Live Review / Jessie Ware

My last ever live review for Redbrick... no, you're crying. Jessie Ware is in a league of her own, but more so than ever when it comes to a live show. In support of her powerful third album, Glasshouse, Ware made a long-awaited return to the Birmingham Academy stage to treat us to a master-class of what… Continue reading Live Review / Jessie Ware

Live Review / Craig David’s TS5

Having listened to Craig David as a child and watched his career fade into the abyss, it is a surprise to both you and I that I found myself attending his most recent tour at the O2 Academy. Who would have thought we would see the return of Craig David? In his own words, ‘that… Continue reading Live Review / Craig David’s TS5

Live Review / Jack Garratt @ O2 Institute (8.04.16)

When Jack Garratt descended on Birmingham's O2 Institute on his latest tour, the entire evening became a celebration, both of the music and the man behind it. Or should I say, the man behind the drum machine contraption set up on stage. Seeing a master of his craft perform live is a delight, and this… Continue reading Live Review / Jack Garratt @ O2 Institute (8.04.16)

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… Continue reading Live Review / Adele @ Genting Arena (30.03.16)

Live Review / James Morrison @ Symphony Hall (14.03.16)

On his latest tour, James Morrison descended on a slightly more unusual venue: Birmingham’s gorgeous Symphony Hall. Considering how on previous occasions, the singer-songwriter has sold out academies and arenas across the country, it was a surprise decision, but one that worked surprisingly well. Support came in the form of up-and-coming acoustic singer Kelvin Jones,… Continue reading Live Review / James Morrison @ Symphony Hall (14.03.16)

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… Continue reading Live Review / The 1975 @ Barclaycard Arena (22.03.16)

Live Review / Frank Turner @ O2 Academy Birmingham (18.11.15)

Rounding off his tenth year as a solo artist with a sold-out UK tour, Frank Turner shows no signs of slowing down. Playing to a packed out crowd at Birmingham's O2 Academy, the excitement buzzing around the room was impossible to ignore (as were the masses of previous tour tees). The most noticeable aspect of… Continue reading Live Review / Frank Turner @ O2 Academy Birmingham (18.11.15)

Live Review + Interview / Spector @ The Temple, O2 Institute (14.10.15)

With the release of their second album Moth Boys, it is becoming impossible to pigeonhole Spector into a specific musical genre. Not just your average ‘indie pop’ band, their second LP is particularly influenced by the ‘80s. Speaking to frontman Fred Macpherson ahead of their gig at the Institute’s Temple, he spoke of how during the… Continue reading Live Review + Interview / Spector @ The Temple, O2 Institute (14.10.15)