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Nick Cave @ Symphony Hall, 17th June 2019

As a man of a certain vintage, I still go to gigs feeling like a youngster. Rarely am I out of the top end, age wise, of a reasonably narrow demographic. Tonight however, I am possibly smack in the middle of the bell curve. Neither young nor old. It’s a surprisingly varied crowd and indicative […]

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Lisa Stansfield for Symphony Hall in October

Lisa Stansfield has announced a UK tour to mark the 30th Anniversary of her debut solo album “Affection”.   Good news for fans locally as she will be playing the Symphony Hall on Tuesday 29th October. The multi-platinum album (which sold over 5 million copies) won three BRIT awards, 2 Ivor Novello Awards, a Silver […]

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Giorgio Moroder @ Symphony Hall, 1st April 2019

The word legend is often banded around, but for Giorgio Moroder it is fitting and justified. Just take a look at his back catalogue of songs, his influences and his impact on music and to be fair Legend doesn’t seem enough. Now well into his seventh decade, Giorgio has never toured, he has recently done […]

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Stewart Copeland @ Symphony Hall, 26 March 2019

There is no question that even though tonight’s show is the London Concert Orchestra conducted by Troy Miller, the focus is always going to be on Stewart Copeland’s undeniably brilliant musicianship and his exuberant charm.  However, it is clearly a classical gig, with customary entrance by the orchestra, followed by applause for the first violinist, […]

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Hanson @ Symphony Hall 11 February 2019

As someone who spent the 90’s making create-your-own Beatles scarves out of old curtains whilst my peers were crying over some guy called ‘Robbie’ leaving a band called Take That, I started this evening having previously heard just two Hanson singles. One was ‘Penny and Me’, the other I’m sure is easy to guess. The […]

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Ben Howard @ Symphony Hall, 21 January 2019

There is an escapist essence that has forever permeated Ben Howard’s music. With the ability to create explorative sonic tapestries Howard’s music is a breathtaking getaway form the mundane, so it is no shock that he has over the years amassed quite a following. His newest release, Noonday Dream, is a body of work that […]

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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.  The thing is, Deacon Blue have a special place in my heart, but simultaneously irritate the pants off me; they’re like an old school friend or mad old uncle, that you love… but only in […]

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Caro Emerald @ Symphony Hall Birmingham, 30 October 2018

During the week where Winter 2018 officially decided to show up, the first words from Caro Emerald were a welcome reminder of the summer: ‘Tonight we will be taking you on a trip’. Imagine orange and yellow spotlights, a big screen showing your view out of an aeroplane and Caro in a Spanish-inspired outfit consisting […]

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John Grant @ Symphony Hall, 16th August 2018

With a new album set for release, John Grant played a one-off indoor show in-between some festival dates, and it was also a one-off as being the first standing gig to be held at the prestigious Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Regular visitors will know the venue is all-seated, indeed, all sumptuous seated, but for tonight […]

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Del Amitri with Trashcan Sinatras @ Symphony Hall, 23 July 2018

I was thrilled to see Justin Currie wrote the following words on Symphony Hall’s website to promote their return to Birmingham’s finest venue tonight: “Del Amitri first played the Birmingham Symphony Hall on July the 13th 1992, just a year after it officially opened. You could still smell the paint, and it all seemed a […]

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Pixies and The Big Moon, o2 Academy 16 September 2019

When Black Francis was Frank Black during the 1990’s he played small venues.  They were always packed, but they were […]

Pixies new album ‘Beneath The Eyrie’

It’s funny that after a band splits up and potentially will not make any more music, they are made into […]

The S.L.P @ o2 Institute, 7th September 2019

With five number one albums and a Glastonbury headline appearance under his belt, it’s been some time since Kasabian man […]

Is Bliss @ The Sunflower Lounge, 4th September 2019

After a summer sitting in fields, drinking warm beer and sleeping in tents, it was time to return to the […]

Album Review – New Model Army “From Here”

For a band approaching 39 years, New Model Army continue to be prolific, not only live but by their studio […]

Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up […]