Hollywood Vampires @ Genting Arena 16th June, 2018

The Hollywood Vampires, are a ‘supergroup’ formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, with the added celebrity of Johnny Depp, playing “songs about our dead friends”. They’ve released one self-titled album and it’s understood a new release in in the pipeline but they are currently on a world tour and tonight sees their […]

Gary Barlow @ Symphony Hall, 14 June 2018

“Tonight we’ve gotta live for these days!” An evening with Gary Barlow at the Birmingham Symphony Hall definitely sounds like “These Days.” A brave man called the show a “Theatre show” as it was quickly shattered by the constant onslaught of confetti cannons. Little was left to the imagination as the set list was posted […]

Brother Firetribe @ Actress and Bishop 12 June, 2018

My first time in the Actress & Bishop to find there is a downstairs small stage and upstairs room. The pub itself looks great downstairs and as the weather is nice we have a crowd seated outside. The room upstairs is fairly dark, the stage setting is in a corner placement with limited lighting facing […]

Download Festival Day Three 10th June, 2018

Day three and we are back at Download although we have a slightly slower start to the day. Dream State.  Unfortunately due to security checks on my car taking much longer than previous days rooting through my very clean car (I’m lying its not clean) we miss the chance to get any photos and see […]

Download Festival Day Two 9th June, 2018

Day Two of Download, its Saturday and we are ready to get started. First up WSTR. What a way to get the party started, the band announce their name for those who do not know pronounced Waster with some intro played over which includes a voice over as if they don’t realise the crowd is […]

Download Mini Images Review Day Two

Download Day two, calm on the weather front while the bands whipped up a storm.  Our team are having a great time seeing loads of bands, listening to new music and catching the bands we love. Day two looked like this: Images in order Fever, Being as an Ocean, May Day Parade, Neck Deep, Sleep […]

Download Festival Day One 8 June, 2018

2018’s Download Festival brings an array of sights to marvel at and I haven’t even started on the acts. People in banana outfits drinking from horns and blow up dolls strapped to peoples’ backs… It seems Download is a place where if you don’t fit into that certain criteria, you’re the odd one out. Children […]

Download Mini Images Review Day One

The mammoth festival that is Download is upon us again and the Birmingham Live team are busy on site trying to catch and capture as much as they can. Great bands, great weather, great crowds we love the world’s premier metal festival. Each day we will be showing a quick round up of our favourites […]

Slam Dunk Midlands @ NEC 28 May, 2018

Two days down and one to go; people are arriving in droves to see Slam Dunk’s ultimate performance in the Midlands. Whether you want unapologetic hardcore rock like The Devil Wears Prada or the noughties nostalgia that Jimmy Eat World has to offer, Slam Dunk is guaranteed to suit a variety tastes. Having this combination […]

Gaz Coombes + Piney Gir @ O2 Institute 2, 21st May 2018

The critical acclaim that greeted Gaz Coombes’ previous solo album — 2015s ‘Matador’ —  culminated in a Mercury Music nomination and cajoled the ex-Supergrasss frontman into touring the record around the globe for almost two years. Its been over three years since that release and, particularly where the music industry is concerned, an awful lot […]

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Hollywood Vampires @ Genting Arena 16th June, 2018

The Hollywood Vampires, are a ‘supergroup’ formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper and Joe Perry, with the added celebrity of Johnny Depp, playing “songs about our dead friends”. They’ve released one self-titled album and it’s understood a new release in in the pipeline but they are currently on a world tour and tonight sees their […]

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NOFX @ o2 Institute, 14 June 2018

During the walk into Digbeth this evening, it seemed The Kerryman had changed from an Irish pub to a punk bar with punters donning leather jackets and multi coloured Mohicans. The reason for this is that NOFX were in town at the O2 Institute as part of their European tour. First up at the show […]

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Gary Barlow @ Symphony Hall, 14 June 2018

“Tonight we’ve gotta live for these days!” An evening with Gary Barlow at the Birmingham Symphony Hall definitely sounds like “These Days.” A brave man called the show a “Theatre show” as it was quickly shattered by the constant onslaught of confetti cannons. Little was left to the imagination as the set list was posted […]

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Brother Firetribe @ Actress and Bishop 12 June, 2018

My first time in the Actress & Bishop to find there is a downstairs small stage and upstairs room. The pub itself looks great downstairs and as the weather is nice we have a crowd seated outside. The room upstairs is fairly dark, the stage setting is in a corner placement with limited lighting facing […]

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Download Festival Day Three 10th June, 2018

Day three and we are back at Download although we have a slightly slower start to the day. Dream State.  Unfortunately due to security checks on my car taking much longer than previous days rooting through my very clean car (I’m lying its not clean) we miss the chance to get any photos and see […]

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Download 2018 Mini Images Review Day Three

Download 2018 day three is upon us already.  Our team continue to report in on the great choices on offer and amazing people they are meeting. Our full Download 20188 coverage (review/image) will start over the next few days. Our day three quick round up  looked like this. Images from the top   The Hives, Wayward […]

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Download Festival Day Two 9th June, 2018

Day Two of Download, its Saturday and we are ready to get started. First up WSTR. What a way to get the party started, the band announce their name for those who do not know pronounced Waster with some intro played over which includes a voice over as if they don’t realise the crowd is […]

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Download Mini Images Review Day Two

Download Day two, calm on the weather front while the bands whipped up a storm.  Our team are having a great time seeing loads of bands, listening to new music and catching the bands we love. Day two looked like this: Images in order Fever, Being as an Ocean, May Day Parade, Neck Deep, Sleep […]

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NOFX play o2 Institute 14th June

It’s been three years since the biggest punk rock band around NOFX stormed the UK and the Academy Events team have arranged two UK shows, at Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Thursday 14 June and London’s iconic O2 Academy Brixton on Friday 15 June.  The Birmingham gig has support from Bad Cop Bad Cop who are […]

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Download Festival Day One 8 June, 2018

2018’s Download Festival brings an array of sights to marvel at and I haven’t even started on the acts. People in banana outfits drinking from horns and blow up dolls strapped to peoples’ backs… It seems Download is a place where if you don’t fit into that certain criteria, you’re the odd one out. Children […]

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Download Mini Images Review Day One

The mammoth festival that is Download is upon us again and the Birmingham Live team are busy on site trying to catch and capture as much as they can. Great bands, great weather, great crowds we love the world’s premier metal festival. Each day we will be showing a quick round up of our favourites […]

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Vinny Peculiar – Return Of The Native

This Vinny Peculiar album has proved something of a challenge. Not in a negative way mind you. I’m not generally quite so tardy when it comes to reviews but somehow I’ve had to revisit Return Of The Native several times just to get to put fingers to keyboard. That’s not a bad thing as all […]

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Jack Carty + Maz O’Connor @ The Kitchen Garden Café, 7th June 2018

Nestled in amongst the crowded shopfronts along Kings Heath’s York Road, you will happen upon an unassuming gated alleyway that by day, leads to a quaint cafe that offers any visitor a welcome sanctuary from the reliably bustling high street. By night, the location is turned into a one of the finest endeavours the city […]

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The Milk @ Mama Roux’s, 7th June 2018

For many bands a tour acts as promotion for a new record, however for The Milk whose latest tour rolled into Mama Roux’s on Friday evening, the tour was simply a road test to see which songs would be recorded and make it onto the bands third record. After rising to prominence with their debut […]

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Bands we must see at Download this weekend!

The Largest UK Rock and Metal Festival continuous for its 16th year and now overtakes its former name Monsters of […]

Liberty Lies @ Asylum 2 1st June 2018

On Friday evening, Wolverhampton rock band Liberty Lies returned to the West Midlands as part of their Mouth Breathers tour. […]

Barn on the Farm 5th to 8th July, 2018

Nestled in the midst of a quaint farm just outside of Gloucester, Barn on the Farm is a stellar festival […]

The Wedding Present + Dexy @ o2 Academy, 25th May 2018

Following The Wedding Present can be an addiction. A recent thread on Facebook highlighted that several people have seen this […]

DMA’S @ 02 Institute, 25 May 2018

It was a hot night here in Birmingham, and DMAs alongside their support band Planet helped turn up the heat […]

Jesus Jones @ Portland Arms, Cambridge 23rd May, 2018

Jesus Jones are definitely back – although arguably they never went away. Almost 30 years after the alternative dance-rock band’s […]