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 […]

Barn on the Farm Friday 6th July, 2018

Nestled outside of the hustle and bustle of Gloucester, Barn on the Farm is a magical little festival that brings the best and brightest acts to its four stages. Unearthing rising talent, the festival has captured headliners like Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, and Tom Odell before their stars burned bright. A familial touch the festival […]

Starcrawler + The Cosmics @ o2 Academy, 21 June 2018

Opening Thursday’s show were Birmingham’s The Cosmics, a garage punk band that have been making noise across the city for a while. Acting as a great platform for the band to reach some new fans, it’s a shame that the venue took so long to fill up, presumably due to the behemoth queue that Billy […]

Lenny Kravitz @ Arena Birmingham 20 June, 2018

The venue has been made into a more intimate affair for tonight’s performance by moving the stage far forward which allows Lenny Kravitz to maximise arena sound and stage size whilst maintaining the closeness to the audience; it is this combination that pays off particularly at the end of the show. Needless to say, Lenny’s […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Barn on the Farm Friday 6th July, 2018

Nestled outside of the hustle and bustle of Gloucester, Barn on the Farm is a magical little festival that brings the best and brightest acts to its four stages. Unearthing rising talent, the festival has captured headliners like Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, and Tom Odell before their stars burned bright. A familial touch the festival […]

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10 Unmissable Acts at 2000 Trees Festival 2018

We are on countdown to 2000Trees Festival 12-14th July and our reviewer Neale has his must see list ready. 10. Palm Reader The fast paced metalcore band have impressive tracks such as ‘Swarm’, can’t wait to see some chaos unfold in the tent they play. 9. Conjurer Another modern metal band who are thriving to […]

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Del Amitri play the Symphony Hall 23rd July

It’s one we’ve been waiting for at Birmingham Live. Del Amitri will hit the road for the first time in over four years  when they embark on their UK Tour, beginning July 20th at Newcastle City Hall and culminating in two hometown shows at Glasgow Barrowlands.on July 28th & 29th.  Luckily in Birmingham we don’t have […]

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Tremonti + The Fallen State @ o2 Institute, 30 June 2018

Acting as support across the whole of this UK tour, The Fallen State had a large crowd to play to on Friday evening at the O2 Institute in Birmingham. And boy did they grasp it with both hands. Alongside some fantastic songs, the band certainly had the performance nailed down and led without caution at […]

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Barn on the Farm bands we can’t wait to see!

In one week hundreds of people will track a weekend’s worth of belongings and camping supplies to a tiny farm in Gloucester, coming back to the family that makes up Barn on the Farm. The festival celebrates upcoming artists along with celebrated headliners, a combination that creates a magical land of discovery and excitement. With […]

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Travis @ Symphony Hall 25th June, 2018

“So, did everybody get our new record, ‘The Man Who’? It’s like a time machine. You’re all nineteen again”. Travis frontman, Fran Healey’s, playful address is greeted with a mildly nervous chuckle from tonight’s audience. Contained within the joke is the uneasy truth around time, and how much of it has passed since we bared […]

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Starcrawler + The Cosmics @ o2 Academy, 21 June 2018

Opening Thursday’s show were Birmingham’s The Cosmics, a garage punk band that have been making noise across the city for a while. Acting as a great platform for the band to reach some new fans, it’s a shame that the venue took so long to fill up, presumably due to the behemoth queue that Billy […]

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Lenny Kravitz @ Arena Birmingham 20 June, 2018

The venue has been made into a more intimate affair for tonight’s performance by moving the stage far forward which allows Lenny Kravitz to maximise arena sound and stage size whilst maintaining the closeness to the audience; it is this combination that pays off particularly at the end of the show. Needless to say, Lenny’s […]

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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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Waxahatchee @Hare and Hounds, 15th June 2018

As we walk into the main room at the Hare and Hounds tonight, the opening song by Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield is being played; acoustic, solo, stark and heartfelt, and the striking thing is that the audience is silent and transfixed. By silent I mean…. totally silent. Pin dropped clatteringly loud silent. My companion for the […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]