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The Metros @ Bar Academy – 27th February 2008

Wednesday night, February 27th, Bar Academy Birmingham . A young and excited crowd was in attendance, already buoyed by the support and looking on expectantly for the hotly tipped Metros. What eschewed was a steady performance from a band with great expectancy on their shoulders. Their music echoes back to a more libertine time, jangly […]

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Hot Chip @ Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – 22nd February 2008

Friday nights are often electric after a boring mundane working week – its time for masses of people to cut lose and let their hair down. This Friday is certainly no different, and at first sight of the jam-packed Wulfrun it is evident that the audience were about to witness something special. Hot Chip they […]

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Megadeth @ Birmingham Academy – 22nd February 2008

Evile’s Matt Drake must be in his element. Originally formed as a covers band in Huddersfield, he and his mates now sees themselves opening for their heroes in front of a jam packed Academy. Not only that, but their half hour set of Metallica/Slayer-influenced speed metal has clearly won over the notoriously tough Megadeth crowd. […]

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Reel Big Fish – Carling Academy Birmingham – 21/02/08

Third Wave Ska stalwarts Reel Big Fish open tonight’s show with Sell Out and don’t let up until they’ve wrung every last drop of energy from the crowd. Parting ways with their record company and the loss of bass player Matt Wong would have slowed most bands down a little but the band seem as […]

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Cut Off Your Hands, Cazals & Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man @ The Barfly – 21st February 2008

When you go to a gig you expect the loud music and the press of bodies to keep you nice and warm but last night it was even colder inside the Barfly than it was outside. In a city the size of Birmingham, for barely 40 people to make it out to see three decent, […]

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The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 20th February 2008

It’s a Wednesday night in Birmingham and Academy 2 has fallen into absolute chaos. The two security men down the front struggle to control the constant stream of bodies hurling themselves over the barrier. And that’s just members of the band heading into the crowd! The Dillinger Escape Plan have something of a reputation. That […]

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Jimmy Eat World @ Birmingham Academy – 19th February 2008

Jimmy Eat World singer Jim Adkins is not your typical frontman of a multi-platinum selling punk rock band. If you didn’t know better you’d happily believe him if he told you he were a teacher or a solicitor. And yet here he is on stage at the Academy in front of 3000 adoring fans with […]

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Gallows @ Birmingham Academy – 16th February 2008

Frank Carter can rail all he likes against fans making idols of bands but if he’s a subject of adulation it’s no doubt a result of his thrillingly visceral and menacingly charismatic performances. If there’s a single reason why Gallows have been embraced (if a little cautiously) by mainstream indie and won plays on Radio […]

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Kaiser Chiefs @ Birmingham Barfly – 15th February 2008

After two massive albums and a fairly meteoric rise to the realms of indie superstars, Kaiser Chiefs are more often than not found parading around stadiums or headlining festivals before a cast of thousands. So it’s surprising to find them performing to a few hundred punters down at Birmingham’s Barfly on a Friday night in […]

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Bullet For My Valentine @ Wolves Civic Hall 1/2/08

Within 60 seconds of hitting the stage, the sold out Civic Hall is a sea of bodies jumping and punching the air, every face fixed on a band who know exactly how to work a room while throwing down monstrous riffs and thundering beats. This, however is not the headlining act. It’s only 7:30 and […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

808 State and Lone @ O2 Institute 8th December, 2018

When I found out that Mancunian acid house pioneers and legends 808 State were touring for their 30th anniversary, I […]

Buffalo Tom @ o2 Institute, 6th December 2018

I first came across Buffalo Tom in something like 1991 when a friend with exceptional knowledge of the music scene […]

The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band […]