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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 tour takes you back just as far as the mid-to-late 90’s with a Smash Hits-tastic boyband line up of Five, 911, Damage and A1. Temporary tattoo anyone? Free compilation tape? A1 were the first to […]

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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 big welcome to Beabadoobee. After being nominated for many a rising star award, the Dirty Hit signee, supported The 1975 at Arena Birmingham on Tuesday evening. In the live environment, backed by a three-piece band, […]

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Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart @ Hare and Hounds, 14th February 2020

It’s been over 25 years since I last saw Jah Wobble‘s Invaders Of The Heart play live and I approached the gig with a hint of caution as they have produced a wealth of work since then, much of which I haven’t kept up with.  Promptly, Wobble and his band access the stage through a […]

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James Blunt + Ward Thomas, 14 February 2020 @ Arena Birmingham

Birmingham offered 5000 people the chance for a special date this Valentine’s Day: James Blunt. The 45 year old singer-songwriter would probably be one of the first artists that comes to mind when you think of the perfect concert on the day of love. He brought his self-deprecating charm to kick off the Once Upon […]

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Bowling for Soup @ o2 Academy 12 February 2020

The Together Again Tour sees the return of Bowling For Soup to the UK with Simple Plan and Not Ur Girlfrenz accompanying them. Not Ur Girlfrenz are a trio of young ladies aged only around 14 and 15 who on this tour have the task of opening the night and in all honesty I can’t […]

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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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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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Album Review – Ida Mae ‘Live in Memphis EP’

Live in Memphis is the follow up to Ida Mae’s debut studio album ‘Chasing Lights’ which has been nominated for Americana Music UK’s ‘Album of the Year’. Ida Mae is duo Chris and Steph who hail from the UK but have also had some recent success in the US. As a live album like this […]

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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 […]