James + Jack Savoretti @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th May 2016

“I get the feeling that the room is divided”. So Tim Booth informed his adoring public after a few tunes and at least one bout of risky crowd-surfing; risky because our shiny-headed protagonist had arrived on stage wearing a kilt. He meant divided between the faithful who were here to listen to the new tunes […]

Busted + Wheatus + Emma Blackery @ Genting Arena, 20th May 2016

First up this evening is singer-songwriter and You Tube Vlogger Emma Blackery who has amassed over 1.1 million subscribers and 111 million views, so to say that she’s unknown would most probably not be telling the truth. Performing tracks from new EP Sucks To Be You, Blackery does well to entertain the growing crowd however […]

Michele Stodart + The Breretons @ The Big Comfy Folk Club, Coventry, 19th May 2016

Welcome to Far Gosford Street: Coventry in Microcosm. A strange blend of what passes for urban improvement in these parts, and slight menace, with typical groups of lads, bigging themselves up and giving you the evils as you pass.  At the top of the street, previously the site of some light engineering and manufacturing, is […]

Eagulls + Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam + TV Crime @ Hare and Hounds, 17th May 2016

I’m glad to say that I had been waiting for this my first Eagulls gig, with so much anticipation that it seemed like an absolute age; but also glad in as much as if there is a band that can still get the juices flowing in my jaded and sceptical body then they must be […]

Manic Street Preachers + Editors @ Genting Arena, 14th May 2016

For Manic Street Preachers tonight was the 20th anniversary of the commercially successful Everything Must Go album. The Genting Arena was not quite full at the start for Editors and their dark, moody and hypnotic performance. Singer Tom Smith makes a quite eerie character and plays the role with ease.  The crowd thoroughly loved it […]

Travis @ o2 Academy, 12th May 2016

In Birmingham tonight, to showcase their new album “Everything at Once” are mainstream indie journeymen Travis from Glasgow. Travis are a band who are at the point in their career where they can heavily showcase their latest  album and still successfully please the crowd because of the depth of their back catalogue with it’s extensive […]

Skepta @ The Rainbow, 10th May 2016

Skepta, The King of Grime as most know him, was at Birmingham Rainbow Venues this week, on the 2nd date of his pop up tour around the UK. The show was sold out within minutes after tickets only went on sale on 7th May 2016. This is no surprise though as the Grime MC’s new […]

Eskimo Dance Tour @ o2 Academy, 7th May 2016

We had the first Eskimo Dance come to Birmingham and it was one to not be missed. Some of the best MC’s in the UK was in building, spitting hype lyrics and ‘shelling’ down on the mic. Birmingham was represented as well, with some of the best MC’s to come out of ‘Brum’ such as […]

Milk Teeth + Eat Me + Half Asleep @ The Rainbow, 7th May 2016

Unfortunately Black Foxxes had to pull out of main support slot this evening due to their singer being ill, so it falls to Half Asleep to open the show and for Eat Me to step into the main support position. Hailing from Folkestone, it must be said that Eat Me were one of the most […]

9Bach + Twelfth Day @ Hare and Hounds, 4th May 2016

Brum Live has form with this engaging, often beguiling Welsh Folk-Beat band 9Bach (with a relish of Trans-Dub these days!) and it goes way back to Green Man Festival 2009. Through a fug of the previous night’s weapons-grade indulgence in Crowbar-in-the Coccyx local cider, a late morning chill-out in the Far Out Tent with 9Bach […]

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13 bands we can’t wait to see at Slam Dunk 2016

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Graham Nash @ Town Hall, 22nd May 2016

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James + Jack Savoretti @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th May 2016

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Graham Nash – Interview – This Path Tonight Album and Tour

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Busted + Wheatus + Emma Blackery @ Genting Arena, 20th May 2016

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Landscapes + Capsize + Giants @ The Rainbow, 19th May 2016

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Michele Stodart + The Breretons @ The Big Comfy Folk Club, Coventry, 19th May 2016

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Less than two months to go until 2000trees festival!

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Eagulls + Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam + TV Crime @ Hare and Hounds, 17th May 2016

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Brian Wilson @ Symphony Hall, 17th May 2016

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Imagined Isle: Kate Rusby + Boat To Row @ Town Hall, 14th May 2016

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Slam Dunk Festival is almost here!

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Imagined Isle: Emily Portman & The Coracle Band @ Town Hall, 13th May 2016

With this year seeing the THSH celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, what better way for the jewel of the city to […]

Paul Young + Hollie Stephenson @ The Assembly, Leamington, 10th May 2016

It’s been nineteen long years since Paul Young last released an album in the UK (there was the previous ‘Rock […]

New Folk Festival – Imagined Isle Festival 12th to 16th May, 2016

An unforgettable weekend of music from folk origins starts our festival season at Birmingham Live.  This new festival is a […]

Chris Cornell + Fantastic Negrito @ Symphony Hall, 2nd May 2016

Prior to entering the main hall, I ponder on how fantastic a support act can be if they have to […]

This Will Destroy You + Gleam @ The Rainbow, 29th April, 2016

I’ve been very deprived of live music over the last 6 months so it was good to get back into […]

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