Ring the bells! It's the start of the 2019 gigs and frankly, this is one of the best ways to start it. With their second show of 2019 and of their UK Tour, Avatar bought the circus and more to the town of Birmingham as they descended onto the O2 Institute. It's weird to see what is notably one of the small venues of Birmingham host such a stage setup. Before the band take to their stage, it becomes evident that this isn't your typical Institute show, but it's revving up to be
The O2 Birmingham’s sold out crowd huddled together like sardines for the hottest rock ticket in town, guitar thrashing , heavy eye makeup and decibels way above ear plug soundproofing have way to the stage for Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides on the rock titans double whammy. North Yorkshire heavy rock idols “Asking Alexandria” were first up. Frontman Danny Worsnop informing the crowd almost straight away there were technical issues and apologising for sound quality.
It’s a brisk Friday night in Birmingham. The German Market is buzzing, the streets are filled with bargain hunters, as Black Friday rears its big shiny deal having head. But tonight, The Arena (formerly Barclaycard Arena, formerly NIA) in Birmingham hosts a trio of British bands who are sure to bring a blistering heat to a cold November evening. Upon walking into the venue, I’m a little bit confused. The stage isn’t right at the front of the venue as usual, but is in the back
It might have been the Friday before Halloween, but the only spooky thing on this night was the amount of traffic as we worked our way to go catch Weezer at the O2 Academy. It was with great sadness that we went through the doors of the Birmingham venue, as the absolute madness of cars and traffic had meant we missed both of the supports, making it a 4th time I have now missed a chance to catch Ash live. This will have to change! However the atmosphere in the room soon change
Scottish native Callum Beattie and his band opened for Clean Cut Kid in Wolverhampton on Sunday night. I have never seen Callum before, but straight away I noticed the small following of women going nuts for him that he had clearly already earned himself. He had a great energy and a really nice down to earth vibe. He quite happily took me backstage to shoot some portraits with him after his set. He came out and signed autographs and took pictures with waiting fans, and handed
Brighton born band Fickle Friends played to a room of people at the O2 Institute in Birmingham on Saturday night. With the stage themed with palm trees, their infectious 80's indie pop sound got the crowds singing and dancing along to the tracks from their EP's 'Glue' and 'Velvet'. Narrated by synths and really great vibes this band made it hard not to partake in their energy. The crowd threw around inflatable balls filled with confetti. For a small room, plenty flocked to co
In a sea of fishnets, Fred Perry’s, braces and flatcaps, the crowd huddled together in the queue outside the O2. With a name like ‘Slaves’ this band is undoubtedly making a statement and despite the bitter November cold, the fans were here to aesthetically make theirs. Waiting in line to the loud lairy booze-fuelled warcry of the fans chanting ‘Where’s your car Debbie?!’, it was apparent that this gig was going to be messy, sweaty and as raw as the lyrics Slaves’ spit. The ma