Rag ‘n’ Bone Man + Dan Caplen @ O2 Academy, 24th April 2017

It’s been quite a year for Rory Graham from Brighton who, as  Rag ‘n Bone Man, is one of the best soul voices to come out of Britain for a generation. Tonight, on his UK tour to promote his debut album ‘Human’, he played the O2 Academy in Birmingham, returning in his own right, rather […]

Richard Ashcroft + Black Grape @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th April, 2017

Promoting the 2016 ‘These People’ album Richard Ashcroft called into Birmingham and the cavernous Barclaycard Arena (NIA to the locals). Supporting on these dates is Black Grape, which given they’ve had no recorded output for twenty years raised an eyebrow out of curiosity alone. However, fear not, all was soon revealed as during a 45-minute […]

Impericon Festival @ Manchester Academy, 17th April, 2017

  Impericon Festival brings hardcore and rock music to six cities in four countries over a three-week period. For music lovers it is a one-day festival filled with some of the greatest acts in the genre at the moment. For bands it is an exhausting whirlwind grind of shows spaced wildly far apart. While the […]

Bury Tomorrow + Crossfaith + Black Peaks + Any Given Day @ o2 Institute, 14th April, 2017

We sent Arianna and Chris to find out what the opening night of the Bury Tomorrow tour would offer.   Having four acts each of whom are great bands in one evening is definitely not something that happens often, however tonight was one of those occasions. Kick started by Any Given Day, a metalcore band from Germany, […]

British Sea Power + July Skies @ O2 Academy 2, 13th April 2017

British Sea Power have been very good to Birmingham in recent years. Previous visits to the city have seen the band perform at a plethora of venues, ranging in size — take last summer’s trip to the diminutive Hare and Hounds pub for the fleeting resurrection of their now legendary club night ‘Krankenhaus’, to the […]

Frances @ 02 Institute 2, 7th April, 2017

With the recent release of her first full-length album entitled Things I’ve Never Said, Frances has embarked on a massive tour. Part of this tour brought her to Birmingham, where the singer enchanted fans with her hauntingly beautiful songs. The artist, who seems to mix Adele like emotions with Beyonce like power, has taken back […]

Steve Gunn + The Trail of Thomas Love @ Glee Club, 6th April 2017

The ladies and gentlemen occupying the front-row seating of the compact studio room in Birmingham’s Glee Club, rather abruptly cease with their conversations, as the presence of the evening’s headliner makes a sudden appearance before them. Steve Gunn, unassumingly potters away, setting up his equipment — a minimal arrangement, consisting of two acoustic guitars, a […]

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London Grammar @ Birmingham Town Hall, 4th April 2017

Tonight is an evening out for those bohemian, arty types, as London Grammar are playing at the fittingly beautiful Town Hall. They have no album release to promote and have simply decided to play three shows, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, which as expected sold-out in next to no time. However there are empty seats in […]

Brooke Bentham Interview and Review

Brooke Bentham is a 21 year old singer/songwriter, originally from South Shields, but now living, studying and plying her own brand of alt-rock in London. She offers heartbreaking vocals and stories of love and relationships way beyond her years. She reminds me a little of Lana Del Rey as she sings songs that sound like […]

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Caro Emerald @ Symphony Hall, 2nd April 2017

Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. She is better known to most music fans as Caro Emerald.  As part of an extensive European tour Caro Emerald played Birmingham Symphony Hall on 2nd April. Adriana Vasile was there to capture the event for Birmingham Live. Since the release of her […]

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Echobelly play o2 Institute and release new album

Echobelly play the 02 Institute in May ahead of the release of their new album Anarchy and Alchemy (26th May).  This is something certain members of the Birmingham Live team are thrilled about. Reinvigorated after a long hiatus, Echobelly founders Sonya Madan and Glenn Johansson found themselves drawn to writing songs for what would become […]

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Rag ‘n’ Bone Man + Dan Caplen @ O2 Academy, 24th April 2017

It’s been quite a year for Rory Graham from Brighton who, as  Rag ‘n Bone Man, is one of the best soul voices to come out of Britain for a generation. Tonight, on his UK tour to promote his debut album ‘Human’, he played the O2 Academy in Birmingham, returning in his own right, rather […]

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Marianas Trench for the o2 Institute in May

Canadian Pop-Punk band Marianas Trench are returning to the UK and back to Birmingham in May, stopping of at Birmingham’s O2 on May 2nd.   The new single Who Do You Love and album Astoria are already out and the Birmingham Live team are looking forward to seeing them back here. UK tour dates for The Final Countdown tour. May 1, 2017                Bristol, […]

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Julie Byrne at the Hare and Hounds

The enchanting Julie Byrne pays a visit to Birmingham in late May as part of her UK tour. Her second album ‘Not Even Happiness’ (released last month to widespread acclaim on Basin Rock) vividly archives what would have otherwise been lost to the road – bustling roadside diners, the stars over the high desert, the […]

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The Kooks + Clean Cut Kid @ o2 Academy, 22nd April, 2017

Formed in Brighton in 2004, The Kooks rose to fame with the release of their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ back in 2006 which spawned a number of successful singles such as ‘Naive’ and ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ that are still heralded as indie anthems today over 10 years on. Tonight acts as […]

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Richard Ashcroft + Black Grape @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th April, 2017

Promoting the 2016 ‘These People’ album Richard Ashcroft called into Birmingham and the cavernous Barclaycard Arena (NIA to the locals). Supporting on these dates is Black Grape, which given they’ve had no recorded output for twenty years raised an eyebrow out of curiosity alone. However, fear not, all was soon revealed as during a 45-minute […]

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Live at Yorks – Monday Nights at Yorks Bakery Cafe

At Brumlive.com we like to concentrate on local music and local venues. Live at Yorks is a weekly event at Yorks Bakery Cafe in Birmingham. Brumlive contributor Hannah Sebestjanowicz give usthe low down on what is coming up at the location of her day job! Every Monday evening at Yorks  we bring in the best live […]

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Willie J Healey @ o2 Institute, 18th April, 2017

Willie J Healey is a self proclaimed ‘rock n stroll’ artiste from Oxford whose quirky extended rock tunes are both parts comical and brilliant. With a handful of EPs and singles traversing the scene, Willie and band are continuously refining their craft and set, curating a really transformative set. Out on the road supporting Palace […]

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Palace @ o2 Institute, 18th April, 2017

Alternative blues/rock band Palace combines relaxed vibes with deep vocals, the perfect mixture for long drives and summer nights. While still a young band, the four piece group formed in 2012, Palace has found great success and certainly has garnered a cult following. With 2016 album So Long Forever and recent new acoustic release of […]

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Impericon Festival @ Manchester Academy, 17th April, 2017

  Impericon Festival brings hardcore and rock music to six cities in four countries over a three-week period. For music lovers it is a one-day festival filled with some of the greatest acts in the genre at the moment. For bands it is an exhausting whirlwind grind of shows spaced wildly far apart. While the […]

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Casey – Interview

Alternative rock band Casey is both parts mystery and ferocity. When you look up their information, you will quickly find that there is not much to be found. Whereas many bands have dissertation length bios detailing each detail of their lives, Casey has nothing. There is no depiction of home upbringings, no glossy picture of […]

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Bury Tomorrow + Crossfaith + Black Peaks + Any Given Day @ o2 Institute, 14th April, 2017

We sent Arianna and Chris to find out what the opening night of the Bury Tomorrow tour would offer.   Having four acts each of whom are great bands in one evening is definitely not something that happens often, however tonight was one of those occasions. Kick started by Any Given Day, a metalcore band from Germany, […]

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British Sea Power + July Skies @ O2 Academy 2, 13th April 2017

British Sea Power have been very good to Birmingham in recent years. Previous visits to the city have seen the band perform at a plethora of venues, ranging in size — take last summer’s trip to the diminutive Hare and Hounds pub for the fleeting resurrection of their now legendary club night ‘Krankenhaus’, to the […]

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Download Festival Press Day, 7th April 2017

Download Festival is now one of the biggest rock events in Europe, if not the whole world. Chris Bowley from Brumlive.com went to the press day to see how the organisers are looking to improve  the festival experience, engage with their fans, and deal with the growing need to diversify the music and acts on […]

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Ghost @ 02 Academy, 1st April, 2017

The first time I saw Ghost live was back in 2013 when they were part of Jägermeister tour alongside Gojira […]

The Jesus and Mary Chain + The Slow Readers Club @ o2 Institute, 31st March 2017

Tonight was going to be a night of firsts. First time that I had seen The Slow Readers Club (I […]

Steve N Seagulls + Double Crush Syndrome @ 02 Academy 2, 31st March, 2017

The German Rock’n’Roll outfit Double Crush Syndrome got us underway, supporting Steve N Seagulls, at the 02 Academy 2 tonight. […]

Newton Faulkner @ The Symphony Hall, 30th March 2017

So, Newton Faulkner is supporting Amy MacDonald at The Symphony Hall. This is indeed a sedate place. The last time […]

Circa Waves @ 02 Institute, 30th March, 2017

It has been a tremendous year for Liverpool indie rock band Circa Waves. The release of second album Different Creatures […]

Lewis Watson @ 02 Institute, 29th March, 2017

As music lovers most of us can think back to that group of artists or single artists that was constantly […]