Inhaler @ O2 Academy 2, 13th February 2020.

It’s difficult at this stage in their career for Dublin newcomers Inhaler to be judged away from the umbrella of frontman Eli Hewson’s family connections – he’s the son of U2 legend Bono.  Less than a year since they released their debut single the band have been on a whirlwind trajectory that has seen them […]

Steel Panther & Wayward Sons @o2 Academy 8th February 2020

Opening up this evening Wayward Sons a band who isn’t shy of touring with many major rock bands. We last covered them supporting Black Star Riders only a few months ago and now here they are supporting Steel Panther. On paper it’s a bit of an odd mix, Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons) and his politically […]

Smoke Fairies @ The Sunflower Lounge, 7th February 2020

The venue fills up early on in the evening in preparation for John J Presley ‘s support slot.  He has frequented the stage at The Sunflower Lounge many a time in various bands and solo arrangements, however, tonight it is just him and drummer, Paul May, bringing his shadowy interpretation of the blues to the […]

Bombay Bicycle Club @ o2 Academy 31st January, 2020

Formed in the mid 2000’s, Bombay Bicycle Club released four full length albums before taking a hiatus in 2016, reforming to release their latest record ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ earlier this year. Opening the show at a sold out O2 Academy Birmingham was Liz Lawrence, before main support The Big Moon took to the […]

Jonas Brothers @ Arena Birmingham, 29th January 2020

The Jonas Brothers have come a long way from being a Disney boy band many years ago. After 10 years the trio finally came to Europe and kicked off their “Happiness Begins” tour right here in Birmingham. The over-excited kids and teenagers who grew up listening to them and watching them on TV every day […]

New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From Here’ album, which I was lucky enough to review and declared it to be one of their finest. Opening with ‘No Rest’ and a single drum intro, tipping a hat to that early Marquee show, […]

UB40 @ Arena Birmingham, 21st December 2019

All-time favourites and loved worldwide UB40 returned to Birmingham for their Christmas Hometown Show, bringing together people of all ages to a very packed venue. Celebrating 40 years since the formation of the band with a massive tour earlier this year, the English reggae band seems unstoppable.  “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” set […]

The Faim + Hot Milk @ o2 Institute 7th December 2019

Up and coming Australian pop rock band The Faim are back playing their second UK tour of the year, and on this December leg, they have brought out Manchester-based pop punks Hot Milk to warm up the crowd for them. And warm up the crowd they did. With duel vocals from Hannah Mee and Jim […]

Emeli Sandé + Ben Monteith @ Symphony Hall, 2 December 2019

British singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé took over the Symphony Hall on Monday as part of her “Real Life” UK tour. After releasing a new album in September, which was highly acclaimed in certain areas and left others with mixed feelings , the expectations for her concert were obviously high and I believe she reached […]

Glenn Hughes @ O2 Institute, 29th November 2019

It’s no coincidence that after two and a half years on the road playing the classic-era tracks from his former band Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes has chosen to end his tour in the West Midlands. Not only does the area’s reputation as the birthplace of hard rock tie in nicely with the set he has […]

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James Blunt + Ward Thomas, 14 February 2020 @ Arena Birmingham

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Album Review – Nathaniel Rateliff ‘And It’s Still Alright’

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Inhaler @ O2 Academy 2, 13th February 2020.

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Bombay Bicycle Club @ o2 Academy 31st January, 2020

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Waterparks @ O2 Institute, 27th January 2020

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Album Review – Bloodhound “Fragile Skeleton”

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Album Review – Ida Mae ‘Live in Memphis EP’

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INME @ Redrum, Stafford 22nd January, 2020

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New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

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Saving Grace + The Rails @ Town Hall, 22nd December 2019

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Sea Girls @ Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, 12 December 2019

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