Tag Archives: Birmingham Live

Free Radio Live @ LG Arena, Birmingham – Saturday 30th November 2013

This review very nearly didn’t happen as I fell at the first fence! Somehow I had convinced myself despite written proof to the contrary, that this event was at the NIA and not the LG. So after few minutes of puzzling the box office staff at the NIA I finally worked out that I was […]

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Gary Numan @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Tuesday 19th November 2013

Gary Numan closes his hugely successful Splinter tour tonight in Wolverhampton. The venue is packed out with different generations of Numan fans. The critically aclaimed new album has given Numan his first top 20 album chart spot since the Warriors album in 1983, and definitely one of his best in a long time. Tonight’s opening act […]

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Stereophonics @ LG Arena – Tuesday 19th November 2013

Prior to Stereophonics taking to the stage, a number of videos are played including Kasabian and Red Hot Chili Peppers but the most interesting is the choice of The Kills track U R A Fever which sees dry ice released over the crowd. As the arena goes dark, the sound of a helicopter blares through […]

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Editors + British Sea Power @ O2 Academy, Birmingham – Saturday 16th November 2013

En route to tonight’s near to sell out show, it suddenly dawned on me that this is as close to a homecoming show as Editors get. Rather selfishly, my feeble brain starts to calculate, with some dread, the length of the inevitable congregation of parasites -me included- scrambling for guest list tickets. Sure enough, it […]

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KT Tunstall @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – Wednesday 13th November 2013

KT Tunstall seems to have made a conscious decision of late to veer down her own path and ignore, perhaps, what people are expecting of her. Her latest album, Invisible Empire, is a far more stripped back album with no big radio-friendly singles and is, dare I say it, all the better for it. Tonight […]

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The National @ The Apollo, Manchester – Monday 11th November 2013

Brooklyn indie rock band The National have been slowly but surely building a dedicated fan base across the globe for almost 15 years now and, following the success of their last two albums, are now playing to the biggest UK crowds of their career. Not really a tour, but four shows across two venues, this […]

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Kodaline @ The Institute, Birmingham – Friday 8th November 2013

The queue stretched far around the corner from the doors of the HMV Institute half an hour before they opened. A sign of the great anticipation of what was to come, as Dublin’s band of 2013 came into town. This was a crowd of people out to love every minute of what was about to […]

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Dillinger Escape Plan @ Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – Thursday 7th November 2013

Ever since I caught their half an hour set at Download festival a few years ago, I have to admit, I’ve wanted to see The Dillinger Escape Plan play a smaller venue. They have been widely acknowledged as one of the most energetic live bands on the planet right now and even if you’re not […]

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Boomtown Rats @ O2 Academy, Birmingham – Wednesday 6th November 2013

It’s a strange animal, the Boomtown Rat: they rose to prominence in the wake of punk, but were more ‘Springsteen rock’ than ‘Lydon punk’ so became disliked by punks for being fake; they became more successful than all of their peers, but were not pop enough to keep the fickle public satisfied; and they were […]

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Mark Lanegan @ The Institute, Birmingham – Saturday 2nd November 2013

It isn’t often that you see rows of seats at the Institute, but they are filling up fast for so early on a Saturday evening. The first support act is Lyenn, a musician based in Brussels and New York who creates thoughtful and sparse music swapping between an acoustic guitar and a mandolin. His vocal […]

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Album Review – The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

So, rumours of The Twilight Sad producing an album containing eleven versions of  “The Love Cats” have proved to be […]

Alcuna Wilds + The Courtesy Group for Actress and Bishop

January 31st see the return to the UK of Dutch/UK Trip-Rock band ALCUNA WILDS, much likened to Portishead, who we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]