Tokio Myers Tokio Myers, the producer come pianist that mesmerised the nation and is renown for winning entertainment competition Britain’s Got Talent in 2017. Having amassed a meteoric fan base, bodies flooded every vein in the O2 Institute’s confined structure. Like a clot, the cellular like audience stuck together to get a glimpse of the artist who was encaged around an architecture of instruments.


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Sunflower Bean Bizarrely, I’d never been instructed to ‘step into the room on the right’ whilst attending any one of a number of gigs at the Hare & Hounds in King's Heath, but I was on this night. The fact that it’s twice the size of the other room is testament to the sudden popularity of New York’s newest rock trio, Sunflower Bean.


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Tom Walker We meet Tom Walker exactly halfway through his biggest tour to date and wait in anticipation to see what the singer-songwriter has brought to the table this time. It’s been just over a year since we were last left melodically satisfied from his exceptionally promising performance at The Sunflower Lounge, not even a 15 minute walk away from where we stand at the O2 Institute in Birmingham. It’s fair to say that since then Tom has nabbed some great achievements. From releasing his first EP, to playing at Glastonbury festival and Radio City Hall in New York his worldly presence and intriguing music has captivated a huge audience and it’s no surprise the tour is sold out.


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Paloma Faith Passion, power and politics define our night with vocal prodigy Paloma Faith at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Instantly evocative, Paloma opened with ‘The Architect’, which brought to life a stunning set incorporating an iridescent mirror that was as hypnotising as a kaleidoscope. A pyramid of stairs hosted the rest of the band at different levels.


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Anne-Marie An architecture of attitude, ambience and energy, pop diva Anne-Marie welcomed a congested crowd to the first night of her tour at Birmingham’s O2 Institute.


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Tom Grennan It was an expectant crowd last night at the O2 Institute waiting for one of the current darlings of the airwaves, Bedford's Tom Grennan. Almost as cold inside as it was out, there was an eclectic mix of punters from many backgrounds, but all shared that palpable sense of excitement for the singer's performance.


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Paramore Entering Birmingham’s Genting Arena, we thawed our frozen fingers from the chilly outdoors and welcomed Nashville trio Paramore to the stage ready to delight us in a glorious set of synth pop-rock. As the third show of ‘Tour Three’ the city eagerly awaited the promise of critically acclaimed album ‘After Laughter’ being brought to the live forum.


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Gorillaz So tonight will be an interesting gig as the crowds head to Arena Birmingham on this damp winter’s night, as this band are something entirely different - predominantly because they are made up of a cast of virtual characters - 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs. Welcome tonight (with their real life vocalist), Damon Albarn - to the ecletic world that is Gorillaz.


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Bananarama To Arena Birmingham on a Winter’s evening to spend the evening in the company of three friends who formed a band in the early 80’s. They went on to massive success - including a listing in the Guinness World Records as the all female group with the most chart entries in the world! With 10 top #10 singles in the UK, they went on to sell over 40 million records. Being in the right place at the right time paid of for them and the friends are reformed in their original line up - welcome Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey - hey hey it’s Bananarama.


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Deep Purple Deep Purple are one of the legends of rock. Formed way back in ’68, in a time that gave us local legends Sabbath and Zeppelin, they are too are one of the pioneers, that spawned a million rock fans. And tonight their 'The Long Goodbye Tour' reaches Birmingham Arena, with special guests, and legends in their own right Europe.


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Alice Cooper When the announcement came through that Alice Cooper, the man, the myth, the legend was coming to the Birmingham Arena it was a moment similar to the classic scene in 'Wayne's World' falling on the floor and shouting "We're not worthy" so you could tell this was an electrifying moment.


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The Lemon Twigs Sometimes you happen upon an event which is so mesmerizingly spectacular that it stays with you for an eternity. Only a day in and I know, FOR A FACT, that last night The Lemon Twigs at the gloriously indie Leadmill in Sheffield, will be one of those.


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Metallica Long acknowledged as one of the greatest live bands of their generation, rock legends Metallica have set new attendance records at each of the shows they played on their recent UK tour. Metallica WorldWired played 5 sold out UK Arena shows in October with the bands’ ground breaking in-the-round production not only gave fans a totally immersive live experience but also allowed for an increased venue capacity!


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Metallica Tonight the family gathers at the Genting Arena; youngsters and old, metal heads and music fans, people who have seen these guys multiple times and those for whom this is the first experience. Thirty six years since formation and eight since they graced this particular venue - welcome to one of the biggest bands in the world - hold on to your horses - Metallica are in town.


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