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Live at Yorks – Monday Nights at Yorks Bakery Cafe

At we like to concentrate on local music and local venues. Live at Yorks is a weekly event at Yorks Bakery Cafe in Birmingham. Brumlive contributor Hannah Sebestjanowicz give usthe low down on what is coming up at the location of her day job! Every Monday evening at Yorks  we bring in the best live […]

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British Sea Power + July Skies @ O2 Academy 2, 13th April 2017

British Sea Power have been very good to Birmingham in recent years. Previous visits to the city have seen the band perform at a plethora of venues, ranging in size — take last summer’s trip to the diminutive Hare and Hounds pub for the fleeting resurrection of their now legendary club night ‘Krankenhaus’, to the […]

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Download Festival Press Day, 7th April 2017

Download Festival is now one of the biggest rock events in Europe, if not the whole world. Chris Bowley from went to the press day to see how the organisers are looking to improve  the festival experience, engage with their fans, and deal with the growing need to diversify the music and acts on […]

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London Grammar @ Birmingham Town Hall, 4th April 2017

London Grammar

Tonight is an evening out for those bohemian, arty types, as London Grammar are playing at the fittingly beautiful Town Hall. They have no album release to promote and have simply decided to play three shows, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, which as expected sold-out in next to no time. However there are empty seats in […]

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Brooke Bentham Interview and Review

Brooke Bentham is a 21 year old singer/songwriter, originally from South Shields, but now living, studying and plying her own brand of alt-rock in London. She offers heartbreaking vocals and stories of love and relationships way beyond her years. She reminds me a little of Lana Del Rey as she sings songs that sound like […]

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Caro Emerald @ Symphony Hall, 2nd April 2017

caro emerald

Caroline Esmeralda van der Leeuw is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. She is better known to most music fans as Caro Emerald.  As part of an extensive European tour Caro Emerald played Birmingham Symphony Hall on 2nd April. Adriana Vasile was there to capture the event for Birmingham Live. Since the release of her […]

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The Jesus and Mary Chain + The Slow Readers Club @ o2 Institute, 31st March 2017

Tonight was going to be a night of firsts. First time that I had seen The Slow Readers Club (I don’t think it will be the last). The first time that I had seen The Jesus and Mary Chain (very surprising because of how into them I was as a teenager). And the first time […]

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Newton Faulkner @ The Symphony Hall, 30th March 2017

So, Newton Faulkner is supporting Amy MacDonald at The Symphony Hall. This is indeed a sedate place. The last time I was here I was basking in the aura of the legend that is Jack De Johnette. It’s the kind of place that serves up gigs with luxury printed programmes – from Classical to Jazz […]

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Johnny Flynn @ o2 Academy, 28th March 2017

Johnny Flynn

There seems to be a secret enclave in the music world. Set in the back rooms of venues or in the smoky corner of a pub their lives this set of people who gather around a stage to listen to pure expressions of life matched with the strumming of guitars and the beating of drums.  […]

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Sparks for o2 Institute in September

Sparks have announced new album, Hippopotamus, plus the European dates of The Hippopotamus Tour, Including a date at o2 Institute, Birmingham on Sunday September 24th. Tickets go on sale for the Fan Club on Wednesday 29th March, and are released for general on sale Friday 31st March Musical mavericks Sparks – Californian brothers Ron and Russell Mael […]

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Echobelly play o2 Institute and release new album

Echobelly play the 02 Institute in May ahead of the release of their new album Anarchy and Alchemy (26th May). […]

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man + Dan Caplen @ O2 Academy, 24th April 2017

It’s been quite a year for Rory Graham from Brighton who, as  Rag ‘n Bone Man, is one of the […]

Marianas Trench for the o2 Institute in May

Canadian Pop-Punk band Marianas Trench are returning to the UK and back to Birmingham in May, stopping of at Birmingham’s O2 on May 2nd.   […]

Julie Byrne at the Hare and Hounds

The enchanting Julie Byrne pays a visit to Birmingham in late May as part of her UK tour. Her second […]

The Kooks + Clean Cut Kid @ o2 Academy, 22nd April, 2017

Formed in Brighton in 2004, The Kooks rose to fame with the release of their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ […]

Richard Ashcroft + Black Grape @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th April, 2017

Promoting the 2016 ‘These People’ album Richard Ashcroft called into Birmingham and the cavernous Barclaycard Arena (NIA to the locals). […]