Hadouken!/Does It Offend You, Yeah? @ Birmingham Academy 2, 12/06/07

“Over 14’s? I reckon I can pass for that” – message on the Hadouken! fan forum. Yep, the kids were out in force for this one and that, for any grumpy old men out there, was no bad thing. There was a palpable sense of excitement in the venue and when Does It Offend You, Yeah? took to the stage the screams of delight were louder than I’d ever experienced for any support band in this place. Ever. Continue reading “Hadouken!/Does It Offend You, Yeah? @ Birmingham Academy 2, 12/06/07”

Adem/Richard Swift @ Midlands Arts Centre, 9/06/07

Kicking off a season of open air concerts in June is a brave move as the early summer weather can be an unruly beast, but the Midlands Arts Centre are seasoned in this game by now so for the opening night it should have been no surprise that the forecast rain never appeared. As we took our seats in the mini amphitheatre (Nina Nastasia commented that she expected the lions to be released any moment) we did so under a clear sky, warm and, most importantly, dry. Continue reading “Adem/Richard Swift @ Midlands Arts Centre, 9/06/07”

Basia Bulat @ The Glee Club, 31/05/07

You readers may have seen a piece on this site back on 10 May titled Introducing Basia Bulat, heck, you might even remember it – there was a reference to the new ‘Canadian sensation’ signed to Rough Trade, a clutch of tracks to listen to and a handful of live dates. I confess I didn’t really pay too much attention.Anyway, a couple of weeks later I was asked if I wanted to go and see her perform live and, having nothing else to do that evening, I agreed and half-heartedly set about listening to whatever tunes I could get hold of. Which was when I realised I’d been saved from making quite a silly mistake. Continue reading “Basia Bulat @ The Glee Club, 31/05/07”