Dragonforce Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham to catch British Power Metal legends Dragonforce. The room itself was rammed from the get go; the audience gleaming with anticipation and getting the beers in early.


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Thy Art Is Murder Tonight I visited the 02 Academy Birmingham to catch Australian Deathcore giants Thy Art Is Murder with support from After the Burial. It became evident from the moment I arrived that this was a very popular one, Academy 2 was rammed.


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Elvana “Sometimes I sound like Nic Cage. Sometimes it’s Matthew McConaughey. If you’re very f***in’ lucky, I might sound like Kurt Cobain. Mostly… I DO NOT sound like Elvis f***in’ Presley! But DO WE CARE!?” Not one bit. A packed house at the O2 Academy2 in Birmingham were firmly behind Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana as they brought their UK tour to the West Midlands on 9 September.


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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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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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Electric Six

Michigan six-piece Electric Six are currently on a world tour in support of their 11th studio album ‘Bitch, Don't Let Me Die!’ The last time Gig Junkies witnessed Dick Valentine and co belt out the famous line ‘I wanna take you to a Gay Bar!’ was 364 days ago (to be exact).



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Miguel As druid figures stood on the stage strumming a funky beat to the eagerly awaiting crowd, as if to summons up a God. The crowd exploded as their martyr appeared, looking angelic with a white fringed cowboy jacket, white jeans and Cuban heels Miguel gyrated his way with his top bearing toned flesh into “The Thrill“. Having earlier this year performed with Minneapolis legend Prince in the Baltimore Rally for Peace, it was clear to say looking at the 29 year old Californian, you could see how his influence had rubbed onto him, resembling a Love sexy era purple one with his raunchy dancing and racier lyrics, he knew how to work the crowd as the majority of female admirers gazed longingly at him and those who were accompanied by their partners, were left pleasantly surprised at what the singer delivered.


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James Bay

Sold out; James Bay has gained his fans in their thousands with a record year introducing his album Chaos and the Calm as well as winning this year’s Critics Choice Award at the Brits. Hitchin’s very own has hit us by storm, with a multitude of tracks and representing the era of acoustic rock, competing (never mind befriending) the likes of Sheeran and Ezra.



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Kerrang! Tour 2015 This year’s annual Kerrang! Tour sees the likes of We Are The In Crowd, Don Broco, Young Guns, Bury Tomorrow and Beartooth take part in the twelve-day stretch up and down the country.


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James Bay Just days after topping the iTunes Chart with his new E.P. ‘Hold Back The River’James Bay headed to the O2 Academy 2 in Birmingham. Bay's songs and guitar playing would be presented to a sold out venue tonight, but first it was time for Port Isla to take to the stage. With their set ranging from melodic anthems to soft indie ballads, the four piece band from Norwich more than paved the way for James Bay to grace to the stage.


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The Kooks Walking into spacious venue of the o2 Academy, I fight my way through the crowds, as this jam packed setting is fit to burst. With a bevvy in hand I hear a thunder of screams as The Kooks enter the stage! Pop rock at its best, the band kick starts the night with ‘Around Town’ which instantly sets the audience off, singing and dancing along.


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Ms Lauryn Hill After stumbling upon a couple of not-so-complimentary reviews of previous tour dates, it seemed appropriate to expect the unexpected from Ms Lauryn Hill’s Tuesday night visit to Birmingham. Despite the cost of tickets, the academy attracted a mixed, multi-generational crowd – a true testament to the timeless, transcendent nature of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’, Lauryn Hill’s debut solo album – now well over a decade old and still widely cited as a key favorite of many.


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Reel Big Fish It's a dark and stormy night in Birmingham, but not even the weather is going to put a dampener on this evening's ska-nival at the O2 Academy. It's every ska-punk fan's dream come true: a double billing of ska behemoths Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake, with stellar support in the form of Zebrahead. Unsurprisingly, it's a sold out gig and it's not long before the place is buzzing ready for the first act of the night.


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