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Posts by John Rogers

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


Men’s Hockey – University of Birmingham 1sts 8-0 Bristol 1sts

Brilliant Birmingham Beat Bristol To Advance To Quarters The Bournbrook pitches saw Birmingham Men’s first team produce a dominant display in Wednesday’s cup fixture against Bristol firsts, scoring 8 goals in the process. The results sees them safely into the quarter finals of the cup competition. The home team started the game in impressive fashion, …Read More