Liam Gallagher @ Arena Birmingham, 12 November 2019

Bucket hats, Beer and Blokes. If there’s ever an artist that has an immediately recognisable and stereotypical fan-base it’s Liam Gallagher and Oasis. Wednesday evening see’s the canals of Birmingham filled with them, as Liam Gallagher brought his tour to the Arena in support of his second solo record ‘Why Me? Why Not’. Whilst arguably […]

Lighthouse Family @ Symphony Hall, 11 November 2019

After an 18-year album hiatus, 90’s band Lighthouse Family are back on tour showcasing their new album Blue Sky in Your Head. This was the first date in a bumper UK tour, continuing for the rest of this month and then through February, before they head off to South Africa for three dates in March. […]

Loyle Carner @ o2 Institute 9 November 2019

  Loyle Carner’s latest album goes by the name of ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ – but right now he is confidently riding a majestic wave of glorious euphoria. Love was the vibe of this Saturday evening at Digbeth’s 02 Institute, with a show featuring frequent stops for outpourings of adulation from crowd to performer, as […]

Bears Den @ o2 Institute 4 November 2019

Is it irony or just filthy karma when your support band is called Flyte and they miss their flight..? Whatever fates purpose, Christoph Van der Ven was a last minute stand in for them and opened the evening on solo guitar. The crowd liked him.  He was later joined by keyboards, trumpet, and proved to be a solid and […]

Violet @ O2 Academy, 30 October 2019

It’s always great to get out and see local bands but tonight was a big one – in fact Violet’s biggest show to date. They sold out O2 Academy 3 off the back of a run of local shows and the release of their new single ‘Pure Blue’. Violet are a five-piece, all male local […]

Of Monsters And Men @ o2 Academy 28 October, 2019

When I think of Iceland and the bands that come from there I realise I don’t know of many  that get as far as Of Monsters And Men. In 2010 it was their release of Little Talks single which saw them rise to fame, sign to a label and subsequently go onto release My Head […]

Charli XCX @ o2 Institute, 28th October 2019

This was the 2nd night of Charli XCX’s Uk tour in support of her latest album “Charli”. Unusually for a pop show the music before Charli came onto the stage was not up beat music hyping the crowd but the subtle piano sounds of Chopin being played through the packed O2 Institutes sound system. This […]

Black Star Riders + Stone Broken + Wayward Sons @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 25 October, 2019

It may be a cold, wet, miserable part of the year but it’s great because live shows are in abundance! Tonight I am at KK’s Steel Mill for Black Star Riders. First up is . The room is fairly full, which is nice to see for the first support but given that Wayward Sons have […]

Gloryhammer & Beast in Black & Wind Rose @ The Mill 22 October, 2019

The cold months are now upon us and the queues always seem longer when it’s cold. Tonight the queue seems longer than ever for a much awaited visit from tonights bands. Unfortunately it takes most of Wind Roses set to be able to get everyone in. As Italians Wind Rose take to the stage the […]

Kiefer Sutherland @ O2 Institute 21 October, 2019

A gig makes a promising start when Under The Pressure by The War On Drugs is cranked up prior to the band entering the stage, followed by a truly vivacious Kiefer Sutherland who is welcomed by a chorus of applause and cheers. Dressed in a white blazer and hat, Sutherland delivers a straight down the […]

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Liam Gallagher @ Arena Birmingham, 12 November 2019

Bucket hats, Beer and Blokes. If there’s ever an artist that has an immediately recognisable and stereotypical fan-base it’s Liam Gallagher and Oasis. Wednesday evening see’s the canals of Birmingham filled with them, as Liam Gallagher brought his tour to the Arena in support of his second solo record ‘Why Me? Why Not’. Whilst arguably […]

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Lighthouse Family @ Symphony Hall, 11 November 2019

After an 18-year album hiatus, 90’s band Lighthouse Family are back on tour showcasing their new album Blue Sky in Your Head. This was the first date in a bumper UK tour, continuing for the rest of this month and then through February, before they head off to South Africa for three dates in March. […]

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Loyle Carner @ o2 Institute 9 November 2019

  Loyle Carner’s latest album goes by the name of ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ – but right now he is confidently riding a majestic wave of glorious euphoria. Love was the vibe of this Saturday evening at Digbeth’s 02 Institute, with a show featuring frequent stops for outpourings of adulation from crowd to performer, as […]

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Larkins @ The Sunflower Lounge 6th November 2019

A sold out show at The Sunflower Lounge is always the sign of an artiste clearly on an upward trajectory, conversely to the many shows that attract just four or five people. And that’s a fact that the openers of Wednesday evening’s show Shai Brides were clearly thankful for, an actual crowd to play for […]

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Bears Den @ o2 Institute 4 November 2019

Is it irony or just filthy karma when your support band is called Flyte and they miss their flight..? Whatever fates purpose, Christoph Van der Ven was a last minute stand in for them and opened the evening on solo guitar. The crowd liked him.  He was later joined by keyboards, trumpet, and proved to be a solid and […]

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Catfish & the Bottlemen @ Birmingham Arena 4 November 2019

I have to admit that having seen Catfish play twice before (at the Institute and then the Academy in 2015 in between the first and second albums), I kind of stopped taking notice; not deliberately just by accident.  I didn’t quite realise that after the second and third albums, their small and passionate audience had […]

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Festival of The Dead @ o2 Academy Birmingham, 1 November 2019

Fortunately for many it is much warmer tonight that on previous nights this week. Which is good thing given it is costume time for Festival of The Dead. It initially appears that I am one of the few that is out of place and not dressed for the occasion. Surrounding me there is an array […]

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Violet @ O2 Academy, 30 October 2019

It’s always great to get out and see local bands but tonight was a big one – in fact Violet’s biggest show to date. They sold out O2 Academy 3 off the back of a run of local shows and the release of their new single ‘Pure Blue’. Violet are a five-piece, all male local […]

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Of Monsters And Men @ o2 Academy 28 October, 2019

When I think of Iceland and the bands that come from there I realise I don’t know of many  that get as far as Of Monsters And Men. In 2010 it was their release of Little Talks single which saw them rise to fame, sign to a label and subsequently go onto release My Head […]

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Charli XCX @ o2 Institute, 28th October 2019

This was the 2nd night of Charli XCX’s Uk tour in support of her latest album “Charli”. Unusually for a pop show the music before Charli came onto the stage was not up beat music hyping the crowd but the subtle piano sounds of Chopin being played through the packed O2 Institutes sound system. This […]

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The Wedding Present @ O2 Institute, 27 October 2019

One of the most important bands in the British indie music scene The Wedding Present came to Birmingham for a night filled with cheers and mosh pits. After walking to the venue through the freezing cold weather, the packed room was exactly what I needed. The line-up of The Wedding Present has changed a lot […]

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Black Star Riders + Stone Broken + Wayward Sons @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 25 October, 2019

It may be a cold, wet, miserable part of the year but it’s great because live shows are in abundance! Tonight I am at KK’s Steel Mill for Black Star Riders. First up is . The room is fairly full, which is nice to see for the first support but given that Wayward Sons have […]

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Of Monsters and Men play 02 Academy on 28th!

The superb Of Monsters and Men play the o2 Academy on Monday 28th October. The Icelandic band released their third album Fever Dream at the end of July.  The album was created in the bands own studio, which allowed them the time to explore and enhance their sound and be open to new influences.   […]

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Gloryhammer & Beast in Black & Wind Rose @ The Mill 22 October, 2019

The cold months are now upon us and the queues always seem longer when it’s cold. Tonight the queue seems longer than ever for a much awaited visit from tonights bands. Unfortunately it takes most of Wind Roses set to be able to get everyone in. As Italians Wind Rose take to the stage the […]

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Gary Numan @ O2 Institute, 19th October 2019

You’d be hard pressed to find an artist with the kind of career Gary Numan has had since his emergence […]

Hootie & the Blowfish @ O2 Academy Birmingham, 16 October 2019

This show was the last date in the band’s long-awaited Group Therapy tour so it was bound to be a […]

The Murder Capital @Castle and Falcon, 12th October 2019

One of the albums of the year has been, in my opinion, ‘When I have fears’, by The Murder Capital. […]

The Divine Comedy + Man and the Echo @ O2 Institute, 11th October 2019

There’s a hint at the kind of show to expect from The Divine Comedy tonight when the stage is decked […]

Alice Cooper @ Resorts World 11th October 2019

The nights are drawing in, it’s getting cold and damp, approaching Halloween and so it’s apt ‘Ol’ Black eyes’ is […]

Richard Hawley + Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly @ o2 Institute, 10th October 2019

It’s been almost two decades since we were first blessed with the crooning voice and electrifying vintage guitar sounds of […]