Tag Archives: Tour

Shed Seven + The Twang @ O2 Academy 22nd November 2019

Today has been “wear your old band T-shirt to work day” on BBC 6 Music, and you know which t-shirt I have been wearing all day? Yes, that’s right, my old Cooper Temple Clause t-shirt, but of course, I was wearing both of tonight’s band’s t-shirts in spirit. I worked out that it has been […]

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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 small.  At the time I remember thinking how can this be; he was still the same man he was when he was the main songwriter in the Pixies, and was still writing the same beautifully […]

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Album Review – Babybird “Photosynthesis”

It is strange when you read articles about Stephen Jones, in which he is made notable for having built up a mass of recordings either officially released or self-released (and not including hours of unreleased material), when he is one of many artists (me included) for whom this is true.  When you look at the […]

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The Blinders interview April 2019

It’s been just over a year since I last interviewed The Blinders, but it feels like longer because so much has happened to the band since their show at the Sunflower Lounge just over twelve months ago… the debut album album “Columbia” was released to rave reviews (including our own) and a top 40 chart […]

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DMA’s @ o2 Academy, 4th April 2019

They’ve been dubbed by some as Australia’s answer to Oasis but fobbing DMA’s off as Gallagher copycats would be far from fair. Britpop throwbacks they may be, but these boys have certainly been offering something unique since capturing the hearts of young indie fans several years back. Last night they were back in Birmingham at the […]

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Album Review – The Very Best of Newton Faulkner….So Far

Sit back, relax and immerse yourself with this best of album, which is as relaxing as a candlit bath. Newton Faulkner has been around far longer than many of us realise.  He has busily created tunes which combine intriguing guitar work, rhythmic style and that surprising vocal range.  These abilities differentiate him from the “nice […]

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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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Justin Timberlake @ Arena Birmingham, 27 August 2018

Justin Timberlake, one of the world’s best-selling artists and pop icon, has yet again pulled off a spectacular musical performance with his ‘Man of the Woods’ Tour, confirming, if it was ever in doubt, his status as a consummate singer-songwriter and exceptional performer. The striking set complete with winding road, stylised forest trees and long […]

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Interview – We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists return! The infamous duo, Keith Murray (guitar/vocals) and Chris Cain (bass) are back on the road with Megaplex, their hot off the press sixth album of colourful and utterly addictive fun-bomb pop. Set to dazzle the world with ten melodious molten nuggets – a welcome distraction to these bleak times in which we […]

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Britrock Must Be Destroyed! comes to Digbeth Arena on 5th May

The bank holiday weekend in May is shaping up to be a great one in Birmingham.  On the Saturday (5th) Britrock Must be Destroyed! visits the Digbeth Arena. The event line up (which rotates) includes Reef, The Wildhearts, Terrorvision and Dodgy and Birmingham Live will have a team there to review. Ahead of all the […]

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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 […]