Tag Archives: Birmingham

Simple Minds @ Birmingham LG Arena – 28th November 2008

When I found out Simple Minds were planning to celebrate 30 years in the business with a landmark tour, I leaped at the chance to review tonight’s performance. Although, I confess I was less certain of how I felt about reviewing special quests Deacon Blue, knowing only their most popular songs and having a tendency […]

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Satyricon + The Berzerker + Zonaria @ Birmingham Barfly – 24th November 2008

The last time I was at The Barfly’s basement venue, it was hot. Real hot. Today, my phone was telling me it was 3° in Birmingham. My phone was lying to me. It was way colder… Let’s hope that the bands can warm me up tonight. First up were the leather clad demons of Zonaria. […]

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New Found Glory + Set Your Goals + Four Year Strong + Crime In Stereo @ Birmingham Academy – 22nd November 2008

New Found Glory have been around for years, popping up supporting everyone from Green Day to Paramore; so when frontman Jordan Pundik asks who’s seen the band before, the response is a deafening roar from the majority of the crowd. Tonight however, it’s all about them, triumphant headliners playing to a sold out Academy. First […]

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Anberlin + Furthest Drive Home + Data.Select.Party @ Birmingham Barfly – 22nd November 2008

London indie pop band Data.Select.Party opened up the stage with their upbeat party style riffs, which although seemed a tad out of place at an Anberlin gig still had a few toes tapping in the crowd. Despite the music having an energetic mood to it, the band were a tad static in comparison, however they […]

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Fight Like Apes @ Birmingham Barfly (Dragon Bar) – 21st November 2008

The room is cold and a little lacking in atmosphere. Two lacklustre support acts have come and gone and my enthusiasm for the main act has been dampened somewhat. The largely apathetic, yet not large crowd shift around awkwardly. I can’t see this going well. I am very, very wrong. A good few more bodies […]

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Jackson United + Beat Union @ The Barfly – 20th November 2008

Here’s what I was expecting – the room filled with 14-year-old Foo Fighters fans trying to get close to their second favourite axe man. Here’s what I got – a small room, three-quarters filled by everyone but 14-year-old Foo Fighters fans. Well… That’s cool. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in The Dragon […]

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Cliff Richard @ Birmingham NIA – 20th November 2008

I know what you are thinking – a Cliff Richard concert; a review of the most mocked man in showbiz. An easy target for criticism, like shooting a big fish in a small barrel. Well, hold on to your hats, I went in an ardent sceptic and came out just a non-believer. The problem with […]

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Elton John + Jamie Lidell @ Birmingham NIA – 19th November 2008

The support act for Sir Elton John was Jamie Lidell. I knew very little about him, and after watching his performance, I have no intention of seeking out anything further. I can fully appreciate why Elton John would have chosen him for this tour, he performs middle of the road, jazz based songs which easily […]

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Army of Freshman + Allbright + Koopa + Page 44 @ Bar Academy, Birmingham – 16th November 2008

It was a weird show tonight, downgraded from Academy 2; there was a massive queue outside when I arrived at Bar Academy tonight. It was slightly puzzling to see so many people waiting for a show that had been bumped down to a smaller venue, but nonetheless everyone here seemed excited for the show to […]

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Murcof @ The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath – 16th November 2008

The Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath is a great venue: I sound surprised because it has been a while since I ventured this far from my Audnam cottage and the last time I walked by, it looked rather shabby. It had a good history of supporting local talent (I should know, I played there […]

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Taking Back Sunday @ Birmingham O2 Institute, 13 June 2019

With an extensive tour to celebrate twenty years as a band, New York emo-pop band Taking Back Sunday are feeling […]

10 Unmissable Acts at Barn on the Farm 2019

With the ten year anniversary approaching, Barn on the Farm celebrates the momentous occasion with an epic line-up that intertwines […]

Wallows @ O2 Institute, 10 June 2019

American indie post-punk rock band Wallows haven’t been around for long, but their lack of years has not stopped them […]

Villagers & Pat Dam Smyth @ Hare and Hounds, 9 June 2019

Every once in a while you see a performance by a band that makes you re-evaluate their entire back catalogue. […]

Rod Stewart @ Molineux Stadium, 8 June 2019

Having been in the music business for almost sixty years, the big question hanging over a Rod Stewart tour is […]

Pip Blom @ Hare and Hounds, 4th June 2019

Pip Blom‘s star has been rising for a while now, helped by regular playlisting by 6 Music which has showcased the […]