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Laura Marling + Melodica, Melody & Me @ St Paul’s Church, Birmingham – 12th June 2008

With much eager anticipation did I trot along to see Ms Marling play a somewhat bizarre choice of venue – St Paul’s Church in Birmingham – just one of a number of churches on this particular ‘themed’ tour. The decision to play churches struck me as a bold choice – how many of her fans […]

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The Sex Pistols @ Birmingham Academy – 11th June 2008

It’s been 32 years since Johnny Rotten and co brought the filth and the fury to a Birmingham stage so, when tickets for tonight’s gig went on sale, all 3000 sold out in around 60 minutes. Tonight there’s little sign of either filth or fury but, at the age of 52, Mr Rotten still knows […]

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36 Crazyfists @ The Barfly – 11th June 2008

To say I was dubious about 36 Crazyfists would perhaps be the biggest understatement I have heard in quite some time. I wouldn’t call myself a fan, and from what I’d heard I was seriously worried about my wellbeing. Three drinks later and I was ready and headed on through Digbeth to the Barfly, once […]

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Say Anything + Twin Atlantic + The Outline @ Birmingham Barfly – 9th June 2008

With the weather so nice outside, it seems such a shame to be standing in the dark, but with a promising line-up the night should be a good one. The Outline from L.A. start to a near empty room and, while their music is totally lost on most of the audience, it catches a few […]

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A Day to Remember + The Devil Wears Prada + Alesana @ Birmingham Barfly – 8th June 2008

It must be great to be a small venue like the Barfly at this time of year; what with the Download festival being just on the horizon, it inevitably means that a lot of the bands playing will also stop by the smaller clubs to play some warm up shows, just as tonight’s three groups […]

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Liza Minelli @ Birmingham Symphony hall – 4th June 2008

Surely it’s only a matter of time before the life of Liza Minelli becomes a musical in its own right and we will have come full circle. The daughter of the legendary Judy Garland (yes, Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz), Minelli has been immersed in show business since the word go and tonight, in […]

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Flogging Molly @ Birmingham Academy – 4th June 2008

Up first are Ill Scarlet who give an energetic and enthusiastic performance despite a lack of response from the crowd, with the exception of a group of four guys going crazy throughout the whole set. Their reggae and ska infused sound created quite a relaxed atmosphere, particularly with final song, ‘Mary Jane’ which got the […]

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Duffy @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – June 3rd 2008

If ever the Wulfrun hall could ever be full to the rafters, tonight was it. The million album selling Duffy appeared in front of probably just less than 2000 people in a hot and packed venue. No support band left the audience hanging on for 2 hours in some cases, not a great start for […]

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Ministry @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 2nd June 2008

It has been a long time since I have seen Ministry play. I can’t remember the exact date, but it was in the same venue, Paul Barker was still an integral member of the band, the Wulfrun was half full, and it was one of the darkest gigs I have ever attended. So when I […]

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The Duke Special @ The Glee Club – 2nd June 2008

King Kong was vanquished, Godzilla was long gone, there was nothing else to do, so I ventured down to the Glee Club. If you were to compare the night’s gig to sports, it would be more akin to a darts championship than the Running of the Bulls – and yes you can have a meal […]

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Barn on the Farm Sunday 8th July, 2018

We have made it, the final day of Barn on the Farm. After numerous insanely impressive sets stretching the past […]

Barn on the Farm Saturday 7th July, 2018

As the weekend fans filled the campground, fans present for the intimate sessions at Barn on the Farm were emerging […]

Barn on the Farm Friday 6th July, 2018

Nestled outside of the hustle and bustle of Gloucester, Barn on the Farm is a magical little festival that brings […]

10 Unmissable Acts at 2000 Trees Festival 2018

We are on countdown to 2000Trees Festival 12-14th July and our reviewer Neale has his must see list ready. 10. […]

Del Amitri play the Symphony Hall 23rd July

It’s one we’ve been waiting for at Birmingham Live. Del Amitri will hit the road for the first time in […]

Tremonti + The Fallen State @ o2 Institute, 30 June 2018

Acting as support across the whole of this UK tour, The Fallen State had a large crowd to play to […]