Tonight Alive It’s 9:30 and everyone is eagerly waiting for Tonight Alive to take to the stage. The flash of a torch from the stage signals the start of the show. The lights go down as drummer Matt Best takes to the stage followed by Jenna McDougall to an eruption of screams from the crowd. The stage is dark with a single spotlight on Jenna creating a atmospheric silhouette as the two of them start to perform ‘The Other’, it wasn’t long before a flash of bright light broke through the darkness and changed the pace in the song, with a frenzy of colourful lighting Jake Hardy and Cam Adler joined them onstage.


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Leon Bridges On this most special of days, 100 years on, the country, festooned in poppies and everyone remembering those who had gone before us, it was fitting to see such a special artist as Mr Leon Bridges at Birmingham's Institute.


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Tom Walker From the moment a sunbeam of light immersed the stage; Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker was greeted with applauds from an army of fans at Birmingham’s O2 Institute. As if filtered through the trees of the Scottish Highlands, or even making reference to two hit songs Leave A Light On and Angels, his entrance was demonstrative of a cycle of lyrics that would set the scene for the rest of the evening, meaningful, emotional and down-right relatable.


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Rex Orange County As I stood in the enormous queue outside the O2 Institute, I noticed the rare September sunset had turned a beautiful Peach colour. It seemed even the sky was excited for Rex Orange County’s sold out set tonight.


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Pale Waves Birmingham's O2 Institute was awash with teenage angst as Manchester band Pale Waves rocked into the city on Tuesday night, as scores of young fans waited excitably for their upcoming idols they were treated to support from indie rock band Swimming Girls.


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Wooden Shjips Wooden Shjips open their set with fragments of sound and a TV static type lighting effect. The lights pulsate as the beat creeps in, and I find myself being hypnotised by ‘Eclipse’. This is the opening song of their 2018 album ‘V.’, and a gorgeous representation of their ‘garage-styled psychedelia’. The firm bass and drum instrumentals, layered with murmuring vocals from Erik ‘Ripley’ Johnson, are entrancing.


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NOFX A license to hate, Dad jokes and kick ass women. It was a line-up devised as much for the bands’ enjoyment as it was crowd pleasing.


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Of Mice & Men “Welcome to this evening’s medley of metalcore! Ready to mosh? Marvellous.” On Wednesday night the metalheads of Birmingham turned out in force. They welcomed Of Mice & Men with arms wide, whiskey in hand – an army of long-haired lusciousness. Damn, it felt good to be back among my people! The metal community tends to make amazing crowds, and this night was certainly no exception. Both the main band and the support acts were embraced with the fiercest love. If this gig was anything to go by, the final stint of OM&M’s Defy Tour is going to be legendary.


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Tokio Myers Tokio Myers, the producer come pianist that mesmerised the nation and is renown for winning entertainment competition Britain’s Got Talent in 2017. Having amassed a meteoric fan base, bodies flooded every vein in the O2 Institute’s confined structure. Like a clot, the cellular like audience stuck together to get a glimpse of the artist who was encaged around an architecture of instruments.


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The Wombats A relentlessly energetic crowd jumped, danced and screamed their way into the weekend as The Wombats brought their sold out UK tour to Birmingham’s O2 Institute on 23rd March!


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Anne-Marie An architecture of attitude, ambience and energy, pop diva Anne-Marie welcomed a congested crowd to the first night of her tour at Birmingham’s O2 Institute.


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Tom Grennan It was an expectant crowd last night at the O2 Institute waiting for one of the current darlings of the airwaves, Bedford's Tom Grennan. Almost as cold inside as it was out, there was an eclectic mix of punters from many backgrounds, but all shared that palpable sense of excitement for the singer's performance.


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At The Drive In If Death From Above punch you in the gut then At The Drive In obliterate all of your senses without a hint of mercy. Intentions are laid out from the outset with the post-hardcore band returning to their critically acclaimed album, Relationship of Command, for the opening track, Arcarsenal.


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The Front Bottoms The Front Bottoms take the stage in a misty orange glow surrounded by wafts of incense. Opening with ‘You used to say (Holy Fuck)’ – the opener from last year’s ‘Going Grey’, this slow build see the crowd swearing at the top of their lungs. As ‘Going Grey’ is the current album they’re touring its extended cover acts as the backdrop; presenting the crowd with a giant penis just behind front man Brian Sella’s shoulder.


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