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Bat Sabbath + The Temple + Dead Hands @ Academy 2 – 14th June 2017

Bat Sabbath Birmingham Academy

You have to be fairly bold to play a set of Black Sabbath covers in Birmingham. The original heavy metal pioneers are viewed with such regard in their hometown that any band even attempting to match their reverence would normally be laughed out of the room. Not so Canada’s Bat Sabbath. The gnarly punk rockers […]

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Kraftwerk @ Symphony Hall – 13 June 2017

“Turn it up!” shouts an audience member a few songs into Kraftwerk‘s set at Birmingham’s impressive Symphony Hall, quickly following the comment with “We’re old!” It’s certainly true that, for the first 45 minutes of tonight’s show the volume is indeed lacking, and it’s also a valid point that the majority of tonight’s crowd are […]

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Bear’s Den @ Birmingham Institute – 2nd November 2016

Entering my favourite Birmingham venue on a Wednesday night, the buzz is tangible. Fresh from selling out the 5000-capacity Brixton Academy in their native London, Bear’s Den are back on home turf after a sold out run of significantly smaller shows in America in support of their new sophomore record “Red Earth & Pouring Rain,” […]

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Billy Talent + Young Guns @ O2 Institute, Birmingham – 19th October 2016

Canadian rock band Billy Talent rolled into Birmingham last night to play the city’s O2 Institute. Support came from Young Guns. Photographer Steve Gerrard was there to catch the action. BILLY TALENT YOUNG GUNS Tweet

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Megadeth + Lamb Of God announce Birmingham Academy gig

Now here’s a line-up! Metal royalty MEGADETH will play Birmingham’s O2 Academy on November 15th 2015 and will be bringing the mighty LAMB OF GOD along with them. Opening the show will be Sylosis & Children Of Bodom. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 17th at 9:00 a.m. Photos – Steve Gerrard Tweet

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Defeater + Napoleon + Wars + Rise of Athena @ The Rainbow – 8th July 2015

There is little point verbosely writing upon the musicality of the supports. It equates to variations of standard hardcore riffs. It’s a hardcore show, surprises would have been welcomed but the probability was low. Rise of Athena opened proceedings and ‘Fight Owens Fight’ were words I was hoping the whole band might aspire to, upon […]

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Paul McCartney @ Birmingham Barclaycard Arena – 27th May 2015

Over the years, Paul McCartney has become quite a divisive figure in the world of popular culture. There are those who consider him the most important and influential musician in history. Others, including many commenting on my Facebook page before tonight’s show, strongly disagree. One commented he’d rather “suck sick through a straw than watch […]

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Impericon Festival @ Manchester Academy – 4th May 2015

Impericon‘s yearly festival celebrates its tenth year in 2015 and brings with it a truly impressive and diverse line-up of bands from the metal and hardcore world to celebrate a decade of mosh pits. And, even at 1:30 in the afternoon, there’s an impressive queue outside Manchester’s Academy, making sure they don’t miss a minute […]

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Norma Jean – Exclusive Interview

Norma Jean have been blazing their own trail in the world of heavy rock n roll since forming in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. Since then they’ve had multiple line-up changes and a string of critically acclaimed albums. They’re a band that, in my opinion, should be much bigger than they are. We caught up with […]

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Banks @ Birmingham Institute – 17th November 2014

I’ve come into this gig cold (both physically and musically). I’ve listened to Banks’ album “Goddess”, released this September, a handful of times, but not ‘properly’ by any means. But, I’ve been to enough gigs in my time to know that for every bystander loitering at the back, there’s a super fan at the front […]

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Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by […]

The Boys Are Back @ Symphony Hall, 25 February 2020

If you’ve come to this review expecting to see something about Thin Lizzy, you’re in the wrong place. No, this […]

The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

There’s often a conversation about where the future female headliners are or even female acts on festival line-ups. Well a […]

The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that […]

Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was […]

Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut […]