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 ever awestriking Australian Pink Floyd returned to the Arena Birmingham for their latest tour, Time: Celebrating 30 Years of Pink Floyd. With an early kick off time of around 7.40, it was clear from the start that we were set for an outstanding night of music and spectacle. As the stage grew dark, the giant white curtain maintained its height over the crowd. All of a sudden, the intro to 'Obscured By Clouds' kicks in as the rear lights silhouette the band as they each beg
Has it seriously been ten years since Get Happy first graced our lives? You're damn right it has been and god bless Bowling For Soup for deciding to tour it once more! What better way to celebrate a decade of something than to pretend we're all 10 years younger? Back when life was simpler? Well not much has really changed when you think about it; it still rains in England, everyone still wants it to be the weekend and Bowling for Soup are still freaking awesome live. So why n
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
We here at StereoRiot want you to go to as many gigs as possible and know about as much music related things as possible. So here's a quick highlight reel for today. Bah HUMPbug, it’s Wednesday! What a better way to get over the horrid sadness of it being hump day than to go watch some live music. So ignore the voice telling you you’ve got work tomorrow, jump on a bus and go get your gig on. Cause believe me, there’s plenty to do. We told you a load of gigs on tonight yesterd
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
Right ok. Download Festival is SO CLOSE. Hang on let me count. 37 days. That's five and a half weeks away. So, if you're umming and ahhing over if you should go I'm here to convince you to go, by regaling you with my favourite headliners. Lets do this. 5. Avenged Sevenfold - 2014 First things first, I need to pre-face that this list will ONLY contain headliners I have seen. With that clear, I'll start with a headliner most doubted. Now I don't mean doubt as in MCR 2007 doubt,
Circa Waves stormed back to the UK and it was well overdue. It's a huge difference from when they previously came to Birmingham, going from the Hare & Hounds to headlining the O2 Institute. However first up is The Magic Gang and InHeaven. Fantastic support bands are becoming more and more common and this evening didn't change that for a second. With both acts having amazing energy and sound, it won't be long until they're out on tour. By the time Circa Waves hit the stage, th
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
Chances are, if you're 18 or over, you've listened to the album Costello Music. Most probably in full. And you probably know all the words to said album. Well it's now 10 years old, and The Fratellis are taking it on tour. But first out the gates is Johnny Lloyd. I could tell you all about his previous success with his old band Tribes, but I don't need to. Johnny's solo work is phenomenal and this support slot was a perfect warm up and start to the night. With a fantastic sou
And it's a brilliant and eclectic mix. There's something for everyone, yet again. Take a look for yourself. So, for clarification, here's the new batch of bands in a list below: Pierce The Veil Good Charlotte Sum 41 Ministry Red Fang Airbourne Alter Bridge Coheed & Cambria DevilDriver Mastodon Opeth Clutch The Dead Daises Issues Four Year Strong Knuckle Puck God Damn Basement WAKRAT Exodus Lost Society The One Hundred Crown The Empire Greywind Astroid Boys They join us, Syste