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5ifteen years since the bands first release (which they sold at their own gigs) they are once again releasing music for themselves. With 25 hit singles under their belt, 4.5 million record sales, 6 full length-studio albums – as well as the double platinum Singles Collection from 2006 – founder members vocalist Grant Nicholas and bassist Taka Hirose decided to go back to their roots, self-releasing on their new label Big Teeth Music.
With new drummer Karl Brazil onboard, the band made a low-key start to 2010 by touring the UK under the name of Renegades. They only announced the shows to fans on their website, explaining that they would be showcasing new material which Nicholas had written throughout 2009. The tickets sold out in minutes and the band took to tiny venues the size of which they hadn’t played in years – the response was amazing. The new tracks were much heavier than the band’s last few albums; far more guitars! A free EP given away at the shows teased as to the harder direction the band were taking, while still displaying their ability to write classic songs.
Now they return as Feeder, with festival appearances confirmed and a new album due this summer.
The O2 Academy Birmingham has three performance areas.
Academy 1 is the largest performance area in the complex, and has a total capacity of 3,000. There is a tiered-seating balcony, with its own bar, toilet and cloakroom facilities, which has a capacity of 600.