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 […]

Best Kept Secret Festival – Beekse Bergen Park, The Netherlands – Day 1, 19th June 2015

The moniker Brumlive has never stopped us covering lots of events outside of our West Midlands home base. Katja Ogrin took on the mammoth task of shooting and reviewing  the bands at the Best Kept Secret Festival in Hilvarenbeekas well as capturing the atmosphere of the whole event: Having covered a lot of British music […]

Download Festival 2015: Day three – Sunday 14 June

Forget a day of rest, there’s another day of rocking at Donington to be had – our team rounds off another Download. The Dead Daisies It’s day three of this grand carnival of all things heavy, and just about every camping-related condition is beginning to set in. How better to wake up the discerning Download […]

Faith No More @ The Roundhouse, London,18th June 2015

Faith No More have been toying with us since their ‘second coming’ in 2009, playing the odd date here and there, and this vein continues as tonight’s gig is one of only four  played in the UK as part of their current world tour (the others being Glasgow and the Download Festival). Tonight’s gig sold […]

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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 Dining Club. Line-up additions announced include  Low Steppa, 99 Souls, and Jasper James. The festival, presented by The Rainbow Venues and Weird Science, debuted last year to huge success, being nominated for Best Metropolitan Festival in the […]

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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. He returned to UK shores earlier this year in support of his third LP, Carry The Fire. Supporting our gig coverage and album review Brumlive’s Francis Sebastjanowicz had a brief chat to him before his gig at […]

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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, this new offering from The Strokes guitarist is his third solo release to date and first album in over five years. Following the release of his debut album Yours To Keep in 2006 and Como […]

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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 in Birmingham. Hot on the heels of a full UK support tour with Lower Than Atlantis, and a busy summer of festival appearances, including forthcoming shows at Reading and Leeds, these shows will see We […]

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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 the mighty LAMB OF GOD along with them. Opening the show will be Sylosis & Children Of Bodom. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 17th at 9:00 a.m. Photos – Steve Gerrard

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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 much more to check out before it came to those two. Opening on Thursday, it gives those prepared to camp a day extra with the opportunity to check out some extra bands before the weekend […]

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart UK Tour Summer 2015

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart will begin their summer UK tour this month including an appearance at The Rainbow in Birmingham on 22nd. They are touring in support of Days of Abandon, the long-awaited third record from New York’s The Pains of Being Pure at Heart finds the band focusing on what’s always set them […]

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Bloodstock 2015 Preview – Birmingham Metal 2 The Masses Final

With less than a month to go until the hallowed Derbyshire turf plays host to some of the most legendary names in Metal for Bloodstock 2015, the Birmingham Live team are already having sleepless nights from the excitement of this year’s lineup. There are however a number of Birmingham bands that may even be losing […]

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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 […]

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New Order Announce European Tour & Special Guests On New Album

The legendary New Wave band, New Order, have announced the release of their 10th LP, Music Complete, due out September […]

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival 2015, 10th – 12th July: Public Enemy + Gregory Porter Headlining

Public Enemy, one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time, will be heading to Moseley park on […]

2000 Trees Festival

In the midst of the post-Glastonbury ennui and discussions about how bad Kanye really was, we are more than glad […]

Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ o2 Academy, 29th June 2015

First, a warning.  What follows is an unadulterated love of all things Bowie.  If you don’t like Bowie at all, […]

Dead Kennedys @ o2 Academy 2 , 23rd June 2015

The first thing that strikes me as I open the doors to Academy 2 during support act  Slagerij‘s set, is […]

NOFX And Alkaline Trio Add Lagwagon To Their UK Tour Lineup

NOFX and ALKALINE TRIO’s co-headlining the UK this summer was already exciting, but Academy Events can now announce that special […]

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