Blink 182 + Frank Turner + The Front Bottoms @ Barclaycard Arena, 7th July, 2017

There is a buzz of excited chatter at the Barclaycard Arena as New Jersey indie rock band, The Front Bottoms kick off with their set. Judging by their choice of band name and the subject matter of songs, they seem to centre their success on injecting humour into all aspects of their set, especially with […]

Laura Mvula @ Festival On The Close, Rugby 29th June 2017

There was a distinct end of term feel to Laura Mvula’s appearance at Festival On The Close tonight. This event was the last of the inaugural running of the festival, and the last of our coverage this year. But it was also the real end of term. Rugby School has finished another year and the […]

NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event at the Festival On The Close at Rugby School. One thing that you can guarantee you get from the NYJO is variety. By their very nature they have a fluid line-up, and their repertoire can […]

Dead Kennedys + Otherkin @ o2 Academy 2, 26th June, 2017

Perfect timing! As I enter the Academy 2 for Dead Kennedys I am greeted by an air raid siren from the PA.  Enter Otherkin to the sound of said siren. Now, if you read BrumLive regularly you will recall that I reviewed this band a few months ago at the Flapper on their own headline […]

Festival on the Close – G4 + Lesley Garrett

G4 and Lesley Garrett opened Festival on the Close 2017 in Rugby tonight, representing a whole series of landmarks, and a couple of “firsts” for this writer. This is by far the biggest event of its kind that Rugby School has promoted. It may even be the biggest series of events seen in the town; […]

The XX @ o2 Academy, 21st June, 2017

It is the type of heat that feels like you are standing on a thousand suns. It is sticky and muggy, with each breath sending musky warmth into the air. The sweat rolls down your back, making you shift your weight. It may sound like the beginning of a summer horror film, but for those […]

Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens @ o2 Academy

To be honest – I can’t think of any occasion where I would think of mentioning Kiefer Sutherland and That Petrol Emotion in the same sentence. There is no obvious alignment there; no connection. But tonight there was. The common denominator was heat. The last time I attended a gig in Brum when it was […]

Mark Lanegan @ o2 Institute 2 , 19th June, 2017

The very talented Duke Garwood is the support act for tonight’s performance, which is unsurprising as he is a long time collaborator with Lanegan and also plays in his band. Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of the set but hearing the last couple of tracks certainly suggests the quality would have been there from the […]

Paramore @ Manchester O2 Apollo, 18th June, 2017

It’s been two years since we’ve seen Paramore on the music scene and since then a lot has changed; members have left and old ones have come back but the fact remains, as Hayley would say  “WE ARE PARAMORE”     (No matter who’s in the band). The venue was packed to capacity and everyone was […]

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Bat Sabbath + The Temple + Dead Hands @ Academy 2 – 14th June 2017

You have to be fairly bold to play a set of Black Sabbath covers in Birmingham. The original heavy metal pioneers are viewed with such regard in their hometown that any band even attempting to match their reverence would normally be laughed out of the room. Not so Canada’s Bat Sabbath. The gnarly punk rockers […]

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Blink 182 + Frank Turner + The Front Bottoms @ Barclaycard Arena, 7th July, 2017

There is a buzz of excited chatter at the Barclaycard Arena as New Jersey indie rock band, The Front Bottoms kick off with their set. Judging by their choice of band name and the subject matter of songs, they seem to centre their success on injecting humour into all aspects of their set, especially with […]

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2000 Trees Festival – Day Two, 7th July, 2017

After a great start to 2000 Trees Festival we were ready for day two. Our highlights were     Decade     Shvpes   Vukovi   Milestones It has been an exciting year for pop punk alternative band Milestones. A little over a year ago the band released to great applause their first EP Equal […]

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Linkin Park @ Barclaycard Arena, 6th July 2017

When Linkin Park first came to mass attention it was back in 2000 with Hybrid Theory, which at the time was challenging given it mixed rock with rap, and that with Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda sharing vocals, they offered something few other bands did. Their most recent album, One More Light, is currently being […]

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2000 Trees Festival – Day One, 6th July, 2017

The Birmingham Live team have been at 2000 Trees Festival at Upcote Farm and had a such a great time, we have a full three day review to report on each day! Our day one highlights….. puppy muncie pulled apart – forest roam Mallory Knox – Forest A cool breeze swept through the forested patch […]

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MADE Festival – 29th July, 2017

A Summer in Birmingham for regular revellers of the iconic Rainbow venue has come to be synonymous with MADE Festival, a musical occasion that brings together the best of what Birmingham’s creative quarter has to offer. This includes food, streetwear, graffiti culture and a well curated line of House and Urban music. The Digbeth Triangle […]

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EP Review – The Japanese House “Saw You In A Dream”

Indie pop solo artists Amber Bain is perhaps known better by her stage name, The Japanese House. The Japanese House first appeared in 2015 with albums Pools to Bathe In and Clean. The singles and the albums both shook the market, becoming instant hits for the indie circles launching The Japanese House into acclaim. 2016 […]

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Laura Mvula @ Festival On The Close, Rugby 29th June 2017

There was a distinct end of term feel to Laura Mvula’s appearance at Festival On The Close tonight. This event was the last of the inaugural running of the festival, and the last of our coverage this year. But it was also the real end of term. Rugby School has finished another year and the […]

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Robert Glasper Experiment for Somerset House on 11th July, 2017

  Robert Glasper has done something very few modern jazz musicians have managed to do, become a crossover brand, with a musical appeal nearly as universal as pizza. Instantly recognisable for his distinct sounds and musical imprints. Robert has over the years kept true to himself as an artist whilst constantly experimenting with sounds, genres and redefining […]

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NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event at the Festival On The Close at Rugby School. One thing that you can guarantee you get from the NYJO is variety. By their very nature they have a fluid line-up, and their repertoire can […]

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Jackson Browne @ Symphony Hall, 27th June 2017

Jackson Browne still manages to maintain a looming presence upon the musical landscape well into a music career that has seen him releasing solo material since the dawning of the early 1970’s. I say “still”; simply because it is a joy to witness the kind of artist that is capable of packing out the Birmingham […]

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Dead Kennedys + Otherkin @ o2 Academy 2, 26th June, 2017

Perfect timing! As I enter the Academy 2 for Dead Kennedys I am greeted by an air raid siren from the PA.  Enter Otherkin to the sound of said siren. Now, if you read BrumLive regularly you will recall that I reviewed this band a few months ago at the Flapper on their own headline […]

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Beyond The Tracks – Interview with Nick Power from The Coral

Beyond The Tracks is is a new festival for Birmingham and the BrumLive team are excited by the line up which includes Editors, Ocean Colour Scene, The Twang, Orbital, Leftfield, The Coral and many other emerging artists.  The three day festival takes place at Eastside City Park from 15th -17th September. We arranged for our […]

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Festival on the Close – G4 + Lesley Garrett

G4 and Lesley Garrett opened Festival on the Close 2017 in Rugby tonight, representing a whole series of landmarks, and a couple of “firsts” for this writer. This is by far the biggest event of its kind that Rugby School has promoted. It may even be the biggest series of events seen in the town; […]

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Ian Hunter and the Rant Band @ Town Hall, 25 June, 2017

I first saw Ian Hunter play live in 1999 at the Robin 2 in Bilston. That solo gig coincided with a Mott the Hoople convention there, but it would be a few years before the band officially reunited. My abiding memory of that night are tearjerking versions of ‘Michael Picasso’, ‘Irene Wilde’ and ‘Saturday Gigs’ […]

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Erin Rae and The Meanwhiles @ Thimblemill Library, 23rd June 2017

Tonight’s show was originally scheduled for the wholly familiar surroundings of Kings Heath’s Hare and Hounds pub, though for reasons […]

Glass Mountain + Brooders @ Cuban Embassy, 14th June 2017

Tonight, in that semi-hip outer centre area of Birmingham, Moseley, a new venue hosts Bradford/Leeds band Glass Mountain on their […]

Kraftwerk @ Symphony Hall – 13 June 2017

“Turn it up!” shouts an audience member a few songs into Kraftwerk‘s set at Birmingham’s impressive Symphony Hall, quickly following […]

Kite Base @ The Sunflower Lounge, 13th June, 2017

It is intrigue that has brought me to The Sunflower Lounge this evening. After seeing a clip of two bass […]

Brooke Bentham – The Room Swayed ep

In a world where the internet pries into every corner of our lives, the word enigmatic has maybe become redundant.  […]

The Wedding Present ‘George Best’ @ o2 Academy, 8th June 2017

It’s hard to imagine the eighties without The Wedding Present, and in 1987 they released George Best, which was a […]