Don Broco + Light You Up + Little Faith @ The Institute Temple, 12 August 2015

With sophomore album Automatic released last week, Don Broco have returned to stages that at this point in their career would be considered intimate for the band, performing tonight to a sold out 300 cap The Temple in Digbeth. Openers Little Faith and local lads Light You Up both do a good job of warming […]

MADE Birmingham @ The Digbeth Triangle, 25th and 26th July 2015

Made Festival was a blast, from start to finish the crowds trickled through the gates of the Rainbow courtyard. Made is a new kind of festival for the people currently living in the urban age and concrete jungles, the tightly curated sets are ran on time with military precision, but there is no order when […]

Badly Drawn Boy @ Birmingham Town Hall, 25th July 2015

When an artist decides to get back on the treadmill and to reconnect with the audience, and maybe restate why they are important in the first place, it probably makes sense to concentrate on the familiar and to get those people on side. In his usual contrary style Badly Drawn Boy seemed to be risking […]

One Beat Festival 2015 @ Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, Saturday 25 July 2015

Playing host to nine upcoming bands across a sunny summer afternoon in the MAC’s glorious concrete amphitheatre, there are far worse things you can do with your Saturday than be at the One Beat Festival. The downside with an event such as this is that someone has to open up, usually to a mostly empty […]

The Wedding Present + Cinerama @ The Waterfront, Norwich 23rd July 2015

By the time the final strains of My Favourite Dress had faded away into the cast iron ceiling of the The Waterfront it was clear that we had seen something special tonight. Sometime musicians can display a form of dual personality. Songwriters in particular can write in different genres but when it comes to the […]

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart + Victories At Sea + Gleam @ The Rainbow, 22nd July 2015

It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since we covered The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. A lot has happened at Brumlive and in our local scene since then, and I walked in to the Rainbow wondering how things had changed for the band, particularly in light of their recent Days […]

Defeater + Napoleon + Wars + Rise of Athena @ The Rainbow – 8th July 2015

There is little point verbosely writing upon the musicality of the supports. It equates to variations of standard hardcore riffs. It’s a hardcore show, surprises would have been welcomed but the probability was low. Rise of Athena opened proceedings and ‘Fight Owens Fight’ were words I was hoping the whole band might aspire to, upon […]

Modest Mouse + Hippo Campus + Elle King @ The Institute, 5th July 2015

The lesson of today is: don’t always assume that the first band on stage will be no good: make sure you don’t miss the support band, or at the very least, do your homework and check them out first; that’s what the internet is there for. Hippo Campus from St Paul (Minneapolis) are tonight’s support […]

Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 3, 21st June 2015

Katja Ogrin brings the curtain down of the successful Best Kept Secret Festival with coverage of day 3: Sunday brings us a rainy, humid weather in the morning but by midday and the last big but luckily short downpour the sky clears and sun starts to shine. The first order of the day is Mew playing on the […]

Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 2, 20th June 2015

After a hectic first day at Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeek Katja Ogrin takes us through day 2 of the event: After much needed sleep I wake up on day 2 feeling much more refreshed.  I have no idea if there were any parties happening around my tent during the night, I slept through it all like […]

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Jonny Craig + Kyle Lucas + Seafoal @ The Rainbow Courtyard, 30th August 2015

Seafoal is fantastic. It’s a fact. Cutting her teeth releasing covers on YouTube, two of which are performed tonight, Siana Sweeny has found herself in the scene from which she obviously draws influence but her sound bears no relevance. I mean correct me if I’m wrong, but I didn’t know Ghostfest accommodated acoustic acts. This […]

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Brian Travers #POP! Exhibition @ Havill & Travis, Harborne.

Following successful exhibitions by Midlands music luminaries Erica Nockalls and Jim Simpson, Harborne gallery Havill & Travis, present #POP!; an exhibition of work by the artist and prolific songwriter, composer & lyricist Brian Travers – founder member, brass & string arranger and saxophonist with UB40. #POP! celebrates the pop art culture of 1960′s NYC through to the 21st […]

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Don Broco + Light You Up + Little Faith @ The Institute Temple, 12 August 2015

With sophomore album Automatic released last week, Don Broco have returned to stages that at this point in their career would be considered intimate for the band, performing tonight to a sold out 300 cap The Temple in Digbeth. Openers Little Faith and local lads Light You Up both do a good job of warming […]

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Ash To Play The Wulfrun Hall on 9th December

Ash are due to play The Wulfrun Hall on 9th  December in support of their Kablammo album, with tickets on sale this Friday 7th August. Formed in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland by Tim Wheeler (vocals and guitar), Mark Hamilton (bass) and Rick McMurray (drums), Ash released their first studio album ’1977′ and were then joined by […]

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V Festival 22nd and 23rd August 2015

Celebrating 20 years since they first opened their doors V Festival have finalised line-ups and attractions  for Western Park and Hylands Park on the weekend of 22nd and 23d August. Iconic rockers Kasabian  and global platinum-selling artist Calvin Harris and will be the headliners for V Festival’s Virgin Media stage. The local lads from Leicester and […]

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Terry De Castro – You Can’t Separate Light

Sometime terms that are bandied around like indie, low-fi and the rest of the classifications thrown around by the pundits, do little to throw any light on the music they are meant to describe. But I’m going to succumb to this anyway because Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Terry De Castro has created a real mid-Atlantic “West […]

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The Sonics + Electric River @ The Institute, 28th July 2015

The responsibility of opening proceedings falls to the trio known as Electric River. Always a tough undertaking, particularly in this instance, when the many in attendance tonight will indeed have heard and seen most of it before, and will likely spot any attempt to masquerade as purveyors of authentic rock. This is an audience weened […]

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MADE Birmingham @ The Digbeth Triangle, 25th and 26th July 2015

Made Festival was a blast, from start to finish the crowds trickled through the gates of the Rainbow courtyard. Made is a new kind of festival for the people currently living in the urban age and concrete jungles, the tightly curated sets are ran on time with military precision, but there is no order when […]

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Badly Drawn Boy @ Birmingham Town Hall, 25th July 2015

When an artist decides to get back on the treadmill and to reconnect with the audience, and maybe restate why they are important in the first place, it probably makes sense to concentrate on the familiar and to get those people on side. In his usual contrary style Badly Drawn Boy seemed to be risking […]

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Blood Youth + Trash Boat @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, 25th July 2015

Tonight it’s to The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton for the final date of Blood Youth’s Inside My Head tour in promotion of their debut EP of the same name. First up are pop-punk quintet Trash Boat from St Albans. Recently signing to Hopeless Records in the wake of a golden era for UK pop-punk, led […]

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One Beat Festival 2015 @ Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, Saturday 25 July 2015

Playing host to nine upcoming bands across a sunny summer afternoon in the MAC’s glorious concrete amphitheatre, there are far worse things you can do with your Saturday than be at the One Beat Festival. The downside with an event such as this is that someone has to open up, usually to a mostly empty […]

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The Wedding Present + Cinerama @ The Waterfront, Norwich 23rd July 2015

By the time the final strains of My Favourite Dress had faded away into the cast iron ceiling of the The Waterfront it was clear that we had seen something special tonight. Sometime musicians can display a form of dual personality. Songwriters in particular can write in different genres but when it comes to the […]

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The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart + Victories At Sea + Gleam @ The Rainbow, 22nd July 2015

It’s hard to believe that it has been four years since we covered The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. A lot has happened at Brumlive and in our local scene since then, and I walked in to the Rainbow wondering how things had changed for the band, particularly in light of their recent Days […]

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Malpas – Rain River Sea

Malpas, aka songwriter Ali Forbes and producer Andy Savours, will release their début album ‘Rain River Sea’ on 27th July 2015 through Killing Moon Records. For Andy this is his first venture out from behind the mixing desk, having previously made records with artists including The Horrors, Sigur Ros and My Bloody Valentine.  The album has […]

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MADE Birmingham 2015 – Second Day Details

MADE Birmingham has revealed details of their additional second day this coming weekend, with food programming from award winning Digbeth […]

Interview – Dustin Kensrue

Singer/ Songwriter Dustin Kensrue is well known to most people as the lead singer of the beloved Orange County Post-Hardcore stalwarts Thrice. […]

Albert Hammond Jr – UK Tour and New Album

Albert Hammond Jr has announced the release of his brand new album Momentary Masters. Released on 31 July on Infectious Music, […]

We Are The Ocean – UK Headline Tour

We Are The Ocean have announced their latest UK headline show for this November including the opening night at The Asylum […]

Megadeth + Lamb Of God announce Birmingham Academy gig

Now here’s a line-up! Metal royalty MEGADETH will play Birmingham’s O2 Academy on November 15th 2015 and will be bringing […]

2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham 9th-11th July 2015

Being in its ninth year, 2000 Trees was this year headlined by Deaf Havana and Alkaline Trio however there was […]

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