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Field Music + Mary Epworth, O2 Institute

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Reviews of recent Field Music gigs always seem to start on one observation. David Brewis is manning the merch stand! The inference is that the Brewis brothers and their band members are somehow only taking to the stage on the way to a food bank. To me, band members being jacks of all trades is an increasingly […]

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Nightmare Air – Fade Out

Time flies by in the wonderful world of the #realbirminghamlive and the appearance of the new album by Nightmare Air is testament to that. Some Mancunian bloke once wrote: the passing of time and all of its crimes is making me sad again. Not that I’m particularly sad, in general or about the release of Fade Out. […]

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Bowling For Soup Get Happy Tour, 13th February 2018

As the ‘Get Happy Tour’ has made it’s way to Birmingham’s O2 Academy; with the line up featuring Army of  Freshmen, The Aquabats and being headlined by Bowling For Soup it was sure to be a night filled with pop punk fun. When we arrived 10 minutes before doors even opened we could see the […]

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The Damned @ o2 Academy, 1st February 2018

Tonight, I approach The Damned with wary anticipation. I’m not adverse to legacy acts as readers of some of my previous reviews will be aware. Positively some of the best gig nights for me have been had when watching reformed bands from my youth.  The last time I saw them was possibly 15 years ago […]

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Mark Lanegan @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 29th November 2017

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For the latest round of dates, Mark Lanegan has called into Wolverhampton to play the Wulfrun Hall. Like her sister building, the Civic, she is undergoing extensive works, but from first glance it appears exactly the same as it’s always been. The staff assure me work is going on behind the scenes. Mark Lanegan has […]

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Little Mix @ Genting Arena, 17th November 2017

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From their beginnings in 2011 as the only group to date to win The X factor, to the accolade of Best British Single for ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, Little Mix are on a dazzling journey to the top. The Glory Days album was released in November 2016 and the accompanying tour is testament to […]

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Morrissey – Low In High School LP

Some thirty years ago Morrissey famously sang about dead people who had “loves and hates, And passions just like mine”. These days even his most ardent fans seem to be questioning whether his current loves, hates, and passions belong six foot under, or if he has just appointed himself the agitator general; the embarrassing uncle […]

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Counterparts + Polar @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham 14th November, 2017

I ventured to Nottingham to catch American hardcore band Counterparts; the Rescue Rooms being a nice little gem of a venue situated next door to Rock City. First up, Polar, a Hardcore band from Surrey. Forming in 2009, the band as supported the likes of While She Sleeps and Defeater; building up a loyal fan […]

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Acid Mothers Temple @ Mama Roux’s, Digbeth, 17th October 2017

Last year around this time I saw the groove monster that is Acid Mothers Temple on my doorstep in Stourbridge. You can read that review on BrumLive, a review which was written within an hour after the gig with more than a couple of beers inside me, just to see how blown away I was. […]

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JP Cooper – Raised Under Grey Skies

 2017 was the year of “September Song.” JP Cooper’s hit single was played on every radio station in seemingly every minute of the day, and very rightfully so. The up-tempo island pop is the perfect balance of carefree ease and good vibes that typify a summer tune. After a summer filled with festivals and shows, […]

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Slam Dunk Midlands – Bands we can’t wait to see

With less than a week to go, ‘Slam Dunkers’ will be prepped to travel to at least one of the […]

The Waterboys @ Warwick Arts Centre, 13th May 2018

Last time I saw The Waterboys at Warwick Arts Centre it was a standing gig, whereas tonight is seated and […]

Scott Hutchison

Deep sadness today at Birmingham Live at the news regarding Scott Hutchison.  As long time fans of his work with […]

Don McLean + Jarrod Dickinson @ Symphony Hall, 10 May 2018

This evening’s performance at the Symphony Hall started with country/blues support act Jarrod Dickinson, with his wife Claire on backing […]

Nickelback @ Genting Arena, 10 May 2018

Canadian rock band Nickelback has had a long tenure creating well-loved music. With more than twenty years in the game, […]

Gang of Youths@ o2 Institute, 9 May 2018

Almost 12 months ago I witnessed the best gig of 2017 when Gang of Youths played the Sunflower Lounge .  […]