Live Review / Adele @ Genting Arena (30.03.16)

One only has to utter a single name and everyone is aflutter: Adele. The last few years have been wonderful for Miss Adkins, having received critical acclaim from every outlet possible the minute debut album, 19, was released in 2008. It is not that often you get to witness true talent on a firsthand basis, so thank heavens she visited Birmingham for four exceptional nights on her live tour this week. Attending the second night of these dates, it was pandemonium from the outset, with people queueing for an age just to get to their seats.

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Live Review / The 1975 @ Barclaycard Arena (22.03.16)

It seems these days that it is the ‘in thing’ to hate The 1975. Before NME were splashing their photos on their front cover, they named them the Worst Band of 2014, with indie Twitter seemingly awash with berating of the band and their material. Be that due to their outspoken frontman Matt Healy, their ever-so-slightly irritating // M A R K E T I N G C A M P A I G N S // or simply that you don’t like their music, there is one thing you have to give them credit for: they are an extremely talented live band. Having formed over 14 years ago in Manchester, it is clear from witnessing them play ‘the biggest show of [our] lives’ at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena that they have truly honed their craft.

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Live Review / Foals @ Barclaycard Arena (19.02.16)

Back in February 2014, Yannis Philippakis attempted his usual jump from the balcony at Birmingham’s O2 Academy during Foals‘ headline tour, only to be restrained by security. Flash forward two years later, and he finally achieved his stage-jumping dream in Birmingham, only this time in a much large setting: the Barclaycard Arena.

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Live Review / JAWS @ The Rainbow (17.05.15)

Currently in the running for most humble band of the year award is most definitely JAWS. The Brummie band took over The Rainbow on Sunday night, giving 200 lucky fans a free ticket to see them in action, frontman Connor Schofield thanking the crowd profusely throughout the show for turning up. Speaking to the band after the show, they explained they wanted to do something for their fans and “pay them back” before festival season begins, and they did not disappoint. The small venue, where they played their first ever show as a band, seemed like a second home to them and it was packed to the rafters.

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Live Review / Superfood @ The Rainbow Warehouse (8.04.15)

It is only fitting that local band Superfood played a homecoming show at Birmingham’s Rainbow Warehouse. The place is a small but homely and beloved venue to many underground and unsigned bands, B-Town pals Peace and Swim Deep having previously played there. The four-piece were playing their first of only two headline shows (the other being at London’s Heaven), with the likes of fellow Brummie band JAWS in and amongst the crowd.

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