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Kerrang! Tour @ O2 Institute, 5 December, 2017

Tonight was the first of many shows for the Kerrang! Tour. Having boasted great performances in recent years by the likes of Don Broco, Sum 41, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Limpbizkit, tonight was no exception for such a line-up. Consisting of Welsh hardcore punk band Casey, Alternative Scottish band Vukovi, Pop Punk heroes […]

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JAWS + Marsicans @ 02 Institute, 2nd December, 2017

  Our team went to see JAWS hometown gig with Marsicans supporting. The first time I heard Marsicans I was sitting in the back tent at the festival Barn on the Farm. After long days a rest was needed, but I was propelled out of my comfortable seat to listen to this funky high-energy force […]

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Frank Carter @ 02 Academy, 2 December, 2017

Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham for one of the best live acts around at the moment;  Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes. Known far and wide for his onstage presence and eccentric personality, the former Gallows frontman loves interaction with the fans at his shows and when I saw them at 2000 Trees Fest […]

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Benjamin Clementine @ Town Hall, 1st December, 2017

  Friday night at the Town Hall and Birmingham Live had the opportunity to see Benjamin Clementine.  Benjamin Clementine is a performer that packs a mighty punch.  As an entertainer he demands as much of his audience as he gives; there is a surge of energy and human interaction that cannot be questioned. Benjamin Clementine is […]

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Queen and Adam Lambert @ Arena Birmingham 30 November, 2017

Tonight was the opportunity for Birmingham Live to shoot Queen and Adam Lambert at Arena Birmingham;  a chance not to be missed. With 40 years since the launch of the album News of the World, there sure to be be some delights in the setlist. This combination of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) and […]

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Mark Lanegan @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 29th November 2017

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For the latest round of dates, Mark Lanegan has called into Wolverhampton to play the Wulfrun Hall. Like her sister building, the Civic, she is undergoing extensive works, but from first glance it appears exactly the same as it’s always been. The staff assure me work is going on behind the scenes. Mark Lanegan has […]

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Jane Weaver @ Hare and Hounds 29 November, 2017

A recent review on this site took exception, and understandably so, at the amount of loud and obnoxious chattering at a recent gig in Wolverhampton. I inquired of the opinion of a friend who was at said gig. He concurred with the review and said it was absolutely accurate.  The worst he’d heard and spoiled […]

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Northlane + ERRA @ O2 Academy, 28 November, 2017

Starting off tonight were Australian homeboys Ocean Grove. Having supported the likes of Architects and Amity Affliction, these boys have garnered quite a reputation already, and it’s easy to see why. Hitting us with their unique blend of metal, synth, hip hop and industrial sounds, only falling short by the amount of backing track used […]

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Tom Walker @ Castle and Falcon, 25 November, 2017

In the wood clad backroom of The Castle and Falcon a certain nonchalant yet excited energy stirred. Small and intimate, the room held a crowd of a couple of hundred that were waiting patiently for star on the rise Tom Walker. The artist, marked by his recent addition to BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 list […]

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 25th November, 2017

It’s been two years since I was last in the Civic, not due to tardiness but due to the fact it’s been closed for refurbishment. However, apart from the extra security checks to get into the building (standard these days since the Manchester atrocity) there really doesn’t seem to have been much work done inside. […]

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The Big Birmingham Live review of 2017

We have had another great year at Birmingham Live.  We have been able to cover a wide range of gigs […]

The Prodigy @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 19th December 2017

So to the final gig (for me) of 2017 and there couldn’t be a better way to sign off than […]

HIM @ Rock City, Nottingham 15 December, 2017

Arriving at Rock City tonight I noticed an already growing crowd present for the opener Biters. Formed in 2009 , […]

UB40 @ Genting Arena, 15 December, 2017

UB40 have been playing their smooth yet rootsy blend of music together for over 30 years to critical global success, […]

Liam Gallagher @ Arena Birmingham, 12 December, 2017

I’ve seen Liam Gallagher perform live on 4 previous occasions, twice with Oasis and twice with Beady Eye.  The shows […]

LANY @ o2 Insitute, 9th December 2017

The Ancient Greek aphorism “knows thyself” has been the seat of conceptual knowledge that has driven humans to contemplative realms […]