Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by the deluge of storms we’ve faced over the last few weeks. It was a bloody cold night, but Editors are the perfect band to get the crowd moving enough to forget about the weather.   […]

The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that the stars have aligned and that the gods of music have stricken down on you with the full weight of their hammer with some righteous intent.  Sometimes, you awake to reality the next morning and […]

Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was cancelled just hours before the show, but not to disappoint the fans they played a acoustic set outside the venue for free.  The the next 2 shows in Manchester and London went ahead as scheduled […]

Cage the Elephant @ o2 Academy, 20th February 2020

The two-time Grammy award winning Cage The Elephant found themselves headlining the O2 Academy in Birmingham on Thursday evening, with the show being opened by Post Animal (b/w) and SWMRS (colour). Currently touring in support of their fifth studio album Social Cues, the band have developed a reputation for being a fantastic live band over […]

James Blunt + Ward Thomas, 14 February 2020 @ Arena Birmingham

Birmingham offered 5000 people the chance for a special date this Valentine’s Day: James Blunt. The 45 year old singer-songwriter would probably be one of the first artists that comes to mind when you think of the perfect concert on the day of love. He brought his self-deprecating charm to kick off the Once Upon […]

Inhaler @ O2 Academy 2, 13th February 2020.

It’s difficult at this stage in their career for Dublin newcomers Inhaler to be judged away from the umbrella of frontman Eli Hewson’s family connections – he’s the son of U2 legend Bono.  Less than a year since they released their debut single the band have been on a whirlwind trajectory that has seen them […]

Bowling for Soup @ o2 Academy 12 February 2020

The Together Again Tour sees the return of Bowling For Soup to the UK with Simple Plan and Not Ur Girlfrenz accompanying them. Not Ur Girlfrenz are a trio of young ladies aged only around 14 and 15 who on this tour have the task of opening the night and in all honesty I can’t […]

Steel Panther & Wayward Sons @o2 Academy 8th February 2020

Opening up this evening Wayward Sons a band who isn’t shy of touring with many major rock bands. We last covered them supporting Black Star Riders only a few months ago and now here they are supporting Steel Panther. On paper it’s a bit of an odd mix, Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons) and his politically […]

Smoke Fairies @ The Sunflower Lounge, 7th February 2020

The venue fills up early on in the evening in preparation for John J Presley ‘s support slot.  He has frequented the stage at The Sunflower Lounge many a time in various bands and solo arrangements, however, tonight it is just him and drummer, Paul May, bringing his shadowy interpretation of the blues to the […]

Bombay Bicycle Club @ o2 Academy 31st January, 2020

Formed in the mid 2000’s, Bombay Bicycle Club released four full length albums before taking a hiatus in 2016, reforming to release their latest record ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ earlier this year. Opening the show at a sold out O2 Academy Birmingham was Liz Lawrence, before main support The Big Moon took to the […]

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Editors + Whispering Sons @ Arena Birmingham 27th February 2020

It made a nice change to go to a gig and not get battered about on the way there by the deluge of storms we’ve faced over the last few weeks. It was a bloody cold night, but Editors are the perfect band to get the crowd moving enough to forget about the weather.   […]

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The Boys Are Back @ Symphony Hall, 25 February 2020

If you’ve come to this review expecting to see something about Thin Lizzy, you’re in the wrong place. No, this tour takes you back just as far as the mid-to-late 90’s with a Smash Hits-tastic boyband line up of Five, 911, Damage and A1. Temporary tattoo anyone? Free compilation tape? A1 were the first to […]

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The 1975 @ Arena Birmingham, 25th February 2020.

There’s often a conversation about where the future female headliners are or even female acts on festival line-ups. Well a big welcome to Beabadoobee. After being nominated for many a rising star award, the Dirty Hit signee, supported The 1975 at Arena Birmingham on Tuesday evening. In the live environment, backed by a three-piece band, […]

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The Murder Capital + Egyptian Blue + Unorthodox Coolock @ O2 Institute 24th Feb 2020

It’s easy to get carried away in the here and now, especially with music.  Sometimes you have the feeling that the stars have aligned and that the gods of music have stricken down on you with the full weight of their hammer with some righteous intent.  Sometimes, you awake to reality the next morning and […]

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Palaye Royale @ KK’s Steel Mill Wolverhampton 23rd February 2020

What a week it has been for Palaye Royale , the first show of the uk tour in Glasgow was cancelled just hours before the show, but not to disappoint the fans they played a acoustic set outside the venue for free.  The the next 2 shows in Manchester and London went ahead as scheduled […]

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Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut this review short by stating that the eponymous album is a belter, so buy it, turn up the volume and enjoy. Of course life is a bit more complicated than that and so is the […]

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Cigarettes After Sex play o2 Institute on 25th March

Following the release of their second album Cry  last October and a quick visit to Manchester and Shepherds Bush as part of a headline tour, Cigarettes after Sex are back and out on more UK dates in March. Cry was recorded during night time sessions in a mansion on the Spanish island of Mallorca.  These sessions […]

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Cage the Elephant @ o2 Academy, 20th February 2020

The two-time Grammy award winning Cage The Elephant found themselves headlining the O2 Academy in Birmingham on Thursday evening, with the show being opened by Post Animal (b/w) and SWMRS (colour). Currently touring in support of their fifth studio album Social Cues, the band have developed a reputation for being a fantastic live band over […]

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Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart @ Hare and Hounds, 14th February 2020

It’s been over 25 years since I last saw Jah Wobble‘s Invaders Of The Heart play live and I approached the gig with a hint of caution as they have produced a wealth of work since then, much of which I haven’t kept up with.  Promptly, Wobble and his band access the stage through a […]

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James Blunt + Ward Thomas, 14 February 2020 @ Arena Birmingham

Birmingham offered 5000 people the chance for a special date this Valentine’s Day: James Blunt. The 45 year old singer-songwriter would probably be one of the first artists that comes to mind when you think of the perfect concert on the day of love. He brought his self-deprecating charm to kick off the Once Upon […]

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Album Review – Nathaniel Rateliff ‘And It’s Still Alright’

‘And It’s Still Alright’ presents Nathaniel Rateliff’s return to his solo career following the release of two LPs as Nathaniel Rateliffe & The Night Sweats. It also brings a return to a more sombre, acoustic and downbeat sound than that of The Night Sweats. The melancholy sound isn’t hugely surprising since Rateliff says the album […]

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Inhaler @ O2 Academy 2, 13th February 2020.

It’s difficult at this stage in their career for Dublin newcomers Inhaler to be judged away from the umbrella of frontman Eli Hewson’s family connections – he’s the son of U2 legend Bono.  Less than a year since they released their debut single the band have been on a whirlwind trajectory that has seen them […]

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Bowling for Soup @ o2 Academy 12 February 2020

The Together Again Tour sees the return of Bowling For Soup to the UK with Simple Plan and Not Ur Girlfrenz accompanying them. Not Ur Girlfrenz are a trio of young ladies aged only around 14 and 15 who on this tour have the task of opening the night and in all honesty I can’t […]

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Steel Panther & Wayward Sons @o2 Academy 8th February 2020

Opening up this evening Wayward Sons a band who isn’t shy of touring with many major rock bands. We last covered them supporting Black Star Riders only a few months ago and now here they are supporting Steel Panther. On paper it’s a bit of an odd mix, Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons) and his politically […]

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Jonas Brothers @ Arena Birmingham, 29th January 2020

The Jonas Brothers have come a long way from being a Disney boy band many years ago. After 10 years […]

Waterparks @ O2 Institute, 27th January 2020

Upon entering the packed O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening you could be confused for thinking you have entered […]

Album Review – Bloodhound “Fragile Skeleton”

Hailing from Hull and raised on Grunge, three-piece Bloodhound cite their influences from a dizzying array of sources: from Alice […]

Album Review – Ida Mae ‘Live in Memphis EP’

Live in Memphis is the follow up to Ida Mae’s debut studio album ‘Chasing Lights’ which has been nominated for […]

INME @ Redrum, Stafford 22nd January, 2020

Following a strong opening set from Between Static & Silence, it fell to Haggard Cat to provide main support ahead […]

New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From […]