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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Jess Glynne Jess Glynne took to the stage at Birmingham’s Genting Arena this Sunday night for the fourth date on the Always in between Tour. One of many stops on her inaugural UK arena tour, the evening saw walls of fire, showers of confetti and dozens of tight pop hooks for which she has become famous.


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Florence + the Machine This being the High as Hope Tour, it’s only fitting that Florence + the Machine open the show with the opening track from the latest album of the same name. ‘June’ is strange, beautiful, and builds up into an epic crescendo as she repeatedly wails “I’m so high, I can see an angel!” in her signature falsetto. Our star is the last of her ensemble to make her way down the illuminated staircase on stage, with her musicians receiving a huge ovation as they shuffle onto the stage before her. Stepping quite literally into the spotlight, this sermon is underway.


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Rick Astley It's pretty hard to believe it’s 31 years since the boyhood squeaky clean charms of Rick Astley exploded from Stock, Aitken and Waterman's vault. However tonight was even more surprising and a little sad that with eight albums and over 20 singles he gets his biggest crowd reaction from his debut single and only number one as a solo artist when there is so much more to Rick Astley.


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Hollywood Vampires There was a palpable buzz of excitement in the air at the prospect of seeing Hollywood A listers, Hollywood Vampires in Brummyland on Saturday night at the Genting Arena.


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The Vamps May the fourth be with all the people attending The Vamps today at the Genting Arena Birmingham. As I take to my seat the Yorkshire lads PM take to the stage with lead singer Dan Reynard jumping and singing and making his presence known; within minutes of being on stage he had the crowd dancing along with him.


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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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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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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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Slam Dunk 2017 West Midlands Slam Dunk you beautiful festival, you did it again. A week ago today I was writing a piece about my Slam Dunk picks when the events in Manchester unfolded and so it remains an article left unfinished. With these events in mind the security at Slam Dunk was understandably stepped up; with armed police, a wider cordon and security dotted everywhere. Parents took great reassurance as they left their children to embark upon a day of raucous escape from the world. Once inside the inner sanctum of fencing, the Slam Dunk atmosphere of misfits on the kerbs remained, drunken shenanigans and singing your hearts out with your friends ruled the day.


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The Vamps As the Genting Arena fell into darkness, the curtain dropped for an explosive pyrotechnic bang as The Vamps bounced onto the stage to smash hit ‘Wake Up’ ready for the last date of the UK tour and homecoming gig. Front man Brad Simpson whipped the crowd into a frenzy decked in his trademark floral pattern shirt as he asked the crowd, “are you ready to have a sing and dance with us tonight?”


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Kings of Leon Following the release of ‘WALLS’ last year, (their seventh studio album which went straight to number one in the UK chart). Kings of Leon are back in the UK after over two years away and Birmingham’s Genting Arena welcome them with open arms.


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Avenged Sevenfold Bringing their show to the Genting Arena, Birmingham tonight are a trio of metal rock goodness. Support In Flames plus a double headliner of Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold.


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Duran Duran I was very excited to hear Seal would be supporting Duran Duran on tonight's bill at the new plush Genting arena. When he enters on stage a lady in front of me shouts out "I've only come to see you!" which has the crowd laughing, and I must admit, I would have paid good money to just see Seal himself too. Highlights for me are Crazy, and Adamski's Killer, which is just one of those era defining songs from the 90's Acid House scene. There is something so electric about Seal's voice - which is soulful, and yet something more, sitting so well with an electronic track - much in the same way that Rhianna's voice can.


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