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OPINION: …so that C4 programme, Benefits Street

By Ozzy Styles My name is Ozzy Stylez and I am one of Birmingham’s many, many “benefits scroungers”, the likes of which you have no doubt seen or heard about on Channel 4’s hot new documentary Benefits Street. I had hoped to appear on the documentary myself, as I have always harboured ambitions of fame […]

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BPREVIEW: Manifest Live: Lipzkin + Call Me Unique, Quarry, The Synth @ O2 Academy, Sat 11th Jan

Midlands music promoters, Manifest, return to the O2 Academy with another showcase of regional acts on Sat 11th Jan. Performing in Academy 3, headliners are Lipzkin – the eclectic three piece from Staffordshire, who combine acoustic melodies with beatboxing, rap and soulful vocals. Support comes from The Synth, Quarry and a Birmingham Review favourite, Call […]

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OPINION: “…I heard his mum’s got AIDS”

By Ed King I’m acting like a child. And this conversation is losing me friends. It’s alienating colleagues, polarising peers, and upsetting a family who just want to chat over tea. And I keep having it. I keep stamping my feet. By the end of the year I could be in this room alone. But […]

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PREVIEW: New Year’s Eve 2013/4

As the ticking clock to 2014 get louder… and LOUder… and LOUDER, we’ve cherry picked a few of our favourite venues to see what they’re bringing to the New Year’s Eve bun fight. Plus we’re running a 10 WORD NEW YEAR’S EVE REVIEW competition for all of the events featured, where you can win tickets […]

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REVIEW: The Twang + Wide Eyed, Superfood @ The Rainbow Warehouse, Sun 22nd

Words by Heather Judge, pics by Jonathan Morgan The Twang just scream ‘positive Indie’, it’s all in their name; unlike other alternative bands who lay it on heavy with the whole ‘yeah life is good but don’t forget the bad’. I was part of the crowd years ago when they were at support act at […]

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