The Carnival of Madness Tour @ Barclaycard Arena, 2nd February 2016

The Carnival of Madness tour has been a frequent touring vehicle around the US for a number of years, however tonight sees it grace Birmingham for the first time consisting of Highly Suspect, Halestorm, Shinedown and Black Stone Cherry. First up this evening are hard rock trio Highly Suspect hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts who […]

Hozier + Wyvern Lingo @ o2 Academy, February 2nd 2016.

The Irish theme opens tonight with a brief set from three-piece, female band Wyvern Lingo. With keyboards, drums and guitars, their breezy light but syncopated tight Funky groove and dooby-do, scat harmony vocals were well received. Hozier has had quite a remarkable past two years with gaining, not least, a Grammy gong 2015 for Best […]

The Rooz + The Second Trip + Paradise Circus @ The Rainbow, 30th January 2016

Having covered Hyena an up and coming Shropshire band just before Christmas, playing in the same venue, tonight from that area we have The Rooz. These guys have been to the Brit Awards albeit slightly under-dressed (I stole their joke) and having recently opened for Boyzone to a crowd of 8000 people, so tonight is […]

Cancer Bats + Lord Dying + Palm Reader + Incite @ o2 Academy 2, 22 January 2016

What better offering for your first gig of the year than a night so packed full of riffs and crunch that you go home at the end of the evening with enough positive vibes in the tank to ensure you kick the last week of January into touch? Clearly, the answer is none, so it’s […]

Trope + Districts @ Hare and Hounds, 14th January 2016

Tropes in contemporary music can be adaptations and interpretations of existing motifs and templates more often found in contemporary Jazz experimentation allowing for impressionism, expressionism and virtuosity. It’s about alt.swing and swerve, the asymmetric verve and damn sheer nerve – but mostly because they’re young and they just don’t care! Annoyingly talented bastards! So, this band […]

KYTV Festival – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin + The Wedding Present + The Primitives + Eat @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, 19th December 2015

Tonight was my last gig of the year, but for the Wolverhampton Civic Hall it was the last gig for at least a year, and the very last in its current form. The good old place, along with its sister venue The Wulfrun Hall, is up for a £10 million renovation, expanding their combined capacity […]

Hyena + Hidden Skies + Wood and Nails @ The Rainbow Warehouse, 19th December 2015

Telford’s next big thing, Hyena hit one of my favourite smaller venues in Birmingham, the basement of The Rainbow. Having originally caught my attention earlier in the year supporting The Xcerts, at the equally small Sunflower Lounge, I was keen to see them headlining their own show. Supporting them tonight is local lads Wood and […]

Shed Seven with Inspiral Carpets @ 02 Academy, 18th December 2015

Reviewing for Brumlive can be an education. You can learn some interesting facts. Such as Rick Witter being anatomically challenged, sensitive about his age, and a dab hand at singing the odd jingle; but more about that later. For the second weekend in a row I’m witnessing yet another band for which I have held […]

Black Star Riders + Toseland + Leogun @ Wulfrun Hall, 17th December 2015

What do you do when you don’t have enough original members left in your band? Well, if you are Scott Gorham then you create Black Star Riders from the embers of the most recent incarnation of Thin Lizzy. This was a performance that our Chris Bowley had been waiting for, for several months, and it […]

Madonna “Rebel Heart” Tour @ Barclaycard Arena, 16th December 2016

The M42 tonight is horrific, and the overhead speed signs of ‘40’ are optimistic as I rarely get out of first gear. After ninety minutes the forty mile journey is made and I park and make my way to the NEC. I’m struck by the surrounding punters, all of a certain vintage, and say to […]

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The Carnival of Madness Tour @ Barclaycard Arena, 2nd February 2016

The Carnival of Madness tour has been a frequent touring vehicle around the US for a number of years, however tonight sees it grace Birmingham for the first time consisting of Highly Suspect, Halestorm, Shinedown and Black Stone Cherry. First up this evening are hard rock trio Highly Suspect hailing from Cape Cod, Massachusetts who […]

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Hozier + Wyvern Lingo @ o2 Academy, February 2nd 2016.

The Irish theme opens tonight with a brief set from three-piece, female band Wyvern Lingo. With keyboards, drums and guitars, their breezy light but syncopated tight Funky groove and dooby-do, scat harmony vocals were well received. Hozier has had quite a remarkable past two years with gaining, not least, a Grammy gong 2015 for Best […]

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14 Unmissable Gigs In Birmingham This February!

So long January and see you later – don’t let the door hit you on the way out, because February is here. While the second month of the year might be the shortest in terms of days, it’s almost always one of the busiest for gigs, and 2016 is no different. We take a look […]

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The Rooz + The Second Trip + Paradise Circus @ The Rainbow, 30th January 2016

Having covered Hyena an up and coming Shropshire band just before Christmas, playing in the same venue, tonight from that area we have The Rooz. These guys have been to the Brit Awards albeit slightly under-dressed (I stole their joke) and having recently opened for Boyzone to a crowd of 8000 people, so tonight is […]

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Sun Club + Callum Pickard & The Third Look @ Sunflower Lounge, 30th January 2016

To use an old footballing cliche,tonight is a gig of two halves – thankfully that is only down to the performances as the music on offer is first rate throughout. Callum Pickard & the Third Look are first and are a Coventry based indie band with a laid back 60’s vibe.  Hints of Velvet Underground, […]

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Battle Of The Bands Announced

Battle of the bands has begun and is better than ever! With the heats already featuring the likes of Second Hand Genes,  Klasside, Singing Towards disaster and ShotDown Zed. tonight’s heat 6 will see The Mighty Wraith,  Pork, Timberwulf, and The Boston Shakers competing  for a semi-final spot. The Semi-Final dates are confirmed below: 5th February Bands: Heat 2 Winner Heat 2 Runner up Heat 4 […]

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Cancer Bats + Lord Dying + Palm Reader + Incite @ o2 Academy 2, 22 January 2016

What better offering for your first gig of the year than a night so packed full of riffs and crunch that you go home at the end of the evening with enough positive vibes in the tank to ensure you kick the last week of January into touch? Clearly, the answer is none, so it’s […]

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Ocean Colour Scene @ Irish Centre, Digbeth, 22nd January 2016

It’s nearly twenty years ago today that OCS came here to debut their career-defining album Moseley Shoals. It was 2011 when Brum Live twice reviewed their retrospective celebration of its impact on the Britpop scene. A nomenclature they never really endorsed though. A few things have happened since then. Steve Craddock’s become noted for his […]

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Victories At Sea @ Hare and Hounds, 21st January 2016

It’s close to Midnight, the Witching Hour – so it’s straight home from the Hare – deftly dodging the nightly chuck-out Weatherspoon clientele’s re-enactment of Begbie at Parents’ Evening. But still, this reviewer remained shimmeringly enraptured by the sonic splatter palette that Victories At Sea daubed across our psyches tonight. Dronal, tsunami-soaked guitar choirs ripple […]

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Trope + Districts @ Hare and Hounds, 14th January 2016

Tropes in contemporary music can be adaptations and interpretations of existing motifs and templates more often found in contemporary Jazz experimentation allowing for impressionism, expressionism and virtuosity. It’s about alt.swing and swerve, the asymmetric verve and damn sheer nerve – but mostly because they’re young and they just don’t care! Annoyingly talented bastards! So, this band […]

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Hinds Release Debut Album – Leave Me Alone

Tomorrow will see Madrid-based quartet Hinds release their highly anticipated and already critically acclaimed début Leave Me Alone. Since bursting onto the DIY scene, Hinds – Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen – have mastered a raw and playful sound all their own. The album feature twelve perfectly imperfect and charmingly lo-fi tracks inspired […]

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The Big Birmingham Live Review of 2015

As the year comes to an end, we take a look back on what was really good in 2015, and lay out some predictions for 2016. Here are the end of year reviews for some of the Birmingham Live team in no particular order Some of us wrote lots, some of not so much but this […]

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UB40 with Steel Pulse @ 02 Academy, December 21st 2015

Many a die-hard UB40 fan who couldn’t make this gig tonight may, understandably, be asking, ‘Well, which UB40 were they?’ Point. Following the Campbell sibling schism and wider bands’ musical differences some years ago, there now coexists two entities both bearing the same iconic name. Eschewing any potential, litigious misunderstandings – suffice to say tonight’s […]

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KYTV Festival – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin + The Wedding Present + The Primitives + Eat @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, 19th December 2015

Tonight was my last gig of the year, but for the Wolverhampton Civic Hall it was the last gig for at least a year, and the very last in its current form. The good old place, along with its sister venue The Wulfrun Hall, is up for a £10 million renovation, expanding their combined capacity […]

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Slaves + Ho99o9 + The Rhythm Method @ o2 Institute, 16th December 2015

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for Slaves, Ho99o9, and […]

Previewing UB40 and Steel Pulse with Brian Travers

This is the Big One! The ultimate, Rock-Steady/Reggae Birmingham shindig of all time. Local boys, come global legends, UB40 and […]

José González @ The Institute 14th December 2015

José González rounds out his European tour with a date with his adoring Birmingham fans. Who have packed out the […]

The Charlatans + Frankie And The Heartstrings + Riding the Low @ o2 Academy, 12th December 2015

So here we are at episode two of an unintended series of reviews of The Charlatans in 2015. Unintended for […]

Don Broco @ The Wulfrun Hall, 12th December 2015

In May of this year Don Broco’s brand new album Automatic entered the Official Albums Chart in the top ten, […]

Lower Than Atlantis + As It Is + Moose Blood + Black Foxxes @ The Institute, 12th December 2015

After what feels like a very busy 2015 on the live music front, tonight marks the end…of my gig going […]

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