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Bands we must see at Download this weekend!

The Largest UK Rock and Metal Festival continuous for its 16th year and now overtakes its former name Monsters of Rock;  something Andy Copping (Festival Booker)is really excited about, as are we. Each year has its challenges and Download organisers listen to their fans as they try to adapt to provide a comfortable experience for […]

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Barn on the Farm 5th to 8th July, 2018

Nestled in the midst of a quaint farm just outside of Gloucester, Barn on the Farm is a stellar festival that continuously hosts the newest and hottest. In the early weekend of July, the festival runs 5-8th of July, the warm afternoons and vibrating sunsets give the festival a truly magical undertone, only heightened with […]

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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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Hippo Campus @ o2 Institute,18 February 2019

Since I last saw Hippo Campus play in Birmingham (supporting Modest Mouse in 2015), they have not returned to Birmingham, […]

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ Town Hall, 13 February 2019

When I last reviewed the Holy Holy show in 2015 link here I stated it was the best gig of the […]

Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over […]

Hoobastank + Buckcherry + Adelitas Way @ o2 Institute 10th February 2019

Tonight is bitterly cold again, no ice needed in our drinks, I’m not really sure what to be expecting from […]

Blue October play o2 Institute 22nd February

It has been a while but Blue October are returning to Birmingham later this month.  The Platinum-selling Texas-based band, are […]

The Murder Capital + The Cosmics + Bad Girlfriend @ Sunflower Lounge, 5th February 2019

The late pick-up on this gig combined with a very busy weekend meant that I was unprepared and unresearched for […]