George Ezra @ Resort World Arena, 17 March 2019

An array of generations pooled around the Resort World gates, anxiously chattering away before the opening of the arena doors. Little did they realize they were in for a transformative night filled with elated pop hits and gleeful ballads. On the docket is rising pop sensation Sigrid. With an alluring mixture of 80s tinged pop […]

Larkin Poe @ The Glee Club- 11th March 2019

Boasting 15 years as a music venue The Glee Club has opened its doors to an intriguing sister duo from Atlanta. Rebecca and Megan Lovell who make up Larkin Poe stunned audiences with their energy packed performance consisting of such an array of songs and styles fit for all. It’s difficult to sum up the […]

Godsmack @ O2 Institute, 1st March 2019

Having postponed their originally scheduled tour in November due to tragic circumstances, US metallers Godsmack are well aware that they’ve been absent from these shores for quite some time and are eager to make a big impression on their British fans. Tribal drumming and sludgy bass mark the beginning of the title track from their […]

Twenty One Pilots @ Resorts World Arena, 27th February 2019

It is hard to categorize the sound of Twenty One Pilots. Part hip hop part electronic, part rock part pop, the duo create mind-boggling music that is both uplifting and introspective.  The American band, led by vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, bring their exceptional talent to the Bandito Tour. With their first UK […]

Dodgy @ o2 Institute, 23rd February 2019

Rising to fame in the 1990s alternative pop rock band Dodgy have had a career that many musicians dream of. Despite a little break halfway through, Dodgy has continuously released loved records, amassing fans with each release. Still playing a lively touring schedule Dodgy made a pit stop at the O2 Institute where adoring fans […]

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ Town Hall, 13 February 2019

When I last reviewed the Holy Holy show in 2015 link here I stated it was the best gig of the year.  My only regret from the article is writing the line: “If this is what can be done during Bowie’s retirement from live performances, then stay retired Mr B”.  Sadly, David had entered the final […]

Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over some guy called ‘Robbie’ leaving a band called Take That, I started this evening having previously heard just two Hanson singles. One was ‘Penny and Me’, the other I’m sure is easy to guess. The […]

Hoobastank + Buckcherry + Adelitas Way @ o2 Institute 10th February 2019

Tonight is bitterly cold again, no ice needed in our drinks, I’m not really sure what to be expecting from Hoobastank given I’ve not seen them live but I am liking Adelitas Way and being a Buckcherry fan this should be an exciting and interesting night of hard rock and roll. Opening up and getting […]

Rival Sons @ o2 Academy, 5th February 2019

Mixing a little California cool with a little Nashville edge, hard rock band Rival Sons is an amalgamation of style and sound. Their anthemic rock records are massive, warping and transfixing a room in an unparalleled way. This pure epicness was on full display as Rival Sons took to the O2 Academy. Bringing new release […]

Enter Shikari @ o2 Academy, 1 February 2019

What’s the best thing for a band to do between albums and tours? While this may be influenced by their position – i.e. they can’t actually afford to take an extended holiday and need to keep the wheels oiled and turning – it’s tremendously gratifying when almost anything happens during these in-between-y bits. What’s even […]

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George Ezra @ Resort World Arena, 17 March 2019

An array of generations pooled around the Resort World gates, anxiously chattering away before the opening of the arena doors. Little did they realize they were in for a transformative night filled with elated pop hits and gleeful ballads. On the docket is rising pop sensation Sigrid. With an alluring mixture of 80s tinged pop […]

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The World of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration in Birmingham

Legendary composer Hans Zimmer has announced a spectacular new tour, ‘The World of Hans Zimmer’,  which reaches Birmingham next Thursday 21st March. Under the direction of Gavin Greenaway, Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack conductor – whom, he says, he trusts more than he trusts himself – a large symphony orchestra will deliver an intense and unforgettable concert […]

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Album Review – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner….So Far

Sit back, relax and immerse yourself with this best of album, which is as relaxing as a candlit bath. Newton Faulkner has been around far longer than many of us realise.  He has busily created tunes which combine intriguing guitar work, rhythmic style and that surprising vocal range.  These abilities differentiate him from the “nice […]

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Larkin Poe @ The Glee Club- 11th March 2019

Boasting 15 years as a music venue The Glee Club has opened its doors to an intriguing sister duo from Atlanta. Rebecca and Megan Lovell who make up Larkin Poe stunned audiences with their energy packed performance consisting of such an array of songs and styles fit for all. It’s difficult to sum up the […]

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Blood Youth @ Mama Roux’s – 7th March 2019

With the smell of nearby Digbeth Dining Club creeping in through the doors, Birmingham based openers Overthrone took to the stage in an already packed Mama Roux’s. For a local support, the band seemed like seasoned professionals and held the attention of all in attendance.  The first of three touring supports, Lotus Eater are the […]

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Marsicans

Fast rising indie pop rock quartet Marsicans are no strangers to our Birmingham Live readers. We stumbled on the band when they opened for local legends JAWS in 2017, and have been fans ever since. Intermixing catchy electro pop melodies with whimsically infused lyrics Marsicans create feel good tunes which propel you to bop along. […]

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Larkin Poe play The Glee Club on 11th March

Larkin Poe return to Birmingham this month with a gig at the Glee Club. Following a sold-out headline show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall, LARKIN POE will be touring their new album ‘Venom & Faith’ at a string of 2019 UK & European headline dates. The Nashville-based sister duo comprising Rebecca and Megan Lovell have […]

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Godsmack @ O2 Institute, 1st March 2019

Having postponed their originally scheduled tour in November due to tragic circumstances, US metallers Godsmack are well aware that they’ve been absent from these shores for quite some time and are eager to make a big impression on their British fans. Tribal drumming and sludgy bass mark the beginning of the title track from their […]

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Twenty One Pilots @ Resorts World Arena, 27th February 2019

It is hard to categorize the sound of Twenty One Pilots. Part hip hop part electronic, part rock part pop, the duo create mind-boggling music that is both uplifting and introspective.  The American band, led by vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, bring their exceptional talent to the Bandito Tour. With their first UK […]

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Album Review – The Japanese House – Good At Falling

British alternative indie pop band The Japanese House brilliantly string together synth charged energetic vibes with reflective indie oriented lyrics, creating record after record of sweet melodic music. Newest record, Good at Falling, springs to market 1 March. The album is filled with brilliant moments of sound and stillness, a cacophony of progressive sound that […]

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Troye Sivan @ o2 Academy, 26th February 2019

The o2 Academy swirled in neon colours and glitter face paint, the smell of teen spirit intermixing with the bubbling chatter of Troye Sivan fans. The Australian dance pop heartthrob has evolved from Youtube covers to sold out shows.   He has graced the stage with some of the largest pop acts including Taylor Swift […]

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Steely Dan @ Resort Worlds Arena, 23 February 2019

The newly renamed (again) NEC hosts the legendary Steely Dan this evening, one of a handful of UK shows. I was unsure of demand for this show, given the eye-watering ticket prices, but the queue to get into the venue suggests it’s close to sell-out. Of course, the security screening adds to the delays and […]

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Dodgy @ o2 Institute, 23rd February 2019

Rising to fame in the 1990s alternative pop rock band Dodgy have had a career that many musicians dream of. Despite a little break halfway through, Dodgy has continuously released loved records, amassing fans with each release. Still playing a lively touring schedule Dodgy made a pit stop at the O2 Institute where adoring fans […]

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Blue October @ o2 Institute, 22nd February 2019

You’d be forgiven for letting Texan alt-rock band Blue October slide under your radar here in the UK, despite the band attaining platinum sales back in their home country over a career spanning two decades. On this side of the pond the band haven’t quite matched that success, but have a fervent cult following who […]

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Hippo Campus @ o2 Institute,18 February 2019

Since I last saw Hippo Campus play in Birmingham (supporting Modest Mouse in 2015), they have not returned to Birmingham, […]

The Lemonheads + Heyrocco @ Academy 2, 15th February 2019

Though this evening’s venue has long since been a fixture along the Bristol Road, it has never quite surpassed the […]

Blue October play o2 Institute 22nd February

It has been a while but Blue October are returning to Birmingham later this month.  The Platinum-selling Texas-based band, are […]

The Murder Capital + The Cosmics + Bad Girlfriend @ Sunflower Lounge, 5th February 2019

The late pick-up on this gig combined with a very busy weekend meant that I was unprepared and unresearched for […]

Parkway Drive @ Nottingham Arena, 31 January 2019

On a cold night in Nottingham, we visit a pretty big venue for acts of this genre and people arrived […]

Bastille @ o2 Academy, 29 January 2019

There is a certain electricity that is seemingly infused into every song and stage that Bastille touch. Their masterful ability […]