SEXTILE @ Cuban Embassy, 16 September 2018

It’s a wet, autumn night and you’re a very cheerful, good looking band, who have travelled four thousand or so miles from sunny LA to be in a country of grim, dour and pasty residents of which twenty could manage to put their mobile phones down and come out to be entertained. What do you […]

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Shiiine On Birmingham @ O2 Academy 8th September 2018

Shiiine On has come to Birmingham. Normally a three-day extraganza of indie music that takes place annually at Butlins in Minehead, Shiiine On is a gilt edged 90s nostalgia success story of alternative, indie and dance music. The question has always been whether it would be sustainable, given that there is not an endless conveyor […]

Soccer Mommy + Brooke Bentham @ Hare and Hounds

The Hare and Hounds is a favourite little venue of mine, I have been to some amazing gigs over the years and tonight is absolutely no exception. Tonight, we have two artists on offer, one from the UK and one from the USA. Both female, both young and both with huge potential. First up is […]

Incubus @ o2 Academy 4th September, 2018

After a mix up at the box office, I finally make it in to the near-capacity venue illustrating how popular Incubus are. The vast numbers of fans mean ridiculous queues at the bar let alone limited places to be able to see the stage unless you are over six foot, so you will have to […]

The Used @ Manchester 02 Ritz 30th August 2018

Arriving at this venue I was impressed early with the friendly nature of the staff, they all seemed happy and helpful. I’ve never shot at this venue before but have attended as a customer. The first band and only support of the night was a band called Lowlives. Instant comparisons can be made with The […]

Del Amitri with Trashcan Sinatras @ Symphony Hall, 23 July 2018

I was thrilled to see Justin Currie wrote the following words on Symphony Hall’s website to promote their return to Birmingham’s finest venue tonight: “Del Amitri first played the Birmingham Symphony Hall on July the 13th 1992, just a year after it officially opened. You could still smell the paint, and it all seemed a […]

2000 Trees Festival 2018 – Day Two

After a stunning first day at 2000 Trees Festival our photographer/reviewer Neale was ready for a full day on ay two.  His highlights include 1. Holding Absence I’ve caught this up and coming gem of a band a few times before. From the very start lead singer Lucas is getting about all over the stage, […]

2000 Trees Festival – Day One

Back at it again. 2000 Trees is proving to be a little gem of a festival, with increasingly bigger names booked over the last few years, it’s a good way to kick off the summer season in true festival fashion, while being surrounded by gems of up and coming great bands. It’s proved to be […]

Barn on the Farm Sunday 8th July, 2018

We have made it, the final day of Barn on the Farm. After numerous insanely impressive sets stretching the past two days and after many sweaty hours we wake up to a stifling hot morning, lulled awake by the sound check nearby. Today, like the other days, promises to be an exciting day searching out […]

Barn on the Farm Saturday 7th July, 2018

As the weekend fans filled the campground, fans present for the intimate sessions at Barn on the Farm were emerging from their tents. Weary from a day or two of music, the energy was revived as the newcomers bounded in jovially. As the sun beat down, persistent in its punishment of heat, the stages opened […]

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Europe @ O2 Institute, 19th September 2018

Whatever you think you might know about Swedish rock veterans Europe, it’s only part of the story. Before the doors open for their gig at the Institute there’s a massive queue snaking right around the block made up of all different kinds of people – from loyal fans who have followed the band since their […]

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The Blinders – “Columbia” Debut album released 21 September 2018

‘Columbia’ by The Blinders is a very exciting debut.  I’ve got a lot to say about this so I will endeavour to guide you while I meander down a trail of highly charged emotions.  This is in part due to the feeling you get when you watch a great band over a period of 18 […]

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50 Cent @ Arena Birmingham 18 September, 2018

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Jayce Lewis @ O2 Academy, 16th September 2018

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SEXTILE @ Cuban Embassy, 16 September 2018

It’s a wet, autumn night and you’re a very cheerful, good looking band, who have travelled four thousand or so miles from sunny LA to be in a country of grim, dour and pasty residents of which twenty could manage to put their mobile phones down and come out to be entertained. What do you […]

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Jaret Reddick @ o2 Institute, 15 September 2018

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Album Review – Bananarama Live at the London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

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Forever Came Calling + Handguns@ The Exchange, Stoke 12th September 2018

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Shiiine On Birmingham @ O2 Academy 8th September 2018

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Shiiine On has come to Birmingham. Normally a three-day extraganza of indie music that takes place annually at Butlins in Minehead, Shiiine On is a gilt edged 90s nostalgia success story of alternative, indie and dance music. The question has always been whether it would be sustainable, given that there is not an endless conveyor […]

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Garbage @ Digbeth Arena 8 September 2018

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The The + Field Music @ Digbeth Arena 7 September 2018

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Sextile for Cuban Embassy on 16th September, 2018

Back in January we saw Sextile (review here) and our reviewer “wondered what hit me” and hoped they would return before the end of the year.  His wishes are granted they are playing The Cuban Embassy on Sunday 16th September, 2018. A must see band in his opinion and we will be there again to […]

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Soccer Mommy + Brooke Bentham @ Hare and Hounds

The Hare and Hounds is a favourite little venue of mine, I have been to some amazing gigs over the years and tonight is absolutely no exception. Tonight, we have two artists on offer, one from the UK and one from the USA. Both female, both young and both with huge potential. First up is […]

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Barry Manilow @ Arena Birmingham 4 September, 2018

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