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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: Wolf Alice

The title of Wolf Alice’s Mercury nominated debut My Love Is Cool perfectly captures what I love about the North London based four-piece; they are so damn cool and they seem to know it. The album confidently combined grungy guitar riffs and vocal freak-outs with just the right amount of restraint and tenderness to make …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


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


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


Lady Gaga – Joanne

Rating: As a massive fan of Lady Gaga, this review is bound to be biased. However, no one can deny that this refreshing change to authentic country music hasn’t come as a pleasant surprise. This move to a country sound in her brand new album Joanne was supposedly inspired by her imagining of a regular …Read More


Review: The Exorcist at Birmingham REP

The Exorcist This week saw The Exorcist open at the REP, a stage play adapted from the novel and Oscar-winning film. All adaptations follow Regan, a young girl who becomes possessed by a demon, and her mother’s fight to find out what is wrong, and to convince a priest to help exorcise her. The show …Read More


Review: El Borracho de Oro

‘I feel part Spanish’ laughs Emma Yufera. ‘It’s what I know’. She isn’t wrong. Though the British owner of El Borracho De Oro isn’t, technically speaking, Spanish at all, she harbours an infectious zeal for the country. Her knowledge of the culture is extensive and there’s a visible, wide-eyed excitement to her delivery when she’s …Read More