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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 festival. Flooding the stage with energy, they put on a massive show that wowed us, immediately making us lifelong fans. While festival season is now sadly in the past it does mean that bands take […]

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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 an electric atmosphere and unforgettable performances.  I had a different experience and from my vantage point I could see the whole venue, so I feel justified in writing a slightly negative, but honest review… well, […]

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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 the ante with her most powerful and dramatic yet, and Birmingham’s Town Hall is the perfect backdrop for her performance tonight.  The contrasting grand architecture behind the stage and modern refurbished sheen giving the show […]

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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 night. Some of us might have work tomorrow but fuck it, we are here to party and Three Days Grace are providing the tunes. Tonight’s gig at Birmingham’s O2 Institute is an enthusiastic back-and-forth between […]

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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 say that teen spirit smells like a gig from The Night Cafe. An elixir of sweat and teen enthusiasm, of slightly stale beer and youthful dreams, that is what smells like teen spirit. With boundless […]

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Ólafur Arnalds @ Town Hall, 28 September 2018

Sitting behind me, a couple discuss the differences and pleasures of seeing live events abroad. I know eavesdropping is generally, and rightfully, frowned upon but listening to them seems a more engaging way to entertain myself before tonight’s concert starts without resorting to scrolling through my phone. While I don’t mind attending concerts on my […]

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Pale Waves @ O2 Institute, 25th September 2018

It’s been a whirlwind year for Manchester’s self-styled “goth-pop” outfit Pale Waves, making countless “ones to watch” lists, touring huge venues and supporting labelmates The 1975.  They are now making headway in the US, culminating in a Top 10 placing back home for their newly released debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ ahead of their […]

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Boston Manor at Mama Roux’s, 23rd September

When it comes to barrier less shows in the second city, Mama Roux’s comes up trumps in my opinion. For its aesthetically pleasing interior and moderately sized floor, the lack of barrier allows for chaos to ensue as it did on Sunday evening, as Boston Manor brought their latest UK tour to the venue. Opening […]

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The Magic Gang @ o2 Institute 22nd September, 2018

Their arises for each generation an indie rock band whose music embodies the ethos of its people. Think The Beatles or Oasis, U2 or Green Day, heralded musicians who expertly craft music that reflects the tenacious turmoil and excitable energy of their peers. While The Magic Gang are still in the early stages of their […]

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Europe @ O2 Institute, 19th September 2018

Whatever you think you might know about Swedish rock veterans Europe, it’s only part of the story. Before the doors open for their gig at the Institute there’s a massive queue snaking right around the block made up of all different kinds of people – from loyal fans who have followed the band since their […]

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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 […]