Nightwish Nightwish arrived onstage to the large UK crowd cheering loudly in anticipation. Opening with ‘Dark Chest of Wonders’ from the massive album Once (2004), they hit the fans with some piercing guitar riffs early on in true Nightwish style; epic backing tracks and some fiery pyro really giving a larger than life feel to their entrance. Floor Jansen gave it her all by delivering some on point vocals and beckoning the crowd wherever possible.


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August Burns Red August Burns Red took to the stage with massive cheers from their loyal UK fanbase who turned out.


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Mabel The past 18 months can only be described as a whirlwind for songstress Mabel. Her phenomenal rise through the UK charts has seen her perform on some of the hottest dance tracks over the past two years winning fans all over the globe, as well as supporting Harry Styles on his tour.


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The Wildhearts 25 years ago a 16 year old version of me found a band call The Wildhearts and nothing was the same again. I lost count of the amount of times I saw them live, and ‘Earth vs the Wildhearts’ still remains one of my fave albums of all time. So it was with great excitement I trotted along to the Mill in Digbeth to see them smash through their debut with the original line up.


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All Saints Fans heading to the iconic Birmingham Institute certainly knew where the hottest tickets in town were at as All Saint’s Testament Tour rolled into the second city.


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The Alarm Equals is the first studio album from The Alarm for eight years, of course in-between medical diagnoses and treatments, Mike Peters has toured as a solo performer, and personally for me, those shows are his most personal. To be stood within touching distance of the man is quite something, but tonight was an equal (forgive the pun) to those shows.


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Years & Years You haven’t seen much until you’ve seen Olly Alexander – of Years & Years – thrust and twerk in a macramé top and platform heels. The quintessence of LGBT, the sensual showman and his crew, Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen bring their synth-pop swagger to Arena Birmingham for an all-out energised gig.


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Kioko The Midlands has a rich and prominent history revolving around reggae and ska, and tonight at the o2 institute, Birmingham’s very own Kioko are out to prove that their deadly roots have inspired an auspicious legacy.


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Mumford & Sons Nobody likes watching gigs at arenas. You can’t see the band, the tickets are expensive, the queues are huge and more often than not you spend your evening involuntarily staring at a giant screen instead of the stage. Tour after tour tries it’s best to combat the growing list of complaints and tonight in Birmingham, Mumford & Sons are giving it their best efforts.


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Paul Smith A beautiful lil’ gathering took place at Birmingham’s Mama Roux’s on Tuesday as Paul Smith took to the stage for a super-intimate showcase of his solo material.


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The Japanese House Whilst most of Birmingham were either crammed into the German Market, or upstairs downing Red Stripe for Peace’s homecoming gig, deep down below, in the underbelly of the O2 Institute 2, a future star was emerging in the form of The Japanese House.


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Peace Birmingham welcomes indie rock quartet Peace back for their small, yet mighty ‘world tour’ in their hometown with open arms. Ready for an eclectic mix of nostalgia and a modicum of their latest guitar-driven anthems.


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Bring Me The Horizon After a long intense wait Bring Me The Horizon finally entered the stage and as they did the crowd ended up covered in confetti along with the ceiling rig which ended up looking like someone had TP’d the place.


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You Me At Six Tonight at the O2 Academy Birmingham You Me At Six bring their headline tour to the venue for a sold out show. As well as the headline dates they have been performing special anniversary shows to celebrate the 10 year release of their debut album ‘Take Off Your Colours’ where they will play it in its entirety.


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