Elvana “Sometimes I sound like Nic Cage. Sometimes it’s Matthew McConaughey. If you’re very f***in’ lucky, I might sound like Kurt Cobain. Mostly… I DO NOT sound like Elvis f***in’ Presley! But DO WE CARE!?” Not one bit. A packed house at the O2 Academy2 in Birmingham were firmly behind Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana as they brought their UK tour to the West Midlands on 9 September.


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Psychedelic Furs So tonight we're off to Brum to see a band that you could say are a band's band. They inspired a raft of subsequent bands; from all strands of their journey from their formation and roots in punk, new wave or the latter US commercial inspired rock hits they had post MTV. Extended hiatus (or split) in the early 90s, it was the early noughties before they came back together and have toured ever since (with a hint of an album in the pipeline?) - welcome tonight The Psychedelic Furs.


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Rewind North It's early August, which means that the 80's Rewind Festival is back on the road again for 2017. Ken Harrison popped along to Rewind North from the 4th-6th August, to get involved with the festivities and capture the great moments from the event. Rewind North is a three day festival, staring on Friday evening with DJ's, music and dancing to get the crowd going for a weekend featuring the best from the 80s with The Village People and Sister Sledge headlining Saturday and Status Quo as the headline act closing the festival on Sunday.


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Lets Rock-Thumb The 80's are here again, as if they never went away. As part of their annual national tour, and returning to Clapham Common, Lets Rock! London, arrived for this year's big retro blast to celebrate all things 80's on Saturday 15th July with a star-studded line up of some great acts from the late 1970's through to the early 90's.


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bluedot-thumb Standing in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, bluedot Festival returns for the second year. Over this balmy summer weekend, festival goers land at Jodrell Bank, (the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge), bluedot for a three day intergalactic journey of discovery that combines live music and science with artists, speakers, scientists and performers.


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Jasper Carrott And so to a hidden little gem of a venue in the heart of the Black Country, to see a legendary local comedian with friend and legendary musician in tow, with a bunch of friends. What more could you want on a Friday night, as we pop along to Dudley Town Hall, to catch up with Jasper Carrott, Bev Bevan and friends and to Stand Up and Rock.


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Rick Astley Back in the mid-eighties, the charts were filled with songs from the so called Hit Factory, masterminded by Stock, Aitken and Waterman. They sounded much the same but were very successful and from it spawned two notable stars. The first was a soap actress, who went on to become a global star, and the other, a young white man with the most incredible soul voice, had a similar destiny laid out before him. However, that young man had other ideas, and at his height of fame walked away. That young man was Rick Astley


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SEventh Wave Following on from the inaugural The Seventh Wave Festival of electronic music late in 2016, Festival No.2 took place over 4 days and a series of events celebrating classic and contemporary electronica. Over the weekend a procession of artists performed, talked, and taught fans of electronic music here in Birmingham.


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The Stranglers It's that time of year again. The last day of the 6 Nations Rugby. The F1 Motor Racing season starts shortly. Spring is well on the way. And like a clock that is set the same time every year - it is time to tack a trip to Brum, to the o2 Academy, as the Men In Black are back - say the Brummie annual hello to The Stranglers.


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Michael Rother Tonight at the sold out “Under The Bridge” club, (under Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium) is a return visit from highly influential musician Michael Rother (having played at the venue earlier this year). Rother was part of the 1970’s German music scene and was an early member of Kraftwerk, but also formed legendary group Neu! with Klaus Dinger, and Harmonia with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius (of Cluster) before releasing a series of solo albums.


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bluedot-thumb Rewind North Festival There’s an old saying “its Grim up North”, well it ain’t necessarily so. Last weekend the Rewind Tour bus landed at Capesthorne Hall in Cheshire for the second of three festivals under the “Rewind” banner. This is the third Rewind North at Capesthorne Hall, and over the sunny, summer weekend of 6-7th August, 80’s music fans were treated to a myriad of acts to celebrate all things 80’s.


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Rick Astley “I know your only here for Never Gonna Give You Up” quipped 80’s icon Rick Astley, echoing a social media feed I took part in earlier in the day, 28 years in the business but the song he’s most remembered for, “you’ll just have to wait, you buggers!”


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The Stranglers Well the Spring alarm clock has gone off! Woohoo! And it’s that time of year again - we set our clock 12 months ago with this date, this time of year, this venue. Mid March. And here in Brum, at the o2 Academy they be waltzing on in - the return of the Men in Black: welcome The Stranglers.


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Joe Jackson Tonight is an all too rare opportunity to see Joe Jackson, singer, songwriter, pianist and writer, on his “Fast Forward” UK Tour. Jackson arrived in the New Wave/Post punk scene in 1979 with his “Look Sharp” album containing the witty and acerbic “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Born in Burton, Jackson grew up in Portsmouth, and is now Berlin based via London and New York. The show is a sellout, and the older crowd (with a few youngsters dotted around) eagerly await the start of the show. To get the crowd in the mood, we are treated to some old time jazz to warm us up ready for the show. I’m hoping for some “Jumping Jive” at some point this evening.


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