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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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Lighthouse Family @ Symphony Hall, 11 November 2019

After an 18-year album hiatus, 90’s band Lighthouse Family are back on tour showcasing their new album Blue Sky in Your Head. This was the first date in a bumper UK tour, continuing for the rest of this month and then through February, before they head off to South Africa for three dates in March. […]

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Loyle Carner @ o2 Institute 9 November 2019

  Loyle Carner’s latest album goes by the name of ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ – but right now he is confidently riding a majestic wave of glorious euphoria. Love was the vibe of this Saturday evening at Digbeth’s 02 Institute, with a show featuring frequent stops for outpourings of adulation from crowd to performer, as […]

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Festival of The Dead @ o2 Academy Birmingham, 1 November 2019

Fortunately for many it is much warmer tonight that on previous nights this week. Which is good thing given it is costume time for Festival of The Dead. It initially appears that I am one of the few that is out of place and not dressed for the occasion. Surrounding me there is an array […]

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Violet @ O2 Academy, 30 October 2019

It’s always great to get out and see local bands but tonight was a big one – in fact Violet’s biggest show to date. They sold out O2 Academy 3 off the back of a run of local shows and the release of their new single ‘Pure Blue’. Violet are a five-piece, all male local […]

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Of Monsters And Men @ o2 Academy 28 October, 2019

When I think of Iceland and the bands that come from there I realise I don’t know of many  that get as far as Of Monsters And Men. In 2010 it was their release of Little Talks single which saw them rise to fame, sign to a label and subsequently go onto release My Head […]

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The Wedding Present @ O2 Institute, 27 October 2019

One of the most important bands in the British indie music scene The Wedding Present came to Birmingham for a night filled with cheers and mosh pits. After walking to the venue through the freezing cold weather, the packed room was exactly what I needed. The line-up of The Wedding Present has changed a lot […]

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Black Star Riders + Stone Broken + Wayward Sons @ KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton 25 October, 2019

It may be a cold, wet, miserable part of the year but it’s great because live shows are in abundance! Tonight I am at KK’s Steel Mill for Black Star Riders. First up is . The room is fairly full, which is nice to see for the first support but given that Wayward Sons have […]

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Gloryhammer & Beast in Black & Wind Rose @ The Mill 22 October, 2019

The cold months are now upon us and the queues always seem longer when it’s cold. Tonight the queue seems longer than ever for a much awaited visit from tonights bands. Unfortunately it takes most of Wind Roses set to be able to get everyone in. As Italians Wind Rose take to the stage the […]

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Kiefer Sutherland @ O2 Institute 21 October, 2019

A gig makes a promising start when Under The Pressure by The War On Drugs is cranked up prior to the band entering the stage, followed by a truly vivacious Kiefer Sutherland who is welcomed by a chorus of applause and cheers. Dressed in a white blazer and hat, Sutherland delivers a straight down 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Album Review Humanist – Humanist

Rob Marshall, one time sonic backbone of the stupendous Exit Calm, has surfaced under the pseudonym Humanist. I could cut […]