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Sea Girls @ Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, 12 December 2019

Call it luck, call it kismet, the moment when you and a favourite band just happen to be in the same city halfway around the world. Sea Girls are no strangers to our Birmingham Live family; we’ve caught some of their solo shows throughout Birmingham’s venues and seen them take the stage at numerous festivals. […]

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Gary Numan @ O2 Institute, 19th October 2019

You’d be hard pressed to find an artist with the kind of career Gary Numan has had since his emergence as a pop icon at the turn of the 1980s. Pioneering electronic-based music before weathering a decline in fortunes and reinventing himself and heading in a more gothic industrial rock direction, Numan returned to the top […]

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Midge Ure @ Birmingham Town Hall, 7 October 2019

1980 turned out to be a pivotal year for pop music in the UK, as the punk scene faded and the focus started to shift more towards synth-led pop. For Midge Ure, it would mark the year that he would find success initially as a member of Visage before becoming the new frontman of Ultravox, […]

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The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival, Day 1, 14 September 2019

Birmingham went back in time as the old streets in Digbeth turned into a two-day immersive experience celebrating Steven Knight’s outstanding creation Peaky Blinders. For the uninitiated, the drama tells of gangsters who used to rule these Birmingham streets in the 1920s.   The whole festival recreated the Peaky world perfectly. It was not just the young and old wearing […]

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Lime Cordiale @O2 Academy, 31 July 2019

Coming all the way from Sydney, Lime Cordiale took a break from the non-stop touring around Australia and New Zealand. Currently enjoying their first UK and Europe tour Lime Cordiale is treating fans to an experience with their blend of 70’s style soul, funk, rock and indie. The band comprised of Aussie brothers, Oli and Louis, took over […]

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Barn on the Farm, Best Set Sunday- Kawala

Sunday is always the day of struggle at music festivals. Not only are you tired and smelly, but you have to battle the immense crowds and queues. Luckily exuberant indie pop band Kawala was playing, a bright spot on our Barn on the Farm Sunday setlist. Kawala lit up the afternoon, infusing the warm Sunday […]

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Barn on the Farm, Best Set Saturday- Indoor Pets

Saturday at Barn on the Farm was a nice, cool afternoon full of music. About midway through the day band Indoor Pets took to the Outdoor Stage and delivered a staggeringly brilliant set, a clear favourite of ours for the Barn on the Farm weekend. It was so good that we couldn’t help but make […]

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KISS @ The Arena Birmingham, 9 July 2019

KISS are the champions of the stadium rock show, a title that they refuse to relinquish. Yet the time has come to bring the circus to a close, hence their final End Of The World tour. Prior to the gig, Birmingham is awash with KISS fans, adorned in make-up and merchandise, eagerly awaiting the extravagant […]

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Barn on the Farm Sunday, 7th July, 2019

The final day of the festival awakens with the warm sun, drying out the rain soaked ground. As tired zombie bodies queue up for coffee we saunter around the stages, excited by the big day ahead. Saturday was a monumental day, but we know the Farm has secrets for us today.  Celebrating its 10th year, […]

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Barn on the Farm Saturday, 6th July, 2019

The Barn on the Farm fun continues, heading into the weekend with high expectations and tired by the heat fans wade through the clearing to get to the early stage sets. Around the weary bodies are fresh faces, coming to the farm for the weekend their enthusiasm is contagious. The summer heat of Friday dissipated […]

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Album Review – Bloodhound “Fragile Skeleton”

Hailing from Hull and raised on Grunge, three-piece Bloodhound cite their influences from a dizzying array of sources: from Alice […]

Album Review – Ida Mae ‘Live in Memphis EP’

Live in Memphis is the follow up to Ida Mae’s debut studio album ‘Chasing Lights’ which has been nominated for […]

INME @ Redrum, Stafford 22nd January, 2020

Following a strong opening set from Between Static & Silence, it fell to Haggard Cat to provide main support ahead […]

New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From […]

Saving Grace + The Rails @ Town Hall, 22nd December 2019

And so, to the final gig of the year (for me) and come to that matter the final gig of […]

UB40 @ Arena Birmingham, 21st December 2019

All-time favourites and loved worldwide UB40 returned to Birmingham for their Christmas Hometown Show, bringing together people of all ages […]