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Birmingham jeweller Philip Blakeman, by Robert Neil

Birmingham artist to show in BP Portrait Award - world's most prestigious portrait exhibition

Robert Neil is one of only 55 artists who will show their work at the National Portrait Gallery in London in this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition

The Stranglers, L-R Baz Warne, Jet Black, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield

Review: The Stranglers at Birmingham's O2 Academy

Jon Perks reviews The Stranglers at Birmingham's O2 Academy.

Dave Wakeling, singer of The Beat

Two tone legend heads to Birmingham

Two tone legend Dave Wakeling swapped his Birmingham home for a life touring the US with his band The English Beat more than 30 years ago. He talks to Sarah Probert about politics and coming home

Hannah Reid, of London Grammar

Review: London Grammar, at the O2 Academy, Birmingham

Four months after playing the Academy's middle room, London Grammar are back in Birmingham to pack out the main room

The Stranglers, L-R Baz Warne, Jet Black, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Dave Greenfield

Punk survivors The Stranglers still hold all the cards

For 40 years The Stranglers have ploughed their own furrow, even if it has polarised opinion and got them into fights - even prison. Jon Perks speaks to bassist JJ Burnel about their rollercoaster journey

London Grammar

We're not as sombre as our music might suggest

Nominated for best breakthrough act at next month's Brit Awards, London Grammar are gearing up for a busy year. Jon Perks talks to guitarist Dan Rothman.

Kim Wilde

Kim Wilde returns to the UK stage for the first time in 30 years

Eighties pop princess Kim Wilde is making a solo return to the UK stage for the first time in 30 years. She chats to Sarah Probert .

John Lydon

John Lydon: ‘I intend to carry on working until the day I die’

He owns a Ken Dodd album, wanted to star in Crossroads, loves Margaret Thatcher, cuts his own hair and wants to live forever.

Birmingham's O2 Academy

O2 Academy under threat as student flats plan approved

Fears for venue's future as office block is to be converted into halls of residence

How to grow old with good grace

The irony was lost on the crowd when Morrissey gestured towards them with the lyrics "On the flesh rampage .

Win tickets to see The Doves

The Birmingham Post has joined Carling Academy to offer the chance of winning tickets for sold-out gigs at the venue.

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