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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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Hootie & the Blowfish @ O2 Academy Birmingham, 16 October 2019

This show was the last date in the band’s long-awaited Group Therapy tour so it was bound to be a big one for Hootie & the Blowfish. The show lasted nearly two hours during which time there were classics, covers and new material. Visually there was an array of lights in different shapes and colours, […]

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Elvana @ o2 Institute, 6th December 2019

For those not aware, Elvana are a Nirvana tribute band, fronted by Elvis, hence Elvana. Tonight, they brought their love […]

MUNA @ O2 Institute 3,4th December 2019

Having found and fallen in love with the band through social media, I have never met anyone in my life […]

Emeli Sandé + Ben Monteith @ Symphony Hall, 2 December 2019

British singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé took over the Symphony Hall on Monday as part of her “Real Life” UK […]

Billy Bragg @ O2 Institute 2, 1 December 2019

There are not many artists I have seen more than four times, Frank Black is one and Billy Bragg is […]

The Darkness @ o2 Academy, 1st December 2019

It’s icy and the roads are full of traffic; Christmas is coming and just to add more sparkle The Darkness […]

Glenn Hughes @ O2 Institute, 29th November 2019

It’s no coincidence that after two and a half years on the road playing the classic-era tracks from his former […]