Tag Archives: Gigs

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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Sea Girls @ Mama Rouxs 11 October, 2018

We first met Sea Girls a handful of months ago when we caught their set at Barn on the Farm festival. Flooding the stage with energy, they put on a massive show that wowed us, immediately making us lifelong fans. While festival season is now sadly in the past it does mean that bands take […]

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Ólafur Arnalds @ Town Hall, 28 September 2018

Sitting behind me, a couple discuss the differences and pleasures of seeing live events abroad. I know eavesdropping is generally, and rightfully, frowned upon but listening to them seems a more engaging way to entertain myself before tonight’s concert starts without resorting to scrolling through my phone. While I don’t mind attending concerts on my […]

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Forever Came Calling + Handguns@ The Exchange, Stoke 12th September 2018

Due to a lack of Birmingham show, the Birmingham Live bus took a road trip up to Stoke on Trent on Wednesday evening to catch a joint headline tour between US pop punk bands Forever Came Calling & Handguns. Opening the show were South Wales pop punk band Junior, who opened to a pretty much […]

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Barry Manilow @ Arena Birmingham 4 September, 2018

As part of my long list of bands and artists I really should see Barry Manilow has been on the list for way too long.  I’ve seen many greats and some legends so how has Barry slipped by? Chance or timing has never happened to make it possible, but tonight that is all about to […]

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The Used @ Manchester 02 Ritz 30th August 2018

Arriving at this venue I was impressed early with the friendly nature of the staff, they all seemed happy and helpful. I’ve never shot at this venue before but have attended as a customer. The first band and only support of the night was a band called Lowlives. Instant comparisons can be made with The […]

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Caroline Spence & Robby Hecht @ The Kitchen Garden Café, 22nd August 2018

The remarkable list of singer-songwriters advertised in the forthcoming attractions would suggest that The Kitchen Garden Café shows no intention of relinquishing its assault on cementing itself as a jewel in the crown of the Birmingham live music landscape. Soon to be added to the distinguished list of those who have performed at this intimate […]

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Gary Numan @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Tuesday 19th November 2013

Gary Numan closes his hugely successful Splinter tour tonight in Wolverhampton. The venue is packed out with different generations of Numan fans. The critically aclaimed new album has given Numan his first top 20 album chart spot since the Warriors album in 1983, and definitely one of his best in a long time. Tonight’s opening act […]

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The National @ The Apollo, Manchester – Monday 11th November 2013

Brooklyn indie rock band The National have been slowly but surely building a dedicated fan base across the globe for almost 15 years now and, following the success of their last two albums, are now playing to the biggest UK crowds of their career. Not really a tour, but four shows across two venues, this […]

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Wiz Khalifa @ O2 Academy, Birmingham – Saturday 28th September 2013

It was so smoky in the Birmingham O2 Academy tonight that I could barely see the support for the evening, Trinidad James but I could definitely hear him. The repetitive piercing base featured in every track which meant that it was impossible to work out what Trinidad was yelling about. To be honest on tracks […]

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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 […]