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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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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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NEWS: Flyover Show IV, post ‘riots’ preparation

The Flyover Show is a free, family friendly, one day music event in which organisers ‘transform the grey space beneath the Hockley Flyover into an oasis of cultural expression’.  Now in it’s forth year, the brainchild of MOBO award winning Jazz saxophanist and hip hop artist Soweto Kinch will showcase a bevy of artists. From […]

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NEWS: Sound It Out campaign

Last month Birmingham based Sound It Out, a ‘social development agency’ that develops music programmes for the city’s ‘marginalised individuals and communities’, had 100% of its Arts Council funding cut. A total of £100,000, referred to by the organisation as their ‘core funding’. In immediate response, local music promoter and entrepreneur Clare Edwards began a […]

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REPORT: UK acts up at SXSW

The Vaccines As UK artists dominate the top spots on the US Billboard album charts, with Adele, Marsha Ambrosius and Mumford & Sons at positions 1,2 & 3 respectively, one of the world’s biggest and most influential music conferences comes to a close in Texas. South By South West, or SXSW as it is more […]

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