PVRIS // Scene Queen // Sophie Powers // Live Review // The O2 Academy // Birmingham

After a little break from the live scene, I’m finally back shooting another show! Heading back to the o2 Academy for the first time in a while, we had a night of poppy alt-rock,

with Sophie Powers, Scene Queen and PVRIS. After a short time waiting, I got out of the heat and into the venue as I waited for the first act to start.

Up first was Sophie Powers, who blends elements of rock, pop and dance music into a catchy amalgamation of sound. Once she took to the stage, it didn’t take long for the band to find their groove and start getting the audience warmed up. Starting the set with Obsessed was an incredibly good idea thanks to how damn catchy it is. Nosebleed was my other personal highlight. Great vocals and catchy songwriting make it completely understandable as to how she’s become a TikTok sensation. I’m excited to see what happens next for Sophie and her band!

Follow Sophie: 
TikTok | Instagram | Facebook Twitter – @sophiep0wers
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Up next was Scene Queen, one of my favourite new artists of recent years. With an incredibly contagious energy, heaps of personality and a set of all her hits, the crowd ate up every drop of bimbocore that they could. My personal highlights were 18+ (including the call out of one particular band, if you know you know), alongside Pink Panther, Pink Push-Up Bra and MILF. I also have to mention just how funny each and every break between songs was, with Scene Queen matching the vibe of her fanbase immaculately. This was easily one of the most entertaining sets I’ve had the pleasure of seeing recently.

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Facebook || Twitter || Instagram || TikTok || Spotify



After a final changeover, it was time for the night’s main event, PVRIS. The stage got slowly filled with smoke and backlighting as the band hit the stage to an eruption of cheers. Lynn’s energy was as contagious as ever as the room got into the set instantly. With a set spanning the band’s 4 current albums, there was something here for any fan of theirs. My personal highlights were I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE, Fire, You and I, Dead Weight and, Burn the Witch. Across the band’s entire set, there wasn’t a single moment that the crowd didn’t love, and that energy was contagious. It’s always great watching a band grow the way PVRIS have into a truly unique name in the industry. A great set by a band you need to see live to truly take in, and I’m glad I had the chance to see them again.

All in all, Birmingham was treated to a great night of live music, from three acts that need seeing as soon as you’re able. Great performances and atmosphere all around!

Review & Photography: Dan Stapleton

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