V Festival @ Weston Park, Friday 18th August, 2017

Amidst the rain and smeared glitter V Festival kicked off on a chilly and wet Friday night. A steady downpour welcomed most festival goers, so setting up camp and figuring out the layout brought exciting challenges. Once settled in fans flooded, pun intended, into the arena to check out the nights sets. Popular DJ and […]

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Inner City Live @ O2 Academy, 12th August 2017

Inner City Live posed the question “when is a festival not a festival?”. The answer is straightforward – it’s when it is a gig with four bands. The topic of the move from the Rainbow Arena to the O2 Academy may well be subject to rumour control and conjecture but the fact is, it turned […]

Gary Numan @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 29th July 2017

Tonight’s an early start. It’s 7.15pm when support act for Gary Numan, (IAM) WARFACE take to the stage to greet the near capacity crowd. They open with ‘ To Die For ‘, and it’s clear that the guys mean business tonight. They are going to take advantage of their prestigious support slot and enjoy every […]

Oceans Ate Alaska @ Mama Roux’s, 26th July 2017

Up first, supporting Oceans Ate Alaska, we had Failure Is An Option, a midlands-based metal band who I’ve seen once before when they opened for Bad Omens at The Flapper a few months back. Their style is a mix of emo; especially with clean singer Matt’s singing, intertwined expertly with Brandon’s guttural death growling and […]

Blink 182 + Frank Turner + The Front Bottoms @ Barclaycard Arena, 7th July, 2017

There is a buzz of excited chatter at the Barclaycard Arena as New Jersey indie rock band, The Front Bottoms kick off with their set. Judging by their choice of band name and the subject matter of songs, they seem to centre their success on injecting humour into all aspects of their set, especially with […]

Laura Mvula @ Festival On The Close, Rugby 29th June 2017

There was a distinct end of term feel to Laura Mvula’s appearance at Festival On The Close tonight. This event was the last of the inaugural running of the festival, and the last of our coverage this year. But it was also the real end of term. Rugby School has finished another year and the […]

NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event at the Festival On The Close at Rugby School. One thing that you can guarantee you get from the NYJO is variety. By their very nature they have a fluid line-up, and their repertoire can […]

Dead Kennedys + Otherkin @ o2 Academy 2, 26th June, 2017

Perfect timing! As I enter the Academy 2 for Dead Kennedys I am greeted by an air raid siren from the PA.  Enter Otherkin to the sound of said siren. Now, if you read BrumLive regularly you will recall that I reviewed this band a few months ago at the Flapper on their own headline […]

Festival on the Close – G4 + Lesley Garrett

G4 and Lesley Garrett opened Festival on the Close 2017 in Rugby tonight, representing a whole series of landmarks, and a couple of “firsts” for this writer. This is by far the biggest event of its kind that Rugby School has promoted. It may even be the biggest series of events seen in the town; […]

The XX @ o2 Academy, 21st June, 2017

It is the type of heat that feels like you are standing on a thousand suns. It is sticky and muggy, with each breath sending musky warmth into the air. The sweat rolls down your back, making you shift your weight. It may sound like the beginning of a summer horror film, but for those […]

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V Festival @ Weston Park, Friday 18th August, 2017

Amidst the rain and smeared glitter V Festival kicked off on a chilly and wet Friday night. A steady downpour welcomed most festival goers, so setting up camp and figuring out the layout brought exciting challenges. Once settled in fans flooded, pun intended, into the arena to check out the nights sets. Popular DJ and […]

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Inner City Live @ O2 Academy, 12th August 2017

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Inner City Live posed the question “when is a festival not a festival?”. The answer is straightforward – it’s when it is a gig with four bands. The topic of the move from the Rainbow Arena to the O2 Academy may well be subject to rumour control and conjecture but the fact is, it turned […]

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Gary Numan @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 29th July 2017

Tonight’s an early start. It’s 7.15pm when support act for Gary Numan, (IAM) WARFACE take to the stage to greet the near capacity crowd. They open with ‘ To Die For ‘, and it’s clear that the guys mean business tonight. They are going to take advantage of their prestigious support slot and enjoy every […]

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MADE Festival @ Digbeth 29th, July, 2017

MADE Birmingham is a music festival that is on an upward trejectory. Now in its fourth year its a day of music that has come to epitomize Birmingham’s rich musical heritage and pave the way for those who are on their way.   Those who are equally as thrilled at the many revellers at the […]

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Oceans Ate Alaska @ Mama Roux’s, 26th July 2017

Up first, supporting Oceans Ate Alaska, we had Failure Is An Option, a midlands-based metal band who I’ve seen once before when they opened for Bad Omens at The Flapper a few months back. Their style is a mix of emo; especially with clean singer Matt’s singing, intertwined expertly with Brandon’s guttural death growling and […]

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V Festival @ Weston Park 19th and 20th August, 2017

  In 1996 Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker had a wild idea, he desired to play two different outdoor stages in two days. Two gigs, two days, two stages. In August of that year it happened. With two stages and one tent a small festival sprung from the ground, becoming what we now know as […]

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Gary Numan plays The Assembly in Leamington 29th July

With a new album “Savage” due on the 15th September and first single “My Name is Ruin” out now Gary Numan is doing a short run of dates ahead of his major European tour.   This includes a Saturday night (29th July)  at The Assembly in Leamington Spa. ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is an […]

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2000 Trees Festival – Day Three, 8th July, 2017

2000 Trees is proving to be a great festival – again (see our previous years coverage here) and Day Three was full on. Our highlights Milk Teeth Early in the morning, the sun glimmered through the small holes in the tent. It is a usual start to a festival morning; the sun streaming in, you […]

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Blink 182 + Frank Turner + The Front Bottoms @ Barclaycard Arena, 7th July, 2017

There is a buzz of excited chatter at the Barclaycard Arena as New Jersey indie rock band, The Front Bottoms kick off with their set. Judging by their choice of band name and the subject matter of songs, they seem to centre their success on injecting humour into all aspects of their set, especially with […]

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2000 Trees Festival – Day Two, 7th July, 2017

After a great start to 2000 Trees Festival we were ready for day two. Our highlights were Decade The UK emo/pop punk band were on the main stage early on the day and we saw some decent sunshine while they were on. They can be compared to Modern Baseball with their refined form of pop […]

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Linkin Park @ Barclaycard Arena, 6th July 2017

When Linkin Park first came to mass attention it was back in 2000 with Hybrid Theory, which at the time was challenging given it mixed rock with rap, and that with Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda sharing vocals, they offered something few other bands did. Their most recent album, One More Light, is currently being […]

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2000 Trees Festival – Day One, 6th July, 2017

The Birmingham Live team have been at 2000 Trees Festival at Upcote Farm and had a such a great time, we have a full three day review to report on each day! Our day one highlights….. Puppy Puppy were a band I was very keen to see after coming across them on Youtube one night […]

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MADE Festival – 29th July, 2017

A Summer in Birmingham for regular revellers of the iconic Rainbow venue has come to be synonymous with MADE Festival, a musical occasion that brings together the best of what Birmingham’s creative quarter has to offer. This includes food, streetwear, graffiti culture and a well curated line of House and Urban music. The Digbeth Triangle […]

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EP Review – The Japanese House “Saw You In A Dream”

Indie pop solo artists Amber Bain is perhaps known better by her stage name, The Japanese House. The Japanese House first appeared in 2015 with albums Pools to Bathe In and Clean. The singles and the albums both shook the market, becoming instant hits for the indie circles launching The Japanese House into acclaim. 2016 […]

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Robert Glasper Experiment for Somerset House on 11th July, 2017

  Robert Glasper has done something very few modern jazz musicians have managed to do, become a crossover brand, with a […]

Jackson Browne @ Symphony Hall, 27th June 2017

Jackson Browne still manages to maintain a looming presence upon the musical landscape well into a music career that has […]

Beyond The Tracks – Interview with Nick Power from The Coral

Beyond The Tracks is is a new festival for Birmingham and the BrumLive team are excited by the line up […]

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band @ Town Hall, 25 June, 2017

I first saw Ian Hunter play live in 1999 at the Robin 2 in Bilston. That solo gig coincided with […]

Erin Rae and The Meanwhiles @ Thimblemill Library, 23rd June 2017

Tonight’s show was originally scheduled for the wholly familiar surroundings of Kings Heath’s Hare and Hounds pub, though for reasons […]

Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens @ o2 Academy

To be honest – I can’t think of any occasion where I would think of mentioning Kiefer Sutherland and That […]