Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 3, 21st June 2015

Katja Ogrin brings the curtain down of the successful Best Kept Secret Festival with coverage of day 3: Sunday brings us a rainy, humid weather in the morning but by midday and the last big but luckily short downpour the sky clears and sun starts to shine. The first order of the day is Mew playing on the […]

Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 2, 20th June 2015

After a hectic first day at Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek Katja Ogrin takes us through day 2 of the event: After much needed sleep I wake up on day 2 feeling much more refreshed.  I have no idea if there were any parties happening around my tent during the night, I slept through it all like […]

Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 1, 19th June 2015

The moniker Brumlive has never stopped us covering lots of events outside of our West Midlands home base. Katja Ogrin took on the mammoth task of shooting and reviewing  the bands at the Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeekas well as capturing the atmosphere of the whole event: Having covered a lot of British music […]

Download Festival 2015: Day three – Sunday 14 June

Forget a day of rest, there’s another day of rocking at Donington to be had – our team rounds off another Download. The Dead Daisies It’s day three of this grand carnival of all things heavy, and just about every camping-related condition is beginning to set in. How better to wake up the discerning Download […]

Faith No More @ The Roundhouse, London,18th June 2015

Faith No More have been toying with us since their ‘second coming’ in 2009, playing the odd date here and there, and this vein continues as tonight’s gig is one of only four  played in the UK as part of their current world tour (the others being Glasgow and the Download Festival). Tonight’s gig sold […]

Download Festival 2015: Day two – Saturday 13 June

The rain may have kept on pouring throughout the second day of this year’s Download Festival, but that didn’t stop us – here’s what we made of a soggy Saturday at Donington. The Lounge Kittens The summer sun was a distant memory when I emerged from my tent on Saturday and as I walked up […]

Download Festival 2015: Day one – Friday 12th June

Kicking off three days of rock and roll thunder (and, sadly, rain) on the hallowed grounds of Don-ington, it’s time for another Download Festival. Here’s what we made of Friday’s offering. EofE Being the opening band on the opening day of a festival must be tough, whatever stage you’re on, let alone when you’re on […]

Download 2015: Fancy Dress, Face Paint And Fans Galore!

The Birmingham Live team has just spent the weekend in the mud at Castle Donnington for this year’s Download Festival. While our writers catch up on sleep and get down to work on their reviews, we wanted to give you something to tide you over, so we told our photographer to have a wander round […]

Download Festival, 14th June – Sunday Mini Review in Pictures

So the last day of Download Festival already.  Our mini round-up from today features  Like A Storm, September Mourning,  Evil Scarecrow, Code Orange, The Darkness,  Three Days Grace, Madball,  Man With a Mission, Butcher Babies and Yellowcard. The whole weekend will be written up in a series of articles and photographs starting later this week , so keep an eye on […]

Download Festival, 13th June – Saturday Mini Review in Pictures

Day two of Download Festival and our team are reporting in with a host of images and great action for our mini round-up of the day. Our full review of Download will be later in the week, meanwhile some shots to show you what is happening. Northlane, New Years Day, Every Time I Die, Empire,  Crown […]

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2000 Trees Festival

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Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ o2 Academy, 29th June 2015

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Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 3, 21st June 2015

Katja Ogrin brings the curtain down of the successful Best Kept Secret Festival with coverage of day 3: Sunday brings us a rainy, humid weather in the morning but by midday and the last big but luckily short downpour the sky clears and sun starts to shine. The first order of the day is Mew playing on the […]

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Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 2, 20th June 2015

After a hectic first day at Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek Katja Ogrin takes us through day 2 of the event: After much needed sleep I wake up on day 2 feeling much more refreshed.  I have no idea if there were any parties happening around my tent during the night, I slept through it all like […]

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Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 1, 19th June 2015

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Dead Kennedys @ o2 Academy 2 , 23rd June 2015

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NOFX And Alkaline Trio Add Lagwagon To Their UK Tour Lineup

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Tony Visconti, Woody Woodmansey And Glenn Gregory To Perform ‘The Man Who Sold the World’

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Q&A – American Fangs

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Download Festival 2015: Day three – Sunday 14 June

Forget a day of rest, there’s another day of rocking at Donington to be had – our team rounds off another Download. The Dead Daisies It’s day three of this grand carnival of all things heavy, and just about every camping-related condition is beginning to set in. How better to wake up the discerning Download […]

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The Movielife + Gnarwolves + Apologies, I Have None @ o2 Academy 2, 19th June 2015

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Faith No More @ The Roundhouse, London,18th June 2015

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Download Festival 2015: Day two – Saturday 13 June

The rain may have kept on pouring throughout the second day of this year’s Download Festival, but that didn’t stop us – here’s what we made of a soggy Saturday at Donington. The Lounge Kittens The summer sun was a distant memory when I emerged from my tent on Saturday and as I walked up […]

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Download Festival 2015: Day one – Friday 12th June

Kicking off three days of rock and roll thunder (and, sadly, rain) on the hallowed grounds of Don-ington, it’s time for another Download Festival. Here’s what we made of Friday’s offering. EofE Being the opening band on the opening day of a festival must be tough, whatever stage you’re on, let alone when you’re on […]

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Elton John + Bright Light Bright Light @ Walsall F.C., 13th June 2015

One thing that can be said for Elton John is that his music transcends an odd mix of people, all […]

Download Festival Preview – 10 Bands To See On Sunday

Think Sunday is a day of rest? Not at the Download Festival! To conclude our previews for this year’s hard […]

Download Festival, 12th June – Friday Mini Review In Pictures

Day one of Download and the Birmingham Live! team are busy and impressed. Each day we will be showing our […]

Download Festival Preview – 10 Bands To See On Saturday

Part two of our Download preview takes us to day two of the live music – here are ten bands […]

Download Festival Preview – 10 Bands To See On Friday

Who’s excited about this year’s Download Festival then? We certainly are! So much so that we’re going to go through […]

Dead Kennedys To Play o2 Academy

Academy Events are proud to announce live dates with legendary US punk band, Dead Kennedys, including an appearance at the […]

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