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Taking Back Sunday @ Birmingham O2 Institute, 13 June 2019

With an extensive tour to celebrate twenty years as a band, New York emo-pop band Taking Back Sunday are feeling nostalgic. They have assembled a crowd-pleasing, mammoth set which sees them playing their iconic debut album Tell All Your Friends in full, followed by an assortment of favourites mainly pulled from the two following albums, 2004’s […]

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Villagers & Pat Dam Smyth @ Hare and Hounds, 9 June 2019

Every once in a while you see a performance by a band that makes you re-evaluate their entire back catalogue. I have liked Villagers since their debut in 2010 and have been impressed with each successive release, but only now I have seen them live do I revisit those albums with a renewed sense of […]

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Rod Stewart @ Molineux Stadium, 8 June 2019

Having been in the music business for almost sixty years, the big question hanging over a Rod Stewart tour is whether his trademark raspy voice has survived such endless abuse? The thing is, lesser singers are unable to remain singing in a way that causes damage to their vocal chords, and they either change their […]

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Pip Blom @ Hare and Hounds, 4th June 2019

Pip Blom‘s star has been rising for a while now, helped by regular playlisting by 6 Music which has showcased the high energy, guitar heavy, lo-fi indie pop. Excellent reviews for their debut album, Boat, has increased interest in their first big headlining set of shows and a sold out and expectant Hare and Hounds awaited them tonight. For the uninitiated, […]

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Sting and Shaggy @ O2 Academy 24 May 2019

There has been a wave of reviews for this tour, which on the face of it showcases pop’s most unlikely collaboration, absolutely slamming the two artists for daring to do something they enjoy, as if all artists must only do what an audience wants and what is deemed ‘right’.  I admit I did come tonight […]

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Hollywood Undead + Loathe @ Rock City, 3rd May 2019

Arriving into the venue to see Hollywood Undead tonight I noticed how busy it already was half an hour after doors; it’s great to see people coming out early to check out the highly regarded support band from Liverpool ‘Loathe‘.  Loathe have supported some big names in the metal world since forming in 2015 such […]

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Idlewild + Liela Moss @ O2 Institute, 28th April 2019

Much-loved Scottish alt-rockers Idlewild have shown many different faces over the course of their career, from their early punk beginnings to the REM-inspired rock of their commercial peak and on to the folkier sounds that permeate through their later material. With new album ‘Interview Music’ one of their most diverse offerings to date, which side […]

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Richard Ashcroft @ O2 Academy, 27th April 2019

Hailed as one of the UK’s leading songwriters thanks largely to his time as frontman of The Verve and their all-time classic album ‘Urban Hymns’, Richard Ashcroft returns to Birmingham tonight armed with his fifth album under his own name, ‘Natural Rebel’, yet largely ignores it in favour of a crowd-pleasing set heavy on singles […]

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Jaws @ O2 Institute 27 April, 2019

It was an early start tonight at the O2 Institute, and it was promising to be a very blustery affair with storm Hannah delivering winds of up to 82mph outside and some very talented young artists cooking up a storm inside the venue. I’ve actually followed Jaws from their early single releases, but this was […]

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The Specials + The Tuts @ O2 Academy, 26th April 2019

In celebration of 40 years since Coventry legends The Specials founded the 2-Tone genre by splicing Jamaican ska with British new wave, the band are back in the West Midlands as part of an extensive tour following the release of their chart-topping comeback album ‘Encore’ last year. Having gone through a number of line-up changes […]

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Taking Back Sunday @ Birmingham O2 Institute, 13 June 2019

With an extensive tour to celebrate twenty years as a band, New York emo-pop band Taking Back Sunday are feeling […]

10 Unmissable Acts at Barn on the Farm 2019

With the ten year anniversary approaching, Barn on the Farm celebrates the momentous occasion with an epic line-up that intertwines […]

Wallows @ O2 Institute, 10 June 2019

American indie post-punk rock band Wallows haven’t been around for long, but their lack of years has not stopped them […]

Villagers & Pat Dam Smyth @ Hare and Hounds, 9 June 2019

Every once in a while you see a performance by a band that makes you re-evaluate their entire back catalogue. […]

Rod Stewart @ Molineux Stadium, 8 June 2019

Having been in the music business for almost sixty years, the big question hanging over a Rod Stewart tour is […]

Ivory Wave @ ValeFest, 8th June 2019

A festival headlining set is an exciting accomplishment for any artist, but for Birmingham’s own Ivory Wave the ValeFestival headlining […]