Give It A Name Festival 2008

Sheffield Hallam Arena 10-11 May GIAN this year was interesting. I’d originally agreed to go because of the awesome time I had last year and I think had the 2007 line-up been the one from this years, I would never have gone in the first place. For me, it was uninspiring and incredibly lacking. The …

Envy and Other Sins at the Birmingham Barfly 29/4/08

29th April 2008 Birmingham Barfly Winners of the T-mobile Act Unsigned and local boys Envy and Other Sins’ homecoming gig at the Barfly was likely to be something special and the inclusion of a small string section on the heavily cramped stage really made it. Teaming up with fellow Brummie band Deluka their quirky indie-rock …

City and Colour at the Glee Club 8/4/08

8th April 2008 Birmingham Glee Club Dallas Green’s side project City and Colour is a complete surprise. Gone are the screaming, thrashing guitars of the post-hardcore alexisonfire and replacing them is an acoustic guitar, introspective lyrics and a sort of stop-you-in-your-tracks simplicity. The fantastic Attack in Black support Green, both as a warm-up act and …

New Found Glory at Leeds Cockpit 7/2/08

Leeds Cockpit 7th February 2008 There’s something almost religious about seeing New Found Glory in such a small venue. The intimate settings of the cockpit contrast heavily with the huge venues NFG are playing as support to Paramore, and the hardcore fan base at the cockpit allows for a near perfect show. The fantastic mix …

Stars at the Birmingham Barfly 28/1/08

Birmingham Barfly 28th January 2008 I’ll admit to going to this gig because I vaguely listen to the band more than being a fan, yet Stars are a band worth seeing live. They seem to play a wistful brand of American indie-pop music that is totally at odds with the self-admitting depressing lyrical content. It …