Caro Emerald Caro Emerald and her brand of jazzy, sultry swing graced the Symphony Hall for a night of fun and humid-holiday vibes, a welcome break on a chilly October evening.


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John Grant I rock up to The Symphony Hall looking forward to seeing Susanne Sundfoer support the every charming John Grant. Unfortunately she has taken the night off to rest her voice and instead we are treated to Cate Le Bon. This welsh singer songwriter has an incredible band behind her, constantly changing instruments and creating an incredible sound. She has a beautiful and haunting voice that seems to capture those of us in the crowd who arrived early.


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Michael Kiwanuka I made a conscious decision recently to never listen to music through a pair of headphones ever again, reason being, having spent my formative years consuming live music in some of the best musical venues in the country, coupled with very acute hearing and constantly, breaking, losing or having my headphones stolen by thin air, it is a brave decision, but it was one I was ready to live with, tonight was the point of no return, It was a brisk night on the 16th of October 2017, I had the pleasure of close friend to accompany me to see Michael Kiwanuka at The Symphony Hall Birmingham being supported by Bedouine, a very charming, charismatic an very funny soulful and folky songstress.


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Ludovico Einaudi In a sold out room of people where we are each alone and listening only to these men play just for us.


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Brian Wilson It was the majestic surround of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and the pure majesty of a certain Mr Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame celebrating the 50 year anniversary of ground breaking album Pet Sounds that awaited us last night and to say there was a palpable excitement by all inside the impressive arena - many of whom were clad in Hawaiian Shirts and floral Leis in honour of the great man.


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Elvis Costello by Gig Junkies, on Flickr Tonight's gig is all about this particular legendary figure. From when you walk into the auditorium until you leave. What can you say about a man who has had more classic hits than most of us have had hot dinners, with over 60 singles, thirty-odd albums in a career spanning well over thirty years. And that’s before you event mention his lyrical prowess! Welcome to the delectable Symphony Hall - Elvis Costello.


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Mike + The Mechanics Tonight the traffic into Birmingham is dire - clearly something has occurred to snare up the road system terribly as we make our way into town. But it’s okay, we know the short cuts. We’re making our way to the delectable Symphony Hall to see a ‘side-project’ that has done very well, thank you every much. This chap may have been in another band that did a tad better - but tonight we’re here to see Mike Rutherford and his band of brothers that make up Mike + the Mechanics.


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Ocean Colour Scene In the late 80’s a group of lads from the outskirts of Birmingham, formed a band morphing from the ashes of two: The Boys and Fanatics. First few years weren’t easy, they got signed and company ownership changes meant then went into dispute with the label. Then one Paul Weller, picked up and mentored them and with support gigs with Oasis, they got their break, especially with second album 'Moseley Shoals'. The boys are back in town with a couple of homecoming gigs to celebrate a remarkable 25 year career. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Ocean Colour Scene in the poshest venue in the city, going all acoustic as part of their celebration tour.


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10cc 1974. There was a hung parliament; Conservatives were ousted by Labour. ABBA won Eurovision with ‘Waterloo’. West Germany won the World Cup. The Rubik’s Cube was invented. Ceefax was started by the BBC. The “rumble in the jungle” as Muhammad Ali knocked out George Foreman. The Birmingham Pub Bombings, still painfully remembered today. And anything digital, internet, iThingy was years off. 10cc released their vinyl album ‘Sheet Listing’ to play on a record player on their journey to huge success. And 40 odd years on, in the luxurious Symphony Hall we’re here to take a peek into their hugely creative musical journey…


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Paul Carrack Tonight to the delectable Symphony Hall to see a Sheffield-born singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics. The BBC dubbed him as ‘The Man with the Golden Voice’ and tonight’s performance is pretty much sold out as we take our seats for Paul Carrack.


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Jackson Browne It takes a unique artist to receive a standing ovation before they have even played or sung a note, but that is the welcome that is bestowed upon Jackson Browne by the audience of Symphony Hall tonight.  There is no support as Browne is intending to deliver a lengthy set split by a brief interval of fifteen minutes.


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John Mayall What can be said about the great John Mayall? At 80 years old, the legendary blues singer, songwriter, harpist, organist and guitarist is still going strong, and I find him in the middle of his aptly named "80th Anniversary Tour" at Birmingham’s beautiful Symphony Hall. Receiving an OBE in 2005 for services to music, Mayall has continued to make music for over 50 years, and, as BB King once said of his friend, "John Mayall, he was the master of it all.”


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Level 42 Okay so Birmingham City Centre is busy this evening. Kylie may be tripping the light fantastic at the NIA, but we’re off to the delectable Symphony Hall to see stalwarts of 80’s funk pop. With endless hits, word wide success and a recent EP full of newbies, we’ll be funking out with Level 42.


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INALA: A Zulu ballet featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo Tonight at the delectable Symphony Hall we have a unique mix of the  classical sound of South Africa complimented by contemporary modern Western ballet, as the legendary Ladysmith Black Mambazo bring INALA - A Zulu Ballet to Birmingham.


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