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V FESTIVAL @ Weston Park, Staffordshire – 16th-17th August 2008

This year’s widely anticipated V Festival came aggressively straight for us. With her guns blazing, she blew away anyone who was lucky enough to get in to the 60,000 capacity arena. The success of the weekend truly rested on one act and their extraordinary ability to put on the most intense and simply awesome performance […]

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Escobar + The Joe Fox Band + Barnesy + The Abbots @ The Rainbow, Birmingham – 15th August 2008

I’m slightly ashamed to admit that this was my first gig at The Rainbow but it was a fine way to kick things off. The promoters here are promoting a good spread of local bands, have created a decent atmosphere and you can get a kebab at the back of the room – what more […]

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Bombay Bicycle Club @ The Barfly, Birmingham – 15th August 2008

Like a newly born but sadly unwanted child, Everything Everything appeared on stage kicking, screaming and not able to focus. Talk about birth trauma – the trauma was all mine. At first, not really wanting to accept that they were actually in the room, I averted my gaze several times. The lead singer literally annihilating […]

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Go:Audio + Attack! Attack! + Paige @ Bar Academy, Birmingham – 13th August 2008

Support bands rarely ever get a good response at a gig due to the lack of fans showing, but Attack! Attack! manage it quite skillfully. They do what few supports do and get virtually the whole venue screaming for them, and this is before they’ve even begun playing! As the first band on, they must […]

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Birds of Wales @ Bar Academy, Birmingham – 12th August 2008

Being a tad jet lagged and hankering for a bit of heavy drinking, Birds of Wales embarked on their 5th UK tour in front of what I’m ashamed to say was almost an empty room at the Bar Academy on Tuesday night. Appearing two band members down (the other two not able to tour due […]

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Fightstar + Go:Audio + We Are The Ocean + more @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 9th August 2008

First up were Rolo Tomassi, who grabbed the crowd’s attention with a brutal scream from their tiny singer and didn’t let go until they were done. Having a more traditionally punk sound than the rest of the bill they were not playing to their usual crowd, and their set seemed a little off [as admitted […]

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The Parlotones + Max Raptor + The Atats @ Birmingham Barfly – 6th August 2008

I had absolutely no idea to expect from the tonight’s support bands because I hadn’t had time to check them out on the web, but as The Atats jumped on stage I thought I knew exactly what to expect from them. Lead vocalist and guitarist Jake looks like your classic indie kid who’s just finished […]

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Them Is Me @ Birmingham Bar Academy – 2nd August 2008

Let’s face it; out of all of the bands to find fame during the Britpop era of the mid-90s, Reef were probably the best of the lot – even if they weren’t the most successful. As such, it was a real shame when they split back in 2003. However, vocalist Gary Stringer and bassist Jack […]

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The Young Knives @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 2nd August 2008

“I thought it was going to be really bad but its actually alright”. Young Knives bassist the House of Lords feigning his surprise at Wolverhampton and what it has to offer should hardly endear him to the crowd, but this example of the camaraderie that the Young Knives deliver at their live performances only serves […]

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KD Lang @ Birmingham Symphony Hall – 1st August 2008

Truth be told, I went to review KD Lang at the Symphony Hall at the last minute and it’s fair to say that I’m one of the many people who are aware of her because of her private life rather than her back catalogue. Thankfully I did have some time to brush up on her […]

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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 […]