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 […]

Dido + Sonia Stein @ Arena Birmingham, 28 November 2019

It’s been 15 years since anyone heard Dido live, but tonight she seemed like she has never left the stage. After going all around the world, she continued her tour in the UK, where Birmingham was the first stop!  Because her musical career started a long time ago, her fans have got older and the […]

Fontaine’s D.C. @ O2 Institute 25 November 2019

Digbeth is well known in the Birmingham area for it’s close links to the Irish community, in fact, it can sometimes be referred to as the Irish quarter, so it seems like a fitting area for Dublin’s finest rock export of 2019. I was actually lucky enough to have been sent a promo of one […]

Shed Seven + The Twang @ O2 Academy 22nd November 2019

Today has been “wear your old band T-shirt to work day” on BBC 6 Music, and you know which t-shirt I have been wearing all day? Yes, that’s right, my old Cooper Temple Clause t-shirt, but of course, I was wearing both of tonight’s band’s t-shirts in spirit. I worked out that it has been […]

Tom Walker @ O2 Academy Birmingham, 14th November 2019

Taking to a packed out O2 Academy on Thursday evening, Tom Walker is currently riding high on the success of his debut album ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ from which most of the evening’s material is drawn. Recently the album has been re-released, Walker took the time to tell the stories behind many of […]

Liam Gallagher @ Arena Birmingham, 12 November 2019

Bucket hats, Beer and Blokes. If there’s ever an artist that has an immediately recognisable and stereotypical fan-base it’s Liam Gallagher and Oasis. Wednesday evening see’s the canals of Birmingham filled with them, as Liam Gallagher brought his tour to the Arena in support of his second solo record ‘Why Me? Why Not’. Whilst arguably […]

Lighthouse Family @ Symphony Hall, 11 November 2019

After an 18-year album hiatus, 90’s band Lighthouse Family are back on tour showcasing their new album Blue Sky in Your Head. This was the first date in a bumper UK tour, continuing for the rest of this month and then through February, before they head off to South Africa for three dates in March. […]

Loyle Carner @ o2 Institute 9 November 2019

  Loyle Carner’s latest album goes by the name of ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ – but right now he is confidently riding a majestic wave of glorious euphoria. Love was the vibe of this Saturday evening at Digbeth’s 02 Institute, with a show featuring frequent stops for outpourings of adulation from crowd to performer, as […]

Bears Den @ o2 Institute 4 November 2019

Is it irony or just filthy karma when your support band is called Flyte and they miss their flight..? Whatever fates purpose, Christoph Van der Ven was a last minute stand in for them and opened the evening on solo guitar. The crowd liked him.  He was later joined by keyboards, trumpet, and proved to be a solid and […]

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MUNA @ O2 Institute 3,4th December 2019

Having found and fallen in love with the band through social media, I have never met anyone in my life who has ever mentioned MUNA to me.  And with Wednesday’s evening’s show being downgraded from the second room of the O2 Institute in Birmingham to the smallest third room, my fear of being the only […]

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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 […]

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Billy Bragg @ O2 Institute 2, 1 December 2019

There are not many artists I have seen more than four times, Frank Black is one and Billy Bragg is the other… although not for many, many years.  The first time I saw Billy play live was in December 1985 at the Birmingham Odeon, then a month later at the same venue as part of […]

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The Darkness @ o2 Academy, 1st December 2019

It’s icy and the roads are full of traffic; Christmas is coming and just to add more sparkle The Darkness are in town, with their air of flamboyance, glitter and catsuits. This tour is to promote the ‘Easter is Cancelled’ album which came out in October, and so there has been a bit of a […]

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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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Fat White Family @ O2 Institute 2, 28 November 2019

I wanted to simply write “Wow!” for this review and end it there because this was a fitting way to describe what I witnessed tonight. However, I thought I should elaborate a bit more. This was my third review in the space of a week, and it was a band whose reputation precedes them. Fat […]

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Dido + Sonia Stein @ Arena Birmingham, 28 November 2019

It’s been 15 years since anyone heard Dido live, but tonight she seemed like she has never left the stage. After going all around the world, she continued her tour in the UK, where Birmingham was the first stop!  Because her musical career started a long time ago, her fans have got older and the […]

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Fontaine’s D.C. @ O2 Institute 25 November 2019

Digbeth is well known in the Birmingham area for it’s close links to the Irish community, in fact, it can sometimes be referred to as the Irish quarter, so it seems like a fitting area for Dublin’s finest rock export of 2019. I was actually lucky enough to have been sent a promo of one […]

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Shed Seven + The Twang @ O2 Academy 22nd November 2019

Today has been “wear your old band T-shirt to work day” on BBC 6 Music, and you know which t-shirt I have been wearing all day? Yes, that’s right, my old Cooper Temple Clause t-shirt, but of course, I was wearing both of tonight’s band’s t-shirts in spirit. I worked out that it has been […]

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Tom Walker @ O2 Academy Birmingham, 14th November 2019

Taking to a packed out O2 Academy on Thursday evening, Tom Walker is currently riding high on the success of his debut album ‘What A Time To Be Alive’ from which most of the evening’s material is drawn. Recently the album has been re-released, Walker took the time to tell the stories behind many of […]

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Liam Gallagher @ Arena Birmingham, 12 November 2019

Bucket hats, Beer and Blokes. If there’s ever an artist that has an immediately recognisable and stereotypical fan-base it’s Liam Gallagher and Oasis. Wednesday evening see’s the canals of Birmingham filled with them, as Liam Gallagher brought his tour to the Arena in support of his second solo record ‘Why Me? Why Not’. Whilst arguably […]

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Lighthouse Family @ Symphony Hall, 11 November 2019

After an 18-year album hiatus, 90’s band Lighthouse Family are back on tour showcasing their new album Blue Sky in Your Head. This was the first date in a bumper UK tour, continuing for the rest of this month and then through February, before they head off to South Africa for three dates in March. […]

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Loyle Carner @ o2 Institute 9 November 2019

  Loyle Carner’s latest album goes by the name of ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ – but right now he is confidently riding a majestic wave of glorious euphoria. Love was the vibe of this Saturday evening at Digbeth’s 02 Institute, with a show featuring frequent stops for outpourings of adulation from crowd to performer, as […]

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Larkins @ The Sunflower Lounge 6th November 2019

A sold out show at The Sunflower Lounge is always the sign of an artiste clearly on an upward trajectory, conversely to the many shows that attract just four or five people. And that’s a fact that the openers of Wednesday evening’s show Shai Brides were clearly thankful for, an actual crowd to play for […]

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Catfish & the Bottlemen @ Birmingham Arena 4 November 2019

I have to admit that having seen Catfish play twice before (at the Institute and then the Academy in 2015 […]

Festival of The Dead @ o2 Academy Birmingham, 1 November 2019

Fortunately for many it is much warmer tonight that on previous nights this week. Which is good thing given it […]

Little Comets + Riscas + Harico @ Mama Roux’s, 31 October 2019

Good music, in a packed venue with an excited crowd – these factors can only mean one thing: a night […]

MoStack @ o2 Academy 31st October 2019

MoStack was in Birmingham tonight at the o2 academy delivering his debut Stacko tour, replacing woman with teddy bears in one of […]

Violet @ O2 Academy, 30 October 2019

It’s always great to get out and see local bands but tonight was a big one – in fact Violet’s […]

Of Monsters And Men @ o2 Academy 28 October, 2019

When I think of Iceland and the bands that come from there I realise I don’t know of many  that […]