Photos: Cage the Elephant at Albert Hall, Manchester

By this point Cage the Elephant need no introductions. The queue snakes round the back of Manchester's Albert Hall long before doors, ready for the Kentucky firebrands. Inside it's no-nonsense; the sound's tigh...

Photos: Declan McKenna at Albert Hall, Manchester

Pressure's high on Declan McKenna. Only just turned 18 and lionised as a great young hope for Brit indie, there's a lot of weight on those shoulders - especially when opening for Cage The Elephant. Once gawkish...

The VLM’s Photos of the Year 2016

Onstage and backstage, we were there in 2016 to capture some of the most important live moments at gig venues and festivals around the UK. Here's a selection of our favourite shots from our contributors - all o...

Photos: JAWS at Sound Control, Manchester

With the anticipated release of their sophomore album, ‘Simplicity’, JAWS brought the show to Manchester’s renowned Sound Control, a familiar venue to the Birmingham trailblazers. Opening the show with they div...

Backstage: RY X in Manchester

Lit by only flickering candlelight, Ry Cuming looms over the 260-strong crowd in Manchester's Deaf Institute, all of them spellbound by the enigmatic Australian. Flanked by his band, the trio moved like shadows...

Photos: Elf Kid at Tamesis Dock, London

The Square, originating in Lewisham and formed by Novelist, DeeJillz and Lolingo, have been making waves as part of the resurgent grime movement. A couple of integral parts of this have been Elf Kid and Blakie,...

Photos: The Japanese House at Heaven, London

It got a little heavenly with The Japanese House at London's Heaven last night. Opening with angelic 'Clean', completely caught the audience captive with sublime textures that seem so effortless. Vocals were im...

Photos: Bring Me The Horizon at Sheffield Arena

Confetti streamers blast across Sheffield Arena, the walls rattle and the crowd take up the territorial howl of "YORKSHIRE, YORKSHIRE," as Bring Me The Horizon take the stage. Polarising and unapologetic; the p...

Backstage: The Big Moon in Sheffield

Almost two years since warming up for Peace at Queen's Social Club, The Big Moon have grown into their boots and are back in Sheffield to play their own headline show. The kooky four piece, stopped by at Pic...