John Legend 2014 was quite a year for the 9 times Grammy winner Mr John Legend. A year in which he toured the world and saw his beautiful soulful love song ‘All Of Me’ become a Multi-platinum seller (12.3 million copies worldwide)! But that wasn’t enough for Mr Legend as in November of last year he announced that he’d be back in the UK in June/July 2015 for his biggest arena tour to date, and Birmingham welcomed him back with open arms!


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Suzanne Vega The brief introduction of "From New York City, Miss Suzanne Vega", sees Gerry Leonard take to an understated stage and begin looping guitar riffs and sounds to create a musical backdrop for Fat Man And Dancing Girl whilst an unassuming Suzanne Vega follows and begins delivering her warm vocal line.  No matter how many times you may have seen Vega, you cannot fail to be impressed by her calm and flowing voice which fills the Town Hall and draws you in no matter how far away from the stage you are sat. As the first song draws to a close, Vega places a top hat on her head for the spine tingling Marlene On The Wall.


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Sharon Van Etten Love hurts. Love scars. And there's nobody who quite knows how to document the more painful side of love than Sharon Van Etten. Ever since she first appeared in 2009 with an album inspired by a former partner who smashed up her guitar and told her that her music was pointless (note to that man - you are very wrong), she's specialised in writing love songs that are painful and startling in their honesty.


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Chuck Ragan Tucked away, so far from the merch, in the Temple Room of the Institute you would have found me huddling into myself for warmth.


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Janelle Monáe Janelle Monáe and special guest Cody ChesnuTT turn The Institute’s standing area into a dance floor as concertgoers indulge in an evening of genre-defying music, live instrumentation, social commentary and theatrical performance.


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Justin Timberlake You expect a Justin Timberlake show to be an epic event and considering the stage alone costs £6 million it is not surprising that ticket prices are so high. As the lights dim on a capacity crowd at the LG Arena, anticipation is running high and so is the volume of the female fans. Silhouettes of violin players are projected onto the massive honeycomb screen and Mr Timberlake rises up in a white dinner jacket with slicked back hair, looking incredibly dapper as if he has stepped out of the Luhrmann interpretation of The Great Gatsby.


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Lissie After buzzing over Lissie’s cover of Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ little did I know that very same evening I’d be watching her doing her thing live on stage… arriving at the close-nit venue of the Birmingham Institute I firstly found myself feeling the fresh vibes that came about with the support act, Norma Jean Martine.


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Taylor Swift Taylor Swift’s sold out ‘Red’ tour has finally landed in the UK- and tonight, at her fourth and penultimate show at London’s O2 Arena, she rewards her fans’ patience with an exuberant, inspiring performance.


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Suzanne Vega Pioneering American singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega returns to the UK in 2014 with her eight album 'Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’. This is her first studio recording of new material in seven years, and will be released on her own label, Amanuensis Productions in February 2014. It is a collection of ten songs, each telling a story on how the material world, and spiritual world both intersect.


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Suzanne Vega Pioneering American singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega returns to the UK in 2014 with her eight album 'Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’. This is her first studio recording of new material in seven years, and will be released on her own label, Amanuensis Productions in February 2014. It is a collection of ten songs, each telling a story on how the material world, and spiritual world both intersect.


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Jonathan Wilson Thekla in Bristol is a novel venue as it is a cargo ship moored in Bristol’s Mud Dock area, and as we climb aboard the support act Omar Velasco is finishing the final song of his set.  However, this means it is not long until the main act, Jonathan Wilson, is due to take the stage.


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Beth Hart Spot on 9pm Beth Hart takes centre stage. She has to be one of the hardest working acts around, touring furiously; recording frequently (five albums in the past four years). A fabulous collaboration with fellow American Joe Bonamassa (‘Don’t Explain’) was followed up by the equally good ‘Bang Bang Boom Boom’ which won her a slot on Jools Holland’s show in 2012. Bigger in Europe than in the USA her career can’t have been hurt by her performance at the Kennedy Centre Honours twelve months ago in front of the Obamas.


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Valerie June Hailing from Nashville Tennessee, in America’s Deep South, aside her extremely unique and distinctive voice which we’ll come to later, the first thing that strikes you about Miss June is her appearance. Petit, stunningly beautiful with uber-cool dreads she looks every bit the rock star. Then she starts to sing and BOOM! You know she’s a rock star… It’s just a matter of time...


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Michelle Shocked There's an informal suggested song practice before the main set begins (there were four in all). Ms S making the point that sing-alongs sustain the communal spirit during times of adversity. This being a time of 'war' against austerity and poverty. Thus, from the outset, she nails her campaigning, hands-on social-conscience, colours firmly to the mast.


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