Armored Saint @ o2 Institute, 25th March 2017

The crowd of varying ages inched forward as the red lights spin and John from Armored Saint bursts onto the stage looking for all the world like he loves life with tonnes of energy. The cheers start up and the band jump straight into ‘Win Hands Down’, the title track from their last studio album […]

Mallory Knox + Lonely The Brave + Fatherson @ 02 Institute, 24th March, 2017

The queue stretched far down the road in anticipation for Mallory Knox‘s return to Birmingham tonight. Having released their first single “Giving it Up’ all the way back in November of 2016, we’ve finally been able to get our hands on their 3rd studio album “Wired”. This is just in time for their latest tour, in […]

Lloyd Cole @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 23rd March 2017

Looking out at a sea of Middle aged faces Lloyd Cole is still alive, in spite of what he says that his record company may think, complaining about decrepitude and paying tribute to those of his peers and idols less lucky than him. The victims of the 2016 cull; Prince,Cohen and Bowie. For all that, he’s […]

Battle Beast + Majesty + GYZE @ The Slade Rooms, 23rd March, 2017

Birmingham Live’s Chris went to find out what Battle Beast would bring to a cool spring evening in Wolverhampton. Tonight we have an array of talent from around the world, the first and were performing as I arrived, a Japanese trio named GYZE.  What is immediately noticeable is the large drum set on stage, centre […]

Warpaint + Shame @ O2 Institute, Wednesday 22nd March 2017

The LA based Warpaint make a welcome return to Birmingham’s O2 Institute armed with the much heralded Shame, the latest acquisition to join the impeccable rostrum of artists at Rough Trade. If a union with such a label is not enough to signal the calibre of Shame, then the accompanying expectation that comes with a […]

Emeli Sandé @ 02 Academy, 19th March, 2017

As bodies filed into the O2 Academy on a Sunday night, the temperature rose, and we all waited in anxious hot anticipation for the night ahead. Emeli Sandé is a Scottish powerhouse whose tunes have been played on repeat on the radio since her debut a handful of years ago. Hoping that her passion and spunk would […]

Black Star Riders + Backyard Babies + Gun @ 02 Institute, 18th March, 2017

Birmingham Live’s Chris went to watch as Black Star Riders returned to Birmingham.  The queues are massive outside and partly because all three rooms are open tonight, but lets not think these fans are all for the other rooms as you would be wrong. Everyone was clearly here to see all 3 bands tonight, first […]

The Stranglers + Ruts DC @ 02 Academy, 18th March, 2017

If there were to be an atomic bomb, it’s a reasonable bet to suggest that cockroaches and the London Taxi would survive, and on tonight’s evidence, so too would The Stranglers. They are on a current UK tour and played the 02 Academy in Birmingham tonight. The venue is near to full, of mainly males […]

Monster Truck + The Picturebooks @ 02 Institute, 17th March, 2017

Our man Neale went out to see what the mighty Monster Truck would bring to a Friday night in Birmingham. The Picturebooks were already onstage when I gained access into the packed 02 Institute on Friday night. Instant comparisons could be made with Royal Blood and Slaves; their two man guitar and drum style gives […]

Crowbar @ 02 Institute, 16th March, 2017

Neale from the Birmingham Live team went to find out what Crowbar had to offer at the 02 Institute.  American sludge metal was a genre I’d never been aware of.  To me, the word ‘sludge’ implies slow and thick; if not dark. Well I couldn’t have called it any better; the riffs came in slow […]

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Johnny Flynn @ o2 Academy, 28th March 2017

Johnny Flynn

There seems to be a secret enclave in the music world. Set in the back rooms of venues or in the smoky corner of a pub their lives this set of people who gather around a stage to listen to pure expressions of life matched with the strumming of guitars and the beating of drums.  […]

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Sparks for o2 Institute in September

Sparks have announced new album, Hippopotamus, plus the European dates of The Hippopotamus Tour, Including a date at o2 Institute, Birmingham on Sunday September 24th. Tickets go on sale for the Fan Club on Wednesday 29th March, and are released for general on sale Friday 31st March Musical mavericks Sparks – Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael […]

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Slam Dunk Festival 2017 – More Bands Announced

Slam Dunk Festival, the UK’s most celebrated pop-punk festival is delighted to add The Gospel Youth, Ocean Grove, Vukovi, Area 11, Sylar, Homebound, Casey and Makeout to the 2017 bill. These incredible acts are set to perform on the new Breakout Stage, curated by Rock Sound Magazine at this year’s event. Hailing from Brighton, treasured […]

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Sampha @ 02 Institute, 26th March, 2017

Sampha Sisay is a very successful singer and producer, and yet many people outside of the internal music industry have not heard of him. That is about to change. With his debut solo album, Process, he is playing live dates, and tonight was his first ever performance in Birmingham. The venue is near to capacity […]

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Armored Saint @ o2 Institute, 25th March 2017

The crowd of varying ages inched forward as the red lights spin and John from Armored Saint bursts onto the stage looking for all the world like he loves life with tonnes of energy. The cheers start up and the band jump straight into ‘Win Hands Down’, the title track from their last studio album […]

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Mallory Knox + Lonely The Brave + Fatherson @ 02 Institute, 24th March, 2017

The queue stretched far down the road in anticipation for Mallory Knox‘s return to Birmingham tonight. Having released their first single “Giving it Up’ all the way back in November of 2016, we’ve finally been able to get our hands on their 3rd studio album “Wired”. This is just in time for their latest tour, in […]

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Lloyd Cole @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 23rd March 2017

Looking out at a sea of Middle aged faces Lloyd Cole is still alive, in spite of what he says that his record company may think, complaining about decrepitude and paying tribute to those of his peers and idols less lucky than him. The victims of the 2016 cull; Prince,Cohen and Bowie. For all that, he’s […]

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Battle Beast + Majesty + GYZE @ The Slade Rooms, 23rd March, 2017

Birmingham Live’s Chris went to find out what Battle Beast would bring to a cool spring evening in Wolverhampton. Tonight we have an array of talent from around the world, the first and were performing as I arrived, a Japanese trio named GYZE.  What is immediately noticeable is the large drum set on stage, centre […]

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Warpaint + Shame @ O2 Institute, Wednesday 22nd March 2017

The LA based Warpaint make a welcome return to Birmingham’s O2 Institute armed with the much heralded Shame, the latest acquisition to join the impeccable rostrum of artists at Rough Trade. If a union with such a label is not enough to signal the calibre of Shame, then the accompanying expectation that comes with a […]

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Interview with The Loved and Lost

At Birmingham Live! we love to chat with local bands.  This time The Loved and Lost have taken up the challenge of answering our questions. The Loved and Lost were formed in 2012 and are based in Worcestershire.  They combine Hard Rock with Melodic Metal and have caught the attention of our reviewing team a […]

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Emeli Sandé @ 02 Academy, 19th March, 2017

As bodies filed into the O2 Academy on a Sunday night, the temperature rose, and we all waited in anxious hot anticipation for the night ahead. Emeli Sandé is a Scottish powerhouse whose tunes have been played on repeat on the radio since her debut a handful of years ago. Hoping that her passion and spunk would […]

Read More 0 Comments

Black Star Riders + Backyard Babies + Gun @ 02 Institute, 18th March, 2017

Birmingham Live’s Chris went to watch as Black Star Riders returned to Birmingham.  The queues are massive outside and partly because all three rooms are open tonight, but lets not think these fans are all for the other rooms as you would be wrong. Everyone was clearly here to see all 3 bands tonight, first […]

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The Stranglers + Ruts DC @ 02 Academy, 18th March, 2017

If there were to be an atomic bomb, it’s a reasonable bet to suggest that cockroaches and the London Taxi would survive, and on tonight’s evidence, so too would The Stranglers. They are on a current UK tour and played the 02 Academy in Birmingham tonight. The venue is near to full, of mainly males […]

Read More 0 Comments

Monster Truck + The Picturebooks @ 02 Institute, 17th March, 2017

Our man Neale went out to see what the mighty Monster Truck would bring to a Friday night in Birmingham. The Picturebooks were already onstage when I gained access into the packed 02 Institute on Friday night. Instant comparisons could be made with Royal Blood and Slaves; their two man guitar and drum style gives […]

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Metallica Announce European Leg Of The Worldwired Tour

Metallica have announced the European leg of their Worldwired Tour in support of ‘Hardwired…To Self-Destruct’. They have also announce that […]

Empire + Chapter and Verse + Ember Weir + Monkey Bone + November Plot @ Sunflower Lounge, 15th March, 2017

Opening the show for Empire this evening were local bands Monkey Bone and November Plot who had both clearly bought […]

Kiefer Sutherland – UK Tour

Kiefer Sutherland; Hollywood Actor, Cattle Rancher, Record Label Owner and Musician will tour throughout Europe this June. His tour will […]

Laura Marling @ 02 Institute, 14th March, 2017

Laura Marling played an intoxicatingly whimsical performance at the O2 Institute, enwrapping the packed room with melodic harmonies and folk […]

The Weeknd @Barclaycard Arena, 13th March, 2017

Abel Tesfaye, known to most as The Weeknd hits Birmingham for the penultimate show in the UK as part of […]

Barry Adamson – Interview

Over the last decade or so music has become simultaneously more superficial yet at the same time, if you want […]