Tag Archives: UB40

UB40 @ Genting Arena, 15 December, 2017

UB40 have been playing their smooth yet rootsy blend of music together for over 30 years to critical global success, and it shows. Heralded by the band’s signature pulsating drums and lazy sax, the show opened with ‘Food for Thought’. Although Duncan Campbell is not an exact replica of his brother, the vibrant tones of […]

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UB40 with Steel Pulse @ 02 Academy, December 21st 2015

Many a die-hard UB40 fan who couldn’t make this gig tonight may, understandably, be asking, ‘Well, which UB40 were they?’ Point. Following the Campbell sibling schism and wider bands’ musical differences some years ago, there now coexists two entities both bearing the same iconic name. Eschewing any potential, litigious misunderstandings – suffice to say tonight’s […]

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Previewing UB40 and Steel Pulse with Brian Travers

This is the Big One! The ultimate, Rock-Steady/Reggae Birmingham shindig of all time. Local boys, come global legends, UB40 and Steel Pulse, performing back to back. Consecutive Christmas special shows – for the first time ever – sees the warm-up gig at London’s O2 Academy, Brixton on Sunday, 20th December. But anticipate the following evening’s […]

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12 great gigs coming to Birmingham this month

It’s December. No, really. The end, of 2015, is nigh. But that doesn’t mean we’re short of great live music options – here’s 12 top gigs coming to these during this twelfth month of the year – see you there! Guy Garvey @ O2 Academy, Thursday 3 December Taking a break from doing the Elbow […]

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#POP! An Exhibition of work by Brian Travers @ Havill & Travis Gallery, Harborne, 18th September – 31st October 2015

‘Splash, Splat, Zap n’Trickle’ On being invited to become an honorary trustee at The National Gallery a living British playwright predicated his acceptance with one proviso – that above the main entrance was emblazoned the legend, ‘You don’t have to like all of it!’ That sage wisdom and liberation of spirit will take you willing by the  hand […]

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Interview – Brian Travers

In August we previewed the latest in a line of excellent exhibitions at Havill and Travis in Harborne: #POP!; an exhibition of work by the artist and prolific songwriter, composer & lyricist Brian Travers – founder member, brass & string arranger and saxophonist with UB40. John Kennedy describes the opening and his interview with Brian: In […]

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Brian Travers #POP! Exhibition @ Havill & Travis, Harborne.

Following successful exhibitions by Midlands music luminaries Erica Nockalls and Jim Simpson, Harborne gallery Havill & Travis, present #POP!; an exhibition of work by the artist and prolific songwriter, composer & lyricist Brian Travers – founder member, brass & string arranger and saxophonist with UB40. #POP! celebrates the pop art culture of 1960’s NYC through to the 21st […]

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Ali Campbell @ Birmingham Academy, 27th May 2011

A past-master of understated showmanship, Ali Campbell greeted his partisan audience with a simple “I’ve come home” and had them eating out of his hand from the off. This was an evening of firsts for this reviewer. The first time at a reggae gig for twenty-odd years, the first in a long long time where […]

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Slam Dunk Midlands – Bands we can’t wait to see

With less than a week to go, ‘Slam Dunkers’ will be prepped to travel to at least one of the […]

The Waterboys @ Warwick Arts Centre, 13th May 2018

Last time I saw The Waterboys at Warwick Arts Centre it was a standing gig, whereas tonight is seated and […]

Scott Hutchison

Deep sadness today at Birmingham Live at the news regarding Scott Hutchison.  As long time fans of his work with […]

Don McLean + Jarrod Dickinson @ Symphony Hall, 10 May 2018

This evening’s performance at the Symphony Hall started with country/blues support act Jarrod Dickinson, with his wife Claire on backing […]

Nickelback @ Genting Arena, 10 May 2018

Canadian rock band Nickelback has had a long tenure creating well-loved music. With more than twenty years in the game, […]

Gang of Youths@ o2 Institute, 9 May 2018

Almost 12 months ago I witnessed the best gig of 2017 when Gang of Youths played the Sunflower Lounge .  […]