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With Confidence, Birmingham Asylum 2

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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 for a massive treat. UK’s very own Milestones took to the stage first with contagious energy, instantly getting those who had come early bouncing on the spot. Powerful movements around…

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Sum 41, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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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 evening was bound to be full of non-stop energy. Hollerado took to the stage to an already filled out room. Their half hour set proved to the audience that the…

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Touché Amoré, O2 Academy 3, Birmingham

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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$T as supports. Due to health reasons, the original support from Departures could not happen. However, this was not necessarily a bad thing, as drummer Elliot Bambin took to the stage with his solo project. The calm before the storm, Bambin’s voice created a soothing atmosphere before Angel Du$t came on, putting a unique twist on the evening.…

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Four Year Strong Take Over Birmingham

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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 bought Homebound, Boston Manor, and Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! along to create an evening full of push-pits and finger pointing. Homebound opened the night, captivating an audience straight from the…

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Natives, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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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 after a mix of classic songs, such as Ignition – R Kelly, had been blasting through the venue since the doors opened to warm the crowd’s voices up. Now, I…

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Black Peaks, Birmingham 2017

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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 to be a typical Sunday evening. Three-piece rock band Bad Sign opened the night, with hard breakdowns and heavy riffs. With a bigger following, these guys could have made any…

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The Front Bottoms, O2 Institute, Birmingham,

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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 this tour it seemed slightly odd due to the difference in genre; The Front Bottoms indie rock vibe seemed quite tame in comparison to Gnarwolves punk. However, I was excited…

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Clean Cut Kid, O2 Academy, Birmingham

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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 supporting slot at Courteeners’ Birmingham show. As soon as they began their first song, you would have thought this was a Clean Cut Kid show – the crowd were immediately…

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The Cadillac Three, o2 Academy Birmingham

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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 this one with an open mind, not knowing of what type of audience would be there and what the reaction would be. Saying this, I was pleasantly surprised to find…

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Broken Witt Rebels ‘Georgia Pine’

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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 from the band’s recent EP release. The ‘Georgia Pine’ EP was previously only available on CD and digital formats, but will be issued on limited edition and numbered 10-inch vinyl…

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Live review: PUP + Shit Present + Solids

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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 run was Shit Present and Solids. These 2 bands complimented well as support acts for Pup, and for me Shit Present put on an outstanding performance, bringing the early bunch…

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

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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 band Youth Man, Dead! were ready and waiting to put their all in to this show. First on to the stage was TrueHeights. The five piece from Leamington Spa entered…

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