Inner City Live INNERCITY LIVE BIRMINGHAM comes to town, putting the senses into overload with a night of exceptional live music and extraordinary visuals with The Flaming Lips, plus special guests Public Service Broadcasting, Amber Run and Hoopla Blue.


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The Mekons The Mekons are a musical institution. Starting off as an arty punk band with attitude at Leeds University in the 1970s, they’ve evolved over the years as a politically and socially-aware collective of musicians expanding out of the punk genre into folk, country, dub and all sorts. They decamped to the USA in the 1990s and have, as they say, a large cult following including one Will Oldham (aka Bonnie Prince Billy). However, tonight we’re privileged to witness one of only a few reunion gigs being performed by the original 1977-9 line-up of drummer Jon Langford, guitarists Kevin Lycett and Tom Greenhalgh and singers Mark White and Andy Corrigan.


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Live from Times Square Inner City music events seem to be de-rigeur for a lot of Britain’s cities and the ‘Toon is not one to be left out of a trend! This particular event was interestingly called “Live from Times Square” and although it was not the New York square made famous by New Year, it was certainly busy busy and eager with anticipation for the bands of the evening…. The Old Pink House, Dream Wife, Public Service Broadcasting, The Cribs and headliners the Manic Street Preachers - that and it was sold out and it was Saturday night in Newcastle which, if you don’t know, is always a damn good party.


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Rewind North It's early August, which means that the 80's Rewind Festival is back on the road again for 2017. Ken Harrison popped along to Rewind North from the 4th-6th August, to get involved with the festivities and capture the great moments from the event. Rewind North is a three day festival, staring on Friday evening with DJ's, music and dancing to get the crowd going for a weekend featuring the best from the 80s with The Village People and Sister Sledge headlining Saturday and Status Quo as the headline act closing the festival on Sunday.


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Star Shaped Festival The second ever Star Shaped Festival came to the o2 Institute for one afternoon and evening of 90s nostalgia as they seek to bring six of the best Britpop bands to a city near you - in this case Birmingham - featuring Salad (Undressed), My Life Story, Dodgy, Space, Sleeper and The Bluetones.


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Birdy @ Somerset House Walking onto Somerset House's stage in vivid, show stopping green, Birdy looks shy, and even a little uncomfortable. The 21 year-old released her debut at the tender age of 15, and while she has shed her sparse covers for more powerful pop ballads, her youthful awkwardness remains.


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Warpaint @ Somerset House Somerset House on a summer's evening isn't the worst place to be. The sun sets over the top of the regal building, making its flag- rainbow for Pride- glow. The square is the perfect size for a gig of this scale; there are no bad views. There are quality food vendors that are the envy of larger festivals. Warpaint are headlining..


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BST - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers For the final night of the British Summer Time Hyde Park headliner Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers are joined for today's proceedings by Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers, The James Hunter Six, Tyler Brant and the Shakedown, Catherine McGrath and The Shelters.


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Blink-182 It was summer 2001 and the sun shone down on the Spanish isle of Lanzarote, the cool young lad with his baggy shorts and trucker cap lent me his headphones and thus began the journey of enlightenment that is Blink-182. The holiday romance fizzled out but the love of the punk-rock cheeky ditties did not and here we are sixteen years later, older, wiser and at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.


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bluedot-thumb Standing in the shadow of the Lovell Telescope, bluedot Festival returns for the second year. Over this balmy summer weekend, festival goers land at Jodrell Bank, (the Cheshire observatory at the cutting edge of humanity’s quest for knowledge), bluedot for a three day intergalactic journey of discovery that combines live music and science with artists, speakers, scientists and performers.


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Gogol Bordello Leeds on the 5th of July was thronged with gig-goers, mostly for some band called Blink 182, but the more discerning music fan (sorry Blink fans) headed not to the vast shed of the Arena, rather they were popping along to what was about to become the sweatiest place on the planet to listen to some Ukrainian Gypsy Punks do their stuff. Yes, Gogol Bordello were in town!.


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Radiohead This is one of the most difficult reviews I can recall being asked to do. People fall into two camps, they either love and adore Radiohead, in which case very few words are needed to tell them how great they were last night (they were likely already there), or the other side are those who don’t “get” the band, they fail to see how visionary they are, pushing boundaries, making you think, not giving you what you expect, and for these people, I have no chance at all to convince them of the greatness of Radiohead in the few words I have.


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Beautiful Day Out "A Beautiful Day Out" – you couldn’t wish to find a more aptly named gig. Five quality bands on a glorious sunny afternoon in the best outdoor venue I’ve ever witnessed.


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Picnic in the Park 'Picnic in the Park' on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Summer has finally arrived!! What an afternoon of glorious sunshine, good food, great music and a fantastic crowd who sang and danced along to a Summer afternoon of family entertainment.


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