Wilko Johnson + Joanne Shaw Taylor @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 22nd April 2016

‘Keep the old folks waiting; keep them waiting’ The pre gig music may have been full of The Clash, Joe Walsh, Ian Dury, XTC and The Stranglers but it was the tune of the Camper Van Beethoven song (with my own customised lyrics) that was going through my head as I stood, an oldish bloke […]

Misty Miller + Frank + Von Cove @ The Sunflower Lounge, 17th April 2016

Supporting Misty Miller, local band Von Cove opened the evening’s programme with energetic enthusiasm much to the delight of their faithful supporters. Suggestions of Joy Division, Editors and Maximo Park come to mind. Other suggestions also came to mind, but we’ll let that go. Theirs is an ad-hoc slash n’ burn approach with the intention […]

Funeral For A Friend – Last Chance To Dance Tour @ o2 Institute, 13th April 2016

Tonight is a sad night; as it is indeed one of the “Last Chances to Dance” with Funeral For A Friend on this their farewell tour.  For some fans of the music such as I having never seeing them perform live, it is an important night, with the Hours album played in full and in […]

Krept & Konan @ o2 Institute, 6th April 2016

After a successful 2015 and their album “The Long Way Home” charting at number 2 in the UK Album Charts, the famous South London Duo, Krept & Konan, landed in Birmingham for their “Night To Remember Tour”, and it was defiantly a night to remember for all of their fans that came out to the sold out […]

The Rezillos @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 6th April 2016

You can say what you want about Garry Bushell, and let’s face it, music fans of a certain age will usually have an opinion on him, but Mr Bushell is responsible for coining more terms for musical genres than any other music journalist.  One of my favorites terms was Punk Pathetique which included the likes […]

The Cat Empire @ The Institute, 2nd April 2016

The Cat Empire are back touring the UK. And they lit up The Institute in Birmingham with their fab enthusiasm, energy and vibrant beats, and after 15 years together as a band, Its still pretty much impossible to put this Latino/ska/jazz/funk band in any sort of musical pigeon hole, I’m pretty sure they are the […]

The Besnard Lakes + Einstellung @ Hare and Hounds, 1st April 2016

Lasers? Lasers! – at the Hare and Hounds? Has Kings Heath gone all Twentieth Century or is this some sort of post-modern statement that has passed me by? As it turned out they were nothing to do with the huge wheels of steel rig pushed up against the front of the stage in lieu of […]

a-ha @ Barclaycard Arena, 29th March 2016

To celebrate not only the latest offering, ‘Cast in Steel’, but also thirty years since breaking the music scene, a-ha are touring, their first since the ‘Farewell Tour’ of 2010. Tonight’s show at the NIA (will I ever get used to calling it Barclaycard Arena) is the last of their UK dates before they head […]

The Vamps + The Tide + Home Town @ The Genting Arena, 25th March 2015

Brumlive has been to see some youthful talent at an almost sold out Genting Arena. The Vamps started their Wake Me Up Tour with the first of two nights in Birmingham. The guys gained popularity and fame in 2012 being noticed and signed through series of YouTube cover videos. Four years later and they’re grabbing […]

Alessia Cara + Craig Stickland @ The Institute, 25th March 2015

The rising YouTube Cover star Alessia Cara is surely an artist that created a buzz throughout 2015 and leading into 2016 on her “Know It All” tour she came to Birmingham. The Juno Award nominee has already achieved so much that is hard to believe she is only 19 and has so much more to give. […]

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The Bluetones for o2 Institute Library on 3rd May

You would be forgiven for thinking The Bluetones would not want to visit the Midlands after our own Wolverhampton based Babylon Zoo kept their ‘Slight Return’ from getting to number one in 1996 with the Levi’s promoted and frankly rubbish, ‘Spaceman’. But The Bluetones are back, playing the Library at the Birmingham Institute on 3 May with the continuation […]

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Wilko Johnson + Joanne Shaw Taylor @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 22nd April 2016

‘Keep the old folks waiting; keep them waiting’ The pre gig music may have been full of The Clash, Joe Walsh, Ian Dury, XTC and The Stranglers but it was the tune of the Camper Van Beethoven song (with my own customised lyrics) that was going through my head as I stood, an oldish bloke […]

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Method Man and Redman for the o2 Institute

Recognized as one of the most talented and significant forces in hip hop, Method Man and Redman return to the UK, bringing their famous energy to the stage in Birmingham at the o2 Academy on 26th April. The hip hop duo, consisting of East Coast rappers Grammy-winner Method Man [of Wu Tang fame] and Redman [from Def […]

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Misty Miller + Frank + Von Cove @ The Sunflower Lounge, 17th April 2016

Supporting Misty Miller, local band Von Cove opened the evening’s programme with energetic enthusiasm much to the delight of their faithful supporters. Suggestions of Joy Division, Editors and Maximo Park come to mind. Other suggestions also came to mind, but we’ll let that go. Theirs is an ad-hoc slash n’ burn approach with the intention […]

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Funeral For A Friend – Last Chance To Dance Tour @ o2 Institute, 13th April 2016

Tonight is a sad night; as it is indeed one of the “Last Chances to Dance” with Funeral For A Friend on this their farewell tour.  For some fans of the music such as I having never seeing them perform live, it is an important night, with the Hours album played in full and in […]

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Pvris @ The Institute, 9th April 2016

For Pvris to only just be embarking on their first UK headline run seems bizarre, seeing as their debut record ‘White Noise’ dropped towards the end of 2014, however it’s that scenario that we are greeted with tonight. It’s that very fact I believe that aids tonight’s performance immensely. Formed in 2012, Pvris are a […]

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Eagulls – Ullages

Often a band will look to drive home the advantage of an early success; keeping the ball rolling. They will approach the “difficult next album” scenario by giving us more of the same. In a move that cuts across the weave of the usual music industry approach, Eagulls have taken a deliberate pause for breath; […]

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Krept & Konan @ o2 Institute, 6th April 2016

After a successful 2015 and their album “The Long Way Home” charting at number 2 in the UK Album Charts, the famous South London Duo, Krept & Konan, landed in Birmingham for their “Night To Remember Tour”, and it was defiantly a night to remember for all of their fans that came out to the sold out […]

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The Rezillos @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 6th April 2016

You can say what you want about Garry Bushell, and let’s face it, music fans of a certain age will usually have an opinion on him, but Mr Bushell is responsible for coining more terms for musical genres than any other music journalist.  One of my favorites terms was Punk Pathetique which included the likes […]

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Eliza Shaddad + Chris Tye + Callum Kerrigan @ The Sunflower Lounge, 3rd April 2016

Eliza Shaddad has to be the hardest working artist I have ever met.  When I walked into the Sunflower Lounge tonight she is giving an interview (this is 90 minutes before she is due on stage).  She then take photos of both support acts and tweets her support for them, and while Chris Tye is […]

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The Cat Empire @ The Institute, 2nd April 2016

The Cat Empire are back touring the UK. And they lit up The Institute in Birmingham with their fab enthusiasm, energy and vibrant beats, and after 15 years together as a band, Its still pretty much impossible to put this Latino/ska/jazz/funk band in any sort of musical pigeon hole, I’m pretty sure they are the […]

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The Besnard Lakes + Einstellung @ Hare and Hounds, 1st April 2016

Lasers? Lasers! – at the Hare and Hounds? Has Kings Heath gone all Twentieth Century or is this some sort of post-modern statement that has passed me by? As it turned out they were nothing to do with the huge wheels of steel rig pushed up against the front of the stage in lieu of […]

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Nai Harvest @ The Rainbow, 30th March 2016

Sheffield’s finest indie-punks, Nai Harvest, followed the release of their today announce a new double A-side single, “Just Like You / Jelly”, and  appearances at SxSW, with a UK tour including an appearance at The Rainbow Cellar.  Dan Earl went along to check  out the Yorkshire duo. Tonight finds fuzzy indie/punk duo Nai Harvest take […]

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a-ha @ Barclaycard Arena, 29th March 2016

To celebrate not only the latest offering, ‘Cast in Steel’, but also thirty years since breaking the music scene, a-ha are touring, their first since the ‘Farewell Tour’ of 2010. Tonight’s show at the NIA (will I ever get used to calling it Barclaycard Arena) is the last of their UK dates before they head […]

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The Besnard Lakes for Hare and Hounds

Fast on the heels of their new album A Coliseum Complex Museum, Montreal’s The Besnard Lakes have embarked on a UK tour […]

Mushroomhead + Sanguine + Anti-Clone @ o2 Academy 2, 24th March 2016

On my way to the show I pass where the Old Foundry once stood. For those too young to remember […]

Kano @ The Institute, 24th March 2016

After dropping another successful album “Made in the Manor”, Kano is back on tour after the album debuted in the […]

Eliza Shaddad – Interview – 22nd March 2016

Having only just finished a UK tour playing for Tom Speight supporting Turin Brakes, and jumping straight into a tour […]

Mariah Carey @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th March 2015

Brumlive have been on the Diva trail courtesy of our Andy Watson who has followed up December’s scoop that was […]

The Wonder Stuff + The Wedding Present + The Lottery Winners @ o2 Academy 19th March 2016

Was it coincidence; this gig falling on the actual 30th anniversary of The Wonder Stuff forming? I would hope that […]

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