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Paul McCartney @ Birmingham Barclaycard Arena – 27th May 2015

Over the years, Paul McCartney has become quite a divisive figure in the world of popular culture. There are those who consider him the most important and influential musician in history. Others, including many commenting on my Facebook page before tonight’s show, strongly disagree. One commented he’d rather “suck sick through a straw than watch […]

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FKA Twigs @ Birmingham Institute – 3rd October 2014

You may never have heard of Tahliah Debrett Barnett but I’d put good money on most people being aware of her alter-ego FKA Twigs before long. While the tabloids get all excited about the singer dating Twilight star Robert Pattinson, it’s her music and theatrical performances which should soon be the talking point. That, along […]

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Alt-J @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – 22nd September 2014

Alt-J is the epitome of the millennial, internet-age rock band, marked by some as electro-pop, described by others as downbeat acoustic trip-hop, and my particular favourite, spooky neo-rhythm and blues. Whatever it is, tonight they play to the packed-out Civic Hall in Wolverhampton with hypnotic ease, kicking off the proceedings with Hunger of the Pine. […]

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Nine Inch Nails @ Birmingham LG Arena – 18th May 2014

Tonight is the first date of Nine Inch Nails‘ UK tour, which takes in some of the biggest venues the band has headlined in this country so far. And it’s a show some of us never thought we’d even see! Only a few years ago, Trent Reznor announced an indefinite hiatus and many feared the […]

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Miley Cyrus @ Birmingham NIA – 16th May 2014

It’s official, Birmingham, we’re all sluts. “Birmingham is officially the sluttiest place in the UK!” announces Miley Cyrus to a wild and expectant crowd, about half way in to her two hour performance at the Birmingham NIA. It is a telling sign that by this point, such a statement did not seem a) out of place, […]

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Prince & 3rdEyeGirl @ Birmingham LG Arena – 15th May 2014

An email sent to ticket holders ahead of Prince’s first Birmingham gig in 19 years read “Please wear something purple! We also kindly ask you to bring no cameras and to not use your phones to film or take photos during the concerts. Let’s all enjoy the shows through our own eyes together.” And for […]

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NME Tour featuring Interpol, Temples, Royal Blood + Circa Waves @ Birmingham Institute – 25th March 2014

NME’s annual Awards Tour has introduced the gig-going public to some fairly substantial names over the years. Remember Maximo Park getting some healthy competition from their support band, Arctic Monkeys? Or early exposure for the likes of The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and some band called Coldplay. So, every year it’s interesting to see […]

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London Grammar @ Birmingham Academy – 16th February 2014

It was a cold February evening with a queue bending around Bristol Road and the people of Birmingham had braved the cold weather to come out tonight to see the penultimate gig of London Grammar’s UK tour. The night consisted of waiting but as soon as we got inside the O2 Academy, the energy had […]

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Anna Calvi + Woman’s Hour @ Birmingham Institute – 10th February 2014

It’s been a while since I’ve been to The Institute and whenever I go back I’m always reminded of what a great venue it is. The Library especially is intimate but not so small that you’re going to get hit in the eye with a drumstick. Tonight the library slowly fills as we await support […]

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Suzanne Vega + Natasha North @ Birmingham Town Hall – 3rd February 2014

Suzanne Vega returns to Birmingham’s Town Hall in support of new album, Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles. Prior to the show she took some time to answer a few questions for Birmingham Live…. BL: What inspired you to write an album of new material in 7 years? SV: I had been writing […]

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Sea Girls @ Mama Rouxs 11 October, 2018

We first met Sea Girls a handful of months ago when we caught their set at Barn on the Farm […]

Album Review – Tom Odell, Jubilee Road

Strikingly honest and soulful singer songwriter Tom Odell has made a career of combining heart wrenching lyrical content with intricately […]

The Coral + She Drew The Gun + Cut Glass Keys @ O2 Institute, 5 October 2018

Firstly, a disclaimer: I have already spoken to other people who attended this gig and they loved it.  They describe […]

Anna Calvi @ Town Hall, 4th October 2018

With three albums of atmospheric leftfield pop to her name, London’s Anna Calvi’s most recent effort ‘Hunter’ sees her up […]

Three Days Grace @ o2 Institute, 4 October 2018

“You guys are on fire tonight. You’re fucking loving it.” Adam Gontier is not wrong. It might be a Thursday […]

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 […]