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NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event at the Festival On The Close at Rugby School. One thing that you can guarantee you get from the NYJO is variety. By their very nature they have a fluid line-up, and their repertoire can […]

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Festival on the Close – G4 + Lesley Garrett

G4 and Lesley Garrett opened Festival on the Close 2017 in Rugby tonight, representing a whole series of landmarks, and a couple of “firsts” for this writer. This is by far the biggest event of its kind that Rugby School has promoted. It may even be the biggest series of events seen in the town; […]

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Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens @ o2 Academy

To be honest – I can’t think of any occasion where I would think of mentioning Kiefer Sutherland and That Petrol Emotion in the same sentence. There is no obvious alignment there; no connection. But tonight there was. The common denominator was heat. The last time I attended a gig in Brum when it was […]

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Mark Lanegan @ o2 Institute 2 , 19th June, 2017

The very talented Duke Garwood is the support act for tonight’s performance, which is unsurprising as he is a long time collaborator with Lanegan and also plays in his band. Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of the set but hearing the last couple of tracks certainly suggests the quality would have been there from the […]

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Paramore @ Manchester O2 Apollo, 18th June, 2017

It’s been two years since we’ve seen Paramore on the music scene and since then a lot has changed; members have left and old ones have come back but the fact remains, as Hayley would say  “WE ARE PARAMORE”     (No matter who’s in the band). The venue was packed to capacity and everyone was […]

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The Wedding Present ‘George Best’ @ o2 Academy, 8th June 2017

It’s hard to imagine the eighties without The Wedding Present, and in 1987 they released George Best, which was a fine piece of ‘indie guitar music’ and they courted the respect of John Peel, regularly filling his Festive 50. They were seen by some as a student band, maybe this was because they regularly played […]

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Depeche Mode @ London Olympic Stadium, 3rd June 2017

Depeche Mode

I was going to start with the negatives, get them out of the way and then proceed with the good stuff: the parts of last night’s Depeche Mode homecoming gig that really mattered; the parts that made it memorable and powerful. And as I sit this morning, watching London continue to rush by me, any […]

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Evil Scarecrow @ The Level, Nottingham, 2nd June, 2017

Evil Scarecrow

Another new venue for me, for Evil Scarecrow tonight, and it took me a while to find but got there eventually. The venue  itself, ‘The Level’ attached to Nottingham Trent University; impressed me with it’s sizeable room, impressive lighting and sound. I even found the security in this venue very friendly. The Five Hundred came […]

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Skarlett Riot + Sister Shotgun + Neverise @ The Castle and Falcon, 1st June, 2017

Opening up tonight’s show for Skarlett Riot at the newly reopened The Castle and Falcon (which by the way is a cracking venue) and is still being worked on but already looks impressive for a new small music venue, were Burton’s 5 piece Neverise fronted by lead singer Jessica Matthews. Jessica looked great on stage, with […]

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Slam Dunk 2017 @ Birmingham NEC, 27th May 2017 – Part 1

Before we get to talking bands, I want to spend a little time talking about Slam Dunk Midlands itself, and right away address the elephant in the room. In the shadow of the tragic events in Manchester just a few days prior, there can’t have been many people who hadn’t thought about whether they should […]

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NYJO @ Festival On The Close, Rugby, 27th June 2017

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) presented their mix of swing, funk and jazz standards in our second major event […]

Beyond The Tracks – Interview with Nick Power from The Coral

Beyond The Tracks is is a new festival for Birmingham and the BrumLive team are excited by the line up […]

Festival on the Close – G4 + Lesley Garrett

G4 and Lesley Garrett opened Festival on the Close 2017 in Rugby tonight, representing a whole series of landmarks, and […]

The XX @ o2 Academy, 21st June, 2017

It is the type of heat that feels like you are standing on a thousand suns. It is sticky and […]

Kiefer Sutherland + Sound of the Sirens @ o2 Academy

To be honest – I can’t think of any occasion where I would think of mentioning Kiefer Sutherland and That […]

Mark Lanegan @ o2 Institute 2 , 19th June, 2017

The very talented Duke Garwood is the support act for tonight’s performance, which is unsurprising as he is a long […]