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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 three locations around the country; the North, the South and in particular the Midlands where the NEC Genting Arena is providing a potentially exciting line-up. This venue will be housing Four Year Strong which – […]

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Scott Hutchison

Deep sadness today at Birmingham Live at the news regarding Scott Hutchison.  As long time fans of his work with Frightened Rabbit, Owl John, and most recently Mastersystem many of our team have been aware he was missing, but hoped for a positive outcome. We championed FR from the early days and regularly reviewed when […]

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Slam Dunk Midlands at the NEC 28th May 2018

The mighty Slam Dunk Festival returns to Birmingham NEC on 28th May as the Midlands day of the festival run.  As with previous years the Birmingham Live team are warming up ready for what promises to be a full on day across the multiple stages. Many of our favourite bands will be there including Good […]

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Interview – We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists return! The infamous duo, Keith Murray (guitar/vocals) and Chris Cain (bass) are back on the road with Megaplex, their hot off the press sixth album of colourful and utterly addictive fun-bomb pop. Set to dazzle the world with ten melodious molten nuggets – a welcome distraction to these bleak times in which we […]

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Shiiine On Festival @ Genting Arena 8th September!

At Birmingham Live we love the Shiiine On Festival with yearly excursions to Butlins included.  This year in addition to the weekend and sailing trips a full one day Shiiine On will be in Birmingham at the Genting Arena. So mark Saturday 8th September as an event to attend. The line up includes Orbital, Shed […]

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Bruno Major plays o2 Institute 4th May

Bruno Major returns to Birmingham to headline the Institute 3 on 4 May. Following a sell-out tour in the US and some huge European arena shows in support of Sam Smith, expect a confident performance from the classically trained guitarist as he delves into his acclaimed ’A Song For Every Moon’ collection, an evolving songbook over a year in the […]

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Britrock Must Be Destroyed! comes to Digbeth Arena on 5th May

The bank holiday weekend in May is shaping up to be a great one in Birmingham.  On the Saturday (5th) Britrock Must be Destroyed! visits the Digbeth Arena. The event line up (which rotates) includes Reef, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Dodgy and Birmingham Live will have a team there to review. Ahead of all the […]

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Download Press Day part 2

Our Birmingham Live reviewer Chris enjoyed his time at the press day for Download so much, we have a continuation article.  This time the Q+A Session is included.   Andy Copping Booker of Download Festival Andy is the Booker of Download Festival and has the joys of trying to keep people happy each year and […]

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Download 2018 Press Day

Our avid Download supporter and photographer/reviewer Chris attended the Download press day ahead of this years festival here are his main points to note for this year. The 2nd largest single festival of the year and one of the best Rock and Metal festivals is now upon us.   Download is now in its 16th […]

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Love From Stourbridge – The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin at o2 Academy

The Wonderstuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin are on a double- headline tour.  The last time the two local bands toured together was 27 years ago…some of us at Birmingham Live remember that well. This weekend they return for a 2 nights at the o2 Academy (14th and 15th April). The two bands grew up alongside one another, […]

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Mercury Rev @ Glee Club, 10 December 2018

Never has a venue and band been more perfectly suited than the Glee Club and Mercury Rev, particularly for this […]

Nightwish @ Arena Birmingham, 10th December 2018

Nightwish in Birmingham caused a flurry of excitement through the Birmingham Live team when the tour was announced.  Could they […]

Razorlight @ o2 Institute, 10th December 2018

Opening the latest Razorlight tour at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening were Fetiche, a French rock band […]

808 State and Lone @ O2 Institute 8th December, 2018

When I found out that Mancunian acid house pioneers and legends 808 State were touring for their 30th anniversary, I […]

Buffalo Tom @ o2 Institute, 6th December 2018

I first came across Buffalo Tom in something like 1991 when a friend with exceptional knowledge of the music scene […]

The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band […]