Rod Stewart @ Molineux Stadium, 8 June 2019

Having been in the music business for almost sixty years, the big question hanging over a Rod Stewart tour is whether his trademark raspy voice has survived such endless abuse? The thing is, lesser singers are unable to remain singing in a way that causes damage to their vocal chords, and they either change their […]

Rita Ora @ Arena Birmingham 25th May, 2019

As the Birmingham leg of Rita Ora’s Phoenix tour rolls into the city for her largest solo show to date, Arena Birmingham was full, well before tour openers Four Of Diamonds took to the stage. FOD who’s singer Sophia for whom this is a home town show, as a band still in their infancy after […]

Manic Street Preachers @ O2 Academy, 23 May 2019

It’s a warm night here in Birmingham and as the sun was setting, this evening was going to deliver a little bit of extra sunshine and a touch of Welshness into the hearts of Midlands based Manic Street Preachers fans. When you arrive at a venue and are completely captivated straight away, you get the feeling that […]

Whiskey Myers @ O2 Institute, 22 May 2019

Refreshing Southern blue-collar rhythms took over the O2 Institute on Wednesday when Whiskey Myers brought their hard rock music, with lashings of country, blues and Americana. The band is composed of Cody Cannon (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), John Jeffers (lead guitar, slide guitar, lap steel guitar, vocals), Cody Tate (lead and rhythm guitar), Jeff Hogg […]

Pagan @ The Flapper, 15 May 2019

Every now and then you see a band that is enjoyable for no clear reason other than the music is great and the members look like they’re having a great time. This was certainly the case for Brighton’s Sick Joy last night, who opened up for Pagan at The Flapper in Birmingham. Certainly, drawing similarities […]

Hollywood Undead + Loathe @ Rock City, 3rd May 2019

Arriving into the venue to see Hollywood Undead tonight I noticed how busy it already was half an hour after doors; it’s great to see people coming out early to check out the highly regarded support band from Liverpool ‘Loathe‘.  Loathe have supported some big names in the metal world since forming in 2015 such […]

Papa Roach @ O2 Academy, 29th April 2019

The unpredictable, yet always charming Papa Roach take over O2 Academy Birmingham again, touring in support of their 10th studio album released earlier this year. Title track ‘Who Do You Trust,’ together with ‘Renegade Music’ and ‘Not The Only One’ teased what turned out to be an unexpected album, presenting a fresh mix of weirdly enthusiastic […]

Idlewild + Liela Moss @ O2 Institute, 28th April 2019

Much-loved Scottish alt-rockers Idlewild have shown many different faces over the course of their career, from their early punk beginnings to the REM-inspired rock of their commercial peak and on to the folkier sounds that permeate through their later material. With new album ‘Interview Music’ one of their most diverse offerings to date, which side […]

Richard Ashcroft @ O2 Academy, 27th April 2019

Hailed as one of the UK’s leading songwriters thanks largely to his time as frontman of The Verve and their all-time classic album ‘Urban Hymns’, Richard Ashcroft returns to Birmingham tonight armed with his fifth album under his own name, ‘Natural Rebel’, yet largely ignores it in favour of a crowd-pleasing set heavy on singles […]

The Specials + The Tuts @ O2 Academy, 26th April 2019

In celebration of 40 years since Coventry legends The Specials founded the 2-Tone genre by splicing Jamaican ska with British new wave, the band are back in the West Midlands as part of an extensive tour following the release of their chart-topping comeback album ‘Encore’ last year. Having gone through a number of line-up changes […]

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10 Unmissable Acts at Barn on the Farm 2019

With the ten year anniversary approaching, Barn on the Farm celebrates the momentous occasion with an epic line-up that intertwines massive headlining artists with a handful of up and coming stars to be. Invading the Farm from the 4th-7th July there are an overwhelming number of amazing acts to catch. Here are the top ten […]

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Wallows @ O2 Institute, 10 June 2019

American indie post-punk rock band Wallows haven’t been around for long, but their lack of years has not stopped them from becoming a force in the music world. With anthemic magnitude and hyper energised records, Wallows captures a certain teenage angst, funnelling all the feelings and emotions into layered tunes that are clearly loved by […]

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Villagers & Pat Dam Smyth @ Hare and Hounds, 9 June 2019

Every once in a while you see a performance by a band that makes you re-evaluate their entire back catalogue. I have liked Villagers since their debut in 2010 and have been impressed with each successive release, but only now I have seen them live do I revisit those albums with a renewed sense of […]

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Rod Stewart @ Molineux Stadium, 8 June 2019

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Pip Blom @ Hare and Hounds, 4th June 2019

Pip Blom‘s star has been rising for a while now, helped by regular playlisting by 6 Music which has showcased the high energy, guitar heavy, lo-fi indie pop. Excellent reviews for their debut album, Boat, has increased interest in their first big headlining set of shows and a sold out and expectant Hare and Hounds awaited them tonight. For the uninitiated, […]

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Album Review- The Membranes, “What Nature Gives…. Nature Takes Away”

Never having been a band that have gripped me in the live arena, much preferring the Punk gospel of John Robb’s other band, Goldblade, I approached The Membranes newest album What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away with trepidation. It isn’t anything specific that causes me to be unmoved when watching them live; they have charisma, the tunes, […]

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Warrior Soul @ Iron Road, 30th May 2019

As the band start on stage with the expected chants of “We are the government!” , the enthusiastic audience embrace the final sentence “and we rock n’ roll”. At a Warrior Soul gig, that is a guarantee. From start to finish, irrespective of the venue size or audience numbers, Kory Clarke gives his all to […]

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Album Review – “ACR:box” by A CERTAIN RATIO

The reissuing of their entire catalogue, releasing new pieces, and releasing this singles retrospective which includes 20 unreleased demos, remixes and unfinished pieces, sees a welcome resurgence in ACR.  Now on MUTE with their previous label mates, New Order, there feels to be a renewed interest in all things electro, 80s and Mancunian. As new […]

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Lisa Stansfield for Symphony Hall in October

Lisa Stansfield has announced a UK tour to mark the 30th Anniversary of her debut solo album “Affection”.   Good news for fans locally as she will be playing the Symphony Hall on Tuesday 29th October. The multi-platinum album (which sold over 5 million copies) won three BRIT awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards, a Silver […]

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Album Review – Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, End of Suffering

Let me start with a confession. I had little idea who Frank Carter was before listening to this album. I keep being told that I’ll love his band. The word is that they’re crazy live and great Punk Rock. A quick bit of research and I realise that Frank Carter was the lead singer with […]

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Barn on the Farm, 4- 7 July 2019

Are you allowed to have a favourite festival? The answer is sadly that you probably shouldn’t, but if we were compiling a list of our favourites Barn on the Farm would certainly be on the list! Nestled amidst ostrich patches and pig houses, the farm atmosphere of Gloucester based Barn on the Farm offers a […]

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Rita Ora @ Arena Birmingham 25th May, 2019

As the Birmingham leg of Rita Ora’s Phoenix tour rolls into the city for her largest solo show to date, Arena Birmingham was full, well before tour openers Four Of Diamonds took to the stage. FOD who’s singer Sophia for whom this is a home town show, as a band still in their infancy after […]

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Little Cavalier Festival @ The Flapper, 25-26 May 2019

Little Cavalier is a rock festival with smaller bands, but that is nonetheless impressive. I decided to come to the festival the day before and I didn’t know any of the bands, but arriving at The Flapper on a sunny day and seeing so many people outside waiting for the next band to start made the […]

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Inner City Live News – DOVES announce Johnny Marr and The Coral for 28th July

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Sting and Shaggy @ O2 Academy 24 May 2019

There has been a wave of reviews for this tour, which on the face of it showcases pop’s most unlikely […]

Chapter and Verse @The Sunflower Lounge, 22 May 2019

When you enter The Sunflower Lounge and it’s full to the brim it’s such a relief. All too often smaller […]

Matthew and the Atlas @ The Castle and Falcon, 18 May 2019

Combining provocatively poetic lyrics with masterfully layered sonic dreamscapes Matthew and the Atlas create timeless music that invites you into […]

Matthew and The Atlas for the Castle and Falcon on Saturday

The Birmingham Live team are all geared up for this one as Birmingham Promoters bring Matthew and the Atlas to […]

Download Festival, 14-16 June 2019

A countdown clock graces the upper right hand corner of Download’s main page signalling the double digit days till the […]

Micah Erenberg plays Coventry 23rd May

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