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The Xcerts + Paris Youth Foundation + Novacub @ Castle and Falcon, 11th April 2019

On arriving it was nice to see from the beginning there was a large audience already at the venue to welcome indie rock band Novacub who were first on stage.  Fronted by Bloc Party drummer Louise Bartle and completed by fellow Bloc Party member and guitarist Russell Lissack, Iona Thomas (Bass) and Tony Alda (drums). […]

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Sundara Karma @ O2 Institute, 10th April 2019

The sun was shining on Wednesday evening as opening the show at O2 Institute in Birmingham were Alfie Templeman and Whenyoung, both of which provided catchy and entertaining music to welcome the growing crowd ahead of Sundara Karma taking to the stage. Touring in support of their recently released second album ‘Ulfias Alphabet’, Sundara Karma […]

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich @ Leamington Assembly, 4 April 2019

The background music stopped and a version of ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie started to come through the PA. Benjamin Francis Leftwich walked on in darkness. He was followed by a solitary musician and it was clear we were in for some pure and unadulterated versions of songs from his back catalogue. Benjamin started with ‘Sometimes’ […]

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Black Grape @ The Mill, 29 March 2019

It would seem my first impressions of my first visit to The Mill had not been a fluke, because once again, tonight, door staff, bar staff, and security were particularly friendly and helpful. It’s a cracking medium sized venue that we have here and whilst I’m led to believe it’s a sell-out, it is comfortably […]

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Busted @ Resorts World Arena, 29th March 2019

Following their best efforts of trying to forget their neon pop come back, Busted have returned to their pop punk roots and this was reflected in the support acts for last night’s show at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. The show was opened by Holygood (formerly Light You Up), Brigade and The Xcerts of which […]

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Panic At The Disco @ Arena Birmingham, 26th March 2019

It’s become increasingly common over the past couple of years to turn up to various arena concerts and be greeted by the fact that it’s not actually an arena show at all. From black drapes hiding various barren seating blocks or the stage being moved halfway across the arena to make you forget there’s the […]

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Sharon Van Etten @ The Mill, 22nd March 2019

An evening of firsts: my first chance to witness Sharon Van Etten in a live setting, and my first visit to The Mill venue. A relatively new addition to the city’s growing list of venues, nestled in the heart of Digbeth’s post-industrial landscape. Both introductory encounters manage to yield one hell of a blissful union […]

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Twenty One Pilots @ Resorts World Arena, 27th February 2019

It is hard to categorize the sound of Twenty One Pilots. Part hip hop part electronic, part rock part pop, the duo create mind-boggling music that is both uplifting and introspective.  The American band, led by vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, bring their exceptional talent to the Bandito Tour. With their first UK […]

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Blue October @ o2 Institute, 22nd February 2019

You’d be forgiven for letting Texan alt-rock band Blue October slide under your radar here in the UK, despite the band attaining platinum sales back in their home country over a career spanning two decades. On this side of the pond the band haven’t quite matched that success, but have a fervent cult following who […]

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Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over some guy called ‘Robbie’ leaving a band called Take That, I started this evening having previously heard just two Hanson singles. One was ‘Penny and Me’, the other I’m sure is easy to guess. The […]

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The Blinders interview April 2019

It’s been just over a year since I last interviewed The Blinders, but it feels like longer because so much […]

Indoor Pets @ The Flapper, 15th April 2019

Let me pitch you a paragraph. Formerly Get Inuit, the recently re-named Indoor Pets are currently touring the UK in […]

Billy Lockett + Ferris & Sylvester @ O2 Institute, 12th April 2019

I have been listening to Ferris & Sylvester for a while now so I was excited to see them live. […]

The Xcerts + Paris Youth Foundation + Novacub @ Castle and Falcon, 11th April 2019

On arriving it was nice to see from the beginning there was a large audience already at the venue to […]

Indoor Pets play The Flapper on 15th April

Birmingham Promoters bring Indoor Pets to play The Flapper on the 15th April and it promises to be a good night. […]

Sundara Karma @ O2 Institute, 10th April 2019

The sun was shining on Wednesday evening as opening the show at O2 Institute in Birmingham were Alfie Templeman and […]