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Bury Tomorrow + Hands Like Houses + In Hearts Wake + Slaves @ The Institute, Birmingham – 18th October 2014.

Sandwiched between tours of Australia and mainland Europe, the Bury Tomorrow Runes tour kicked off in Birmingham tonight, and by the queues outside the venue it would appear that plenty of people were keen to see what the boys from the South Coast had in store.  The queue did have a rather eclectic feel being […]

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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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Jessie J + Neon Jungle @ LG Arena, Birmingham – Friday 18th October 2013

Rescheduled from March to October to make room for her recording commitments, Jessie J’s ‘Alive’ tour – originally titled ‘Nice To Meet You’ – arrived at Birmingham’s LG Arena on Friday, much to the delight of the Heartbeats (the name Jessie calls her fans), who could be found showing their solidarity before the show, either […]

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Alter Bridge + Shinedown + Halestorm @ NIA, Birmingham – Thursday 17th October 2013

Having seen Halestorm four times now, in various venues of differing shapes and sizes, my first thought tonight is that of slight disappointment. From the very first time I saw them, they appeared to be polished, exciting, confident, and arena-ready, but tonight they have an air of a band who have become slightly complacent after […]

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Wiz Khalifa @ O2 Academy, Birmingham – Saturday 28th September 2013

It was so smoky in the Birmingham O2 Academy tonight that I could barely see the support for the evening, Trinidad James but I could definitely hear him. The repetitive piercing base featured in every track which meant that it was impossible to work out what Trinidad was yelling about. To be honest on tracks […]

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Layers & Dead Sea Skulls @ O2 Academy 3 – Friday 20th September 2013

The Birmingham music scene has had something of a revival over the last couple of years. One of those bands that are starting to make a name for themselves is Layers, with obvious musical influences they are hard band to pin down on any particular genre. That what makes their sound so fresh though and […]

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Charlotte Church @ The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – Thursday 19th September 2013

Tonight it was time for the reincarnation of a choir girl gone bad. From singing for the Pope to singing in the pub-like Wolverhampton Slade Rooms for just under 100 fans, Charlotte Church is back and everyone’s talking about her unique comeback. A strong opponent of the X-Factor, the 27 year old is definitely not […]

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Mudhoney @ The Institute, Birmingham – Monday 10th June 2013

I miss the first couple of songs by Canadian trio, Metz; but even from outside the room you can hear how loud they are. Once inside the venue, loud doesn’t even come close to the extreme noise produced by this band. As described on the Sub Pop website, Metz are “like one brutally heavy instrument […]

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Counting Crows @ O2 Academy, Birmingham – Friday 19th April 2013

It is odd that throughout 1993 and ’94 Counting Crows’ debut album was never off my stereo, only for circumstances to intervene, and even hearing Duritz’s voice would bring back painful memories… “3500 miles away and what would you change if you could?” still echoing in my ears. For almost fifteen years I chose not […]

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Emmure + Chelsea Grin + Attila + Obey The Brave @ Birmingham Academy 2 – 8th April 2013

When a tour comes to town under the moniker, The Mosh Lives Tour, you know that you’re in for a rowdy evening! Tonight’s gig is headlined by New York deathcore merchants, Emmure, who are back in Birmingham a few short months after opening for Parkway Drive at The Ballroom. Academy 2 is packed out with […]

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Hippo Campus @ o2 Institute,18 February 2019

Since I last saw Hippo Campus play in Birmingham (supporting Modest Mouse in 2015), they have not returned to Birmingham, […]

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ Town Hall, 13 February 2019

When I last reviewed the Holy Holy show in 2015 link here I stated it was the best gig of the […]

Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over […]

Hoobastank + Buckcherry + Adelitas Way @ o2 Institute 10th February 2019

Tonight is bitterly cold again, no ice needed in our drinks, I’m not really sure what to be expecting from […]

Blue October play o2 Institute 22nd February

It has been a while but Blue October are returning to Birmingham later this month.  The Platinum-selling Texas-based band, are […]

The Murder Capital + The Cosmics + Bad Girlfriend @ Sunflower Lounge, 5th February 2019

The late pick-up on this gig combined with a very busy weekend meant that I was unprepared and unresearched for […]