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New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From Here’ album, which I was lucky enough to review and declared it to be one of their finest. Opening with ‘No Rest’ and a single drum intro, tipping a hat to that early Marquee show, […]

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The Head and the Heart @ 02 Institute, 30th January, 2017

Nothing soothes the soul like an incredible show. All the music heads out there know this truth all too well. The dark lights, the thudding rhythm, the people around you emotionally pouring out their souls in fervent yelps. Nothing beats a well-timed show. It was a cold and dreary night, and The Head and the […]

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Martha Wainwright @ Town Hall, 30th January, 2017

Birmingham is a hive of activity, from the building site that almost engulfs the Town Hall to the large protest outside about the current President of the United States. Inside the Town Hall it’s a little more peaceful and tranquil, as Martha Wainwright stops off on her current tour to promote “Goodnight City”. Support is […]

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The King Blues + Louise Distras + Sickoftheriot @ The Asylum, 27th January, 2017

Opening the show this evening was never going to be easy due to the very early stage time, however hand-chosen Birmingham punk three piece Sickoftheriot rose to the occasion and entertained the ever growing crowd. Next up was main tour support Louise Distras, who was absolutely excellent at getting the crowd ready for the evening […]

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A Day to Remember + New Found Glory + Neck Deep + Mooseblood @ Barclaycard Arena, 25th January, 2017

Currently touring the world in support of self released sixth record Bad Vibrations, A Day To Remember bought their Bad Vibes pop punk extravaganza to the Barclaycard Arena. Opening the magnificent bill were emos finest Moose Blood, who stunned the crowd with their alt rock anthems whilst basking them in their signature pink hue. Filling […]

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The Dillinger Escape Plan + Ho99o9 @ o2 Institute, Sunday 22nd January 2017

  “Don’t Cry Because It’s over; Smile Because It Happened” Sure, it’s a bit of a cheesy, overused quote, but I feel it’s appropriate when talking about the mighty Dillinger Escape Plan. 2016 was a year that was bittersweet for fans of New Jersey’s math-core pioneers, with the band releasing one of the most accomplished […]

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Girl Band + Goat Girl @ Hare and Hounds, 22nd January, 2017

Tonight is a sold out gig with many people waiting a year to watch Girl Band after last January’s concert was postponed. Support comes from London’s Goat Girl, a band that opted for the old school journey of gigging rather than an over zealous online presence which paid off with a record deal with Rough […]

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The Pretty Reckless @ 02 Institute, 20th January, 2017

  The rock of this generation follows three basic principles for success. Rock pairs 1) brilliant and talented musicianship with 2) live theatrically and 3) a dearly devoted fan base.  The perfected triple threat must be mastered in order to reach pique flawlessness. The Pretty Reckless has in many cases done just that. The band […]

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Meshuggah + The Haunted @ 02 Institute, 13th January, 2017

Meshuggah have been on the bleeding edge of extreme metal for thirty years. I’ll let that sink in and then say it again, thirty (three-zero) years. They are one of those rare few bands where almost their entire back catalogue still sounds as fresh now as it did when it was released. When I heard […]

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New Model Army @ o2 Institute, 10th January 2020

A somewhat delayed gig, due to illness, New Model Army finally played the second city to promote last years ‘From […]

Saving Grace + The Rails @ Town Hall, 22nd December 2019

And so, to the final gig of the year (for me) and come to that matter the final gig of […]

UB40 @ Arena Birmingham, 21st December 2019

All-time favourites and loved worldwide UB40 returned to Birmingham for their Christmas Hometown Show, bringing together people of all ages […]

Sea Girls @ Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, 12 December 2019

Call it luck, call it kismet, the moment when you and a favourite band just happen to be in the […]

Hiss Golden Messenger + Olivia Chaney @ Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, 11th December 2019

Having dedicated a sizeable chunk of 2019 to touring North America, Hiss Golden Messenger finally land upon our shores in […]

Melanie Martinez @ o2 Academy, 8 December 2019

Melanie Martinez is an American singer-songwriter, actress and director rising to fame in 2012 after appearing on the American television […]