The Wedding Present – Reissue Launch Event @ The Barfly, Camden – 20th October 2014

Some time ago David Gedge (DLG) decided it would be a good idea to reissue all of the albums by The Wedding Present in new improved and expanded format. This event was designed as the launch-pad for the re-releases but, as expected, turned out to be much more. Launch events can be fractious affairs, all […]

Feed The Rhino + Night Verses + Baby Godzilla @ The Asylum 2 – 19th October 2014

With a line-up that included some of the best live bands around right now, tonight was never going to be boring. Having seen both Baby Godzilla & Feed The Rhino put on two of the most energetic and tenacious sets at this year’s Download Festival and considering Night Verses are easily one of the most […]

Holly Johnson + Dave Kendrick @ The Institute, Birmingham, 19th October 2014

The voice of Holly Johnson became the soundtrack to my final years at school in 1984/85 and as such stirs powerful memories. The songs of his band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, have lasted the fickle years between then and now, still sounding contemporary and dangerous. Holly is in his mid-fifties now, so on entering the […]

Toyah + Erica Nockalls + Deadfilmstar + Among The Echoes @ The Institute Library – 18th October 2014

Toyah Wilcox is one of those performers who seems to be in the public eye but these days is never quite as much in our faces in the way she used to be. Known more these days for TV appearances and her acting it’s easy to forget that she took that acting talent onto the […]

Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.

Sandwiched between tours of Australia and mainland Europe, the Bury Tomorrow Runes tour kicked off in Birmingham tonight, and by the queues outside the venue it would appear that plenty of people were keen to see what the boys from the South Coast had in store.  The queue did have a rather eclectic feel being […]

Patent Pending + Suburban Legends + Mario & The Brick Breakers + The Hype Theory @ The Institute – 17th October 2014

A fairly last minute change to the venue opening time meant I arrived at The Institute, Birmingham to an already packed out room that was quite clearly enjoying the first band of the night – The Hype Theory.  Although I didn’t manage to catch all of The Hype Theory I did see enough to know […]

Black Veil Brides + Attila + Fearless Vampire Killers + Drama Club @ O2 Academy – 7th October 2014

The ‘Black Mass Tour’ sees Black Veil Brides (BVB) touring ahead of the release of their fourth album, which is due out on October 28th. With support bands differing slightly to that of the U.S. leg of the Black Mass Tour, they’re joined in the U.K. by electro-house/shock pop, DJ duo Drama Club; British rock […]

Jake Bugg + Hudson Taylor @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – 7th October 2014

Wolverhampton would appear to have somewhat of a soft spot for Jake Bugg and his startling take on the blues. It would also appear that this fondness is reciprocated by Bugg himself as tonight’s performance will be his last of a two night stint, Wolverhampton being the only city on this tour to have had […]

Lethal Bizzle @ The Institute, Temple, 7th October 2014

With all the special guest appearances on TV and a line of clothing being made, it makes you wonder how Lethal Bizzle has got the time to put on a show, never mind a Dench one. But it wasn’t all about Dench tonight as a new salute is in the making. The “Rari Workout” which […]

Judas Priest + Steel Panther @ The Bell Centre, Montreal

Heralded as one of the most influential heavy bands of all time, Judas Priest have been delivering their classic riffs for four decades now and have described this year’s album as a move back to classic Priest, and it’s impressive that, even after all these years, they’re playing an arena in Montreal to a crowd […]

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Interview – Peace

Originally from Worcester, but now considered an important part of the Birmingham music scene, Peace describe what they do as “dark melodic indie techno” but this fails to hint at their natural ability for great pop hooks which have seen their popularity grow and grow over the past couple of years, helped in no small […]

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Alvvays Announces European Tour for 2015

Canada’s Alvvays will start 2015 with a headline European tour, beginning January 21st. The band will play nine dates in England and Scotland, including a show at The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, with a further eleven shows across Europe. Currently touring the UK with Real Estate, Alvvays have enjoyed an immensely successful year, having […]

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Local Band Spotlight – The Crimson Star – Interview

It’s been a busy 18 months for rock fourpiece The Crimson Star since they finalised their lineup in early 2013; two EPs, a tonne of great shows including a slot on a biker festival, a Planet Rock DJ who always has one of their plectrums in his pocket and music video involving a metre-long hotdog […]

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Placebo Announce UK and Ireland Tour and Brian Molko Book

Currently on the road in North America to conclude an epic album campaign, touring their critically acclaimed 7th studio album ‘Loud Like Love’, Placebo today announce that they will return to the UK and Ireland in February/ March 2015 to play their most extensive run of shows since 2006. The tour kicks off in Dublin […]

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Ben Howard Announces 2015 UK Arena Tour

Ben Howard is pleased to announce details of his biggest UK headline shows to date for the Spring. Following the release of his critically acclaimed second album, ‘I Forget Where We Were’ which debuted this weekend at number 1 in the UK, Ben will play seven arena shows in April, including a night at the […]

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Erica Nockalls – EN Album Launch & Exhibition @ Havill & Travis, Harborne, Birmingham – 23rd October 2014

Erica Nockall’s début montage exposition of paintings and optional original music listened through headphones is a serendipitous collaboration hosted by the newly opened gallery of Havill & Travis in Harborne, Birmingham. The latter gallerians being, Gerv Havill, co-entrepreneur dynamo behind the Moseley Park Music Festivals and Dave Travis, ubiquitous Svengali Birmingham music promoter. Nockalls, a […]

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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave

Similar, but definitely not the same. That phrase can be applied to every performance by The Twilight Sad that I have had the pleasure to experience and on hearing this, their fourth album; I can confirm that it continues to apply to their recorded output as well. The “folk with layers of noise” description that […]

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Interview – Elephant Stone

Not content with reviewing the live band, and then the latest album The Three Poisons, Katie Grimason has completed the whole set and gone for a quick Q&A session with Elephant Stone front man Rishi Dhir. As you can see he is a man renowned for being succinct and to the point: KG: How did you […]

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The Wedding Present – Reissue Launch Event @ The Barfly, Camden – 20th October 2014

Some time ago David Gedge (DLG) decided it would be a good idea to reissue all of the albums by The Wedding Present in new improved and expanded format. This event was designed as the launch-pad for the re-releases but, as expected, turned out to be much more. Launch events can be fractious affairs, all […]

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Erica Nockalls Album Launch and Art Exhibition

In anticipation of the launch of her second studio album, Birmingham Conservatoire trained violinist Erica Nockalls has prepared a collection of  oil paintings inspired by her new music for her first official art exhibition. Erica is best known for her work with The Wonder Stuff and The Proclaimers, as well as fronting her own feisty, […]

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Feed The Rhino + Night Verses + Baby Godzilla @ The Asylum 2 – 19th October 2014

With a line-up that included some of the best live bands around right now, tonight was never going to be boring. Having seen both Baby Godzilla & Feed The Rhino put on two of the most energetic and tenacious sets at this year’s Download Festival and considering Night Verses are easily one of the most […]

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Holly Johnson + Dave Kendrick @ The Institute, Birmingham, 19th October 2014

The voice of Holly Johnson became the soundtrack to my final years at school in 1984/85 and as such stirs powerful memories. The songs of his band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, have lasted the fickle years between then and now, still sounding contemporary and dangerous. Holly is in his mid-fifties now, so on entering the […]

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Toyah + Erica Nockalls + Deadfilmstar + Among The Echoes @ The Institute Library – 18th October 2014

Toyah Wilcox is one of those performers who seems to be in the public eye but these days is never quite as much in our faces in the way she used to be. Known more these days for TV appearances and her acting it’s easy to forget that she took that acting talent onto the […]

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Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.

Sandwiched between tours of Australia and mainland Europe, the Bury Tomorrow Runes tour kicked off in Birmingham tonight, and by the queues outside the venue it would appear that plenty of people were keen to see what the boys from the South Coast had in store.  The queue did have a rather eclectic feel being […]

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Interview – Patent Pending

Patent Pending are a five piece “pop punk” band from New York who are currently on the UK leg of […]

Local Band Spotlight – Arbor Lights – Interview

The West Midlands scene is a vibrant and thriving one and we always like to highlight  local bands. Dave Musson […]

Interview – The High Dials

Indie rockers The High Dials have been building a solid following for a while now and, with their fifth album […]

Interview – Maverick Sabre

It has been a few years since Maverick Sabre, the biggest male breakthrough artist of 2012 released his brutally opinionated […]

Slipknot to return to the U.K. in 2015

The multi-platinum, Grammy-Award-winning, masked beast that is SLIPKNOT is set to make a long awaited return to UK arenas in […]

The Assist – Single Launch @ The Victoria Birmingham, Saturday 11th October 2014

Often the Birmingham Live! crew can seem obsessed with the bigger names who are merely passing through our region when […]