The year is 2019. It's been a decade (well nine and a half years) since Rammstein have released a new album. Liebe is Fur Alle Da still rings out in households around the world. But in the distance there's a rumbling. A European Rammstein Summer tour is coming. And it's coming this year. Rammstein have been teasing new music and information for over a year now. Letting us know they're in the studio, things have been written and just generally creating hype. However when a mix
Birmingham. Genting Arena. Metallica. Those four words will make an Monday blues non existent. And oh boy was it a show and a half. Hold on as we review these titans of rock. Next it was into the main arena for the onstage support. Kvelertak . The first thing that struck the eyes was the stage. Only a huge centre stage with the already amassing crowd piling round it. The BLANK six piece made their way onto it to a good reception and began blistering through their set.
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
Scottish natives, The Xcerts played a small intimate gig to their fans at The Flapper in Birmingham on Monday night.
It was quite obvious after the support act were finished and the small room began to fill, that most people that pushed into the packed room, were there for The Xcerts only. The lads kicked off their set with 'Daydream' from their new album.
They had a really great rapport both with each other on stage, and with the crowd which was great to see.
Florida natives Mayday Parade came back to Birmingham on Saturday night to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of one of their most popular albums, 'A Lesson in Romantics'. Their fans came out loyal and true to sing every song like a choir in the Institute; they made a small room sound like it was filled with thousands. 'Miserable at Best' got the loudest response from the crowd as usual with every person religiously singing 'I can live without you but, without you I'll be miserab
Rocking out a different venue in a different city almost every night must be thirsty work for The Pigeon Detectives, but there they were at Stereo, a little bar and gig venue tucked away on Renfield Lane. The venue was filled to the brim with fans of all ages, ready to get a taste of the band’s old and new music. The night started with Franklin, who began their set with an instrumental track and their backs to the audience while they set up Go Pro’s to record their performanc
Friday night saw the ‘Popkids’ themselves, the Pet Shop boys hit Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena, the dulcet drone of the electro beat thumping through the speakers liberated this more mature audience for a night of euphoric decadence that seen them emulating the phrase, ‘dance like no one’s watching’. Despite this being one of the more lavish gig’s I’ve been to, the crowd was dressed up to the nines, ladies in cocktail dresses and men dressed in smart suits were, despite seat
St Valentine's Day. A day full of chocolate, love, hearts and Metal! Well this year it certainly was, as Trivium played a packed out O2 Institute with SikTh and SHVPES. First on the bill is SHVPES. This Birmingham based band have been climbing the ranks and this spot on the lineup is a huge deal. But by god do they deserve it. With blistering vocals from the front man Griff (who you can hear our chat with here), who has more energy than some of the biggest known bands, and ai
It's 6.30 on a Monday night and I'm stood in the venue which I usually associate with midnight on a Saturday night, drunk. But this was for something much better. A tiny, intimate Kaiser Chiefs show. The 500 person room is buzzing with excitement as we walk in, and at 7, the man himself, Christian O'Connell, Absolute Radio's Breakfast Host, jumps onstage. With a bit of banter with the crowd, he introduces the Chiefs who storm on stage to a huge roar. Ricky Wilson takes contro
After a long drive up to the North, I arrive in the second biggest town in the UK. Doncaster, in South Yorkshire. Tonight, the venue is Doncaster's Dome. This is a surreal venue for me, as it has a swimming baths, an Ice Rink and a load of fitness facilities. When I get into the "main Hall", I realise that the gig is in a sports hall. It even has lines on the floor for a load of different sports. Anyway, lines on the floor aside, the venue is huge. It may be the biggest venue
Heck and Black Peaks announced a Co-Headliner tour and the world stopped. Simply put I had to go to this show. So I did. Wolverhampton Slade Rooms. The venue on the corner, on the ring road. I think I went once, for some afterparty, but I don’t recall the whereabouts of the location. After a long walk around Wolverhampton, due in no small part to somebody’s need to use technology, despite it not working as it should, directing us the entire way around the town centre. After