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Monster Truck + The Picturebooks @ 02 Institute, 17th March, 2017

Our man Neale went out to see what the mighty Monster Truck would bring to a Friday night in Birmingham. The Picturebooks were already onstage when I gained access into the packed 02 Institute on Friday night. Instant comparisons could be made with Royal Blood and Slaves; their two man guitar and drum style gives […]

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Crowbar @ 02 Institute, 16th March, 2017

Neale from the Birmingham Live team went to find out what Crowbar had to offer at the 02 Institute.  American sludge metal was a genre I’d never been aware of.  To me, the word ‘sludge’ implies slow and thick; if not dark. Well I couldn’t have called it any better; the riffs came in slow […]

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Laura Marling @ 02 Institute, 14th March, 2017

Laura Marling played an intoxicatingly whimsical performance at the O2 Institute, enwrapping the packed room with melodic harmonies and folk sensibility. The O2 Institute was transformed into a magical forest on a Tuesday night. Dripping in flowers and backlit in shades of blue and green, the space transported the mixed age audience in a supernatural […]

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The Pigeon Detectives + Franklin @ 02 Institute 2, 8th March, 2017

With the words of BrumLive’s editor in chief swirling round my head (“Be careful, they’re a lively bunch them fans of The Pigeon Detectives ”) I made my way into the O2. Pah! I’ve been doing lively gigs since I was a teen. The Meteors, Suicidal Tendencies, Agnostic Front, Black Flag… I think I can handle […]

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LANY + Off Bloom @ o2 Institute, 6th March, 2017

If there was an award for the Nicest Guys in Music, LANY would be the winner with ease. The incredibly lovely and gracious guys also make incredible music; in fact LANY is a band you’ve certainly heard, even if you do not recognise it. As the most streamed artists on Spotify’s Discovery Weekly playlist, their […]

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Deaf Havana + Dinosaur Pile-up + Dead! @ 02 Institute, 21st February, 2017

I turn up to the Institute for Deaf Havana expecting to wander straight in, wearing short-sleeves. However, I’m faced with a queue snaking past two side roads and round a bend. Short sleeves were not a good idea. There’s a cool breeze in the air. Getting into the Institute is notoriously a nightmare, with security […]

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Band of Horses @ O2 Institute, 20th February, 2017

One of the best ways to obliterate the connotations that swarm around the first working day of the five day week, is to head out in search of live music. It’s an endeavour fraught with challenges — many a time I have experienced the efforts of a performer buckle and wilt at the prospect of […]

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Amber Run @ 02 Institute, 11th February, 2017

It has not been an easy year for Indie Pop Rock band Amber Run. While the specifics of the difficulties have not been shared, the band has repeatedly stated that they didn’t know if they would be around to complete this most recent full length album aptly titled For A Moment, I Was Lost. Overcoming […]

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Chelsea Grin + Betraying the Martyrs + Void of Vision @ 02 Institute, 7th February, 2017

Void of Vision were first support for  Chelsea Grin at the 02 Institute this evening. Interviewing band members Jack and James before the show, albiet in a venue quite audibly progessing through soundchecks, I noticed that these are just your everyday early twenties lads. Down to earth and chatty, the guys even offered to assist me […]

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Meshuggah + The Haunted @ 02 Institute, 13th January, 2017

Meshuggah have been on the bleeding edge of extreme metal for thirty years. I’ll let that sink in and then say it again, thirty (three-zero) years. They are one of those rare few bands where almost their entire back catalogue still sounds as fresh now as it did when it was released. When I heard […]

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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 […]