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The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band had been famous for. Despite this being their best selling album, the ticket sales are poor with barely a third of the venue being occupied which means you can get a decent view of the […]

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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, a penetration of base in your soul, and the kind of language that would give your nan a heart attack. This is what I wanted, and this is just what I received. An alluring scent […]

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Christine and the Queens @ o2 Academy, 26 November 2018

I first came across Christine and the Queens at Glastonbury in 2016. A few of us were standing by the Other Stage bar in 6 inches of mud in the pouring rain, as you do. It was early afternoon and James had not long left the stage after opening the Friday. We didn’t know who […]

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You Me At Six @ O2 Academy, 22nd November 2018

It’s been ten years since Surrey rock outfit You Me At Six released their pop-punk styled breakthrough debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ and they’re currently on tour performing it in full to mark the milestone. However, this show doesn’t fit under that umbrella, and tonight’s performance in Birmingham is one of a small handful […]

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Jessie J @ o2 Academy, 20 November 2018

The word ‘authenticity’ gets thrown around often. We use it to designate a certain quality of humanity, a certain humbleness and sincerity found intermittently with artists. The word gets used often but perhaps not accurately, that is until we caught a set by Jessie J. Bringing a true meaning to the word, Jessie J completely […]

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Courtney Barnett @ O2 Academy, 19th November 2018

Fellow Australian musician, Laura Jean, is the support act for Barnett’s tour of the U.K. which is an interesting choice as musically they are very different. Laura Jean is a lone figure with an Kuwai X120 and a saxophone for company with which she produces nostalgic low-key pop. Her latest album, Devotion, is a reflective […]

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Greta Van Fleet @ o2 Academy, 14 November, 2018

It was clear from the second you entered the O2 Academy in Birmingham last night for the local date of Greta Van Fleet’s world tour in support of their debut album ‘Anthem of The Peaceful Army’ that it was a sell out show. And as those who regularly frequent the main room of Birmingham’s blue […]

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Leon Bridges @ o2 Institute, 11 November 2018

Leon Bridges is a performer whose artistry and popularity owes much to the stylistic and musical constraints he imposes on himself. Despite that, it’s when his voice cuts free and stands for itself – often supported by minimalist background arrangements – that he reaches heights that have seen him compared with key influences like Sam […]

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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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Kacey Musgraves + Soccer Mommy @ O2 Academy, 28th October 2018

Some six years since her first appearance at the O2 Academy, Musgraves is “back in Beorminghum”, she earnestly declares during her first interaction with the audience. The pronunciation is spot-on and the vast room acknowledges Musgraves’ efforts with a flurry of chuckling. This time around, rather than filling the support slot, she is headlining as […]

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Mercury Rev @ Glee Club, 10 December 2018

Never has a venue and band been more perfectly suited than the Glee Club and Mercury Rev, particularly for this […]

Nightwish @ Arena Birmingham, 10th December 2018

Nightwish in Birmingham caused a flurry of excitement through the Birmingham Live team when the tour was announced.  Could they […]

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 […]

808 State and Lone @ O2 Institute 8th December, 2018

When I found out that Mancunian acid house pioneers and legends 808 State were touring for their 30th anniversary, I […]

Buffalo Tom @ o2 Institute, 6th December 2018

I first came across Buffalo Tom in something like 1991 when a friend with exceptional knowledge of the music scene […]

The Cardigans @ O2 Academy, 6th December 2018

It’s twenty years since The Cardigans released Gran Turismo, the album that eradicated the kitsch indie pop that the band […]