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Rise Against, 02 Academy, Birmingham

18 years in to their career, and Rise Against come back to the UK to prove that they are still as powerful as ever. With their UK tour kicking off at the o2 Academy Birmingham, we were lucky enough to catch the chaos as it happened. Opening up the evening was punk band Pears, who have got to be one of the craziest live bands out there. Before the first… Keep Reading


Trash Boat Tear Up Birmingham Institute

If you’re looking for a few words to sum up Trash Boat’s live shows, they would probably be along the lines of sweaty, chaotic, but simply fun. Trash Boat rounded off their UK headline tour at the o2 Institute3 in Birmingham. With supports from Homebound and Broadside, the evening was an absolute treat to those who were witnessing it first-hand. A night tied together by both support bands giving 110%… Keep Reading


The One Hundred, Asylum, Birmingham

A night filled with witty jokes, dynamic stage presence and amusing dance moves, The One Hundred bounce in to Birmingham to provide fans with a night to remember. With support coming from post-hardcore band Light the Skies and the lads in MassMatiks, the evening was lined up to have hard-hitting energy from the start. Local band Light the Skies graced the stage to a very small crowd, yet this did… Keep Reading


Creeper, Birmingham O2 Institute

With debut album ‘Eternity, in Your Arms’ gracing store shelves just days before tour started, Creeper worked their way around the UK to show that they are as powerful as ever. Working with ‘That’s Not Metal’ podcast to create a line-up full of exciting bands, Creeper bought Puppy, Energy, and Milk Teeth along for the ride. First up were heavy-metal 3-piece Puppy, and although a slower start to the evening,… Keep Reading


With Confidence, Birmingham Asylum 2

Nice cheesy punk, and With Confidence back with a vengence After the disappointment fans occurred when Real Friends cancelled their December UK tour, original support band With Confidence took it upon themselves to treat fans to their very own headline tour, hitting Birmingham on the 5th March. An intimate evening of cheesy pop-punk, support came from Milestones, Safe to Say and Broadside. Packing out Birmingham’s Asylum 2, loyal fans were in… Keep Reading


Sum 41, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Sum 41 came back to the UK, proving that they are still a force as strong as ever. With fellow Canadian band Hollerado as support for the evening, fans were in for a wild ride. Bringing together a wide variety of older fans and new ones, Sum 41 bought their ‘Don’t Call it a Sum-Back Tour’ to Birmingham. With a set-list consisting of 26 songs from various different albums, the… Keep Reading


Touché Amoré, O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

A band well known for their performances filled with passion and emotion, Touché Amoré managed to blow away the fans of Birmingham with an energetic yet heart-wrenching evening. The fans were treated to Touché Amorés drummer, Elliot Bambin, and hardcore band ANGEL DU$T as supports. Due to health reasons, the original support from Departures could not happen. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing, as drummer Elliot Bambin took… Keep Reading


Four Year Strong Take Over Birmingham

It’s been a whole ten years since pop-punk band Four Year Strong released their second album ‘Rise or Die Trying’. We caught them in Birmingham for a show that fans will never forget. Known for their energetic live shows, Four Year Strong had sold fans by playing RODT in full, an album full of punchy riffs and catchy synths. For the UK leg of the tour, Four Year Strong had… Keep Reading


Natives, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Natives took the stage by storm with their half hour set at the O2 Academy. Oozing with confidence and passion, the four-piece tribal pop band were the perfect openers for a huge act like Busted. On Saturday 18th February, I headed down to the main room of the O2 Academy Birmingham to catch Natives’ opening for Busted on their Night Driver Tour. They came on to the stage at 8pm… Keep Reading


Black Peaks, Birmingham 2017

With the release of their most recent album ‘Statues’ in April 2016, Black Peaks had been almost non-stop throughout the year, playing a variety of festivals and tours. Now, it was time for their own tour, and Flick of the Finger caught Black Peaks on the last night of tour on the 5th February.  An odd line up consisting of Bad Sign and Tigercub as support, this was not going… Keep Reading


The Front Bottoms, O2 Institute, Birmingham,

For the second time this year, The Front Bottoms came back to the UK to put on shows for dedicated fans. With many fans having waited in the cold for two hours even before doors opened, The Front Bottoms came on to prove that their wait hadn’t been wasted. Coming along for the ride were Apologies, I Have None and Gnarwolves. When Gnarwolves were first announced as a support for… Keep Reading


Clean Cut Kid, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Clean Cut Kid absolutely smashed their support slot for Courteeners. The Liverpudlian four-piece took to the stage to warm up the crowd with a smashing half hour set that had even the most boring audience members daring to dance. On Thursday 18th November at 8pm, an hour after door’s opened, Clean Cut kid walked onto the main stage of the O2 Academy to a completely packed main room for their… Keep Reading


The Cadillac Three, o2 Academy Birmingham

The Cadillac Three bought a little bit of their Southern style magic to Birmingham. Hailing from Nashville, Tenessee, the country rock three piece had been round various places in the UK, bringing along Tyler Brandt and the Shakedown as support. This wasn’t my usual sort of gig, I must admit. The gigs I usually attend are pop-punk bands, filled to the brim with sweaty teenagers. Therefore, I went in to… Keep Reading


Broken Witt Rebels ‘Georgia Pine’

The Birmingham four-piece rock and blues band, Broken Witt Rebels today, launched the official video for their new single ‘Georgia Pine’. The single dovetails the band’s forthcoming 12-date UK tour with King King that kicks off at Brighton’s The Old Market on Wednesday 9th November. ‘Georgia Pine’ also features on the cover mount CD of the current issue of Classic Rock magazine.  ‘Georgia Pine’ is the third single and title track… Keep Reading


Live review: PUP + Shit Present + Solids

Rainbow Cellar, Birmingham, 30. August 2016: Toronto band Pup are ready to take the world by storm. With the release of their second album The Dream is Over  being released earlier this year, Pup now have a long string of shows ahead of them, the first run being their first UK headline tour. Birmingham was day 3 of 100, but this didn’t seem to put them off. Along for the UK… Keep Reading


Live review: Dead! (The Asylum, Birmingham, 24/08-2016)

Short and sweet, “Dead!” is a band to pay attention to. On their small run of UK shows before their appearance at Reading and Leeds festival, Dead! hit up Birmingham Asylum for a show that was sweaty from start to finish.  The shows had been rescheduled, but that didn’t stop the energetic four piece from bringing their dedicated fans to the small, heated venue. With supports from TrueHeights and local… Keep Reading

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