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Steel Panther & Wayward Sons @o2 Academy 8th February 2020

Opening up this evening Wayward Sons a band who isn’t shy of touring with many major rock bands. We last covered them supporting Black Star Riders only a few months ago and now here they are supporting Steel Panther. On paper it’s a bit of an odd mix, Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons) and his politically […]

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Smoke Fairies @ The Sunflower Lounge, 7th February 2020

The venue fills up early on in the evening in preparation for John J Presley ‘s support slot.  He has frequented the stage at The Sunflower Lounge many a time in various bands and solo arrangements, however, tonight it is just him and drummer, Paul May, bringing his shadowy interpretation of the blues to the […]

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Bombay Bicycle Club @ o2 Academy 31st January, 2020

Formed in the mid 2000’s, Bombay Bicycle Club released four full length albums before taking a hiatus in 2016, reforming to release their latest record ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ earlier this year. Opening the show at a sold out O2 Academy Birmingham was Liz Lawrence, before main support The Big Moon took to the […]

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Jonas Brothers @ Arena Birmingham, 29th January 2020

The Jonas Brothers have come a long way from being a Disney boy band many years ago. After 10 years the trio finally came to Europe and kicked off their “Happiness Begins” tour right here in Birmingham. The over-excited kids and teenagers who grew up listening to them and watching them on TV every day […]

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Waterparks @ O2 Institute, 27th January 2020

Upon entering the packed O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening you could be confused for thinking you have entered the wrong venue, due to being greeted with a rapper on stage. At a pop punk show. Certainly not! But this highlights just how the evening’s headliners, Waterparks, appeal to a modern audience with a […]

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INME @ Redrum, Stafford 22nd January, 2020

Following a strong opening set from Between Static & Silence, it fell to Haggard Cat to provide main support ahead of a headline set from Inme at Stafford’s Redrum venue. Having evolved from previous incarnations in Baby Godzilla and Heck, Haggard Cat are a two piece that create a visceral and exciting live set whatever […]

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New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From Here’ album, which I was lucky enough to review and declared it to be one of their finest. Opening with ‘No Rest’ and a single drum intro, tipping a hat to that early Marquee show, […]

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Saving Grace + The Rails @ Town Hall, 22nd December 2019

And so, to the final gig of the year (for me) and come to that matter the final gig of the decade, and it really does not get any better than Saving Grace, as Robert Plant describes them “a co-operative from the Black Country”. Saving Grace consist of the beautiful harmonies of Suzi Dian and […]

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UB40 @ Arena Birmingham, 21st December 2019

All-time favourites and loved worldwide UB40 returned to Birmingham for their Christmas Hometown Show, bringing together people of all ages to a very packed venue. Celebrating 40 years since the formation of the band with a massive tour earlier this year, the English reggae band seems unstoppable.  “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” set […]

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Sea Girls @ Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, 12 December 2019

Call it luck, call it kismet, the moment when you and a favourite band just happen to be in the same city halfway around the world. Sea Girls are no strangers to our Birmingham Live family; we’ve caught some of their solo shows throughout Birmingham’s venues and seen them take the stage at numerous festivals. […]

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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 […]