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Snow Patrol + Kodaline @ Arena Birmingham, 25 January, 2019

It’s been a while since Snow Patrol toured and a sold out Arena beckons them back to Birmingham.  There are two supports tonight, unfortunately I miss the first due to the combination of traffic and Friday, these are the bands that could be the next Snow Patrol and it frustrates me to miss them.  I’m […]

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Powerwolf + Amaranthe + Kissin’ Dynamite @ The Mill, 22 January 2019

What a night. How am I going to write a review that does the night justice? So please bear with me, for tonight I was fortunate enough to catch up with the almighty metal Gods of Powerwolf as they end their UK stint of their ‘Sacament of Sin tour’ following their recently released namesake album. […]

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Ben Howard @ Symphony Hall, 21 January 2019

There is an escapist essence that has forever permeated Ben Howard’s music. With the ability to create explorative sonic tapestries Howard’s music is a breathtaking getaway form the mundane, so it is no shock that he has over the years amassed quite a following. His newest release, Noonday Dream, is a body of work that […]

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Avatar @ O2 Institute, 17th January 2019

Hail to the king of Avatar Country! Seven albums and almost two decades into their career, Swedish metallers Avatar are still gaining momentum thanks to their hugely theatrical live performances which have seen them play on the main stage at Download festival and tour with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Halestorm over the past […]

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Clutch @ o2 Academy, 22nd December 2018

Thank the lawd it’s not snowing. Having had numerous wintertime gigs nobbled by the road-wrecking sky-dandruff several times before, I gladly get work out of the way and finally zip off to see one of rock’s best kept secrets: Clutch. The Maryland no-nonsense outfit are one of the select few bands working tirelessly for the […]

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Nile Rodgers and CHIC @ Arena Birmingham, 16 December 2018

Having sold more than 500 million records in his time, there are few musicians on the planet to have achieved quite as much as funk and soul superstar Nile Rodgers. From David Bowie to Madonna and Diana Ross to Lady Gaga, he has worked with some of the greatest artists of all time to churn […]

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Madness @ Arena Birmingham, 15 December 2018

Formed in 1976 Madness have survived a break up, a change of direction and a Margaret Thatcher inspired sitcom written by Ben Elton. But the rock steadiest question around was would they be nutty enough to perform at the Birmingham Arena? Judging by the flurry of Fez hats and sea of parkas we must all […]

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Bury Tomorrow +36 Crazyfists + Cane Hill @ o2 Institute, 12 December 2018

Cane Hill came onstage to an already packed out 02 Institute main room; the largely mixed demographic audience arriving early to catch most of the bands on this impressive line-up.  The metalcore band from the States showed great confidence onstage, with singer Elijah Witt showcasing his powerful screaming voice, along with some captivating falsetto cleans; […]

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Mercury Rev @ Glee Club, 10 December 2018

Never has a venue and band been more perfectly suited than the Glee Club and Mercury Rev, particularly for this tour, which celebrates 20 years since the release of their seminal album ‘Deserter’s Songs’, with a stripped down ‘acoustic’ set featuring the album in full.  I did wonder before the show, how they were going […]

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Nightwish @ Arena Birmingham, 10th December 2018

Nightwish in Birmingham caused a flurry of excitement through the Birmingham Live team when the tour was announced.  Could they be as good as promised?  Our photographer Chris went to find out. The opening act tonight is Beast In Black.  They formed 3 years ago and recently recruited Anton from Battle Beast. They have a […]

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Hippo Campus @ o2 Institute,18 February 2019

Since I last saw Hippo Campus play in Birmingham (supporting Modest Mouse in 2015), they have not returned to Birmingham, […]

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ Town Hall, 13 February 2019

When I last reviewed the Holy Holy show in 2015 link here I stated it was the best gig of the […]

Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over […]

Hoobastank + Buckcherry + Adelitas Way @ o2 Institute 10th February 2019

Tonight is bitterly cold again, no ice needed in our drinks, I’m not really sure what to be expecting from […]

Blue October play o2 Institute 22nd February

It has been a while but Blue October are returning to Birmingham later this month.  The Platinum-selling Texas-based band, are […]

The Murder Capital + The Cosmics + Bad Girlfriend @ Sunflower Lounge, 5th February 2019

The late pick-up on this gig combined with a very busy weekend meant that I was unprepared and unresearched for […]