Tag Archives: Music

Don Broco @ O2 Academy Birmingham 15 February, 2018

  After finally entering the venue with a queue that was almost back into the centre of Birmingham, it appeared that we had annoyingly missed the first support for the evening Yonaka. The fact that tonight’s show had sold out and the queue was in reality half a mile long, is a testament to where […]

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The Weather Station @ Hare and Hounds, 31 January 2018

Red River Dialect are the support act for The Weather Station’s UK tour and having recently signed to the same US label, Paradise of Bachelors, this is an obvious pairing especially as the band have a new album to promote too. Red River Dialect are a collective of six musicians based around the song writing […]

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Sextile @ The Sunflower Lounge 25 January, 2018

Taking to the stage first tonight in support of Sextile, were The Exhailers with a Picasso-painting of a sound; angular, disjointed but far from two dimensional. For much of the set I struggled to determine whether the guitarist could actually play or not. Whether some of his strokes were from the Les Dawson “can play […]

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The Prodigy @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 19th December 2017

So to the final gig (for me) of 2017 and there couldn’t be a better way to sign off than seeing The Prodigy in a small venue. Its twenty years since The Fat of The Land came into our lives, an album which shook the music scene much like the Sex Pistols had done twenty […]

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Queen and Adam Lambert @ Arena Birmingham 30 November, 2017

Tonight was the opportunity for Birmingham Live to shoot Queen and Adam Lambert at Arena Birmingham;  a chance not to be missed. With 40 years since the launch of the album News of the World, there sure to be be some delights in the setlist. This combination of Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor) and […]

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Jackson Browne @ Symphony Hall, 27th June 2017

Jackson Browne still manages to maintain a looming presence upon the musical landscape well into a music career that has seen him releasing solo material since the dawning of the early 1970’s. I say “still”; simply because it is a joy to witness the kind of artist that is capable of packing out the Birmingham […]

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Mark Lanegan @ o2 Institute 2 , 19th June, 2017

The very talented Duke Garwood is the support act for tonight’s performance, which is unsurprising as he is a long time collaborator with Lanegan and also plays in his band. Unfortunately, I missed the beginning of the set but hearing the last couple of tracks certainly suggests the quality would have been there from the […]

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Iron Maiden @ Barclaycard Arena, 21st May, 2017

Iron Maiden

While The Rolling Stones are the usual targets for ‘old bastard’ jokes and “this-is-it-surely”, Iron Maiden are nearly their heavy metal equivalent. Founder member and bassist Steve Harris once opined that he’d always thought the band would do 15 albums, only for Maiden to still continue their forward gallop into immortality by releasing their acclaimed […]

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Richard Ashcroft + Black Grape @ Barclaycard Arena, 20th April, 2017

Promoting the 2016 ‘These People’ album Richard Ashcroft called into Birmingham and the cavernous Barclaycard Arena (NIA to the locals). Supporting on these dates is Black Grape, which given they’ve had no recorded output for twenty years raised an eyebrow out of curiosity alone. However, fear not, all was soon revealed as during a 45-minute […]

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Palace @ o2 Institute, 18th April, 2017

Alternative blues/rock band Palace combines relaxed vibes with deep vocals, the perfect mixture for long drives and summer nights. While still a young band, the four piece group formed in 2012, Palace has found great success and certainly has garnered a cult following. With 2016 album So Long Forever and recent new acoustic release of […]

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Marsicans play The Sunflower Lounge 1st March, 2018

Indie pop band Marsicans create vividly coloured tunes that are mirrored by their electricly charged gigs. Typifying their sound with […]

Morrissey plays the Genting Arena 27th February

  Morrissey will play the Genting Arena on 27th February, a day to note in the Birmingham Live diary! He […]

The Blinders @ The Sunflower Lounge,16 February 2018

When you are a lion on stage and things go wrong, it is impossible to turn into a mouse.  By […]

The Script + Ella Eyre @ Genting Arena, 15 February 2018

The Script have had a career that many dream about. Five albums, a handful of awards, and four major tours […]

Don Broco @ O2 Academy Birmingham 15 February, 2018

  After finally entering the venue with a queue that was almost back into the centre of Birmingham, it appeared […]

Iron & Wine + Half Waif @ Symphony Hall Birmingham, 13 February 2018

On a freezing Tuesday night with a near evacuation due an explosion next door at the Rep Theatre, we waited […]