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Inner City Live @ O2 Academy, 12th August 2017

Inner City Live

Inner City Live posed the question “when is a festival not a festival?”. The answer is straightforward – it’s when it is a gig with four bands. The topic of the move from the Rainbow Arena to the O2 Academy may well be subject to rumour control and conjecture but the fact is, it turned […]

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Gary Numan @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 29th July 2017

Tonight’s an early start. It’s 7.15pm when support act for Gary Numan, (IAM) WARFACE take to the stage to greet the near capacity crowd. They open with ‘ To Die For ‘, and it’s clear that the guys mean business tonight. They are going to take advantage of their prestigious support slot and enjoy every […]

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Oceans Ate Alaska @ Mama Roux’s, 26th July 2017

Up first, supporting Oceans Ate Alaska, we had Failure Is An Option, a midlands-based metal band who I’ve seen once before when they opened for Bad Omens at The Flapper a few months back. Their style is a mix of emo; especially with clean singer Matt’s singing, intertwined expertly with Brandon’s guttural death growling and […]

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Laura Mvula @ Festival On The Close, Rugby 29th June 2017

There was a distinct end of term feel to Laura Mvula’s appearance at Festival On The Close tonight. This event was the last of the inaugural running of the festival, and the last of our coverage this year. But it was also the real end of term. Rugby School has finished another year and the […]

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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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V Festival @ Weston Park, Friday 18th August, 2017

Amidst the rain and smeared glitter V Festival kicked off on a chilly and wet Friday night. A steady downpour […]

Inner City Live @ O2 Academy, 12th August 2017

Inner City Live posed the question “when is a festival not a festival?”. The answer is straightforward – it’s when […]

Gary Numan @ The Assembly, Leamington Spa, 29th July 2017

Tonight’s an early start. It’s 7.15pm when support act for Gary Numan, (IAM) WARFACE take to the stage to greet […]

MADE Festival @ Digbeth 29th, July, 2017

MADE Birmingham is a music festival that is on an upward trejectory. Now in its fourth year its a day […]

Oceans Ate Alaska @ Mama Roux’s, 26th July 2017

Up first, supporting Oceans Ate Alaska, we had Failure Is An Option, a midlands-based metal band who I’ve seen once […]

V Festival @ Weston Park 19th and 20th August, 2017

  In 1996 Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker had a wild idea, he desired to play two different outdoor stages […]