Tag Archives: Birmingham

Europe @ O2 Institute, 19th September 2018

Whatever you think you might know about Swedish rock veterans Europe, it’s only part of the story. Before the doors open for their gig at the Institute there’s a massive queue snaking right around the block made up of all different kinds of people – from loyal fans who have followed the band since their […]

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Jayce Lewis @ O2 Academy, 16th September 2018

For an artist out on his first headline tour of the UK, Bridgend’s electro-industrial prodigy Jayce Lewis has certainly had an interesting career so far. Big initial success in Asia followed the release of his debut album back in 2010 and with the support of high-profile collaborators including Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen […]

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SEXTILE @ Cuban Embassy, 16 September 2018

It’s a wet, autumn night and you’re a very cheerful, good looking band, who have travelled four thousand or so miles from sunny LA to be in a country of grim, dour and pasty residents of which twenty could manage to put their mobile phones down and come out to be entertained. What do you […]

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Jaret Reddick @ o2 Institute, 15 September 2018

Heartache and Hilarity was an acoustic tour which saw Bowling for Soup’s front man Jaret Reddick express raw emotion as he shared with us the origins of his songs before playing them for us. Having been a band for near on 25 years Bowling for Soup have many songs, so its hardly surprising that only 12 months after seeing […]

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Garbage @ Digbeth Arena 8 September 2018

The smell of hot dogs fills the air. There’s no discernible source. The concession stands outside the open air Digbeth Arena are selling pizza, burgers and burritos. A New York style hot dog stand is nowhere to be seen. And yet, that smell is the first thing that hits me when I get through the […]

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The The + Field Music @ Digbeth Arena 7 September 2018

Tonight is a night of firsts: my first time at the Digbeth Arena, first time I have really listened to Field Music and finally after three decades I get to see Matt Johnson’s The The, live.  I was apprehensive about all these things, but it turned out to be a night of pleasant surprises. Firstly, […]

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Soccer Mommy + Brooke Bentham @ Hare and Hounds

The Hare and Hounds is a favourite little venue of mine, I have been to some amazing gigs over the years and tonight is absolutely no exception. Tonight, we have two artists on offer, one from the UK and one from the USA. Both female, both young and both with huge potential. First up is […]

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Incubus @ o2 Academy 4th September, 2018

After a mix up at the box office, I finally make it in to the near-capacity venue illustrating how popular Incubus are. The vast numbers of fans mean ridiculous queues at the bar let alone limited places to be able to see the stage unless you are over six foot, so you will have to […]

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Barry Manilow @ Arena Birmingham 4 September, 2018

As part of my long list of bands and artists I really should see Barry Manilow has been on the list for way too long.  I’ve seen many greats and some legends so how has Barry slipped by? Chance or timing has never happened to make it possible, but tonight that is all about to […]

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Erin Rae @ The Kitchen Garden Café, 28th August 2018

Erin Rae last found herself in this neck of the woods a little over one year ago when she performed at Smethwick’s Thimblemill Library on a truly memorable summer’s evening. Rae begins by asking if any of those in attendance tonight were also at the previous show. In addition to the chuckling as a consequence […]

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Album Review – Alt-J REDUXER

What is happening? It is my first thought when I open the new Alt-J project REDUXER. Expecting the indie transcendence […]

Europe @ O2 Institute, 19th September 2018

Whatever you think you might know about Swedish rock veterans Europe, it’s only part of the story. Before the doors […]

The Blinders – “Columbia” Debut album released 21 September 2018

‘Columbia’ by The Blinders is a very exciting debut.  I’ve got a lot to say about this so I will […]

50 Cent @ Arena Birmingham 18 September, 2018

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of “Get Rich Or Die Tryin”. Business man, rap tycoon, street kid immortal 50 Cent was providing […]

Jayce Lewis @ O2 Academy, 16th September 2018

For an artist out on his first headline tour of the UK, Bridgend’s electro-industrial prodigy Jayce Lewis has certainly had […]

SEXTILE @ Cuban Embassy, 16 September 2018

It’s a wet, autumn night and you’re a very cheerful, good looking band, who have travelled four thousand or so […]