Of Mice & Men “Welcome to this evening’s medley of metalcore! Ready to mosh? Marvellous.” On Wednesday night the metalheads of Birmingham turned out in force. They welcomed Of Mice & Men with arms wide, whiskey in hand – an army of long-haired lusciousness. Damn, it felt good to be back among my people! The metal community tends to make amazing crowds, and this night was certainly no exception. Both the main band and the support acts were embraced with the fiercest love. If this gig was anything to go by, the final stint of OM&M’s Defy Tour is going to be legendary.


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Black Peaks + Heck Black Peaks take the headline spot and are welcomed on stage by a whistling crowd. Opening with ‘White Eyes’ they deliver a pitch perfect set. I have to confess I've yet to listen to their debut album, I had intended to listen the shit out of it, as Black Peaks singles have been a slow burn for me. Instead I was waiting to blown away live.


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bluedot-thumb bluedot Festival Set over three glorious summer days at Jodrell Bank, (the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge), bluedot is a brand new three-day festival of discovery that promised to fuse a complex mix of artists, speakers, scientists and performers into an event unlike any on earth which looks to inspire the scientists of the future.


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Crossfaith Crossfaith really are a guilty pleasure, and in all honesty after seeing them 4 times now I can’t decipher how they haven’t quite blown up yet. They are a band you need to experience live. Their one by one, riser posing entrance never gets old and I always want to know what leather jacket keyboardist Terufumi will be wearing this time. Sadly nothing compares to the Akira red jacket but tonight’s slogan emblazoned back of ‘New Age Warriors’ is promptly second favourite.


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Architects Exactly a year ago to the day Architects were in Birmingham unleashing their blockbuster record Lost Forever // Lost Together onto a thronging Institute crowd, tonight they returned to hammer home their message and brought with them some friends in the form of Every Time I Die, Bless The Fall and Counterparts.


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Black Veil Brides As the sun is setting and the cold night sets in the O2 Academy is lined with fans queuing around the block to see Black Veil Brides. Ripped tights, head to toe in black attire and heavy black make up can be seen all the way down the line.


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Beartooth Last time that Beartooth visited Birmingham (and the first time they visited the UK) was as the opening band for Of Mice & Men, back in April. Just five months later they’re back and headlining their own show at the Birmingham Academy 3, bringing along their own support in the form of Dead Harts and Climates.


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Romans 31 artists, 7 venues, one aim... to raise loadsa cash, dosh, wonga... call it what you will... for (cue 70’s DJ voice) charidee. Yep, some of Birmingham’s finest gave up their Saturday to physically and metaphorically rattle the ol’ tin, giving warm hearted punters the chance to catch up with a pretty dazzling range of genres... everything from the gentle and acoustic to the LOUD AND THRASHY.


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The Chariot Headline act The Chariot came on with a lot to do after being hard pushed by the acts beforehand and played to perfection, playing all there smash hits during the evening also expressing this being one of their best shows!


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