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Mogwai + The Twilight Sad @ The Mill Digbeth, 23 November 2018

  It’s always a sign of a kind of maturity when a band like Mogwai get to have their own brand of beer. Like a performance from the band themselves, the drink is understated. Like one of their tunes it’s interesting, full of flavour and has quite a bite. Even the name, Mogwai Beer Satan, […]

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You Me At Six @ O2 Academy, 22nd November 2018

It’s been ten years since Surrey rock outfit You Me At Six released their pop-punk styled breakthrough debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ and they’re currently on tour performing it in full to mark the milestone. However, this show doesn’t fit under that umbrella, and tonight’s performance in Birmingham is one of a small handful […]

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The Four Tops + The Temptations + Tavares @ Arena Birmingham, 22nd November 2018

A pre December Winter chill’s hit the air but that’s not going to stop a couple thousand Brummies from plunging into The Arena, primed and ready to jive and high kick to the Monarchs of Motown. As a Millennial I’m used to swinging my arms around to 135 bpm in a nonchalant way so it […]

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Basement @ O2 Institute, 20th November 2018

Opening the sold out show on Tuesday evening was the Australian Ecca Vandal, a female singer supported in the live environment by a full backing band. Perhaps a strange choice as opening support for a rock band, this was reflected in the cold reception from the audience. Drawing up comparisons to perhaps a No Doubt […]

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Jessie J @ o2 Academy, 20 November 2018

The word ‘authenticity’ gets thrown around often. We use it to designate a certain quality of humanity, a certain humbleness and sincerity found intermittently with artists. The word gets used often but perhaps not accurately, that is until we caught a set by Jessie J. Bringing a true meaning to the word, Jessie J completely […]

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Courtney Barnett @ O2 Academy, 19th November 2018

Fellow Australian musician, Laura Jean, is the support act for Barnett’s tour of the U.K. which is an interesting choice as musically they are very different. Laura Jean is a lone figure with an Kuwai X120 and a saxophone for company with which she produces nostalgic low-key pop. Her latest album, Devotion, is a reflective […]

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Jess Glynne @ Genting Arena, 18th November, 2018

Jess Glynne has only been in the music zeitgeist for five or so years, but her rise to stardom has come quickly. The pop singer intermixes catchy upbeat pop tunes with a more grounded R+B sensibility, giving her music a powerful presence that is at times missed by the candy coated pop of radio. With […]

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Culture Club @ Arena Birmingham, 16 November 2018

New wave pop superstars Culture Club are no strangers to the limelight; the band has created groundbreaking records since the 1980s. Launching into stardom with 1982’s ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ their genre defying mixture of pop, reggae and rock produced a new sound that when mixed with their onstage personalities and shenanigans […]

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Florence and The Machine @ Genting Arena, 16th November 2018.

Over the past decade, Florence Welch has alongside her ensemble backing band established herself as an internationally renowned artist, hitting her peak in the UK with a highly acclaimed headline set at the prestigious Glastonbury Festival in 2015. Since then, things have been a little more low-key until this year, which saw the release of […]

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Greta Van Fleet @ o2 Academy, 14 November, 2018

It was clear from the second you entered the O2 Academy in Birmingham last night for the local date of Greta Van Fleet’s world tour in support of their debut album ‘Anthem of The Peaceful Army’ that it was a sell out show. And as those who regularly frequent the main room of Birmingham’s blue […]

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Razorlight @ o2 Institute, 10th December 2018

Opening the latest Razorlight tour at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening were Fetiche, a French rock band […]

Nathan Ball @ Hare and Hounds, 5th December 2018

Mixing elements of indie, surf rock, electronic and acoustic, singer songwriter Nathan Ball curates rich records for the longing soul. […]

Cypress Hill @ o2 Academy, 4th December 2018

There are a few things you can confidently anticipate from a Cypress Hill gig; an aromatic scent across the venue, […]

Deacon Blue @ Symphony Hall, 4th December 2018

At the risk of making myself very unpopular, I have to present a review that contains many contradictions and criticisms.  […]

Zeal and Ardor @ o2 Institute, 4th December 2018

Upon entering the O2 Institute 2 on Tuesday evening, it was quite surprising to see screens already in action for […]

Gregory Porter – One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, album review

One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is the latest release from Gregory Porter, on Decca Records. Recorded […]