Dead Sea Skulls Once seen never forgotten, maybe an overused phrase these days, but when Dead Sea Skulls are in town you know that they are going to bring a van load of entertainment, tonight was no exception when they played to a sell out crowd at the intimate upstairs room of The Victoria, in Birmingham's city centre on Friday evening.


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The Telescopes On the 40th anniversary of the original release of Black Sabbath’s debut album it’s a joy to find myself in a room above a pub in the centre of Birmingham just up the road from the site of the (not) infamous (enough) Henry’s Blues House. For 40 or so years ago, in a room not dissimilar to the one in which promoters The Sound of Confusion host monthly psychedelic gatherings, they key players in Sabbath, Zeppelin and Priest would be propping up the bar in a room above the Crown enjoying legendary acts of the time such as Dr Ross Harmonica Boss and Jimmy Fast Fingers Dawkins.


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Charlie Parr I don’t know if I’m the first person to struggle to spot The Victoria, nestled snugly in its alleyway next to the Alexandra Theatre. However, finally stumbling across it I felt like I’d been let in on a special secret; the place practically glows with warmth and its blending of the traditional with ironic pop culture touches gives it a unique charm. Upstairs, fairly lights and a disco ball set a slightly incongruous but nonetheless magical scene for the ‘Colour Presents’ evening.


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