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Posts by John Rogers

Interview: Ben Gregory from Blaenavon

John Rogers caught up with Blaenavon frontman Ben Gregory ahead of their gig at Mama Roux’s venue on the 30th November 2017. – This is your 9th stage in 10 days, how is the tour going? “It’s been amazing, we’re all pretty shattered but when we get on stage and see the screaming fans everything’s …Read More

Gig Review: Enter Shikari

Enter Shikari visited Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on the seventh stop of what will be a worldwide tour last Friday. Immediately you knew you were in the right place just by surveying the crowd; the cult following of the experimental-rock quartet were out in force, with what seemed like every third person rocking explosively dyed hair. …Read More

Match Report: M1 Hockey v Durham

The Bournbrook pitches were host to one of the best second halves of hockey you’ll see all year on Wednesday, as Birmingham’s men’s 1sts came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to eventually win 4-3 against Durham. The game began badly for the lions, as they fell behind within 10 minutes, and for the remainder of …Read More

Spotlight: Blaenavon

Originally from Hampshire, the Blaenavon (pronounced bligh-nav-on) trio of Ben Gregory (vocals), Frank Wright (bass) and Harris McMillan (drums) formed in 2013 aged just 14. The band has since blossomed from a pastime into a real success story, notably having recently appeared on BBC Radio 1’s live piano session with a cover of Harry Style’s ‘Sign …Read More

Bands You Didn’t Know Were From Birmingham

Black Sabbath: This legendary rock group are cited as the leading pioneers of heavy metal, and formed in Birmingham in 1968. The original line-up featured lead guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and of course singer Ozzy Osbourne. They have since sold over 70 million records worldwide and won …Read More

ValeFest 2017 Review

ValeFest 2017’s record number of performers entertained several thousand punters on Saturday in what will have been a hugely satisfying day for the student organisers. The festival boasted five venues: the main stage, second stage, dance tent, acoustic tent and arts tents, as well as multiple food, merchandise and charity stalls, and over the course …Read More

ValeFest: The One’s To Watch Out For

ValeFest finally arrive’s on the Vale tomorrow, and with over 40 artists across 6 stages there’s plenty of talent to sample. Here are 6 of my favourite’s that shouldn’t be missed on Saturday. Sam Jackson & the Struggles Local hero Sam Jackson leads this folk-rock group with strong vocals and plenty of charisma (and a great …Read More

Premier League Darts Visits Birmingham

Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright Secure Playoff Places in Birmingham Birmingham’s Barclaycard arena week hosted week 13 of the premier league darts calendar on Thursday, where both Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright secured playoff places with two rounds left to go. The Dutchman got off to a difficult start, having …Read More

The Masters 2017: The Contenders

With so many contenders its all to play for in the Masters 2017 This Thursday we welcome back one the greatest events on sports annual calendar: The Masters. Augusta National will again host around 100 of the world’s best golfers to battle it out across 4 days, 72 holes, 7435 yards, avoiding the 44 bunkers, all …Read More

ValeFest 2017 – Launch Party Pt.2 Review

With summer fast approaching, Valefest stepped up their promotional campaign in the Duck and Scholar pub on Thursday night, hoping to pique the interest of first year students most of whom will be unaware of the festival’s charms. This follows on from the Wednesday night’s launch party pt.1 at the packed out Bristol Pear, which …Read More