|A dense colony inhabited Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Friday night, long-anticipating the indie-tronic hums of Oxford’s alt-rock band, Glass Animals. Headlining their very first Birmingham gig, their colossal fan base (unbeknown to me) penetrated my ear-drums upon the lad’s entrance to the stage.|
|Returning to their home-town just off the back of their U.S tour, Manchester manufactured The 1975 gathered a worthy crowd in all its immensity at the Arena on Tuesday night.|
|After a foot-tappingly elongated wait at the bar for a pint of cider, U.S born Lissie entered the stage with guitarist Nick Tesoriero and forecast an alleviating cloud across the audience, kindling their gig spirits with track ‘Hero’ introducing her set.|
|Little do artists manage to pull off live albums when removing the protection of the production that goes into making a record. There’s no edits, no time for adjustments, no fancy auto-tune. It’s just you, the pressure of an audience, a few instruments and a microphone. You’re in the spotlight, simple. Stripped back, an unpretentious Lissie bares little thought to an uninspiring album title ‘Lissie – Live At Union Chapel’, her raw and minimalist ways show she needs no introduction, no falsity, no fresh record label bullsh*t. The London gig was sold out.|
|Infected with festival fever, thousands sat above the sun-kissed sands of Cornwall’s Watergate Bay this weekend, on a picturesque hillside home to Boardmasters, one of the only British festivals that welcomes flip-flops over wellies.|
|Suave in his entrance and charming in ego, front-man Ricky Wilson immediately presents the naughties established indie pop rock band, Kaiser Chiefs, by stirring up an animated Everyday I Love You Less and Less from fame-making album Employment. Instantly igniting the energy of the band and fans, the addictive lyrics had Ricky destroying music equipment and climbing on drums within minutes of entering the stage.|
|Dynamic, New York based rock indie duo, We Are Scientists, enveloped Birmingham’s O2 Institute in an enigmatic sound unlike that of their former albums. New album release, Helter Seltzer, explores a fusion of electronic, punk and hard instrumental rock that has propelled them into a distinguished artist worthy of a venue much larger than the Institute's 2nd room.|
Out with the gentlemanly waistcoats and in with the grungy denim shirt-jean combo, the freshly transformed British quartet have re-categorised themselves within the rock music genre. The convincingly celtic rooted folk band Mumford & Sons have stripped back the banjo and string ensemble and opted for electric rock with their 2015 album Wilder Mind. Their new material has been saturated in the clashing of symbols, hard hitting drums, and twangs of electric guitars.
|The appropriately entitled album tour, Feline, fittingly suits the youthful Ella Eyre’s feisty stage presence and roaring vocals as she illuminates Birmingham’s O2 Academy alongside a duo of fierce female vocalists backing her on the concluding night of her tour.|
|Impeccable English sister trio The Staves activated a tightly packed venue of the Institute, Birmingham, with their appealing harmonies and outstanding choral vocals, they’ve fascinated their fans who’ve inflated in numbers since their latest sell out tour and release of album ‘If I Was.’|
|Since the last time I witnessed English, singer-songwriter Foxes on her first album tour ‘Glorious’ her style seems to have expanded to resonate with a huge demographic, as the fans of Birmingham’s O2 Academy 2 comprised of all ages.|
Sold out; James Bay has gained his fans in their thousands with a record year introducing his album Chaos and the Calm as well as winning this year’s Critics Choice Award at the Brits. Hitchin’s very own has hit us by storm, with a multitude of tracks and representing the era of acoustic rock, competing (never mind befriending) the likes of Sheeran and Ezra.
|Naughties American alt-rock comeback band Fall Out Boy re-established themselves on the UK’s music radar with their release of 2013 album Save Rock and Roll and they’ve continued their prominence in the category ever since; emerging new sounds and styles once more with their intensifying 2015 album American Beauty/American Physco.|
|Jimmy Eat World’s front man Jim Adkins is venturing solo, and upon his humble entrance to the small stage of the Glee Club, he considerately asked if phones could be switched off: “Seated gigs are all about listening”.|