Emeli Sandé Four years ago, this young lady was everywhere. After a couple of hits with others, her debut album went stratospheric. She played at the Opening and Closing of London 2012 Olympics, won a couple of BRITS and also performed for the President of the United States of America. As you do. And now she's back, older, wiser, social justice campaigner, personal life challenges and new album in tow. Before the arenas cometh smaller venues - welcome tonight to the o2 Academy in Brum, Emeli Sandé.


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Circa Waves Kicking off their UK tour, Circa Waves came to the o2 Academy in Sheffield to entertain with their high-energy and fun alternative rock and to perform songs from their latest release ‘Different Creatures’. Support on the tour comes from two promising acts, INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, each of which brought their own following with them.


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Lower Than Atlantis Lower Than Atlantis finally graced London last Friday as part of their biggest UK Tour with 3 supporting acts, ROAM, Hands Like Houses and Young Guns to warm the crowd up before Lower Than Atlantis made their appearance at O2 Brixton.


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All Time Low Outside the 02 Academy, the crowd barrier were ladened with duvets and blankets abandoned on a cold Spring evening in Birmingham, however inside was a different temperature altogether on this the sell-out school-night. Playing to a jam packed O2 Academy, support acts Watermarks and SWMRS warmed up the crowd for American teen rock favourites All Time Low encouraging the crowd to clap along and stomp their feet.


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The Fallen State I first came across The Fallen State when attending 3 Doors Down concert last November where The Fallen State was one of the opening acts and I become a fan since then. When they announced their tour, I just knew that I must attend and so I did! They owned the stage!


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White Lies The last time I saw White Lies it was a freezing November evening way back in 2009. I started the night by drinking an outrageous amount of vodka and I ended it singing along to the casualty theme tune in my mates front room with my top off... This time around, I arrived at Sheffield Academy half asleep after my wife and I spent all day moving house. While I am obviously delighted with that considerable change in my personal life, it is somewhat comforting to know I can slip back into the world of White Lies and nothing much has changed. Same plain, black t-shirts, same massive choruses and the same important themes.


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Touché Amoré Touché Amoré are in the business of misery. The band’s journey mirrors the life and times of lead singer, Jeremy Bolm, through his hyper confessional lyricism that sees their latest release ‘Stage Four’ echoing the grief of an age-old tale that’s constantly raw. ‘Stage Four’ is universally hailed as their best record, with a European tour pressing selling out before they embarked upon the UK leg; a quick, foiled outer sleeve pressing ltd to 175, was rushed through to be hand numbered by Jeremy. With 19 copies available each night the early birds caught the worm.


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Halfnoise Zac Farro is a name that will be familiar to many a 00’s rock fans after rising to fame as part of the Grammy Award winning band Paramore. But Zac is now steadily making waves with his new musical venture, Halfnoise.


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James I was particularly looking forward to this one. James have always been a band I’ve admired but one I’ve never really got to know better. The last time I saw them Adamski was Number One which shows just how lax I’ve been and it was high time I found out how the band had matured. (More than me I was to find out).


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Pierce The Veil The release of their latest album Misadventures brought Pierce The Veil to the O2 Birmingham Academy on this frosty Saturday evening. Ever popular in the UK, it was no surprise that this show was a complete sell out – even Radio 1 Rock Show’s Dan P Carter bypassed the German Markets to grace The Academy with his presence.


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Airbourne A lot of long hair, black shirts, and too much leather in the streets could only mean one thing: Rock’n’roll was back in town. Tonight it took the form of the spectacular Aussie hard-rockers Airbourne, who were supported by the equally energetic and powerful Crobot and The Franklys.


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Caravan Palace Of course what I’m here to see is Caravan Palace, who came to my attention on a recent appearance on Later. They were simply electric and like nothing I’d heard before and I just had to see them live. They initially only played a one-off date in London but thankfully have added more dates, tonight being Birmingham and their first ever visit to the ‘Second City’.


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Jack Garratt Not untypically, it was a dreary November evening in Brummieland as we ventured out to see Jack Garratt, with rain spitting down like flem dribbling from a Giant with a lisp. What wasn't at all typical was the sweltering 13 degrees that accompanied the rain. Anything to do with the 'Super Moon' per chance?


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Angel Olsen After the release of her second full-length album Burn Your Fire For No Witness in 2014 I was hooked by Angel Olsen enchanting vocals and grunge-folk sound. Yet, until hearing Olsen live at Club Academy in Manchester, I hadn’t picked up on the resounding country-folk palette of her voice. Her music, especially the 2016 album MY WOMAN encompasses a wide range of genres, of grunge-rock to folk, with electronic reverb. It is an album which cannot and perhaps should not be pinned down. It reminds audiences not to constrain an artist to a certain genre whilst lyrically reminding us not to constrain a woman to certain social expectations.


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