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REPORT: Are Black Sabbath back?

By K. Ann Sulaiman Today Black Sabbath unveil their ‘special announcement’ at Los Angeles’ Whisky a Go Go bar, one week after posting the cryptic ‘11.11.11’ message on their website. And amidst speculations of a reform, tour, or possible new album, the Birmingham born group is making headlines around the globe. It’s over forty years […]

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Ed’s… Highlights – Nov ’11

In apparent homage to the Hummingbird’s old Saturday night playlist, Birmingham’s gone a bit early Indie this month. The HMV resurrect Jesus Jones (Nov 1st) and Sultans of Ping (Nov 5th), whilst the O2 Academy boast the Smashing Pumpkins on Nov 19th. But the Vision Street Wear crown/cap goes to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, […]

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REPORT: UB40 presented PRS plaque

Words by Ceri Black, pictures by Warren King 32 years after their first ever gig at the Hare and Hounds, UB40 have been awarded a PRS Music Heritage plaque, celebrating their worldwide achievements. Unveiled at the Kings Heath venue where it all began, UB40 are only the 8th ever recipients of the Performing Rights Society’s […]

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Ed’s… Highlights – Oct ’11

The most important month of the year is upon us. The end of British Summertime, a day of atonement in the temple, global harvests prepare the world for winter and my birthday (in order of importance – ascending). And whilst Dionysus and Demeter argue at Threshers, Birmingham gorges from a trough of autumnal musical goodness. […]

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FEATURE: Today programme ‘Riot Debate’ (Birmingham Town Hall 5.9.11)

Hundreds of people attended R4’s Today Programme Riot Debate at the Birmingham Town Hall on 5th Sept, an event the show’s editor hoped would explore the ‘complex situation’ of the national disturbances with ‘as few speeches as possible’. Immediately under fire during an off broadcast Q&A, the debate was questioned for excluding under 16year olds […]

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