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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Hanson 25 years has gone by but we are still MMMBopping away! We turned back time to the 90s, reliving the teenage years when the trio brothers, Isaac, Taylor and Zac first formed Hanson in 1992 and found fame with the huge hit 'MMMBop' 20 years ago. Crowd packed O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on the sold out show on Saturday were fans mostly in their late 20s to 30s fulfilling their childhood dream of seeing Hanson performing live in London, and it was more meaningful as the Middle of Everywhere Tour marked their 25th anniversary.


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Wheatus If you’re between the ages of 15 and 55, you probably know Wheatus’ anthem 'Teenage Dirtbag' and likely, every word of it. Essentially only famous for the one song and with over 20 band member changes its release, I was curious to see whether the now 40-somethings can still entertain singing about their teenage shenanigans.


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Echobelly When Echobelly announced new album 'Anarchy and Alchemy' after a thirteen year hiatus it took me right back down memory lane, staying over at my nan's on a Friday night as a twelve year old and raiding my 28 year old uncles CD, to collection nostalgically playing the likes of Oasis, Space, Sleeper and the mystical sounds and poignant lyrics from Sonya Madam belting out 'King Of The Kerb'.


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Gavin DeGraw Gavin DeGraw, a singer-songwriter graced O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire with an amazing acoustic evening that left the crowd crying for more, joined by Billy Norris on the guitar and Mike Baker on the drums. A very well spent evening surrounded by Gavin’s lovely voice, melting every heart in the room with the acoustic version of his songs. Many, that did not know Gavin, became fans by the end of the show.


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Charlotte Church "Down the dark, dark stairs, upon the bloody gallows of soft rock, through the oubliette of cheese, into the torture chamber of disco..." So begins the description of Charlotte Church's 'Late Night Pop Dungeon'. Sure, Birmingham's O2 Institute might be a sight too spacious and sparkly to pass as an actual dungeon, but descending the stairs and walking towards the stage front there's every sense of entering a whole new world.


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Miyavi Takamasa Ishihara or better known by his stage name MIYAVI, also referred by a well deserved nickname, Samurai Guitarist shut down O2 Academy Islington with his amazing finger slapping guitar playing style and slayed the crowd! This year marked his 15 anniversary which made it all more special! The fans were already queuing long before the doors opening time to get to the front row and it was worth it!


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PVRIS A friend describes PVRIS (pronounced as Paris) as "... pretty much the hottest band out now and the world is going bonkers for them..."


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The Kooks Fresh into their mammoth ‘comeback’ tour of the UK, The Kooks presented a night of nostalgia, rock ‘n’ roll and explosive energy at their sold out gig at Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Saturday night. The pop-rock band made up of Brighton boys Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Alexis Nunez, and Peter Denton, are playing 17 gigs to coincide with the release of their current single ‘Be Who You Are’ whilst they ready us for the release of their fifth album, treating us to a taste of what to expect.


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Esprit D'Air Esprit D'Air returned as a trio with the members, Kai, Ellis and Daishi to announce their upcoming new single 'Guiding Light' due to release on 12 April after the successful released of 'Rebirth' in late 2016, their first single in four years.


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Blackberry Smoke Southern Rock is a funny genre, it’s coloured fruit from a hotch potch of original blues, soul and rocknroll and yet mainly played by white blokes with long hair, beards and hats. Name me three Southern Rock bands and I guarantee there is a hat and beard in there somewhere, in fact most people would probably struggle to name three anyway. Lynyrd Skynyrd with Freebird/Sweet Home Alabama would be the populist call, and yet there have been many others more recent to take their trophy. Most notably for me personally are The Black Crowes from Atlanta Georgia, back in the early 90’s they developed a blues rock sound that had more than a nod to the Allmans, Grateful Dead and other jam bands of the 70’s. And it’s back to that same State in the US which has sent 2 current bands out to the world with a similar trade to sell – Blackberry Smoke and Biters might both be from the same city but are clearly different in style and attitude on stage.


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Blossoms As a callow youth I thought I was too cool for support bands. That changed sometime in the ‘90s when I discovered that the band I missed out on supporting Inspiral Carpets was a fledgling Oasis, going under the moniker Rain. Now sometimes it just can’t be helped. I was at a wedding yesterday which meant by the time we got to the O2 we’d already missed Rory Wynne. Cabbage have been on my must see list for some time but despite my promises to myself I always keep missing them. I did manage to catch 5 minutes of them once supporting Blossoms at The Leadmill. This time I was determined to catch the full set. Failed..


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Emeli Sandé Four years ago, this young lady was everywhere. After a couple of hits with others, her debut album went stratospheric. She played at the Opening and Closing of London 2012 Olympics, won a couple of BRITS and also performed for the President of the United States of America. As you do. And now she's back, older, wiser, social justice campaigner, personal life challenges and new album in tow. Before the arenas cometh smaller venues - welcome tonight to the o2 Academy in Brum, Emeli Sandé.


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Circa Waves Kicking off their UK tour, Circa Waves came to the o2 Academy in Sheffield to entertain with their high-energy and fun alternative rock and to perform songs from their latest release ‘Different Creatures’. Support on the tour comes from two promising acts, INHEAVEN and The Magic Gang, each of which brought their own following with them.


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