Paul McCartney @ Birmingham Barclaycard Arena – 27th May 2015

Over the years, Paul McCartney has become quite a divisive figure in the world of popular culture. There are those who consider him the most important and influential musician in history. Others, including many commenting on my Facebook page before tonight’s show, strongly disagree. One commented he’d rather “suck sick through a straw than watch […]

Merrymouth @ MAC Theatre, 24th May 2015

The final night of the Merrymouth tour, in their home city, a day before Simons 50th Birthday; It had all the makings of a really special night, and it didn’t disappoint! The boys from Merrymouth have been on tour for the past month and were finishing off with a second visit to the intimate MAC […]

Mark Knopfler @ The Genting Arena, 23rd May 2015

Whilst researching for this review, I happened across an article about a Mark Knopfler show in Glasgow and read it, nodding in agreement with much of the content, as it described a lacklustre performance and dull choice of songs.  It was only at the end I noticed the review was from 2013.  Not much has […]

The Thurston Moore Band @ The Hare & Hounds, 19th May 2015

It isn’t often you get to see a legend of the alternative music scene in a small intimate venue such as the Hare and Hounds, however, tonight is all about the founder of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore. Before he takes to the stage, singer and guitarist Hannah Lou Clark entertains the gathering sell-out crowd with […]

Jesse Malin + Brothers of Brazil @ Birmingham O2 Academy 3, 19th May 2015

The moment that you cross the threshold for any Jesse Malin show you can instantly feel that pulsating fervour which permeates his performances. Whether it be the mixtape that blasts from every source of amplification in the modestly sized Academy 3 room – which you just know will have been compiled by Malin himself, whilst […]

Photo Feature – Slaves @ The Institute, 18th May 2015

  Slaves showed us exactly what to do with a sold venue at the Institute on Monday. If you were there, you’ll know exactly what we mean, if you weren’t it looked a little bit like this… You can see the latest list of Slaves live dates here. Photos: Katja Ogrin Tweet

Hoobastank + P.O.D. + Alien Ant Farm @ Rock City, Nottingham, 9th May 2015

Rock City, Nottingham was packed out to see a trio of noughties bands that consisted of Alien Ant Farm, P.O.D. and Hoobastank. All three of these bands are associated with the nu-metal movement of the early 2000′s and looking at a majority of the crowd, I would say that (not unlike myself) they were there […]

Photo Feature – Twenty One Pilots @ The Hare & Hounds, 13th May 2015

The Hare & Hounds witnessed one of the hottest, sweatiest, most spectacular gigs it has seen in a while this week courtesy of Tewnty One Pilots. They already have a reputation for the energy of their live sets, but they really are one of those acts that has to be seen to be appreciated. Photographs: […]

Fearless Vampire Killers + Annisokay + Forever Never + Thirteen Shots @ Academy 3, 10th May 2015

Even with the doors 15 minutes from opening, you could tell the O2 Academy 3 had sold out for Fearless Vampire Killers. It was a great showing for doors opening as the room filled up to at least three quarters full for the nights show. With three supporting acts, the night kicked off from the […]

Belle & Sebastian @ Symphony Hall, 10th May 2015

Belle & Sebastian are gentlemen, I mean gentle people; not as in gentle, but as in well mannered.  They give fair warning when they will be on stage, and as such the support, who we know will be on stage at 8pm, do not get a full house.  This is a shame because a lot […]

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Paul McCartney @ Birmingham Barclaycard Arena – 27th May 2015

Over the years, Paul McCartney has become quite a divisive figure in the world of popular culture. There are those who consider him the most important and influential musician in history. Others, including many commenting on my Facebook page before tonight’s show, strongly disagree. One commented he’d rather “suck sick through a straw than watch […]

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Merrymouth @ MAC Theatre, 24th May 2015

The final night of the Merrymouth tour, in their home city, a day before Simons 50th Birthday; It had all the makings of a really special night, and it didn’t disappoint! The boys from Merrymouth have been on tour for the past month and were finishing off with a second visit to the intimate MAC […]

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Mark Knopfler @ The Genting Arena, 23rd May 2015

Whilst researching for this review, I happened across an article about a Mark Knopfler show in Glasgow and read it, nodding in agreement with much of the content, as it described a lacklustre performance and dull choice of songs.  It was only at the end I noticed the review was from 2013.  Not much has […]

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The Thurston Moore Band @ The Hare & Hounds, 19th May 2015

It isn’t often you get to see a legend of the alternative music scene in a small intimate venue such as the Hare and Hounds, however, tonight is all about the founder of Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore. Before he takes to the stage, singer and guitarist Hannah Lou Clark entertains the gathering sell-out crowd with […]

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Jesse Malin + Brothers of Brazil @ Birmingham O2 Academy 3, 19th May 2015

The moment that you cross the threshold for any Jesse Malin show you can instantly feel that pulsating fervour which permeates his performances. Whether it be the mixtape that blasts from every source of amplification in the modestly sized Academy 3 room – which you just know will have been compiled by Malin himself, whilst […]

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Photo Feature – Slaves @ The Institute, 18th May 2015

  Slaves showed us exactly what to do with a sold venue at the Institute on Monday. If you were there, you’ll know exactly what we mean, if you weren’t it looked a little bit like this… You can see the latest list of Slaves live dates here. Photos: Katja Ogrin

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Hoobastank + P.O.D. + Alien Ant Farm @ Rock City, Nottingham, 9th May 2015

Rock City, Nottingham was packed out to see a trio of noughties bands that consisted of Alien Ant Farm, P.O.D. and Hoobastank. All three of these bands are associated with the nu-metal movement of the early 2000′s and looking at a majority of the crowd, I would say that (not unlike myself) they were there […]

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Interview – Simon Fowler

Merrymouth are currently out on the road touring their albums Simon Fowler’s Merrymouth and Wenlock Hill. We managed to grab a few minutes with front man Simon Fowler to ask about how things are going. BL: Hi, thank you for taking some time out to speak to us. SF: No problem. BL: So, you have […]

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Download Preview – 12-14 June 2015

Download 2015

Preview: Download Festival 2015 Rock and metal’s biggest party is almost ready to roll; with just over a month until this year’s Download Festival takes over Donington Park, we take a closer loom at what’s on offer for the 2015 vintage. The Music Let’s start with Download’s reason for being; the bands. As is always […]

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Photo Feature – Twenty One Pilots @ The Hare & Hounds, 13th May 2015

The Hare & Hounds witnessed one of the hottest, sweatiest, most spectacular gigs it has seen in a while this week courtesy of Tewnty One Pilots. They already have a reputation for the energy of their live sets, but they really are one of those acts that has to be seen to be appreciated. Photographs: […]

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Fearless Vampire Killers + Annisokay + Forever Never + Thirteen Shots @ Academy 3, 10th May 2015

Even with the doors 15 minutes from opening, you could tell the O2 Academy 3 had sold out for Fearless Vampire Killers. It was a great showing for doors opening as the room filled up to at least three quarters full for the nights show. With three supporting acts, the night kicked off from the […]

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Belle & Sebastian @ Symphony Hall, 10th May 2015

Belle & Sebastian are gentlemen, I mean gentle people; not as in gentle, but as in well mannered.  They give fair warning when they will be on stage, and as such the support, who we know will be on stage at 8pm, do not get a full house.  This is a shame because a lot […]

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The Prodigy @ o2 Academy, 7th May 2015

It’s hard to believe that The Prodigy have been blasting us for some twenty five years, and the current album, “The Day is My Enemy” really is a return to form, following the meteoric “Fat of The Land”, however, live the new songs are even heavier, more pummelling as true to Liam’s word in a […]

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Public Service Broadcasting + Smoke Fairies @ The Library, 6th May 2015

On the eve of a general election, and in the current atmosphere of uncertainty and instability it seemed quite apt to be standing waiting to see a band whose stock in trade is the harking back to what, in nostalgic terms, was a more certain time; one full of big events and Boy’s Own adventures. […]

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We Are The Ocean – Ark

With three years having passed since the release of Maybe Today Maybe Tomorrow, and the departure of singer Dan Brown, […]

Dustin Kensrue + Tim Vantol @ The Glee Club, 6th May 2015

Singer/ Songwriter Dustin Kensrue returns to UK shores in support of his third LP, Carry The Fire. The singer, well […]

Impericon Festival @ Manchester Academy – 4th May 2015

Impericon‘s yearly festival celebrates its tenth year in 2015 and brings with it a truly impressive and diverse line-up of […]

Charley Pride + Stephen Pride @ Symphony Hall, 4th May 2015.

A prestigious venue such as the Birmingham Symphony Hall is very particular as to whom it permits to grace its […]

The Lovely Eggs + The Courtesy Group + Mike Maloney @ The Sunflower Lounge, 4th May 2015

Tonight’s gig came to me on recommendation and I am reviewing knowing very little about the three bands on.  This […]

Motion City Soundtrack + The Xcerts @ o2 Academy, 3rd May 2015

On the 10th anniversary of their most beloved and well known album Commit This To Memory, Motion City Soundtrack have […]

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