under a year ago. “We haven’t really forced anything.

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Jason Isbell returning to London

Jason Isbell is returning to London early next year.

The singer-songwriter who originally found fame as guitarist and songwriter for Drive-By Truckers is playing the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 22 January 2016.

Tickets go on general sale on 17 July 21015 – the same day as his latest album, ‘Something More Than Free’.

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Megadeth marching to Wembley

Megadeth and Lamb Of God are playing Wembley Arena on 14 November 2015 as part of a full UK and Eire co-headline tour.

The jaunt will coincide with the release of Megadeth’s 15th studio album which they have recently completed, and the 30th anniversary of their influential debut ‘Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!’.

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Gary Clark Jr. pulling into Camden’s Electric Ballroom

Gary Clark Jr. is set to play London’s Electric Ballroom in November.

Three days after his Summer Series show at Somerset House, the American guitarist has announced his return to the capital, with the Camden show set to take place on 16 November 2015.

Tickets go on general sale via LiveNation on 17 July.

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Foo Fighters playing Milton Keynes in September

Foo Fighters have rescheduled their cancelled Wembley Stadium shows.

They will now be performing at the Milton Keynes Bowl on Saturday 5 September and Sunday 6 September 2015.

Iggy Pop will be opening the show, just as he was scheduled to do at Wembley.

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