Tag Archives: Digbeth

Mogwai + The Twilight Sad @ The Mill Digbeth, 23 November 2018

  It’s always a sign of a kind of maturity when a band like Mogwai get to have their own brand of beer. Like a performance from the band themselves, the drink is understated. Like one of their tunes it’s interesting, full of flavour and has quite a bite. Even the name, Mogwai Beer Satan, […]

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Swingamajig Festival Digbeth, 30th April, 2017

In the dark corners of Digbeth, amongst the graffiti and the grit, lay passageways that become transformed worlds during festival season. The dreary, unsuspecting landscape is transformed by a blast of colours and noise, lively people in bombastic costumes who create an alternative universe for just a short few hours. For those desiring the escapism […]

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Holly Johnson + Dave Kendrick @ The Institute, Birmingham, 19th October 2014

The voice of Holly Johnson became the soundtrack to my final years at school in 1984/85 and as such stirs powerful memories. The songs of his band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, have lasted the fickle years between then and now, still sounding contemporary and dangerous. Holly is in his mid-fifties now, so on entering the […]

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Mothertrucker @ Wagon & Horses, Birmingham – Saturday 14th September, 2013

I wish I could say I saw all the bands at Grammatical Records‘ two stage/one pub mini-fest. I wish I could tell you how Those Amongst Us Are Wolves, Sunrise Over Europe, Tales, Cal Banda, Black Veins, IO, Karhide and Arbour Lights performed. But I can’t. Bad. Lazy. Naughty. Half-arsed gig reviewer that I am, […]

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Sharks + Crowns + The Catharsis @ The Rainbow, Birmingham – Tuesday 27th March 2012

Usually when you go to see a band, it’s pretty easy to name two or three comparable ones within seconds of the first notes ringing out. With Sharks, I really struggled to pick the most apt comparison, even after they left the stage. The reason for this, however, is that rather than being an act […]

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Errors @ The Rainbow, Birmingham – 12th February 2012

Remember Remember IS Graeme Ronald. At least, it was until 2009 when the multi-instrumentalist/loop artist solidified the line-up into the seven-piece that appear tonight at The Rainbow in Digbeth. Brandishing glockenspiels and other lesser spotted percussion alongside the more traditional band elements, they are a daunting sight. Until they begin, that is, when the presence […]

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Oxbow + Light Trap + Transitional @ The Rainbow, Digbeth – 11th November 2009

In the month leading up to the celebrations commemorating the 10th birthday of Brum promoters par excellence Capsule, numerous superlatives are likely to be thrown their way over the next few weeks, so mine shall remain under wraps for the time being. In the buildup to Decembers festivities we have possibly the quintessential Capsule lineup […]

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The Ghost of a Thousand + The Computers + Sharks + Sienna @ The Rainbow, Digbeth – 6th July 2009

Perhaps a torrential downpour is not exactly what you would wish for on your way to a gig in a garden! Thankfully the garden in question belongs to The Rainbow pub in Digbeth with its marquee-style courtyard and I am here to see what I would term a line-up of bands with a neo-punk persuasion […]

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Eskimo Joe + Jersey Budd @ The Rainbow, Birmingham – 6th April 2009

A quiet Monday night in a small suburb of Birmingham, in a pub full of football fans doesn’t necessarily evoke images of a great rock n roll evening. It was here however – in the Rainbow Digbeth – that Jersey Budd, Leicester’s fresh new talent, hit the stage to treat the largely Antipodian audience to […]

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Tunng with Tinariwen @ The Rainbow, Birmingham – 30th March 2009

Tunng as a group are something of a paradox, mixing traditional-sounding acoustic folk with the beeps, whirs and buzzes of ambient electronica and a palette of makeshift percussive instruments. This usually makes any gig of theirs an intriguingly eclectic affair. So I was even more intrigued to hear about their new collaboration with African ‘desert […]

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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 […]