Birmingham City Centre is full of two types of people on this Saturday night. Those who are out for their Christmas party - the boring option - or those out to go watch Clutch - the better option. 3 guesses where we were heading. Before the almighty US group graced our stage, we managed to catch the support by The Picturebooks. Something I've been noticing for the past year is the absolute increase in quality of support bands. Tonight was no exception to this. Only two people
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
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
The Wailers returned to Birmingham and the O2 Academy was 'jammed' full. As the O2 Academy Birmingham started to fill, support J J Soul adorned the stage with her mellow, cheerful vibe with a beautiful blessed voice of an angel. Hailing from London she didn't disappoint with her half an hour set showcasing her talented tracks as one of the first supports to watch out for this year. Within five minutes Shanty stormed the storage bringing an uptempo vibe to get the crowd swayi
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