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Mix it up with X Factor pop girls on a global mission

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

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Pop princesses Little Mix embark on their biggest UK tour to date next year, with a return visit to Plymouth Pavilions on May 30, where they performed last February. The quartet – Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall – won the British X Factor in 2011. They are currently in the USA to make a guest appearance on the American version of the TV talent contest. The girls – originally solo singers who were put together as a group on the show – recently released second album, Salute, a more dance-led follow-up to their hugely successful debut DNA. They have sold more than three million records worldwide to date.

Tickets go on sale at 10am today.

Punked-up quartet have melodic tendencies too

If you like a big, bold melodic punked-up noise, then look no further than the fast-rising Max Raptor. The four-piece from Burton upon Trent were last in the Westcountry for the Leopallooza festival in North Cornwall in the summer. They return on Monday for a gig at Exeter's Cavern. It's part of a rotating headline tour with two other up-and-coming rock bands, Attention Thieves and We Are Fiction – allowing each their moment in the main spotlight. Max Raptor have had consistently positive reaction to their debut album Mother's Ruin. A live force to be reckoned with, they have toured with the likes of Billy Talent, The Stranglers, The Darkness and Dinosaur Pile Up.

It's party time with the Reverend D Wayne Love

Probably best known for providing the theme song for US TV series The Sopranos, with Woke Up This Morning, South London's Alabama 3 also have a reputation as one of the best live acts in the UK. Straddling the genres and fronted by The Reverend D Wayne Love, the band's iconic rapper and spiritual leader, they are currently on the road performing both brand new and classic material and sharing their high-energy party spirit. They are stopping off at The Factory in Barnstaple (07446 692751) on Thursday, December 12.

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