Del Amitri with Trashcan Sinatras @ Symphony Hall, 23 July 2018

I was thrilled to see Justin Currie wrote the following words on Symphony Hall’s website to promote their return to Birmingham’s finest venue tonight: “Del Amitri first played the Birmingham Symphony Hall on July the 13th 1992, just a year after it officially opened. You could still smell the paint, and it all seemed a […]

2000 Trees Festival 2018 – Day Two

After a stunning first day at 2000 Trees Festival our photographer/reviewer Neale was ready for a full day on ay two.  His highlights include 1. Holding Absence I’ve caught this up and coming gem of a band a few times before. From the very start lead singer Lucas is getting about all over the stage, […]

2000 Trees Festival – Day One

Back at it again. 2000 Trees is proving to be a little gem of a festival, with increasingly bigger names booked over the last few years, it’s a good way to kick off the summer season in true festival fashion, while being surrounded by gems of up and coming great bands. It’s proved to be […]

Barn on the Farm Sunday 8th July, 2018

We have made it, the final day of Barn on the Farm. After numerous insanely impressive sets stretching the past two days and after many sweaty hours we wake up to a stifling hot morning, lulled awake by the sound check nearby. Today, like the other days, promises to be an exciting day searching out […]

Barn on the Farm Saturday 7th July, 2018

As the weekend fans filled the campground, fans present for the intimate sessions at Barn on the Farm were emerging from their tents. Weary from a day or two of music, the energy was revived as the newcomers bounded in jovially. As the sun beat down, persistent in its punishment of heat, the stages opened […]

Barn on the Farm Friday 6th July, 2018

Nestled outside of the hustle and bustle of Gloucester, Barn on the Farm is a magical little festival that brings the best and brightest acts to its four stages. Unearthing rising talent, the festival has captured headliners like Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, and Tom Odell before their stars burned bright. A familial touch the festival […]

Starcrawler + The Cosmics @ o2 Academy, 21 June 2018

Opening Thursday’s show were Birmingham’s The Cosmics, a garage punk band that have been making noise across the city for a while. Acting as a great platform for the band to reach some new fans, it’s a shame that the venue took so long to fill up, presumably due to the behemoth queue that Billy […]

Lenny Kravitz @ Arena Birmingham 20 June, 2018

The venue has been made into a more intimate affair for tonight’s performance by moving the stage far forward which allows Lenny Kravitz to maximise arena sound and stage size whilst maintaining the closeness to the audience; it is this combination that pays off particularly at the end of the show. Needless to say, Lenny’s […]

Hollywood Vampires @ Genting Arena 16th June, 2018

The Hollywood Vampires, are a ‘supergroup’ formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, with the added celebrity of Johnny Depp, playing “songs about our dead friends”. They’ve released one self-titled album and it’s understood a new release in in the pipeline but they are currently on a world tour and tonight sees their […]

Gary Barlow @ Symphony Hall, 14 June 2018

“Tonight we’ve gotta live for these days!” An evening with Gary Barlow at the Birmingham Symphony Hall definitely sounds like “These Days.” A brave man called the show a “Theatre show” as it was quickly shattered by the constant onslaught of confetti cannons. Little was left to the imagination as the set list was posted […]

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Del Amitri with Trashcan Sinatras @ Symphony Hall, 23 July 2018

I was thrilled to see Justin Currie wrote the following words on Symphony Hall’s website to promote their return to Birmingham’s finest venue tonight: “Del Amitri first played the Birmingham Symphony Hall on July the 13th 1992, just a year after it officially opened. You could still smell the paint, and it all seemed a […]

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2000 Trees Festival 2018 – Day Two

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Barn on the Farm Sunday 8th July, 2018

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Barn on the Farm Saturday 7th July, 2018

As the weekend fans filled the campground, fans present for the intimate sessions at Barn on the Farm were emerging from their tents. Weary from a day or two of music, the energy was revived as the newcomers bounded in jovially. As the sun beat down, persistent in its punishment of heat, the stages opened […]

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Del Amitri play the Symphony Hall 23rd July

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