Tag Archives: Live Music

Inhaler @ O2 Academy 2, 13th February 2020.

It’s difficult at this stage in their career for Dublin newcomers Inhaler to be judged away from the umbrella of frontman Eli Hewson’s family connections – he’s the son of U2 legend Bono.  Less than a year since they released their debut single the band have been on a whirlwind trajectory that has seen them […]

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Billy Bragg @ O2 Institute 2, 1 December 2019

There are not many artists I have seen more than four times, Frank Black is one and Billy Bragg is the other… although not for many, many years.  The first time I saw Billy play live was in December 1985 at the Birmingham Odeon, then a month later at the same venue as part of […]

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Fat White Family @ O2 Institute 2, 28 November 2019

I wanted to simply write “Wow!” for this review and end it there because this was a fitting way to describe what I witnessed tonight. However, I thought I should elaborate a bit more. This was my third review in the space of a week, and it was a band whose reputation precedes them. Fat […]

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Dido + Sonia Stein @ Arena Birmingham, 28 November 2019

It’s been 15 years since anyone heard Dido live, but tonight she seemed like she has never left the stage. After going all around the world, she continued her tour in the UK, where Birmingham was the first stop!  Because her musical career started a long time ago, her fans have got older and the […]

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Fontaine’s D.C. @ O2 Institute 25 November 2019

Digbeth is well known in the Birmingham area for it’s close links to the Irish community, in fact, it can sometimes be referred to as the Irish quarter, so it seems like a fitting area for Dublin’s finest rock export of 2019. I was actually lucky enough to have been sent a promo of one […]

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Liam Gallagher @ Arena Birmingham, 12 November 2019

Bucket hats, Beer and Blokes. If there’s ever an artist that has an immediately recognisable and stereotypical fan-base it’s Liam Gallagher and Oasis. Wednesday evening see’s the canals of Birmingham filled with them, as Liam Gallagher brought his tour to the Arena in support of his second solo record ‘Why Me? Why Not’. Whilst arguably […]

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Lighthouse Family @ Symphony Hall, 11 November 2019

After an 18-year album hiatus, 90’s band Lighthouse Family are back on tour showcasing their new album Blue Sky in Your Head. This was the first date in a bumper UK tour, continuing for the rest of this month and then through February, before they head off to South Africa for three dates in March. […]

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Loyle Carner @ o2 Institute 9 November 2019

  Loyle Carner’s latest album goes by the name of ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ – but right now he is confidently riding a majestic wave of glorious euphoria. Love was the vibe of this Saturday evening at Digbeth’s 02 Institute, with a show featuring frequent stops for outpourings of adulation from crowd to performer, as […]

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Bears Den @ o2 Institute 4 November 2019

Is it irony or just filthy karma when your support band is called Flyte and they miss their flight..? Whatever fates purpose, Christoph Van der Ven was a last minute stand in for them and opened the evening on solo guitar. The crowd liked him.  He was later joined by keyboards, trumpet, and proved to be a solid and […]

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Hootie & the Blowfish @ O2 Academy Birmingham, 16 October 2019

This show was the last date in the band’s long-awaited Group Therapy tour so it was bound to be a big one for Hootie & the Blowfish. The show lasted nearly two hours during which time there were classics, covers and new material. Visually there was an array of lights in different shapes and colours, […]

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Album Review – Nathaniel Rateliff ‘And It’s Still Alright’

‘And It’s Still Alright’ presents Nathaniel Rateliff’s return to his solo career following the release of two LPs as Nathaniel […]

Inhaler @ O2 Academy 2, 13th February 2020.

It’s difficult at this stage in their career for Dublin newcomers Inhaler to be judged away from the umbrella of […]

Steel Panther & Wayward Sons @o2 Academy 8th February 2020

Opening up this evening Wayward Sons a band who isn’t shy of touring with many major rock bands. We last […]

Smoke Fairies @ The Sunflower Lounge, 7th February 2020

The venue fills up early on in the evening in preparation for John J Presley ‘s support slot.  He has […]

Bombay Bicycle Club @ o2 Academy 31st January, 2020

Formed in the mid 2000’s, Bombay Bicycle Club released four full length albums before taking a hiatus in 2016, reforming […]

Jonas Brothers @ Arena Birmingham, 29th January 2020

The Jonas Brothers have come a long way from being a Disney boy band many years ago. After 10 years […]