First Aid Kit + The Staves @ o2 Academy, 7th November 2018

The massive queue of people from the Pagoda island to the venue should have assured me that much has changed in the world of First Aid Kit from when I last saw them live.    Later on, when I start counting backwards I realise that it is more than eight years ago. Back then they […]

Impericon Never Say Die Tour @ The Asylum, 7th November, 2018

Bringing about the best of metalcore Impericon’s Never Say Die! Tour is not for the faint of heart but if metal or hardcore is your scene, it is a night that cannot be missed. With a set list of insane bands the night is poised for greatness. This, however, paired with the tour’s focus on […]

Sigrid @ O2 Academy, 4th November 2018

Oli Fox starts tonight’s proceedings, dressed in a silver jacket which is, apparently, to make him look more interesting than he really is and seemingly not fully confident on stage in front of a near sell-out crowd. His brand of pop comes from the land of Sam Smith with a smooth nasal sound, wide vocal […]

Will Haven + Palm Reader @ The Asylum, 2nd November, 2018

The Asylum 2 in Birmingham was a special place to be tonight. It’s a very rare occurrence for Will Haven to head over to the UK, let alone to play in Birmingham. There was no way I was going to miss this chance to see what by their own admission ‘could be the last tour […]

Skindred Night Of The Living Dred @ Empire Coventry, 31st October 2018

Opening up tonight are local lads Last Hounds, a 5 piece hardcore punk band.  These guys are growing from strength to strength, and provide an engaging performance with emotive screams.  They close all on the ground, while the crowds horns are raised high.  Ballsdeep are next, if you can get over the name which is […]

Caro Emerald @ Symphony Hall Birmingham, 30 October 2018

During the week where Winter 2018 officially decided to show up, the first words from Caro Emerald were a welcome reminder of the summer: ‘Tonight we will be taking you on a trip’. Imagine orange and yellow spotlights, a big screen showing your view out of an aeroplane and Caro in a Spanish-inspired outfit consisting […]

Anti Flag + Cancer Bats @The Asylum, 30th November 2018

Tonight we are treated to two punk rock legends. Cancer Bats taking the hardcore route and Anti Flag taking the more political stance. Cancer Bats entered the stage in traditional manner; lead singer Liam running around the stage in dim lighting and getting the crowd going by beckoning them wherever possible. Their opener in ‘Gatekeeper’ […]

Kacey Musgraves + Soccer Mommy @ O2 Academy, 28th October 2018

Some six years since her first appearance at the O2 Academy, Musgraves is “back in Beorminghum”, she earnestly declares during her first interaction with the audience. The pronunciation is spot-on and the vast room acknowledges Musgraves’ efforts with a flurry of chuckling. This time around, rather than filling the support slot, she is headlining as […]

Idles + Heavy Lungs @ O2 Institute, 26th October 2018

Given the justified praise and acclaim heaped on Idles so far during this tour it is not an easy job to construct a review without it becoming an exercise in repetition. So lets make this about me! For several years I was convinced that around the corner there will be a band that hits all […]

SHVPES @ The Flapper, 22nd October 2018

Tonight is cold. Big thick coat time, but it’s worth venturing out to see these guys.   Ok, their last album dropped 2 years ago, they have had a lot of play time lately.  Gig time has included a late slot  at Download Festival as well as this tour with Hawthorne Heights. The previous album […]

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Bernhoft @ o2 Academy, 13 November, 2018

Norwegian singer Bernhoft is a well of insane talent, a poetic lyricist. Undefined by genre or sound his music is a multifaceted reflection on life and love, an intoxicating mixture of noise that reverberates deep into your heart. Joined by band Bernhoft and the Fashion Bruises transformed the room at the O2 Academy, delivering a […]

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Tom Misch @ o2 Academy, 12 November, 2018

From bedroom beat maker to melodic master of modern funk – Tom Misch has come a long way since he first started recording music as a fresh-faced teenager. Now with several records under his belt, the South London-based artist-producer has been selling out venues across Europe – and he’s only recently turned 23. On the back […]

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Leon Bridges @ o2 Institute, 11 November 2018

Leon Bridges is a performer whose artistry and popularity owes much to the stylistic and musical constraints he imposes on himself. Despite that, it’s when his voice cuts free and stands for itself – often supported by minimalist background arrangements – that he reaches heights that have seen him compared with key influences like Sam […]

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Kurt Vile and the Violators @ The Crossing, 9th November, 2018

This Is TMRW have taken over The Crossing in Digbeth for a weekend of gigs, with Kurt Vile being Friday’s offering resulting in a sell-out show. Meg Baird and Mary Lattimer are the support act, promoting their new album Ghost Forests, which has been released today on Three Lobed Recordings.  Both Meg and Mary have […]

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Hard Rock Hell XII Red Carpet Awards

Last year’s HRH Awards proved to be such a success, that they return for their 2nd year.   In attendance are the rich and famous, the bands that are performing, bands up for awards and all related associates such as PR, Agents and of course the Fans (which without them there would be none of […]

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First Aid Kit + The Staves @ o2 Academy, 7th November 2018

The massive queue of people from the Pagoda island to the venue should have assured me that much has changed in the world of First Aid Kit from when I last saw them live.    Later on, when I start counting backwards I realise that it is more than eight years ago. Back then they […]

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Impericon Never Say Die Tour @ The Asylum, 7th November, 2018

Bringing about the best of metalcore Impericon’s Never Say Die! Tour is not for the faint of heart but if metal or hardcore is your scene, it is a night that cannot be missed. With a set list of insane bands the night is poised for greatness. This, however, paired with the tour’s focus on […]

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Sigrid @ O2 Academy, 4th November 2018

Oli Fox starts tonight’s proceedings, dressed in a silver jacket which is, apparently, to make him look more interesting than he really is and seemingly not fully confident on stage in front of a near sell-out crowd. His brand of pop comes from the land of Sam Smith with a smooth nasal sound, wide vocal […]

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Lewis Capaldi + Nina Nesbitt @ o2 Institute, 3rd November, 2018

On 31st of March 2017 Lewis Capaldi’s life took a dramatic shift. The self-release of his first single ‘Bruises’ on that date brought him almost instant fame amassing an insane 28 million plays on Spotify worldwide.   He found himself hopping on tour with the likes of Rag N Bone Man and Sam Smith, playing […]

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The Sheepdogs @ Actress and Bishop, 2nd November, 2018

Long grey haired rockers and young slightly scruffy hipsters crowded into the packed room of the Actress and Bishop, the swelling body heat negating the cold chill from outside. Packed together whispers rose, excitement filling the air. The crowd had gathered for Canadian folk rock band The Sheepdogs; no doubt they stumbled across the band […]

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Karine Polwart @ Birmingham Town Hall, 2nd November 2018

Scarcely seen in Birmingham, it’s with great delight that Polwart’s path has finally brought her to these parts in celebration of her latest release, ‘Laws of Motion’. Tonight’s audience is rewarded for their patience with not one, but two, rousing sets from one of Scottish folk music’s most candid, poetic and contemporary voices. A consistently […]

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Will Haven + Palm Reader @ The Asylum, 2nd November, 2018

The Asylum 2 in Birmingham was a special place to be tonight. It’s a very rare occurrence for Will Haven to head over to the UK, let alone to play in Birmingham. There was no way I was going to miss this chance to see what by their own admission ‘could be the last tour […]

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State Champs @ O2 Institute, 31st October 2018

I’m all for early start times and being in bed for 10, however having doors at 5:30 for a midweek show baffles even me. And with that in mind Seaway, the main support, were taking to the stage as I arrived at the O2 Institute for the penultimate date of State Champs latest UK tour. […]

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Skindred Night Of The Living Dred @ Empire Coventry, 31st October 2018

Opening up tonight are local lads Last Hounds, a 5 piece hardcore punk band.  These guys are growing from strength to strength, and provide an engaging performance with emotive screams.  They close all on the ground, while the crowds horns are raised high.  Ballsdeep are next, if you can get over the name which is […]

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Freya Ridings @ O2 Institute 3 Birmingham, 29 October 2018

The lights went down and on came 24-year-old Freya Ridings in a white sparkly dress. From the first time she […]

Black Eyed Peas @ o2 Academy, 29 October, 2018

The Blacked Eyed Peas formed over twenty years ago and have been bumping out high-octane alternative pop dance hip hop […]

Bugzy Malone @ o2 Academy, 26 October 2018

He’s done it all himself, creating his own record label, directing his own videos and most importantly inspiring the Youth […]

The Blinders @ Castle and Falcon 23 October 2018

There is a full moon tonight.  It is eerily bright and low in the sky, and on my journey to […]

Tom Odell @ o2 Academy, 21st October 2018

Soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell is a master of crafting expressive tunes. Backboned by the piano, Odell’s records are dripping […]

U2 @ Manchester Arena, 19th October 2018

Beforehand I had prepared many things on which to base this review. One of which was going to suggest that […]