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 […]

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 great time seeing loads of bands, listening to new music and catching the bands we love. Day two looked like this: Images in order Fever, Being as an Ocean, May Day Parade, Neck Deep, Sleep […]

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 in banana outfits drinking from horns and blow up dolls strapped to peoples’ backs… It seems Download is a place where if you don’t fit into that certain criteria, you’re the odd one out. Children […]

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 to catch and capture as much as they can. Great bands, great weather, great crowds we love the world’s premier metal festival. Each day we will be showing a quick round up of our favourites […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 amazing people they are meeting. Our full Download 20188 coverage (review/image) will start over the next few days. Our day three quick round up  looked like this. Images from the top   The Hives, Wayward […]

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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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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 great time seeing loads of bands, listening to new music and catching the bands we love. Day two looked like this: Images in order Fever, Being as an Ocean, May Day Parade, Neck Deep, Sleep […]

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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 have arranged two UK shows, at Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Thursday 14 June and London’s iconic O2 Academy Brixton on Friday 15 June.  The Birmingham gig has support from Bad Cop Bad Cop who are […]

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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 in banana outfits drinking from horns and blow up dolls strapped to peoples’ backs… It seems Download is a place where if you don’t fit into that certain criteria, you’re the odd one out. Children […]

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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 to catch and capture as much as they can. Great bands, great weather, great crowds we love the world’s premier metal festival. Each day we will be showing a quick round up of our favourites […]

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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 […]

Jack Carty + Maz O’Connor @ The Kitchen Garden Café, 7th June 2018

Nestled in amongst the crowded shopfronts along Kings Heath’s York Road, you will happen upon an unassuming gated alleyway that […]

The Milk @ Mama Roux’s, 7th June 2018

For many bands a tour acts as promotion for a new record, however for The Milk whose latest tour rolled […]

Bands we must see at Download this weekend!

The Largest UK Rock and Metal Festival continuous for its 16th year and now overtakes its former name Monsters of […]

Liberty Lies @ Asylum 2 1st June 2018

On Friday evening, Wolverhampton rock band Liberty Lies returned to the West Midlands as part of their Mouth Breathers tour. […]

Barn on the Farm 5th to 8th July, 2018

Nestled in the midst of a quaint farm just outside of Gloucester, Barn on the Farm is a stellar festival […]