Tag Archives: 2019

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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Hiss Golden Messenger + Olivia Chaney @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 11th December 2019

Having dedicated a sizeable chunk of 2019 to touring North America, Hiss Golden Messenger finally land upon our shores in promotion of their latest album – ‘Terms of Surrender’ – once more, facilitated by the esteemed Merge Records. Not since 2014 have Hiss Golden Messenger performed in Birmingham, and it was somewhat bittersweet to learn […]

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Melanie Martinez @ o2 Academy, 8 December 2019

Melanie Martinez is an American singer-songwriter, actress and director rising to fame in 2012 after appearing on the American television vocal talent show The Voice. Tonight sees the K-12 tour hit Birmingham which causes queues to spiral around the entire block near the venue. This is probably one of the largest queues I’ve ever seen […]

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The Faim + Hot Milk @ o2 Institute 7th December 2019

Up and coming Australian pop rock band The Faim are back playing their second UK tour of the year, and on this December leg, they have brought out Manchester-based pop punks Hot Milk to warm up the crowd for them. And warm up the crowd they did. With duel vocals from Hannah Mee and Jim […]

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MUNA @ O2 Institute 3,4th December 2019

Having found and fallen in love with the band through social media, I have never met anyone in my life who has ever mentioned MUNA to me.  And with Wednesday’s evening’s show being downgraded from the second room of the O2 Institute in Birmingham to the smallest third room, my fear of being the only […]

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Emeli Sandé + Ben Monteith @ Symphony Hall, 2 December 2019

British singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé took over the Symphony Hall on Monday as part of her “Real Life” UK tour. After releasing a new album in September, which was highly acclaimed in certain areas and left others with mixed feelings , the expectations for her concert were obviously high and I believe she reached […]

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Billy Bragg @ O2 Institute 2, 1 December 2019

There are not many artists I have seen more than four times, Frank Black is one and Billy Bragg is the other… although not for many, many years.  The first time I saw Billy play live was in December 1985 at the Birmingham Odeon, then a month later at the same venue as part of […]

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The Darkness @ o2 Academy, 1st December 2019

It’s icy and the roads are full of traffic; Christmas is coming and just to add more sparkle The Darkness are in town, with their air of flamboyance, glitter and catsuits. This tour is to promote the ‘Easter is Cancelled’ album which came out in October, and so there has been a bit of a […]

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Glenn Hughes @ O2 Institute, 29th November 2019

It’s no coincidence that after two and a half years on the road playing the classic-era tracks from his former band Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes has chosen to end his tour in the West Midlands. Not only does the area’s reputation as the birthplace of hard rock tie in nicely with the set he has […]

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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 […]