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Dumb to replace Babypink as Jaws support

March 21, 2014 in News

It is with heavy hearts we announce that BP favourites Babypink have sadly called it a day. The four-piece announced the news via twitter, much to fan’s dismay, and Birmingham DJ extraordinaire Jacky P swiftly followed the statement with a tribute to the quartet via Amazing Radio (which you can read here).

It’s not all gloom at the Birmingham Promoters HQ however, as fellow Brummie favourites Dumb have been confirmed to replace Babypink in the much-coveted support slot for JAWS at their biggest hometown headline show to date – taking place Saturday 19th April at The Institute.

Dumb are fresh from releasing their impressive double A side ‘Super Sonic Love Toy’ / ‘Two Bottles’, and their own sell-out headline show at the Hare & Hounds, so its with much excitement we welcome them to this hefty line up which already features Brighton’s The Magic Gang.


Watch the video for ‘Super Sonic Love Toy’ below:

Babypink & The Magic Gang to support Jaws

March 4, 2014 in News

We’re very pleased to announce that the supports for JAWS’ biggest hometown headline show to date will be Birmingham’s Babypink and Brighton’s The Magic Gang.

Babypink draw from influences from grunge to britpop; driving drum beats underpin a sleazy bassline and pedal-enhanced guitars which at times even venture into psychedelia. Intricate and intriguing, the vocal of enigmatic frontman Andrew Brooks binds the building blocks and indeed the band together as live, the performance is even more impressive.

With a striking musical repertoire documenting their explosive six month progression, Babypink have already shared a stage with Little Comets, Superfood, Wolf Alice, Spector, Jaws and Circa Waves.

Babypink Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

The Magic Gang was initially a new project featuring members of YRRS, Home School and Bayy, with one bedroom demo surfacing online in the form of the utterly infectious ‘Bruises’. One year on and, having played a mere handful gigs and added a couple more songs to their catalogue, the band are still barely out of the pram – yet they’re already playing packed-out venues alongside Swim Deep and Courtney Barnett, demonstrating decidedly understated and mellow numbers to increasingly adoring audiences.

Lyrically anxious whilst remaining emphatically nonchalant in their sound, the Brighton-based four piece showcase everything that’s got us hooked on the new wave of Captured Tracks-inspired slacker rock.

The Magic Gang Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter


Tickets on sale for JAWS Xmas show

November 14, 2013 in News

Birmingham sundrenched pop four-piece JAWS have announced the details of a one-off Christmas show at the Hare & Hounds on Thursday, 19th December 2013.

Returning to their hometown following acclaimed slots at BestivalBeacons and Reading & Leeds over the summer, plus autumn tours supporting Spector & The Twang, and a renowned sold out headline show at The Institute Birmingham, this special festive event will be a euphoric celebration of all the band has achieved over the past year.

Over summer the four-piece revealed another superb slice of effortlessly infectious garage pop in the form of latest single/EP ‘Gold’. Charged with a new found sense of urgency and laden with hooks, the track is the latest addition to their impressive live set that has also seen them perform alongside fellow B-towners Peace & Swim Deep. ‘Gold’ is available now via iTunes.

Lead singer and guitarist Connor Schofield said of the show,

“We’ve had a great year and we wanted to celebrate it with an intimate headline show! We are really looking forward to playing and can’t wait to play some new songs.”

The outfit bring along their friends Babypink to open up the show. Having had a hectic year themselves which not only saw the formation of the band but subsequently some superb performances with the likes of Wolf Alice and Circa Waves and a Radar feature in the NME, Britpop grunge four-piece Babypink are gathering attention in all the right places at the moment. With just two songs up online, you can take a peek, but you’ll have to see them live to really know what it’s about.

Capacity for this event is very limited, so make sure you grab your tickets asap!


Watch Jaws’ video for ‘Gold’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 22nd – 27th October

October 22, 2013 in News

With touring season well under way, take a read of the local and touring acts Birmingham Promoters bring to your city this week.



Take a couple of days off to prepare for Birmingham four-piece Black Dollar Bills who play The Sunflower Lounge on Thursday. Drawing comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dead Weather and The Vines, Black Dollar Bills promise a night of power and energy. With support from Brighton’s hottest new two-piece Royal Blood, plus locals Bad Moon & Curb, we expect this to be a busy one! Tickets are a bargain at £5 advance and are available over on the event page. And don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘House of Love’ by Black Dollar Bills below:


Alternatively, fresh from supporting Birmingham babes Swim Deep on their recent UK tour, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves are live at the Hare & Hounds for your viewing pleasure. With support from britpop / grunge revivalists Babypink and the industrial electronic sounds of The Grafham Water Sailing Club, entry to this one is a bargain at just £5 advance. Check out the Facebook Event and find more information about all acts over on the official event page. Oh and don’t forget to send your names over to raya [at] for special £3 guestlist!

Listen to ‘Get Away’ by Circa Waves below:



On Friday, Bristol trop-pop five-piece Coasts call into The Victoria as part of their UK tour. With support from off-kilter funk six-piece Venkman and dark pop West Midlands outfit Forest Life, tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Listen to Coasts’ brand new track ‘Stay’ below:



If you fancy a little jaunt out to Wolverhampton, then West Yorkshire’s finest The Pigeon Detectives play live at The Slade Rooms. Showcasing the best of four albums-worth of material, this promises to be a lively ruckus of a show. Support on the evening comes courtesy of The Mexanines and The Dead Blues – tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Animal’ by The Pigeon Detectives below:


Alternatively, London folk-rock-pop five-piece Goldheart Assembly call in to The Sunflower Lounge to play a show with Cattle & Caine and Circles – find out further information including ticket prices and timings over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Stands to Reason’ by Goldheart Assembly below:


Mississippi alt. five-piece The Weeks are also live at The Institute, calling into Birmingham as part of their current UK tour. Playing highlights from their recent debut album, Dear Bo Jackson, make sure to pick up your tickets for this one from £8 advance via the official event page. Support comes courtesy of rock ‘n’ roll Hull four-piece Audio Subscene and the ever-popular Babypink.

Listen to ‘Brother in the Night’ by The Weeks below:



Round off your week in one of two ways when Birmingham old-school punk outfit The Nightingales (formerly The Perfects) and the shambolically entertaining The Courtesy Group play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets are £7.50 advance, moren information over on the event page.

Alternatively, don’t forget Sunday Social at The Yardbird! This week we have performances from Less for Murder, Sally Haines and Niel Irson. Entry for this show is, as always, free – find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Mutton to Lamb’ by The Nightingales below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 14th – 20th October

October 14, 2013 in News

If you’ve managed to recover from the musical jamboree that was last week’s offering of live music events, then here’s another set of killer performances brought to you by Birmingham Promoters straight into the heart of your city.



Start your week off with a bang and a dousing of rock when Midlands four-piece Max Raptor play The Flapper with support from Haze and The Broken Oak Duet. With infectious riffs and hooks aplenty, expect a night of raw energy at this one which is priced at £7 advance. Find out more information and pick up tickets for the show over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Breakers’ below:



On Tuesday, London band of the moment Spector call into the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath as part of their UK tour. In the last run of shows before the recording and release of their second record, catch them now while you can. Support comes courtesy of their tour support (and Birmingham’s very own) sun-kissed beach pop-ers JAWS, plus some good old-fashioned pedal-powered grunge / britpop from young upstarts, Babypink. Tickets for this are £10 advance and are available over on the event page. Don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘Never Fade Away’ below



Wednesday welcomes Newcastle cinematic indie-folk quintet Lanterns on the Lake to the Hare & Hounds. Celebrating the release of their second full length album with a full UK tour, expect something very special indeed from this performance, with support from Birmingham’s own Oh Stockholm! Tickets for this are priced at £8 advance and are available over on the event page.

Check out Lanterns on the Lake’s BBC Radio 6 Music session where they played live in the studio for Lauren Laverne earlier this week.

Listen to ‘Another Tale From Another English Town’ below:


Alternatively, Leeds piano-driven folk five-piece Dancing Years play a special free entry show at The Yardbird with special guests to be announced. With complex instrumentation and delicate vocals, expect a beautiful performance of juxtapositions – find out more, here.

Listen to ‘Here’s to my Old Friends’ by Dancing Years, below:



On Friday, the platinum-selling Liverpool quintet, Space, call in to The Institute in Digbeth. Made famous by hit singles ‘Female of the Species’, ‘Neighbourhood’ and ‘The Ballad of Tom Jones’ in the mid-90s, the band released four studio albums before calling it a day in 2005. Back this year with a full tour to mark their 20th anniversary, make sure to catch them for a very special performance indeed. Support comes courtesy of alt-electro-rock trio Rebellious Jukebox and tickets are priced at £11 advance – find out more about both artists and pick up those tickets over on the event page.

Watch the video for ‘Avenging Angels’ below:



Then, round off your week with the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this week features a selection of acoustic performances from Rose Redd, St Malo and Che. For the perfect way to relax amongst some beautiful sounds for free, make sure you’re there to take your seats from 7pm – find out more, here.

Listen to a teaser from Rose Redd’s ‘Perfectly Useless’, below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 23rd-30th September

September 23, 2013 in News

Weekly Gig Roundup 23rd – 29th September

Waving a fond farewell to festival season can mean only one thing – touring season is now in full swing, yippee!

We have some absolute gems lined up for the coming winter, all of which you can peruse at your leisure over on our Event Listings page. For now, check out the wide array of touring and local talent we bring to the stages across the city this week.


The full calendar of live music begins with Hooded Fang at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on Monday. A Canadian four-piece producing psychedelic-hued garage, Hooded Fang will play the best of their brand new album, Gravez, as well as old favourites from debut LP, Tosta Mista. With special guests to be announced, tickets for this show are priced at just £7.50 advance – you can find out further information over on the event page.

Listen to Hooded Fang below:



On Tuesday, Birmingham buzz band JAWS play a sold out show at The Institute in Digbeth. Championed by Huw Stephens, The Guardian and NME, JAWS’ performance of their beach-hued pop sound promises to be incendiary. With support from Wolverhampton pedal-pushers Laced and grunge / britpop revivalists, Babypink, you can find out more about all of the acts by visiting the event page and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to JAWS below:



On Wednesday, there are two live music events to choose from. At the Hare and Hounds, 18 year old Nottingham-born singer songwriter Callum Burrows, AKA Saint Raymond performs with support from Joel Baker and Birmingham Promoters-favourite, Charlotte Carpenter. Tickets are priced at £6 advance – find them along with further event information, here.

Alternatively, Cheltenham folk rock quartet Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are live at The Rainbow. Having been Zane Lowe’s Next Hype band and appearing with Frank Turner at the Olympics Opening Ceremony where they played to an estimated audience of 25 million, the group come to this intimate setting in Birmingham for one night only. Supported by the beautiful Boat to Row – an instrument-swapping collective of Midlands talent, tickets for this event are priced at £7 advance and are available, along with further information over on the event page.

Listen to Saint Raymond below:



On Thursday, we welcome West Coast-influenced four-piece Cloud Control to the Hare and Hounds. Originally from Australia’s Blue Mountains but now residing in London, Cloud Control’s debut album, Bliss Release, won Australia’s version of the Mercury prize in 2011. Having previously supported Vampire Weekend, Weezer and Arcade Fire amongst others, Cloud Control embark on a headline tour of their very own to celebrate the release of second album, Dream Cave. Tickets for this event are priced at £8 advance – find out more info over on the event page.

Listen to Cloud Control below:



Friday sees 90s grunge-influenced trio Since Monroe play at The Victoria on John Bright Street. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Nirvana, Weezer and Foo Fighters, Since Monroe bring their music into the modern day by applying a layer of pop. Support comes courtesy of Telford four-piece Weatherbird and Fans of Faye. Tickets for this show are priced at £5 on the door – find out more info over on the event page.

Listen to Since Monroe below:



On Saturday, Mountain of Love, the new band formed by two former members of Alabama 3 play   at The Sunflower Lounge. Constructing a mix of electro and house with dub and funk influences, Mountain of Love promise a rich and complex performance. Support for this show is to be announced – keep up to date via the event page where you can also purchase tickets priced at £8 advance.

Listen to Mountain of Love below:



Bring your week to a relaxing and atmospheric close at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from Bedfordshire singer songwriter, Terry Emm, Wolverhampton storyteller Daniel Beckett and the blues and pop-influenced Portia Reed. Check out the event page, here. Entry to the show at The Yardbird is, as always, completely free. We’ll see you there then!

Listen to Terry Emm below:

Interview: JAWS

September 16, 2013 in Interviews

Formed less than a year and a half ago, local four-piece JAWS have enjoyed a swift ascent and incredible success both in their go-to city of Birmingham and beyond. Playing their first headline show just five months after their formation, the boys were swept up in the furore surrounding the new beach sounds of Birmingham, releasing two EPs, enjoying mass critical acclaim (including Radio 1 and NME backing), recording sessions at the legendary Maida Vale studios, and playing to packed out festivals nationwide.

Flying the flag for Birmingham firmly into 2013, we catch them ahead of their show at The Institute on 24th September to chat taking it slow, Kerrang appearances and questionable festival etiquette…


How and where did you meet and form the band?

Connor [Schofield, guitar & vocals]: Well, what happened was that I was on holiday in Puerto Rico when I saw the hottest barman I’d ever seen and it was Eddy [Geach, drums]. We got chatting about music and forming a band and he said ‘if you can play guitar and sing then I can play the drums.’ So we started having a jam but then the neighbour came round asking what the racket was. We opened the door and it was Huddy [Alex Hudson, guitar]. We thought he was hot stuff and asked him whether he could play guitar which he could. Then this promoter rang us up and offered us a gig – it was Jake [Cooper, bass] and he happened also to be a bassist, which we needed. He was busy with Beady Eye at the time and Liam [Gallagher] initially said no but it all worked out in the end.

Eddy: The real story is that when we got back from holiday, we realised that actually, we all went to the same college and we asked each other to start jamming.

Connor: We fired out a demo, Cameron…

Jake: It was actually Holy Cat…

Connor: It was actually Cameron [discussion takes place, remaining unresolved], and it grew from there.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in a band with your mates?

Jake: There’s lots of banDter…

Eddy: We didn’t really know each other that well before the band, we kind of became friends afterwards, but it’s a lot easier, it feels pretty concrete. The disadvantages of being in a band with Jake are that you can be having a conversation with Connor three miles away and he’ll crop up out of nowhere asking ‘what’s that, what’s that?’ Huddy’s a mumbler; he’s an enigma.


How does the creative process work?

Connor: I kind of do a skeleton, an outline…

Eddy: And then he’ll play it to us and we’ll decide which bits we like and want to use and which bits we don’t. The other way is that one of us will come up with a chord sequence and we’ll jam until it becomes a song.



How do you think the music industry has taken to you?

Connor: We fucked it but saved it. We dived in head first because it was hard not to…

Eddy: Our first gig was in London [Camden Barfly] and it was shit. We only learned later that if you’re going to play in London you need to have pinpoint precision…

Jake: My bass amp was off for pretty much the entire show and I only realised during the last song.

Connor: I was struggling with my anxiety. It was the worst day of my life. We were shit until One Beat Saturday last year – that was the worst gig we ever played. However after that we redeemed ourselves – the next gig we played was at Vagabonds in Brierley Hill and we didn’t feel that pressure like we had in London. That’s when we got good.

Eddy: NME have this view of us that we’re really sleepy and lazy…

Jake: But that’s because they can’t figure out what genre we fit into. We don’t even know what we are…


You’re managed by Connor’s dad, Paul. Does that make it easier or harder?

Connor: The support is unbelievable. It gets a bit intense sometimes, like after we’ve played a show and we come offstage and mum and dad just wanna go through it. Or when we’re just chilling and they wanna talk about the band but we just wanna watch Holby City. But if it wasn’t for dad then there would be no JAWS – he is the fifth member.


We’re tipping you as the ones to watch for 2014. Who are your ones to watch?

Connor: Curb – I saw them play in Wolverhampton a few days ago and they were brilliant.

Alex: Laced – they’re going to go somewhere.

Eddy: I’m also mega into Drenge.



Do you have any advice for young bands coming through?

Eddy: Have a band name with more than one syllable because in Birmingham, apart from Swim Deep and now Babypink, no one has managed that. Get your music down and as tight as possible before you even think about London.

Connor: Don’t rush – Birmingham and the music industry is here forever.


You’ve played lots of great festival slots this year including Bestival, Beacons and Reading / Leeds. What have been your festival highlights?

Alex: [straight away and met with agreement all round] Reading.

Connor: Camp Bestival was good as well – that was the first one so we got all the anxiety out of the way for that, plus they treated us really well. The toilets were impressive and there were showers.

Jake: We enjoyed the festivals because people aren’t just there to see one band. The crowd size really surprised us because there were some big bands on while we were playing like Fidlar and New Found Glory, but it was packed out for us. We took our own sound engineer with us so the sound was good and we could hear the people singing in the crowd.


Your fans can be pretty full on at times. Do they ever weird you out?

Alex: Not to me, they hate me.

Jake: Yeah for some reason…they started up this fan page on Twitter and the first few Tweets were them asking people to come and follow them. But then the next five were like, ‘don’t you think Alex is a bit grumpy?’

Alex: The enigma obviously isn’t working.

Jake: However, they remind me why we do it.

Eddy: I think mostly they’re relatively young and when you’re that young you do obsess over bands that you enjoy. When I was 15 / 16 I’d get Kerrang every week. I was in it once actually…you know that bit where they talk to a few fans after a gig and if they circle you then you win a record or something? Well I was next to the guy who won it.


Do you have any style icons?

Connor: I saw a girl having a shit up a wall at Leeds. She is a fashion queen.


You kick off a UK tour on 13th September. What are you looking forward to?

Alex: I’m looking forward to going into a venue and having a soundcheck.

Eddy: They’re the first gigs we’ll have played after the festival season and it will be nice to be indoors with no grass.

Jake: Yeah and we won’t all have to huddle up and decide where to go because we’ll already be at the venue.

Connor: It’ll be nice to have our own crowds back too.

Eddy: We’ll be on the road in the same old van – the Vauxhall. We’re taking more people than we’ve actually got seats – Richie [Franklin] will be coming with us to do sound and Jack Parker is our merch boy / bringer of laughs / dance moves / quiff / 90’s swag. We’ll be staying in Travel Lodges up and down the country. Travel Lols.

Jake: It’ll be nice to go to places that we’ve never been to before though, like Newcastle.

Connor: Plus, it’s my birthday on the day that we’re in Leeds.



You play The Institute in Birmingham on 24th September. What can people expect?

Connor: A decent show. Actually, I have this guitar with a clock in it, it’s in that bag over there. And I’m going to get it out for Holy Cat and say ‘Birmingham. Everyone, shh, Birmingham. It’s time to rock.’

Jake: He wants to be the Flavor Flav of indie rock music.


What else is going to happen in 2014?                                                                                             

Jake: I’m going to get married and have a kid.

Eddy: I’ll be continuing my ongoing battle with college.

Connor: And me and Alex will be cooking whatever drugs we can find to make money. Yes, please buy our merch at the show…also me and Eddy are both single now so if there are any hot chicks who want to come to the show, I mean, you’ll have to buy a ticket, but come and find me and Eddy at the end. We’ll be in the Dixy Chicken of the city.



Laced & Babypink to support Jaws

August 12, 2013 in News

Following their successful headline show at the Sunflower Lounge on Saturday, Birmingham Promoters are very pleased to announce Laced have been confirmed to support Jaws at The Institute, along with fresh new local four-piece Babypink (previously known as Sugar).

If you’re on the search for music to get completely lost in, you needn’t look any further than Laced. Whilst they might only have one studio recording to their collective name, their sound is crafted with a fresh intensity that will keep you hooked through a seemingly endless number of play counts.

Making its debut online in March, ‘Jade Vine’ sees layer upon layer of swirling guitar melodies meet crashing percussion, whilst dual vocals, both guttural and sweet, juxtapose and entwine entrancingly. The track captivates and spellbinds, so you won’t even notice how quickly you become hooked to the waves of melody that resound around you.

Laced Links: Facebook Soundcloud Twitter

Hailing from the dizzying heights of Droitwich Spa in the leafy heart of the West Midlands, babypink (formerly known as Sugar) call the same town their home as forerunners of the recent B-Town movement, Peace. Emotive, engaging and completely considered, these are four under twenty year olds producing music not only belying their years but the parameters of the current Birmingham scene.

Babypink draw from influences from grunge to britpop; driving drum beats underpin a sleazy bassline and pedal-enhanced guitars which at times even venture into psychedelia. Intricate and intriguing, the vocal of enigmatic frontman Andrew Brooks binds the building blocks and indeed the band together as live, the performance is even more impressive.

With a striking musical repertoire documenting their explosive three month progression, babypink have already shared a stage with Superfood, Wolf Alice and Jaws.

Babypink Links: Twitter


Listen to ‘Jade Vine’ by Laced below: