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NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event at the Festival On The Close at Rugby School. One thing that you can guarantee you get from the NYJO is variety. By their very nature they have a fluid line-up, and their repertoire can […]

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Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens @ o2 Academy

To be honest – I can’t think of any occasion where I would think of mentioning Kiefer Sutherland and That Petrol Emotion in the same sentence. There is no obvious alignment there; no connection. But tonight there was. The common denominator was heat. The last time I attended a gig in Brum when it was […]

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Glass Mountain + Brooders @ Cuban Embassy, 14th June 2017

Tonight, in that semi-hip outer centre area of Birmingham, Moseley, a new venue hosts Bradford/Leeds band Glass Mountain on their first headline tour. Regular readers of BrumLive will have probably noticed that they’ve had good press from myself and I make no bones about the fact that I believe this band are going places. Tonight […]

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Depeche Mode @ London Olympic Stadium, 3rd June 2017

Depeche Mode

I was going to start with the negatives, get them out of the way and then proceed with the good stuff: the parts of last night’s Depeche Mode homecoming gig that really mattered; the parts that made it memorable and powerful. And as I sit this morning, watching London continue to rush by me, any […]

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2000 Trees Festival – 10 Bands You Must See!

2000 Trees Festival, held at Upcote Farm, Gloucestershire, has grown and grown in popularity ever since it’s birth in 2007. Started by six friends who wanted to create a cheap festival where people could see their favourite bands; the festival has seen some big names such as Alkaline Trio, Deaf Havana, Arcane Roots and Funeral […]

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KISS @ Barclaycard Arena, 28th May 2017

Since their inception in the early 1970s, KISS has fully embraced a flamboyant live show suited; tonight is no different. As the eminent phrase “You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world … KISS” blares out around the arena, there is a rousing cheer from the near sell-out crowd. […]

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Echobelly + supports @ O2 Institute 20th May 2017

Echobelly

One of the challenges for a band like Echobelly is the need to overcome that weird phenomenon that people in the Sunday Supplements describe as the Zeitgeist. They could probably get by just playing a few obscure album tracks, a few 90s singles and end with King of the Kerb, and have people lap the […]

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Twin Atlantic @ Copper Rooms, Coventry, 20th May 2017

Twin Atlantic signalled my first time at the Copper Rooms tonight and I was very impressed with the venue. It’s a good size, sound is impressive and the lighting was a delight. Darlia took to the stage with a notable amount of intrigue from the audience. The British rock band formed in Blackpool have toured with […]

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Marilyn Manson announces UK tour for December 2017

Marilyn Manson has announced he will tour across the UK in December 2017. The US rocker will play five dates in total, opening in Manchester and closing at London SSE Arena Wembley on 9 December, visiting Glasgow, Newport and on 6th December at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in between. Tickets for the UK tour go on […]

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The Cribs + Slotface + God Damn @ The Institute, 13th May 2017

Some bands, as The Cribs have, manage to create an album in their careers that become a defining piece of work. At least this is how it seems to me. Every track is a winner, the album as a whole just seems to flow, and as a complete package it’s better than anything a band […]

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NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event […]

Beyond The Tracks – Interview with Nick Power from The Coral

Beyond The Tracks is is a new festival for Birmingham and the BrumLive team are excited by the line up […]

Festival on the Close – G4 + Lesley Garrett

G4 and Lesley Garrett opened Festival on the Close 2017 in Rugby tonight, representing a whole series of landmarks, and […]

The XX @ o2 Academy, 21st June, 2017

It is the type of heat that feels like you are standing on a thousand suns. It is sticky and […]

Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens @ o2 Academy

To be honest – I can’t think of any occasion where I would think of mentioning Kiefer Sutherland and That […]

Mark Lanegan @ o2 Institute 2 , 19th June, 2017

The very talented Duke Garwood is the support act for tonight’s performance, which is unsurprising as he is a long […]