Tag Archives: Gig reviews

Nickelback @ Genting Arena, 10 May 2018

Canadian rock band Nickelback has had a long tenure creating well-loved music. With more than twenty years in the game, the group has curated a unique sound that is distinctively Nickelback. On the Feed the Machine Tour, the band had the difficult job of crafting a setlist that highlights their top hits across an expanse […]

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Britrock Must Be Destroyed @ Digbeth Arena, 5 May 2018

This is the first concert in a series to be held at the Digbeth Arena and as it is an outdoor venue, thank the Lord that it is one of the warmest weekends of the year so far. The three bands on the line up are all performing for an hour and they switch positions […]

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The Vamps @ Genting Arena, 4 May, 2018

The noise and experience of a modern pop concert is an amazing sight to see and hear.  This is an experience and there are many parents rushing home to collect their screaming, excited children who need to reach the venue in rush hour traffic. Luckily, it does start off a little slower tonight as there […]

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Don Broco @ Keele University Student’s Union, 1st May 2018

Don Broco, on their second UK tour of the year, tonight play in the Student’s Union of Keele University, the venue is sizeable but only half the size of the main room Birmingham Academy which the band ripped up back in Feb during a sold out show. Kudos to them, they work hard to get […]

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Skindred + CKY + Danko Jones @ o2 Institute, 29 April 2018

Opening the set was the incredible Danko Jones, the crowd roared with amazement and excitement as he and the band entered. The atmosphere inside was electric, the strobe lighting accompanied by the blood, sweat and passion of the ever-growing crowd. Danko, his guitarist and the drummer were constantly engaging with the energetic crowd, mosh pits […]

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Bryan Ferry @ Symphony Hall, 29th April 2018

As striking white lights fly around the stage, the nine piece band enter and they start with the atmospheric introduction to The Main Thing as Bryan Ferry casually strolls on to vast applause. Ferry’s aloof sophistication emanates around the venue enhanced by his smooth, rich vocals which are as charming as ever and don’t falter […]

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Manic Street Preachers @ Arena Birmingham, 27 April 2018

Heading into Birmingham tonight for Manic Street Preachers couldn’t have been any smoother.  I’ve never driven down that awful stretch of M6 and got to the venue without any signs of intense traffic or delays so that’s a first. On walking to the Arena I was a little disheartened to find just a couple of […]

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Of Mice & Men + Sylar + Wage War @ O2 Institute, 25 April 2018

Middle of the week, this Wednesday gig has given me something to look forward to, making this long week at work go faster. Always the best gigs are local, and having a quick listen to tonights bands on the way to Birmingham I knew I was in for a night of incredible songs and explosive […]

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Joan As Police Woman @ Town Hall, 19th April 2018

As part of her current Damned Devotional tour, Joan Wasser, or as she is better known Joan As Police Woman, plays the Town Hall in Birmingham. The venue is oddly less than half full when she takes to the stage, but I wonder of this is a Birmingham thing, as most other dates have long […]

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Lisa Stansfield + Irit @ Symphony Hall , 17 April 2018

Our first heatwave of 2018 may not have started until the next morning, but from the beginning of this evening’s performance I felt like I was on holiday in Europe. Perhaps Spain or the South of France. Israeli singer Irit took to the stage in a red, bardot-cut jumpsuit with side-frills and bare feet, together […]

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Slam Dunk Midlands – Bands we can’t wait to see

With less than a week to go, ‘Slam Dunkers’ will be prepped to travel to at least one of the […]

The Waterboys @ Warwick Arts Centre, 13th May 2018

Last time I saw The Waterboys at Warwick Arts Centre it was a standing gig, whereas tonight is seated and […]

Scott Hutchison

Deep sadness today at Birmingham Live at the news regarding Scott Hutchison.  As long time fans of his work with […]

Don McLean + Jarrod Dickinson @ Symphony Hall, 10 May 2018

This evening’s performance at the Symphony Hall started with country/blues support act Jarrod Dickinson, with his wife Claire on backing […]

Nickelback @ Genting Arena, 10 May 2018

Canadian rock band Nickelback has had a long tenure creating well-loved music. With more than twenty years in the game, […]

Gang of Youths@ o2 Institute, 9 May 2018

Almost 12 months ago I witnessed the best gig of 2017 when Gang of Youths played the Sunflower Lounge .  […]