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The Divine Comedy + Man and the Echo @ O2 Institute, 11th October 2019

There’s a hint at the kind of show to expect from The Divine Comedy tonight when the stage is decked out with office furniture ahead of their performance. Even down to the smallest details such as the drinks poured into office mugs and the setlists attached to clipboards, there’s a sense that Neil Hannon and […]

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The Blinders @ O2 Institute, 26 April 2019

I have been fortunate enough over the last 18 months to have seen The Blinders play four times including tonight, at four different venues; each venue on each tour twice the size as the preceding one.  This has taken over a couple of years to achieve, so not a meteoric rise, but it has been […]

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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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MUNA @ O2 Institute 3,4th December 2019

Having found and fallen in love with the band through social media, I have never met anyone in my life […]

Emeli Sandé + Ben Monteith @ Symphony Hall, 2 December 2019

British singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé took over the Symphony Hall on Monday as part of her “Real Life” UK […]

Billy Bragg @ O2 Institute 2, 1 December 2019

There are not many artists I have seen more than four times, Frank Black is one and Billy Bragg is […]

The Darkness @ o2 Academy, 1st December 2019

It’s icy and the roads are full of traffic; Christmas is coming and just to add more sparkle The Darkness […]

Glenn Hughes @ O2 Institute, 29th November 2019

It’s no coincidence that after two and a half years on the road playing the classic-era tracks from his former […]

Fat White Family @ O2 Institute 2, 28 November 2019

I wanted to simply write “Wow!” for this review and end it there because this was a fitting way to […]