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ROCKER and charity mogul Sir Bob Geldof will be performing at the Queen's Hall in Nuneaton on November 16.
Geldof will be sampling tracks from his latest album How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell.
Geldof was a success in the late 70s with The Boomtown Rats. However he is probably better know for his humanitarian projects, such as Live Aid and Live 8.
PUNK rockers Alkaline Trio have been forced to postpone their UK tour - including a show at the Kasbah this weekend.
However rising dubstep star Rusko will play at the Coventry nightclub next week.
WHEN I arrived at the Wolves Civic for my evening of alt-rock funk I was pleasantly surprised by the large crowd gathering outside the venue.
London's up-and-coming alt-rock band fiN started the night with furious passion. An interesting mix of grunge and rock helped whip the ever growing audience into a mild frenzy so it's no wonder they're supporting Incubus on most of their European dates.
Then it was time for the headliners, a band that hasn't stepped on UK soil for a longtime. Incubus are a funk metal band who have been around for two decades and this was their first gig on their UK tour.
THE FIRST crop of city music legends have been honoured on Coventry's new wall of fame.
The first stars to be inducted on the wall turned out to see their plaques unveiled on Saturday and covered the full spectrum of Coventry's proud music history.
Among the most prominent names to make the cut were Specials star Lynval Goulding (pictured above with bandmate Neville Staple) and Selecter guitarist and songwriter Neol Davies.
Lynval said of his plaque: "It's a great and wonderful achievement to be honoured in this way."
FLORENCE And The Machine shot straight to the top of the album chart with their sophomore effort, Ceremonials, last night.
It is the group's second consecutive number one after their debut Lungs climbed to the top spot in January last year, having previously entered the chart at number two.
Florence Welch and her band knocked Coldplay from their perch after just one week. Their new album, Mylo Xyloto, slipped one place to number two.
Meanwhile Professor Green topped the singles chart for a second week with Read All About It, featuring rising star Emelie Sande. The rapper also entered the album chart at number three with his new album At Your Inconvenience.
THESE energetic and fresh faced lads hail from Nuneaton.
They are The Stacks and here guitarist Ben Monaghan opens up to the inquisition about how they became the alt-indie band they are today and that the only similarity they have to the Arctic Monkeys is the social realism of their lyrics.
1.Name of Artist/Band? (Include all band members names and instruments played.)
'We are The Stacks and have always been The Stacks.'
'After throwing band names about between each other for a couple of weeks, a visit to the local pub caused a brainwave and we've been called that ever since.'
'Dan Smith plays acoustic guitar and sings lead vocals, I play electric guitar, James "The Owl" Russell plays bass guitar and James "Dudders" Dudley plays drums.'
'Everyone sings except Dudders, because in true drummer fashion he can't sing to save his life.'
2.What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
'We're an indie rock band with no real artist specific influences.'
'We've been compared relentlessly to the Arctic Monkeys but we wouldn't cite them as an influence.'
'Our influences come from the massively different styles of music we all listen to; a heady mix mix of Acoustic singer/songwriters, Indie pop tunes, Classic rock and blues, punk and hardcore, and generally whatever gets us going!'
COVENTRY hosted it's first ever Oxjam festival a few weeks ago.
It started with an afternoon acoustic session at Rosie Malone's. Tommy Loose, Sarah Bennett and other local singer/songwriters played a variety of covers and some of their own stuff.
It was relatively quiet but the crowd proved their generosity by welcoming and enjoying friendly interaction with the musicians.
THE first time I heard this song it took me a while to figure out who it was. The voice sounded familiar however that was the only thing that I did actually recognise.
It's a clever thing what Sheeran did here and, I think, it's having a positive effect on his reputation as a musician.
Enjoy 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You' this week's video by Ed Sheeran.
TOMORROW there will be a Halloween charity gig at The Rising Sun in Coventry.
The music event is being hosted by Mind Over Matter Coventry and will see locals acts rock out for charity.
Acts include The Glass Guns, The Session, The Giveway, The Dementias and The Holly Perkins Band. There will also be an acoustic session from 12pm and a DJ set by DJ Krissy.
All proceeds for the evening will go to Help for Heroes and Age UK.
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With his debut album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, sitting pretty at the top of the album charts, the elder statesman of Britpop embarked on a mini-tour yesterday which will take him from Dublin to London.
That will be followed with a string a huge shows next year which promise to cement his status as a solo star.
Noel has previously suggested his live shows will feature new solo material and Oasis classics (after all, he wrote most of them).
Noel Gallagher will bring his High Flying Birds to the National Indoor Arena on March 1. Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am, but they don't come cheap and will cost you £59.50, £45.00 or £35.00 plus booking fees.
In the meantime you can enjoy some of his new solo tracks below.