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Shiiine On – Academy, Birmingham

Bands seen: Shed Seven, Thousand Yard Stare, Happy Mondays, Embrace, Jim Bob, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Abdoujaparov

Off to the second city for an excellent day’s entertainment. I went to the Academy in Birmingham to see Pop Will Eat Itself – although that turned out to be a different venue, the former Hummingbird which is now Forum Birmingham, a venue which reopened in 2021 and seems to just house bingo nights now. THIS Academy is the site of the former Dome II nightclub. As I didn’t grow up in Birmingham these landmarks don’t mean a great deal to me …

As you can see, way too many good bands to see in one day, but I made a good fist of it. It was good to see Abdoujaparov for the first time in EIGHT (!) years – and it was good to see me too apparently, as Les said hello to me from the stage (not embarrassing at all). All of the other acts I caught were fantastic. It would be wrong to single any particular one out – although I was really impressed with how tight the Happy Mondays were tonight.

As it was an all day gig, I wandered out at 6pm and found a Greek restaurant nearby. It was really good – and when I told the restaurant owner my mum was Greek, he came over and brought me a plate of extra meat. That’s pretty much in line with the Greek hospitality I remember from my youth.


Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (acoustic set)

Jim Bob


Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays

Thousand Yard Stare

Shed Seven

Saturday 8 September 2018, 483 views

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