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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 who did a fantastic job warming up the ever-growing crowd in the venue’s main room. Energetic, engaging and over the top, the band were clearly gaining fans and head bobs as the performance continued. Perhaps […]

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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 the support band of the evening. However, upon Blackpool’s Blanket taking to the stage it was clear that the visual aspect is as much a part of the performance as the music. The visuals throughout […]

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808 State play o2 Institute on 8th December

808 State’s 30 Tour is on the way to Birmingham as part of a nine date set of dates across the country which culminates in a  special homecoming end of tour show at Manchester Academy Friday 21st December. For Birmingham the key date is  Saturday 8th  December at O2 Institute. To preview the tour which […]

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Basement @ O2 Institute, 20th November 2018

Opening the sold out show on Tuesday evening was the Australian Ecca Vandal, a female singer supported in the live environment by a full backing band. Perhaps a strange choice as opening support for a rock band, this was reflected in the cold reception from the audience. Drawing up comparisons to perhaps a No Doubt […]

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Lewis Capaldi + Nina Nesbitt @ o2 Institute, 3rd November, 2018

On 31st of March 2017 Lewis Capaldi’s life took a dramatic shift. The self-release of his first single ‘Bruises’ on that date brought him almost instant fame amassing an insane 28 million plays on Spotify worldwide.   He found himself hopping on tour with the likes of Rag N Bone Man and Sam Smith, playing […]

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State Champs @ O2 Institute, 31st October 2018

I’m all for early start times and being in bed for 10, however having doors at 5:30 for a midweek show baffles even me. And with that in mind Seaway, the main support, were taking to the stage as I arrived at the O2 Institute for the penultimate date of State Champs latest UK tour. […]

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Freya Ridings @ O2 Institute 3 Birmingham, 29 October 2018

The lights went down and on came 24-year-old Freya Ridings in a white sparkly dress. From the first time she opened her mouth it was clear that the many people who have compared her voice to Hannah Reid from London Grammar are right. Her strong but breathy voice is divine. I can’t think of another […]

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Idles + Heavy Lungs @ O2 Institute, 26th October 2018

Given the justified praise and acclaim heaped on Idles so far during this tour it is not an easy job to construct a review without it becoming an exercise in repetition. So lets make this about me! For several years I was convinced that around the corner there will be a band that hits all […]

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Tom Walker @ o2 Institute, 18th October 2018

The first time we encountered Tom Walker we where huddled along with a small group of sweaty people in The Sunflower Lounge, mesmerized by the power and magnitude of his voice. We knew from that moment that Walker would be a staple in our music scene, and we were not wrong! Over the next year […]

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Pale Waves @ O2 Institute, 25th September 2018

It’s been a whirlwind year for Manchester’s self-styled “goth-pop” outfit Pale Waves, making countless “ones to watch” lists, touring huge venues and supporting labelmates The 1975.  They are now making headway in the US, culminating in a Top 10 placing back home for their newly released debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ ahead of their […]

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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 […]