Nickelback @ Genting Arena, 10 May 2018

Canadian rock band Nickelback has had a long tenure creating well-loved music. With more than twenty years in the game, the group has curated a unique sound that is distinctively Nickelback. On the Feed the Machine Tour, the band had the difficult job of crafting a setlist that highlights their top hits across an expanse […]

Britrock Must Be Destroyed @ Digbeth Arena, 5 May 2018

This is the first concert in a series to be held at the Digbeth Arena and as it is an outdoor venue, thank the Lord that it is one of the warmest weekends of the year so far. The three bands on the line up are all performing for an hour and they switch positions […]

The Vamps @ Genting Arena, 4 May, 2018

The noise and experience of a modern pop concert is an amazing sight to see and hear.  This is an experience and there are many parents rushing home to collect their screaming, excited children who need to reach the venue in rush hour traffic. Luckily, it does start off a little slower tonight as there […]

Don Broco @ Keele University Student’s Union, 1st May 2018

Don Broco, on their second UK tour of the year, tonight play in the Student’s Union of Keele University, the venue is sizeable but only half the size of the main room Birmingham Academy which the band ripped up back in Feb during a sold out show. Kudos to them, they work hard to get […]

Skindred + CKY + Danko Jones @ o2 Institute, 29 April 2018

Opening the set was the incredible Danko Jones, the crowd roared with amazement and excitement as he and the band entered. The atmosphere inside was electric, the strobe lighting accompanied by the blood, sweat and passion of the ever-growing crowd. Danko, his guitarist and the drummer were constantly engaging with the energetic crowd, mosh pits […]

Bryan Ferry @ Symphony Hall, 29th April 2018

As striking white lights fly around the stage, the nine piece band enter and they start with the atmospheric introduction to The Main Thing as Bryan Ferry casually strolls on to vast applause. Ferry’s aloof sophistication emanates around the venue enhanced by his smooth, rich vocals which are as charming as ever and don’t falter […]

Manic Street Preachers @ Arena Birmingham, 27 April 2018

Heading into Birmingham tonight for Manic Street Preachers couldn’t have been any smoother.  I’ve never driven down that awful stretch of M6 and got to the venue without any signs of intense traffic or delays so that’s a first. On walking to the Arena I was a little disheartened to find just a couple of […]

Of Mice & Men + Sylar + Wage War @ O2 Institute, 25 April 2018

Middle of the week, this Wednesday gig has given me something to look forward to, making this long week at work go faster. Always the best gigs are local, and having a quick listen to tonights bands on the way to Birmingham I knew I was in for a night of incredible songs and explosive […]

Joan As Police Woman @ Town Hall, 19th April 2018

As part of her current Damned Devotional tour, Joan Wasser, or as she is better known Joan As Police Woman, plays the Town Hall in Birmingham. The venue is oddly less than half full when she takes to the stage, but I wonder of this is a Birmingham thing, as most other dates have long […]

Lisa Stansfield + Irit @ Symphony Hall , 17 April 2018

Our first heatwave of 2018 may not have started until the next morning, but from the beginning of this evening’s performance I felt like I was on holiday in Europe. Perhaps Spain or the South of France. Israeli singer Irit took to the stage in a red, bardot-cut jumpsuit with side-frills and bare feet, together […]

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Slam Dunk Midlands – Bands we can’t wait to see

With less than a week to go, ‘Slam Dunkers’ will be prepped to travel to at least one of the three locations around the country; the North, the South and in particular the Midlands where the NEC Genting Arena is providing a potentially exciting line-up. This venue will be housing Four Year Strong which – […]

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The Waterboys @ Warwick Arts Centre, 13th May 2018

Last time I saw The Waterboys at Warwick Arts Centre it was a standing gig, whereas tonight is seated and makes it all the more sedate which is a shame as the band come out with an arresting couple of hits; Medicine Bow and All The Things She Gave Me. The drum roll introduction, courtesy […]

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Scott Hutchison

Deep sadness today at Birmingham Live at the news regarding Scott Hutchison.  As long time fans of his work with Frightened Rabbit, Owl John, and most recently Mastersystem many of our team have been aware he was missing, but hoped for a positive outcome. We championed FR from the early days and regularly reviewed when […]

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Don McLean + Jarrod Dickinson @ Symphony Hall, 10 May 2018

This evening’s performance at the Symphony Hall started with country/blues support act Jarrod Dickinson, with his wife Claire on backing vocals/ tambourine. Jarrod worked his way through a series of songs about love as well as a Guy Clarke cover, before finishing with a great new song ‘Prefer to Lose’ which was by far his […]

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Nickelback @ Genting Arena, 10 May 2018

Canadian rock band Nickelback has had a long tenure creating well-loved music. With more than twenty years in the game, the group has curated a unique sound that is distinctively Nickelback. On the Feed the Machine Tour, the band had the difficult job of crafting a setlist that highlights their top hits across an expanse […]

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Gang of Youths@ o2 Institute, 9 May 2018

Almost 12 months ago I witnessed the best gig of 2017 when Gang of Youths played the Sunflower Lounge .  That small tour paved the way for the release of their album ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ in August, when some of its songs were played live for the first time by a nervous David Le’aupepe […]

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Goat Girl @ Hare and Hounds, 8 May 2018

When a bunch of leftfield Brixton guitar kids like Goat Girl sign the dotted line to a leftfield label like Rough Trade, on the same day that a small majority of Brits sign to go inward looking and insular then you know the universe is dancing the ying and yang jig. They are one of […]

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Britrock Must Be Destroyed @ Digbeth Arena, 5 May 2018

This is the first concert in a series to be held at the Digbeth Arena and as it is an outdoor venue, thank the Lord that it is one of the warmest weekends of the year so far. The three bands on the line up are all performing for an hour and they switch positions […]

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We Are Scientists @ Shepherds Bush Empire, 4th May 2018

It’s a balmy Friday night in London and the smell of warm lager fills the air at Shepherds Bush Empire, as a packed-out crowd kick-start their May Bank Holiday weekend: they’re not here for a gig, they’re here for a show.  Anticipation hangs in the air, mingling with jager bombs; summer has finally arrived, appearing […]

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Bruno Major @ o2 Institute, 4 May 2018

To say Bruno Major has had a stellar year would be a gross understatement. In the past year the mind blowing talented artist has released his debut album, A Song for Every Moon, to great praise and quickly followed the release with an opening slot for crooner Sam Smith. Taking a respite from stadium shows, […]

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The Vamps @ Genting Arena, 4 May, 2018

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Album Review – Frank Turner – Be More Kind

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Fischer Z @ o2 Academy 3, 3 May 2018

There is currently a huge market for reunions and nostalgia, and anniversary tours are all the rage.  Many bands that you never believed you would get to see are coming out of retirement.  As a boy I missed many of the original tours simply by the virtue of being.. well, a boy, so it is […]

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Slam Dunk Midlands at the NEC 28th May 2018

The mighty Slam Dunk Festival returns to Birmingham NEC on 28th May as the Midlands day of the festival run.  As with previous years the Birmingham Live team are warming up ready for what promises to be a full on day across the multiple stages. Many of our favourite bands will be there including Good […]

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Yo La Tengo @ Town Hall, 1 May 2018

It is a fact that any thought communicated with regard to the New Jersey trio, Yo La Tengo, must be […]

Mastersystem @ o2 Institute, 30 April 2018

Saturday 28th saw me travelling back to my birth city to catch friends and faves, Glass Mountain, and their label […]

Interview – We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists return! The infamous duo, Keith Murray (guitar/vocals) and Chris Cain (bass) are back on the road with Megaplex, […]

Shiiine On Festival @ Genting Arena 8th September!

At Birmingham Live we love the Shiiine On Festival with yearly excursions to Butlins included.  This year in addition to […]

Bruno Major plays o2 Institute 4th May

Bruno Major returns to Birmingham to headline the Institute 3 on 4 May. Following a sell-out tour in the US and some huge European arena […]

Britrock Must Be Destroyed! comes to Digbeth Arena on 5th May

The bank holiday weekend in May is shaping up to be a great one in Birmingham.  On the Saturday (5th) […]