The Waterboys Few bands have changed as much as these guys as they take their musical journey, with that core folk rock mix, over the past thirty odd years. Their self titled album gave us 'A Girl Called Johnny' before 1985’s sky-scraping 'This is the Sea.' their music has continually evolved, from the influential mix of Celtic, gospel, country and rock on the classic 'Fisherman’s Blues', to the fired-up poetic passion of 2011's 'An Appointment with Mr Yeats', 2015's the rootsy, funky 'Modern Blues' and now to 'Out of All This Blue'. Welcome tonight to the Symphony Hall, Mike Scott and his Waterboys.


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Michael Kiwanuka I made a conscious decision recently to never listen to music through a pair of headphones ever again, reason being, having spent my formative years consuming live music in some of the best musical venues in the country, coupled with very acute hearing and constantly, breaking, losing or having my headphones stolen by thin air, it is a brave decision, but it was one I was ready to live with, tonight was the point of no return, It was a brisk night on the 16th of October 2017, I had the pleasure of close friend to accompany me to see Michael Kiwanuka at The Symphony Hall Birmingham being supported by Bedouine, a very charming, charismatic an very funny soulful and folky songstress.


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Dua Lipa Traffic fighting fans overflowed a sold out Birmingham's O2 Academy to hear female powerhouse Dua Lipa for an amplified evening of dance euphoria.


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Dragonforce Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham to catch British Power Metal legends Dragonforce. The room itself was rammed from the get go; the audience gleaming with anticipation and getting the beers in early.


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Isaac Gracie The Hare & Hounds in King's Heath Brummieland is always a treat to visit. None more so than on this Autumnal night to see a certain Mr Isaac Gracie.


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Beverley Knight As if she really needs a reason to be back on stage in the West Midlands, Beverley Knight was in town last night, bringing her 'I Love Soulsville' tour to Birmingham's Symphony Hall.


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Thy Art Is Murder Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham to catch Australian Deathcore giants Thy Art Is Murder with support from After the Burial. It became evident from the moment I arrived that this was a very popular one, Academy 2 was rammed.


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I Love The 90s As an eighties baby I was always too young to see any of the I Love The 90s stars when they came to the UK, the teasing of car radio adverts for the US leg of the tour days after I was due to leave the Florida sunshine didn’t consolidate me either. So when the UK dates were announced the little girl inside of me was more excited than the Pointer Sisters with a Crunchie! And boy was it everything I’d expected and more in the final show of the UK dates!


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Squeeze Way back in 1973 two chaps from South London formed a band that saw them christened the ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’. Three decades later they are still performing, now with a massive back catalogue of hits and they're on an extensive run of UK dates starting at the delectable Symphony Hall in Birmingham. So welcome to the 'new Paul and John' - Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook in full band mode as Squeeze.


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Beyond The Tracks 2017 The second day of the first ever Beyond The Tracks Festival brought some big-name bands to the heart of Birmingham, including Ocean Colour Scene, Maxïmo Park, The Coral and The Twang. Eastside City Park is a relatively small plot of land, just beyond the tracks (surprise, surprise) that lead a steady stream of trains in and out of New Street Station. The set-up felt rather like a fireworks events, with several fairground rides and food & drink stalls, along with the autumnal (but mostly dry!) weather.


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Beyond The Tracks And so to the first day of the inaugural Beyond The Tracks festival, taking place on a green space in Eastside in the heart of Birmingham; and ambitious festival which for the first day goes all dance / trance / party with the likes of Leftfield, Faithless (DJ Set) and headliners Orbital.


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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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Beyond the Tracks Beyond The Tracks is a brand new, three day, green field festival taking place at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park this September. Featuring some of the most revered names in UK music and the brightest new stars, the festival is a welcome addition to the musical offering of the UK’s second city!


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