Live Review / Catfish and the Bottlemen @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (1.04.15)

Headlining not one, but two nights at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush, the crowds were lining up outside in the rain for Welsh indie rockers Catfish and the Bottlemen on April Fools’ Day on their largest headline tour to date. Following support from northern band Little Comets, a puzzling choice for some seeing as they are a much more established act, the London audience were ready and waiting in numbers for that Pirates of the Caribbean theme to start and signal the start of the show.

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Playlist / Eat, Sleep, Read, Repeat

Need a break from all that revision and essay stress? Can’t sleep? Well… I must have a playlist for everything, whether it’s for walking to university, getting the perfect songs together to help me through an essay and even when I’m relaxing and trying to sleep. This playlist is one I’ve compiled with some gorgeously comforting songs to listen to when you want to wind down and eventually drift off to. I’ve embedded my Spotify playlist below and also written a bit about some of my favourites on the list too…

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Live Review / George Ezra @ O2 Academy Birmingham (18.02.15)

It has been a whirlwind year or so for singer-songwriter George Ezra. With his single ‘Budapest’ becoming a worldwide hit and his debut album Wanted On Voyage climbing to the top of the charts, the O2 Academy became home to the bluesy singer here in Birmingham. And I couldn’t wait to hear that low, raspy voice fill the main room.

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Live Review / Saint Raymond @ The Library, Institute (9.02.15)

After a successful couple of years touring with the likes of Haim and Ed Sheeran, it was only right that Saint Raymond finally embarked on his own UK tour. With support from Zibra and Fickle Friends, Birmingham’s Institute was packed-out and waiting in anticipation for the Nottingham-born singer-songwriter to arrive on stage. With raucous cheers during an intro with his band that saw the venue lit ablaze with white lights and raging guitars, he launched straight into songs from his first EP, Escapade.

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Live Review / Peace @ The Library, Institute (24.01.15)

There’s nothing better than a band playing their hometown, especially a small and intimate venue such as the Institute’s Library. This was the second of two dates in Birmingham for Peace, preceding the release of their second studio album Happy People.  Another local band, Juice, certainly warmed the crowd up with several mosh pit-inducing songs before Harry Koisser and co. burst onto stage.

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