Tag Archives: Live Music

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 vocals/ tambourine. Jarrod worked his way through a series of songs about love as well as a Guy Clarke cover, before finishing with a great new song ‘Prefer to Lose’ which was by far his […]

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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 .  That small tour paved the way for the release of their album ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ in August, when some of its songs were played live for the first time by a nervous David Le’aupepe […]

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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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We Are Scientists @ Shepherds Bush Empire, 4th May 2018

It’s a balmy Friday night in London and the smell of warm lager fills the air at Shepherds Bush Empire, as a packed-out crowd kick-start their May Bank Holiday weekend: they’re not here for a gig, they’re here for a show.  Anticipation hangs in the air, mingling with jager bombs; summer has finally arrived, appearing […]

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Bruno Major @ o2 Institute, 4 May 2018

To say Bruno Major has had a stellar year would be a gross understatement. In the past year the mind blowing talented artist has released his debut album, A Song for Every Moon, to great praise and quickly followed the release with an opening slot for crooner Sam Smith. Taking a respite from stadium shows, […]

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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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Mastersystem @ o2 Institute, 30 April 2018

Saturday 28th saw me travelling back to my birth city to catch friends and faves, Glass Mountain, and their label mates, Mi Mye, play support to Mastersystem. Formed by members of The Editors, Frightened Rabbit and Minor Victories, this threatens on paper to be one of the most interesting ‘supergroups’ for some time. Playing to […]

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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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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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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 .  […]