Maximo Park For a while, you could be forgiven for thinking Maximo Park had succumbed to the law of diminishing returns. For, despite a stellar career that's spanned nearly 17 years, there's a nagging feeling that they've never quite topped their classic debut 'A Certain Trigger'. While there's been plenty of decent singles, each subsequent album seemed a little more lacklustre - and, maybe, the 2015 tour celebrating the 10th anniversary of that release seemed a bit like a swansong.


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Maxïmo Park

Maxïmo Park celebrate their 10-year existence with a sold-out performance within the faux Grecian décor of Birmingham’s O2 Institute. Support comes from Stealing Sheep, who appear on stage through smoke and UFO-like lighting, clad in black & neon capes and matching sunglasses, to sounds reminiscent of the X-Files theme tune.



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The Libertines The Libertines were back on form for a reunion gig that saw a set list of 24 classics, numerous stops for dangerous crowd crushes and various displays of Doherty/Barat love-ins. The day’s line-up (over six stages) was a throwback to the band’s heydey, with sets from the likes of The Enemy, The Rifles and Maximo Park, and the general vibe of the day was one of late 90’s, early 2000’s indie, think Liam Gallagher-style hair dos and parkers galore.


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Maxïmo Park Having dipped in and out of Maxïmo Park's career over the last ten years and having already seen several unbeatable live performances, I was excited to see how they'd evolved since the last time I caught them back in 2010. The Institute is the perfect setting for their typically decadent offering and the room fills up quickly despite the early Friday night start time.


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Maximo Park t’s no secret that Maximo Park are a near-perfect live band. It’s also a well-known fact that they have made some of the best albums in UK indie within their 12-year career. This is reflected tonight at Shepherd’s Bush Empire- a setlist which does not heavily focus on their latest release ‘The National Health’, but instead provides a good dose of their discography which their fanbase cannot get enough of, judging from the unending movement in the venue.


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Maximo Park t’s no secret that Maximo Park are a near-perfect live band. It’s also a well-known fact that they have made some of the best albums in UK indie within their 12-year career. This is reflected tonight at Shepherd’s Bush Empire- a setlist which does not heavily focus on their latest release ‘The National Health’, but instead provides a good dose of their discography which their fanbase cannot get enough of, judging from the unending movement in the venue.


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Maximo Park Aside being named after my mate's moggy (or is it the other way round?) I didn't know a great deal about Maximo Park, but that mattered not a jot as we made our way down to the Glee Club in Birmingham. Before we even got into the venue, there was a furvour - a buzz of excitement around the place. The queue was the biggest I'd seen at the Glee Club - most of the revellers visibly brimming with anticipation. A splendid start...


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