Tag Archives: Live Music

Clean Cut Kid @ Hare and Hounds, 26 November 2018

The atmosphere was buzzing as fans crowded into the muggy room atop Hare and Hounds. Liverpool indie rock pop band Clean Cut Kid are no strangers to Birmingham stages, and yet the promise of a second album seems to fill the room with an anticipatory excitement. Delivering an electrifying show Clean Cut Kid balanced massive […]

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The Four Tops + The Temptations + Tavares @ Arena Birmingham, 22nd November 2018

A pre December Winter chill’s hit the air but that’s not going to stop a couple thousand Brummies from plunging into The Arena, primed and ready to jive and high kick to the Monarchs of Motown. As a Millennial I’m used to swinging my arms around to 135 bpm in a nonchalant way so it […]

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Kurt Vile and the Violators @ The Crossing, 9th November, 2018

This Is TMRW have taken over The Crossing in Digbeth for a weekend of gigs, with Kurt Vile being Friday’s offering resulting in a sell-out show. Meg Baird and Mary Lattimer are the support act, promoting their new album Ghost Forests, which has been released today on Three Lobed Recordings.  Both Meg and Mary have […]

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Impericon Never Say Die Tour @ The Asylum, 7th November, 2018

Bringing about the best of metalcore Impericon’s Never Say Die! Tour is not for the faint of heart but if metal or hardcore is your scene, it is a night that cannot be missed. With a set list of insane bands the night is poised for greatness. This, however, paired with the tour’s focus on […]

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Sigrid @ O2 Academy, 4th November 2018

Oli Fox starts tonight’s proceedings, dressed in a silver jacket which is, apparently, to make him look more interesting than he really is and seemingly not fully confident on stage in front of a near sell-out crowd. His brand of pop comes from the land of Sam Smith with a smooth nasal sound, wide vocal […]

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Karine Polwart @ Birmingham Town Hall, 2nd November 2018

Scarcely seen in Birmingham, it’s with great delight that Polwart’s path has finally brought her to these parts in celebration of her latest release, ‘Laws of Motion’. Tonight’s audience is rewarded for their patience with not one, but two, rousing sets from one of Scottish folk music’s most candid, poetic and contemporary voices. A consistently […]

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The Night Cafe @ o2 Institute, 30 September 2018

What exactly does teen spirit smell like? I would venture to claim that if Nirvana were still alive they would say that teen spirit smells like a gig from The Night Cafe. An elixir of sweat and teen enthusiasm, of slightly stale beer and youthful dreams, that is what smells like teen spirit. With boundless […]

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Ólafur Arnalds @ Town Hall, 28 September 2018

Sitting behind me, a couple discuss the differences and pleasures of seeing live events abroad. I know eavesdropping is generally, and rightfully, frowned upon but listening to them seems a more engaging way to entertain myself before tonight’s concert starts without resorting to scrolling through my phone. While I don’t mind attending concerts on my […]

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The Magic Gang @ o2 Institute 22nd September, 2018

Their arises for each generation an indie rock band whose music embodies the ethos of its people. Think The Beatles or Oasis, U2 or Green Day, heralded musicians who expertly craft music that reflects the tenacious turmoil and excitable energy of their peers. While The Magic Gang are still in the early stages of their […]

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Garbage @ Digbeth Arena 8 September 2018

The smell of hot dogs fills the air. There’s no discernible source. The concession stands outside the open air Digbeth Arena are selling pizza, burgers and burritos. A New York style hot dog stand is nowhere to be seen. And yet, that smell is the first thing that hits me when I get through the […]

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Razorlight @ o2 Institute, 10th December 2018

Opening the latest Razorlight tour at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Monday evening were Fetiche, a French rock band […]

Nathan Ball @ Hare and Hounds, 5th December 2018

Mixing elements of indie, surf rock, electronic and acoustic, singer songwriter Nathan Ball curates rich records for the longing soul. […]

Cypress Hill @ o2 Academy, 4th December 2018

There are a few things you can confidently anticipate from a Cypress Hill gig; an aromatic scent across the venue, […]

Deacon Blue @ Symphony Hall, 4th December 2018

At the risk of making myself very unpopular, I have to present a review that contains many contradictions and criticisms.  […]

Zeal and Ardor @ o2 Institute, 4th December 2018

Upon entering the O2 Institute 2 on Tuesday evening, it was quite surprising to see screens already in action for […]

Gregory Porter – One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, album review

One Night Only: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is the latest release from Gregory Porter, on Decca Records. Recorded […]