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Bat Sabbath + The Temple + Dead Hands @ Academy 2 – 14th June 2017

Bat Sabbath Birmingham Academy

You have to be fairly bold to play a set of Black Sabbath covers in Birmingham. The original heavy metal pioneers are viewed with such regard in their hometown that any band even attempting to match their reverence would normally be laughed out of the room. Not so Canada’s Bat Sabbath. The gnarly punk rockers […]

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Kraftwerk @ Symphony Hall – 13 June 2017

“Turn it up!” shouts an audience member a few songs into Kraftwerk‘s set at Birmingham’s impressive Symphony Hall, quickly following the comment with “We’re old!” It’s certainly true that, for the first 45 minutes of tonight’s show the volume is indeed lacking, and it’s also a valid point that the majority of tonight’s crowd are […]

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Bear’s Den @ Birmingham Institute – 2nd November 2016

Entering my favourite Birmingham venue on a Wednesday night, the buzz is tangible. Fresh from selling out the 5000-capacity Brixton Academy in their native London, Bear’s Den are back on home turf after a sold out run of significantly smaller shows in America in support of their new sophomore record “Red Earth & Pouring Rain,” […]

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Billy Talent + Young Guns @ O2 Institute, Birmingham – 19th October 2016

Canadian rock band Billy Talent rolled into Birmingham last night to play the city’s O2 Institute. Support came from Young Guns. Photographer Steve Gerrard was there to catch the action. BILLY TALENT YOUNG GUNS Tweet

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Megadeth + Lamb Of God announce Birmingham Academy gig

Now here’s a line-up! Metal royalty MEGADETH will play Birmingham’s O2 Academy on November 15th 2015 and will be bringing the mighty LAMB OF GOD along with them. Opening the show will be Sylosis & Children Of Bodom. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 17th at 9:00 a.m. Photos – Steve Gerrard Tweet

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Defeater + Napoleon + Wars + Rise of Athena @ The Rainbow – 8th July 2015

There is little point verbosely writing upon the musicality of the supports. It equates to variations of standard hardcore riffs. It’s a hardcore show, surprises would have been welcomed but the probability was low. Rise of Athena opened proceedings and ‘Fight Owens Fight’ were words I was hoping the whole band might aspire to, upon […]

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Paul McCartney @ Birmingham Barclaycard Arena – 27th May 2015

Over the years, Paul McCartney has become quite a divisive figure in the world of popular culture. There are those who consider him the most important and influential musician in history. Others, including many commenting on my Facebook page before tonight’s show, strongly disagree. One commented he’d rather “suck sick through a straw than watch […]

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Impericon Festival @ Manchester Academy – 4th May 2015

Impericon‘s yearly festival celebrates its tenth year in 2015 and brings with it a truly impressive and diverse line-up of bands from the metal and hardcore world to celebrate a decade of mosh pits. And, even at 1:30 in the afternoon, there’s an impressive queue outside Manchester’s Academy, making sure they don’t miss a minute […]

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Norma Jean – Exclusive Interview

Norma Jean have been blazing their own trail in the world of heavy rock n roll since forming in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. Since then they’ve had multiple line-up changes and a string of critically acclaimed albums. They’re a band that, in my opinion, should be much bigger than they are. We caught up with […]

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Banks @ Birmingham Institute – 17th November 2014

I’ve come into this gig cold (both physically and musically). I’ve listened to Banks’ album “Goddess”, released this September, a handful of times, but not ‘properly’ by any means. But, I’ve been to enough gigs in my time to know that for every bystander loitering at the back, there’s a super fan at the front […]

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Sea Girls @ Mama Rouxs 11 October, 2018

We first met Sea Girls a handful of months ago when we caught their set at Barn on the Farm […]

Album Review – Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Strikingly honest and soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell has made a career of combining heart wrenching lyrical content with intricately […]

The Coral + She Drew The Gun + Cut Glass Keys @ O2 Institute, 5 October 2018

Firstly, a disclaimer: I have already spoken to other people who attended this gig and they loved it.  They describe […]

Anna Calvi @ Town Hall, 4th October 2018

With three albums of atmospheric leftfield pop to her name, London’s Anna Calvi’s most recent effort ‘Hunter’ sees her up […]

Three Days Grace @ o2 Institute, 4 October 2018

“You guys are on fire tonight. You’re fucking loving it.” Adam Gontier is not wrong. It might be a Thursday […]

The Night Cafe @ o2 Institute, 30 September 2018

What exactly does teen spirit smell like? I would venture to claim that if Nirvana were still alive they would […]