Nothing More @ o2 Institute 8 December, 2017

In a mad rush with really bad traffic outside, on a cold winter night I enter a warm, steamy, crowded o2 Institute, this room is almost at bursting point to see Nothing More. Nothing More are touring in support of their 5th studio album, “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” which has some killer tracks already, […]

Marilyn Manson @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 6 December, 2017

Having not been to see Marilyn Manson for over a decade, I was quite excited and anticipated a great theatrical show to be performed tonight. Having broken his leg a little while ago from a falling prop I wondered if that would impact on his show. When we arrived, I was surprised to see the high amount of security in […]

Frank Carter @ 02 Academy, 2 December, 2017

Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham for one of the best live acts around at the moment;  Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes. Known far and wide for his onstage presence and eccentric personality, the former Gallows frontman loves interaction with the fans at his shows and when I saw them at 2000 Trees Fest […]

Queen and Adam Lambert @ Arena Birmingham 30 November, 2017

Tonight was the opportunity for Birmingham Live to shoot Queen and Adam Lambert at Arena Birmingham;  a chance not to be missed. With 40 years since the launch of the album News of the World, there sure to be be some delights in the setlist. This combination of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) and […]

Northlane + ERRA @ O2 Academy, 28 November, 2017

Starting off tonight were Australian homeboys Ocean Grove. Having supported the likes of Architects and Amity Affliction, these boys have garnered quite a reputation already, and it’s easy to see why. Hitting us with their unique blend of metal, synth, hip hop and industrial sounds, only falling short by the amount of backing track used […]

Tom Walker @ Castle and Falcon, 25 November, 2017

In the wood clad backroom of The Castle and Falcon a certain nonchalant yet excited energy stirred. Small and intimate, the room held a crowd of a couple of hundred that were waiting patiently for star on the rise Tom Walker. The artist, marked by his recent addition to BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 list […]

PVRIS @ o2 Academy, 23rd November, 2017

Alternative electronic American band PVRIS, pronounced ‘Paris,’ took to the O2 Academy playing for their largest crowd to date. Mixing part alternative rock and part atmospheric electronic, PVRIS has crafted a genre splicing sound that is steadily attracting a strong following. With a solid UK tour well underway, the band took to the O2 Academy […]

Bananarama @ Arena Birmingham, 23rd November, 2017

Let’s Go Crazy by Prince is blaring around Arena Birmingham which is heightening the party atmosphere that has been flowing freely for the past hour, and as the house lights dim the anticipation is overwhelming. Considering it’s been 30 years since Bananarama have performed in their original line up of Keren Woodward, Siobhan Fahey and […]

Aldous Harding + H Hawkline @ 02 Institute, 22nd November 2017

The beguiling Aldous Harding arrives in Birmingham, greeted with a sell out room, perched at the top of the 02 Institute. As 2017 draws towards its conclusion, thoughts turn towards recognising those artists that have pushed themselves into the consciousness of music lovers the world over. Harding must be in jubilant mood ahead of tonight’s […]

James Blunt @ Arena Birmingham, 21st November, 2017

Who is James Blunt? The question probably brings a slew of differing opinions; some would align Blunt’s identity with his dramatic icy cold music video for smash single “You’re Beautiful.” Others would perhaps turn to Blunt’s sassy Twitter and other social media pages to define his identity. Whatever comes to mind the concept of prolific […]

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LANY @ o2 Insitute, 9th December 2017

The Ancient Greek aphorism “knows thyself” has been the seat of conceptual knowledge that has driven humans to contemplative realms for years upon years.  Know thyself, both a command and a goal. By knowing ones true core one can reach into the other dimension of knowledge and euphoria. Knowing thyself brings total nirvana, bliss, a […]

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JP Cooper @ o2 Institute, 8 December, 2017

JP Cooper has had a smashing year; hit singles “September Song” and “Perfect Strangers” were the standout songs of the summer, finding Cooper bouncing between summer festival stages all while mingling through dates on his own tour. With debut album Raised Under Grey Skies JP Cooper solidified his spot as the hottest pop singer songwriter […]

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Nothing More @ o2 Institute 8 December, 2017

In a mad rush with really bad traffic outside, on a cold winter night I enter a warm, steamy, crowded o2 Institute, this room is almost at bursting point to see Nothing More. Nothing More are touring in support of their 5th studio album, “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” which has some killer tracks already, […]

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Happy Mondays @ o2 Institute 6 December, 2017

It’s been a very long time since I last saw the Happy Mondays I think we are probably going back to the mid-90s at a festival somewhere and that’s me hazarding a guess. If you were a teenager in the 90s you will understand why. Arriving to a remixed version of Chime by Orbital I […]

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Marilyn Manson @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 6 December, 2017

Having not been to see Marilyn Manson for over a decade, I was quite excited and anticipated a great theatrical show to be performed tonight. Having broken his leg a little while ago from a falling prop I wondered if that would impact on his show. When we arrived, I was surprised to see the high amount of security in […]

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Kerrang! Tour @ O2 Institute, 5 December, 2017

Tonight was the first of many shows for the Kerrang! Tour. Having boasted great performances in recent years by the likes of Don Broco, Sum 41, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Limpbizkit, tonight was no exception for such a line-up. Consisting of Welsh hardcore punk band Casey, Alternative Scottish band Vukovi, Pop Punk heroes […]

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JAWS + Marsicans @ 02 Institute, 2nd December, 2017

  Our team went to see JAWS hometown gig with Marsicans supporting. The first time I heard Marsicans I was sitting in the back tent at the festival Barn on the Farm. After long days a rest was needed, but I was propelled out of my comfortable seat to listen to this funky high-energy force […]

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Frank Carter @ 02 Academy, 2 December, 2017

Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham for one of the best live acts around at the moment;  Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes. Known far and wide for his onstage presence and eccentric personality, the former Gallows frontman loves interaction with the fans at his shows and when I saw them at 2000 Trees Fest […]

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Benjamin Clementine @ Town Hall, 1st December, 2017

  Friday night at the Town Hall and Birmingham Live had the opportunity to see Benjamin Clementine.  Benjamin Clementine is a performer that packs a mighty punch.  As an entertainer he demands as much of his audience as he gives; there is a surge of energy and human interaction that cannot be questioned. Benjamin Clementine is […]

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Queen and Adam Lambert @ Arena Birmingham 30 November, 2017

Tonight was the opportunity for Birmingham Live to shoot Queen and Adam Lambert at Arena Birmingham;  a chance not to be missed. With 40 years since the launch of the album News of the World, there sure to be be some delights in the setlist. This combination of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) and […]

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Mark Lanegan @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 29th November 2017

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For the latest round of dates, Mark Lanegan has called into Wolverhampton to play the Wulfrun Hall. Like her sister building, the Civic, she is undergoing extensive works, but from first glance it appears exactly the same as it’s always been. The staff assure me work is going on behind the scenes. Mark Lanegan has […]

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Jane Weaver @ Hare and Hounds 29 November, 2017

A recent review on this site took exception, and understandably so, at the amount of loud and obnoxious chattering at a recent gig in Wolverhampton. I inquired of the opinion of a friend who was at said gig. He concurred with the review and said it was absolutely accurate.  The worst he’d heard and spoiled […]

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Northlane + ERRA @ O2 Academy, 28 November, 2017

Starting off tonight were Australian homeboys Ocean Grove. Having supported the likes of Architects and Amity Affliction, these boys have garnered quite a reputation already, and it’s easy to see why. Hitting us with their unique blend of metal, synth, hip hop and industrial sounds, only falling short by the amount of backing track used […]

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Tom Walker @ Castle and Falcon, 25 November, 2017

In the wood clad backroom of The Castle and Falcon a certain nonchalant yet excited energy stirred. Small and intimate, the room held a crowd of a couple of hundred that were waiting patiently for star on the rise Tom Walker. The artist, marked by his recent addition to BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 list […]

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 25th November, 2017

It’s been two years since I was last in the Civic, not due to tardiness but due to the fact […]

Album Review Jeff Lynne’s ELO – Wembley Or Bust

Live albums can be a little hit or miss.  I guess this is because part of the thrill of a […]

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark @ Symphony Hall, 21st November, 2017

Tonight we’re at the Symphony Hall, for a night of classic electronic pop from Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (or […]

Rhiannon Giddens + Kaia Kater @ Town Hall, 19th November 2017

Whilst the bustling Frankfurt Christmas Market is in full swing outside, nestled in the sanctity of Birmingham’s prestigious Town Hall […]

Royal Blood @ Arena Birmingham, 18th November, 2017

With the queues to get in wrapping around the building by 6pm, the popularity of Royal Blood was clear as […]

Little Mix @ Genting Arena, 17th November 2017

From their beginnings in 2011 as the only group to date to win The X factor, to the accolade of […]