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REVIEWS: POP - Super Discount 2 The Sage Gateshead ooooo

The sight of three balding producers bobbing their heads up and down as their fingers manipulate mixing keyboards, desk and computers to work up a breathtaking house-music storm may not be the most enticing proposition to many people. But for anyone who followed the late-Nineties French dance-music scene (or French Touch, as it was popularly known) the Super Discount live experience is exciting, as it is long overdue.

POP: Mylo Foundation Newcastle oooo9

"DESTROY ROCK'n'Roll" may be Mylo's clarion call, but anyone hoping that the Scottish producer is intent on wreaking such destruction in celebration of the 20th anniversary of house music will be disappointed. For Mylo's live show owes more to the era of guitar music that did nearly destroy rock'n'roll, namely soft rock.

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Pop: Logging on to passionate pop

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