Nightwish @ Arena Birmingham, 10th December 2018

Nightwish in Birmingham caused a flurry of excitement through the Birmingham Live team when the tour was announced.  Could they be as good as promised?  Our photographer Chris went to find out. The opening act tonight is Beast In Black.  They formed 3 years ago and recently recruited Anton from Battle Beast. They have a […]

The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band had been famous for. Despite this being their best selling album, the ticket sales are poor with barely a third of the venue being occupied which means you can get a decent view of the […]

Cypress Hill @ o2 Academy, 4th December 2018

There are a few things you can confidently anticipate from a Cypress Hill gig; an aromatic scent across the venue, a penetration of base in your soul, and the kind of language that would give your nan a heart attack. This is what I wanted, and this is just what I received. An alluring scent […]

Mogwai + The Twilight Sad @ The Mill Digbeth, 23 November 2018

  It’s always a sign of a kind of maturity when a band like Mogwai get to have their own brand of beer. Like a performance from the band themselves, the drink is understated. Like one of their tunes it’s interesting, full of flavour and has quite a bite. Even the name, Mogwai Beer Satan, […]

Florence and The Machine @ Genting Arena, 16th November 2018.

Over the past decade, Florence Welch has alongside her ensemble backing band established herself as an internationally renowned artist, hitting her peak in the UK with a highly acclaimed headline set at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival in 2015. Since then, things have been a little more low-key until this year, which saw the release of […]

Greta Van Fleet @ o2 Academy, 14 November, 2018

It was clear from the second you entered the O2 Academy in Birmingham last night for the local date of Greta Van Fleet’s world tour in support of their debut album ‘Anthem of The Peaceful Army’ that it was a sell out show. And as those who regularly frequent the main room of Birmingham’s blue […]

First Aid Kit + The Staves @ o2 Academy, 7th November 2018

The massive queue of people from the Pagoda island to the venue should have assured me that much has changed in the world of First Aid Kit from when I last saw them live.    Later on, when I start counting backwards I realise that it is more than eight years ago. Back then they […]

Impericon Never Say Die Tour @ The Asylum, 7th November, 2018

Bringing about the best of metalcore Impericon’s Never Say Die! Tour is not for the faint of heart but if metal or hardcore is your scene, it is a night that cannot be missed. With a set list of insane bands the night is poised for greatness. This, however, paired with the tour’s focus on […]

Sigrid @ O2 Academy, 4th November 2018

Oli Fox starts tonight’s proceedings, dressed in a silver jacket which is, apparently, to make him look more interesting than he really is and seemingly not fully confident on stage in front of a near sell-out crowd. His brand of pop comes from the land of Sam Smith with a smooth nasal sound, wide vocal […]

Will Haven + Palm Reader @ The Asylum, 2nd November, 2018

The Asylum 2 in Birmingham was a special place to be tonight. It’s a very rare occurrence for Will Haven to head over to the UK, let alone to play in Birmingham. There was no way I was going to miss this chance to see what by their own admission ‘could be the last tour […]

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Mercury Rev @ Glee Club, 10 December 2018

Never has a venue and band been more perfectly suited than the Glee Club and Mercury Rev, particularly for this tour, which celebrates 20 years since the release of their seminal album ‘Deserter’s Songs’, with a stripped down ‘acoustic’ set featuring the album in full.  I did wonder before the show, how they were going […]

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Nightwish @ Arena Birmingham, 10th December 2018

Nightwish in Birmingham caused a flurry of excitement through the Birmingham Live team when the tour was announced.  Could they be as good as promised?  Our photographer Chris went to find out. The opening act tonight is Beast In Black.  They formed 3 years ago and recently recruited Anton from Battle Beast. They have a […]

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Razorlight @ o2 Institute, 10th December 2018

Opening the latest Razorlight tour at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening were Fetiche, a French rock band who did a fantastic job warming up the ever-growing crowd in the venue’s main room. Energetic, engaging and over the top, the band were clearly gaining fans and head bobs as the performance continued. Perhaps […]

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808 State and Lone @ O2 Institute 8th December, 2018

When I found out that Mancunian acid house pioneers and legends 808 State were touring for their 30th anniversary, I knew that this was one of those must see 2018 gigs and I wasn’t disappointed. Although advertised as an early curfew gig on the Institute website, doors didn’t actually open until the usual 7pm, this […]

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Buffalo Tom @ o2 Institute, 6th December 2018

I first came across Buffalo Tom in something like 1991 when a friend with exceptional knowledge of the music scene presented me with a mixtape. Anyone out there remember those? They were the way that non-mainstream music was diseminanted amongst the hive mind of good taste. Those and John Peel.  Well, amidst Mercury Rev, Pavement […]

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The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band had been famous for. Despite this being their best selling album, the ticket sales are poor with barely a third of the venue being occupied which means you can get a decent view of the […]

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Nathan Ball @ Hare and Hounds, 5th December 2018

Mixing elements of indie, surf rock, electronic and acoustic, singer songwriter Nathan Ball curates rich records for the longing soul. Balancing the mixture of sonic elements Ball pairs an atmospheric ethos with meditative lyrics, combining to yield a dreamscape that you get lost in for hours.  On a rainy weekday evening Nathan Ball and band […]

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Cypress Hill @ o2 Academy, 4th December 2018

There are a few things you can confidently anticipate from a Cypress Hill gig; an aromatic scent across the venue, a penetration of base in your soul, and the kind of language that would give your nan a heart attack. This is what I wanted, and this is just what I received. An alluring scent […]

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Deacon Blue @ Symphony Hall, 4th December 2018

At the risk of making myself very unpopular, I have to present a review that contains many contradictions and criticisms.  The thing is, Deacon Blue have a special place in my heart, but simultaneously irritate the pants off me; they’re like an old school friend or mad old uncle, that you love… but only in […]

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Zeal and Ardor @ o2 Institute, 4th December 2018

Upon entering the O2 Institute 2 on Tuesday evening, it was quite surprising to see screens already in action for the support band of the evening. However, upon Blackpool’s Blanket taking to the stage it was clear that the visual aspect is as much a part of the performance as the music. The visuals throughout […]

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Gregory Porter – One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, album review

One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is the latest release from Gregory Porter, on Decca Records. Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, it is his first live release and it confirms why he is one of the best vocalists of his generation. His vocals are effortless and the […]

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Years and Years @ Arena Birmingham, 30th November 2018

The cold, dark night was broken up by glitter and sequins, the queue outside of Birmingham Arena morphing into a rainbow of colours and shine. A mirror of what was to come at the Years and Years show. The British synth-pop rock band has become a mainstay on the radio and charts, wooing fans with […]

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Miles Kane @ o2 Institute, 27 November 2018

With lashings of eye makeup, punchy pop songs and a cover of Donna Summer, it’s fair to say Miles Kane is taking a different musical route in 2018.   It’s been more than seven years since – as a fresh faced teenager – I first saw the singer-songwriter bring his debut record Colour of the […]

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Clean Cut Kid @ Hare and Hounds, 26 November 2018

The atmosphere was buzzing as fans crowded into the muggy room atop Hare and Hounds. Liverpool indie rock pop band Clean Cut Kid are no strangers to Birmingham stages, and yet the promise of a second album seems to fill the room with an anticipatory excitement. Delivering an electrifying show Clean Cut Kid balanced massive […]

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Christine and the Queens @ o2 Academy, 26 November 2018

I first came across Christine and the Queens at Glastonbury in 2016. A few of us were standing by the […]

808 State play o2 Institute on 8th December

808 State’s 30 Tour is on the way to Birmingham as part of a nine date set of dates across […]

Mumford and Sons @ Genting Arena, 23rd November 2018

Genre defying music magicians Mumford and Sons can do no wrong. Their timeless records morph into an undulating discography of […]

You Me At Six @ O2 Academy, 22nd November 2018

It’s been ten years since Surrey rock outfit You Me At Six released their pop-punk styled breakthrough debut album ‘Take […]

The Four Tops + The Temptations + Tavares @ Arena Birmingham, 22nd November 2018

A pre December Winter chill’s hit the air but that’s not going to stop a couple thousand Brummies from plunging […]

Buffalo Tom play o2 Institute on 6th December

This announcement created a flurry of excitement at Birmingham Live!  Buffalo Tom will be playing the o2 Institute 2 in […]