Day two: Brand New roadtrip 2009 – Glasgow

Manchester is warm and sunny after yesterday’s downpour. We’ve slept, showered and eaten, care of the Sandown Hotel, and after dropping Jen off we’re making our way to Glasgow for show #2. A quick stop at a service station allows Kam and Louise to eat the same meals again and stock up on roadtrip-mandatory Haribo. …

Brand New Manchester setlist – 23/06/09

The BNUKST blog has been set up by Jamie, the street team leader, which we’ve all been blogging to. Craig posted the set-list from last night’s gig in Manchester, which is below. 1.The Shower Scene. 2.The Quiet Things. 3.The No Seatbelt Song. 4.Sic Transit Gloria. 5.Okay I Believe You. 6.Jaws Theme Swimming. 7.Play Crack the …

Birmingham Academy is moving

Birmingham’s Academy is finally moving. They’ve been threatening this since I started secondary school back in 1996, but it’s finally going off to the old Dome II just off from Smallbrook Queensway to some place apparently called Horse Fair. Editors play the opening night on 10th September. This is fantastic news. The current Academy really …

All Tomorrow’s Parties 2009 – Breeders

ATP was, as expected, fantastic and I had one up on last years in that I’d actually seen one of the bands and dragged everyone to see the Bronx. They were fantastic and seemed better than when I saw them before.  And their side project Mariachi el Bronx were surprisingly hilarious too – who knew a …

John Mayer gig at the Birmingham Academy 24/6/08

24th June 2008 Birmingham Carling Academy John Mayer is relatively unknown in this country, or was before his love-life became the interest of tabloids. His bluesy acoustic-rock is effortlessly accessible and coupled with the Santana gig; it was great to see two legends in one week. British singer-songwriter Jack McManus is an inspired choice for …

Say Anything gig at the Birmingham Barfly

Birmingham Barfly 9th June 2008 Real life often gets in the way of going to gigs and when it does it’s annoying. What’s more annoying is when you spend more time travelling to and from a show than the band plays on stage. Unfortunately for me, tonight was one of those nights. I spent close …

Weakerthans at the Birmingham Barfly 1/6/08

1st June 2008 Birmingham Barfly Since attending the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Minehead I have a new found understanding and confidence to go watch a band I’ve never heard much of before and not feel like a complete fraud for being there. Luckily this lesson was learnt in time for The Weakerthans’ Birmingham show. …

Give It A Name Introduces

19th May 2008 Birmingham Carling Academy 2 Fresh off the back of the Give It A Name festival, Four Year Strong, Meg and Dia, The Colour Fred and Mayday Parade were on a mission to gain further fans on a string of revolving-headliner tour dates. Birmingham saw Four Year Strong opening the show with headline …