After meeting at The Hacienda in 1989, twins Jez and Andy Williams, and Jimi Goodwin formed Sub Sub, enjoying crossover chart success in 1993 with the dance classic ‘Ain’t No Love (Ain’t No Use)’. After their studio caught fire in 1996 it was the catalyst for a complete change in direction, leading to the launch of Doves in 1998.

The threesome never looked back, with the debut album ‘Lost Souls’ receiving a Mercury Music nomination. Their first single, the classic ‘There Goes The Fear’ charted at no.3 in the UK national chart, despite being deleted after only one day. The Doves rise continued with albums The Last Broadcast and Some Cities both hitting no.1 in the UK albums chart.

By this point, Doves were established as one of the UK’s most popular bands, opening in 2005 for U2 in London, Oasis in Manchester and Coldplay in Bolton. The band’s final studio album ‘Kingdom Of Rust’ was released in April 2009 and hit no.2 in the chart, shortly after which they decided to take a break; a hiatus which has stretched for nearly a decade, making the opportunity to catch Doves at Inner City Live: Birmingham even more special.

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