James I was particularly looking forward to this one. James have always been a band I’ve admired but one I’ve never really got to know better. The last time I saw them Adamski was Number One which shows just how lax I’ve been and it was high time I found out how the band had matured. (More than me I was to find out).


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Pierce The Veil The release of their latest album Misadventures brought Pierce The Veil to the O2 Birmingham Academy on this frosty Saturday evening. Ever popular in the UK, it was no surprise that this show was a complete sell out – even Radio 1 Rock Show’s Dan P Carter bypassed the German Markets to grace The Academy with his presence.


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Airbourne A lot of long hair, black shirts, and too much leather in the streets could only mean one thing: Rock’n’roll was back in town. Tonight it took the form of the spectacular Aussie hard-rockers Airbourne, who were supported by the equally energetic and powerful Crobot and The Franklys.


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Caravan Palace Of course what I’m here to see is Caravan Palace, who came to my attention on a recent appearance on Later. They were simply electric and like nothing I’d heard before and I just had to see them live. They initially only played a one-off date in London but thankfully have added more dates, tonight being Birmingham and their first ever visit to the ‘Second City’.


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Jack Garratt Not untypically, it was a dreary November evening in Brummieland as we ventured out to see Jack Garratt, with rain spitting down like flem dribbling from a Giant with a lisp. What wasn't at all typical was the sweltering 13 degrees that accompanied the rain. Anything to do with the 'Super Moon' per chance?


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You Me At Six You Me at Six are now used to playing venues of the arena caliber, so obviously with a 2500 cap, tickets sold out very quickly and the venue is completely sold out. With a deep blue light, singer Josh Franceschi enters the stage alone and gives us some of his beautiful melodies shortly joined by the rest of the band after.


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The Offspring The Offspring are the punk kings of Orange County USA. Bringing sunkissed sounds and teenage angst together in one beautiful package. Sure, these rockers are getting into their 50s now, but they're not slowing down any time soon.


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Pentatonix American acapella band Pentatonix stormed into their second night of their UK tour with an almost sell out show as crowds snaked across both sides of the entrance to Birmingham's O2 Academy eagerly awaiting these YouTube sensations.


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The Wonder Stuff There’s gigs, there’s great gigs and then there’s gigs when everything is just perfect and lodges itself permanently in your music sodden brain. For the perfect gig certain things have to fall into place, in this writer’s humble opinion. The venue has to be intimate but large enough not to feel claustrophobic. The sound has to be top notch. We’ve all been at gigs where the sound is such a mess that a band can be 2 minutes into a song before you realise you know said song, and know it well. The crowd have to be up for it without being over the top. The bands have to be on fire but more than that they have to be enjoying themselves. A band who look like they don’t want to be there are just no fun at all.


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Postmodern Jukebox It was late autumn in 2015 when I first came across Scott Bradlee and his fabulous Postmodern Jukebox. The song was 'Creep' and it was performed in what looked like just a room in someone's house - but the arrangement and the performance was beyond anything I'd ever seen before. Modern music with a retro twist. It was love at first listen.


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NME Awards Tour 2016: Bloc Party The final night of the NME Awards Tour 2016 brings the unlikely combination of Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone to Birmingham’s O2 Academy. Up first is Bugzy Malone, playing to an audience that is still in its lag phase of growth and which gives a dismal response to the ubiquitous command of “Make some noise.” Unfortunately for Bugzy Malone, Birmingham’s NME fans are not his target audience.


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Bowling For Soup Now after all the excitement it was time for Bowling For Soup to take to the stage, they were greeted with uproar of cheers as one by one they came out onto the stage. They kicked the night off right by starting with 'The Bitch Song' followed by 'Emily' and 'Ohio (Come Back To Texas)'.


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Hozier Well now good people, please add Hozier - the cheeky chappy who hails from County Wicklow Ireland to the list of ‘one named wonders’ to have their name scribed on to the Gig Junkies hall of fame.


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UB40

Last night two of the heavy weights of Birmingham’s rich music heritage took to the stage for a special gig. It would have been heavily promoted not that it needed it, these are two bands that have travelled the length and breathe of the planet playing sell out world tours in the process they have captured hearts, minds and souls with their musical conquests.

Steele Pulse and UB40 were gracing the main room of O2 Academy in Birmingham. It was a sell-out gig pack from front to back with Brummies’ of all descriptions, demographic and ages.



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