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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 cancelled just hours before the show, but not to disappoint the fans they played a acoustic set outside the venue for free.  The the next 2 shows in Manchester and London went ahead as scheduled […]

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The Divine Comedy + Man and the Echo @ O2 Institute, 11th October 2019

There’s a hint at the kind of show to expect from The Divine Comedy tonight when the stage is decked out with office furniture ahead of their performance. Even down to the smallest details such as the drinks poured into office mugs and the setlists attached to clipboards, there’s a sense that Neil Hannon and […]

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The Blinders @ O2 Institute, 26 April 2019

I have been fortunate enough over the last 18 months to have seen The Blinders play four times including tonight, at four different venues; each venue on each tour twice the size as the preceding one.  This has taken over a couple of years to achieve, so not a meteoric rise, but it has been […]

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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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FKA Twigs @ Birmingham Institute – 3rd October 2014

You may never have heard of Tahliah Debrett Barnett but I’d put good money on most people being aware of her alter-ego FKA Twigs before long. While the tabloids get all excited about the singer dating Twilight star Robert Pattinson, it’s her music and theatrical performances which should soon be the talking point. That, along […]

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Alt-J @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – 22nd September 2014

Alt-J is the epitome of the millennial, internet-age rock band, marked by some as electro-pop, described by others as downbeat acoustic trip-hop, and my particular favourite, spooky neo-rhythm and blues. Whatever it is, tonight they play to the packed-out Civic Hall in Wolverhampton with hypnotic ease, kicking off the proceedings with Hunger of the Pine. […]

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Nine Inch Nails @ Birmingham LG Arena – 18th May 2014

Tonight is the first date of Nine Inch Nails‘ UK tour, which takes in some of the biggest venues the band has headlined in this country so far. And it’s a show some of us never thought we’d even see! Only a few years ago, Trent Reznor announced an indefinite hiatus and many feared the […]

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Miley Cyrus @ Birmingham NIA – 16th May 2014

It’s official, Birmingham, we’re all sluts. “Birmingham is officially the sluttiest place in the UK!” announces Miley Cyrus to a wild and expectant crowd, about half way in to her two hour performance at the Birmingham NIA. It is a telling sign that by this point, such a statement did not seem a) out of place, […]

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Prince & 3rdEyeGirl @ Birmingham LG Arena – 15th May 2014

An email sent to ticket holders ahead of Prince’s first Birmingham gig in 19 years read “Please wear something purple! We also kindly ask you to bring no cameras and to not use your phones to film or take photos during the concerts. Let’s all enjoy the shows through our own eyes together.” And for […]

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NME Tour featuring Interpol, Temples, Royal Blood + Circa Waves @ Birmingham Institute – 25th March 2014

NME’s annual Awards Tour has introduced the gig-going public to some fairly substantial names over the years. Remember Maximo Park getting some healthy competition from their support band, Arctic Monkeys? Or early exposure for the likes of The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and some band called Coldplay. So, every year it’s interesting to see […]

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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 […]