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This Week: Gig Roundup 6th – 12th April

April 7, 2015 in News

As touring season gets into full swing, we’ve got even more musical treats lined up for you with a show for every day of the week! The week kicks off with a visit from up-and-coming Scottish fuzz-pop duo Tuff Love, followed by a welcome return from New York noise-makers A Place To Bury Strangers, then a long-awaited hometown headline show from local heroes Superfood, plus Suburban Legends, Ekkah and Balthazar closing the week with a bang! The full week’s listings can be found below:


Tuff Love + The Jacarandas + Jump The Shark @ The Sunflower Lounge

Glasgow two-piece Tuff Love are creators of hyper-infectious, fuzzed-up, lo-fi pop music that the city is so famous for. The band have previously supported the likes of Real Estate, Perfect Pussy, Joanna Gruesome, Honeyblood & PAWS and have been championed by the likes of Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Rob Da Bank and Huw Stephens. Be sure to catch this band in a small venue while you can! Support comes from Birmingham indie-popsters The Jacarandas and Brit Award Winners Jump The Shark. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Groucho’ below:


A Place To Bury Strangers + September Girls + Fauxchisels @ The Rainbow

New York noise purveyors A Place to Bury Strangers returned with their fourth studio album Transfixiation, released on the 17th February 2015 via Dead Oceans. Catch them debut tracks from the critically acclaimed album when they play The Rainbow on Tuesday, joined by Irish all-female noise-pop five-piece September Girls and local racket-makers Fauxchisels. It’s gonna get loud… Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘You Are the One’ below:


Bipolar Sunshine + Cape Cub + Shatter Effect @ The Institute 

After announcing festival slots including Longitude, Reading & Leeds and Glastonbury, Bipolar Sunshine will once again make a hotly anticipated appearance at The Institute Birmingham. The solo project of Manchester based Adio Marchant, previously of Kid British fame, continues to impress and carve out his own singular path. Latest single ‘Daydreamer’, described as “a warm breeze of a song… that channels 1970′s Elton to dreamy effect” by  The Times, provides a teaser for his upcoming album. Support comes from much-talked-about solo artist Cape Cub and local electro rock act Shatter Effect. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Deckchairs on the Moon’ below:

Superfood + YAK + Black Honey @ Rainbow Warehouse 

The Birmingham indie quartet play their biggest hometown headline show to date following the sold out NME New Breed Tour and the release of their debut album Don’t Say That on 3rd November through Infectious Music. Originally touted as heralding a re-birth of cheeky, choppy indie guitar pop, Superfood dug deeper to record an album that’s energy, warmth, and wit was infectious. The Midlands four-piece have travelled well over the past twelve months, taking to the road alongside Wolf Alice and We Are Scientists, but now they take to the Rainbow Warehouse joined by London-based buzzband YAK and up-and-comers Black Honey. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Mood Bomb’ below:


Retox + Warsawwasraw + Opium Lord @ The Sunflower Lounge

Featuring Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City), Retox have emerged from the collective depths of San Diego & LA with their latest antagonistic effort, Beneath California. Varying styles and sonically experimenting, melding the raw with the refined, the band continuously teases, yet never settles on any one genre. Since their conception in 2011, they have toured with similarly like-minded acts such as Melt-Banana, Tomahawk, OFF!, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Doomsday Student. Support comes from blistering avant-thrash punk duo Warsawwasraw and Opium Lord. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Lets Not Keep In Touch’ below:

Suburban Legends & MC Lars + The Bottom Line @ The Rainbow

Third wave ska vets, Orange County’s Suburban Legends, return with their distinct blend of fizzy ska and sugary pop, with accents of disco and funk. The group’s latest EP, Dreams Aren’t Real But These Songs Are (Rock Ridge Music), is a reverently played and imaginatively arranged collection of Disney classics. Suburban Legends have built an impressive live profile playing multiple tours throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Canada, undertaking successful runs with big names like Reel Big FishLess Then JakeBowling for Soup, and GoldfingerThe band are joined by MC Lars and The Bottom Line. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Kiss the Girl’ below:


The Assist + Fleece @ The Rainbow

The Assist are a 4 piece indie/alternative band from Walsall. The lads have a huge passion for real music, and their honest, hard hitting lyrics speak for themselves. It’s music that anyone can identify with from sing along anthems to infectious guitar riffs. They recently featured in the Itunes Alternative Chart with their track ‘Walsall FC Go To Wembley’, the official anthem for Walsall Football Club’s trip to the stadium. The band are joined by local indie four-piece Fleece. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘In Your Ear’ below:


Ekkah + Chartreuse @ The Sunflower Lounge

Hotly-tipped Birmingham duo EKKAH have announced they will return to The Sunflower Lounge this spring, following a triumphant headline show back in January. The pair recently released their much-anticipated debut EP Last Chance To Dance in November via new label Year One Recordings (UK) and Honeymoon (US). The band will be joined by local favourites Chartreuse. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Last Chance to Dance’:


Balthazar + CHAMPS @ The Sunflower Lounge

The Belgian indie-rock quintet return with their much-anticipated third album Thin Walls, released 30th March via Play It Again Sam, the follow up 2012′s acclaimed effort Rats. Having been holed up in the studio, the band emerge bearing new tracks, whetting appetites and their first live shows of 2015, including a show at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge. Balthazar are joined by folk-pop duo CHAMPS. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Bunker’ below:

Bipolar Sunshine returns to The Institute Birmingham

March 26, 2015 in News


Following a stunning set at The Institute last year, Bipolar Sunshine returns to the Birmingham venue for a much-anticipated show  on Wednesday 8th April 2015, with support from Prose & Shatter Effect. Tickets available here.

Bipolar Sunshine is the solo project of Manchester based Adio Marchant, previously of Kid British fame, who with every release continues to impress and carve out his own singular path.

In keeping with his fresh, idiosyncratic sound and conversational vocals, latest single ‘Daydreamer’, released 1st January 2015, has been described as “a warm breeze of a song… that channels 1970′s Elton to dreamy effect” by  The Times.

Marchant has worked with Kid Harpoon (Florence And The Machine, Jessie Ware), Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen) and producer 21-year-old Jazz Purple on his debut record which is scheduled to be released this year.

Bipolar Sunshine Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Deckchairs on the Moon’ below:


Bipolar Sunshine to play The Institute Birmingham

March 24, 2014 in News

Bipolar Sunshine is the solo project of Manchester based Adio Marchant, previously of Kid British fame, who created a word of mouth buzz with his tracks ‘Fire’ and ‘Rivers’ when they appeared online this spring. With radio support including the likes of Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Rob da Bank and XFM, plus accolades from Fader, This Is Fake DIY, Pigeons and Planes and Disco Naivete to name a few, Bipolar Sunshine created quite an impact with his honest and heartfelt poetic lyrics, upbeat and catchy hooks and one of a kind sound.

Drowning Butterflies is a 4-track EP featuring lead song ‘Love More Worry Less’, which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show as his ‘Hottest Record in the World’. This is a collection of songs that uniquely merge indie, R&B and dance, each track tells a profound story backed to signature cheery beats that connect with the listener, opening them up further into the autobiographical world of Bipolar Sunshine. Marchant also took part in the Bacardi Beginnings campaign with Rudimental in July, where they wrote, recorded and performed the track ‘Distance’ together in just a day.

After appearances at festivals including Reading & Leeds, The Great Escape and Lovebox, a hugely successful headline tour in November and support slots with Bastille, Haim, Rudimental and The Courteeners, Bipolar Sunshine has announced a second headline tour for the start of 2014.

Bipolar Sunshine Links: Website | Facebook | Soundcloud


Watch the new video for ‘Where Did The Love Go?’ below:

INTERVIEW: Bipolar Sunshine

November 12, 2013 in Interviews

Formerly the lead singer of indie ska six-piece Kid British, Bipolar Sunshine is the new solo project of Manchester-based, Adio Marchant. Penning beautifully honest and heartfelt lyrics to truly uplifting beats Bipolar Sunshine has won widespread critical acclaim with his tracks notching up over 200,000 listens on SoundCloud.

We chat to him ahead of his performance at the Hare & Hounds on 12th November to find out what to expect.


You’re from Manchester – does that influence your songwriting?

Yeah most definately… the people, the weather – all of it helps.


What encouraged you to start writing and making music? Are you from a particularly musical family or were you exposed to that environment in your formative years?

I have always enjoyed making music, my mum always played music and sang around the house. When I was like 8 or 9 I thought I could write songs, I used to write all the time. I would love to see what I wrote about back then…


Who are your musical inspirations?

My early influences for this project were Prince, Kanye West and Morrissey.


You took part in the Bacardi Beginnings campaign in July within which you wrote songs with Rudimental. How was that experience?

It was a great experience, those guys were so easy to work with so the whole process was pretty easy…


Are there any other musicians you’d like to collaborate with?

Wow loads to be honest: Alex Turner, Chris Martin and Kanye because he is a beast.


Your new EP, Drowning Butterflies, was out on 11th November. What’s the meaning behind the name and how long have the included songs been in existence?

I wrote it on a come down – the songs have been around for a year or so.


Tell me about the recording process.

Sometimes I already have an idea of what I wanna write about but most of the time I allow the producer to play about with a few chords I like then I start writing… I usually work with Jazz Purple as he knows my sound inside out…


Talk me through a couple of the tracks.

‘Fire’ is my favourite song I have made until now because I just freestyle the verses and we put it together so quickly. It conjures emotion from me that I have never put on a record before…


Is there any particular ethos behind your music and who do you think it appeals to?

It appeals to people who feel disconnected from the old world and wanna embrace the new… What I mean is people who still believe in genres to defy an artist earthing is so accessible so the music has to be as well. My audience are likely to listen to Frank Ocean and Arctic Monkeys in the same hour and think it’s the norm… so yeah open minded people are my audience.


You play the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham on November 12. You’ve never played here before –  what are you expecting?

Erm I’m trying not to think about it, so I can take it for what it is when I get to the venue.


What can people expect from your performance?

I give everything, I want people to feel at ease and really listen to the music so they feel part of it… I love the feeling when everyone is on the same page.


Bipolar Sunshine plays the Hare & Hounds with Ulla Nova and Kastella on Tues 12th November. You can buy tickets, priced at £6 advance, here.

Weekly Gig Roundup 11th – 17th November

November 11, 2013 in Listing

This week is fit to bursting with a selection of live music events to take your fancy…



On Monday, Scottish indie rock five-piece Frightened Rabbit return to Birmingham to celebrate the release of their fourth record, Pedestrian Verse. Having shot to number nine in the charts when it was released earlier this year, this is their most successful album to date – catch the celebrations at The Institute where support will come courtesy of Lanterns on the Lake and Paul Thomas Saunders. Tickets, priced at £13 advance, are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Candlelit’ by Frightened Rabbit below:



Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine, the solo project of Adio Marchant is live at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on Tuesday. Creating brutally honest and heartfelt lyrics, delivered in an upbeat refrain, Biploar Sunshine has won real critical support over the past year. He plays with Ulla Nova and Kastella for the price of £6 advance and tickets can be found along with further information on the event page.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event! 

Listen to ‘Love More Worry Less’ by Bipolar Sunshine below:



On Wednesday, the wonderful Pogues-esque five-piece Skinny Lister are live at the Hare & Hounds. Having wowed the festival circuit this summer, they call into Birmingham as part of their full UK tour – expect a performance and a half at this one! Support is provided by Dirty Old Folkers & Mile Wide Stride, and tickets are priced at £7 advance – get hold of them here.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Read our interview with Skinny Lister here.

Listen to ‘Rollin Over’ by Skinny Lister below:



On Thursday there are two shows to choose from:

The legendary Har Mar Superstar plays the Hare & Hounds in support of his new record with support from funk four-piece, Racing. Expect a selection of the finest dance moves and musical talent to boot at this one which is priced at £12 advance – get your tickets here.

Listen to ‘Lady, You Shot Me’ by Har Mar Superstar below:


Alternatively, Portland electronic four-piece STRFKR travel the country, playing their Birmingham date at The Sunflower Lounge. Promoting the release of their fourth full-length studio album, Miracle Mile, don’t miss your chance to see them while they’re here! All further information can be found along with tickets on the event page.

Listen to ‘While I’m Alive’ by STRFKR below:



Friday is another double attack as local lo-fi three-piece Mirrorhall are live at The Victoria. Playing an eclectic sounding art rock laced through with atmospheric storytelling, this one will be a beautifully intimate affair. Tickets for this show are priced at £5 and will be available on the door – find out more here. Don’t forget top RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘Cadmium’ by Mirrorhall below:


Over at The Institute, Cheltenham six-piece, Young Kato play a headline show with support from Propellers and Club Phobia. Hugely inspired by the success of the Birmingham music scene in recent times, Young Kato play a blend of indie pop with irresistible hooks and catchy lyrics – make sure you catch them at this show! Find out more and purchase tickets, priced at £8 advance, over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Drink, Dance, Play’ by Young Kato below:



On Saturday, brand new Birmingham four-piece Cascades are live at The Sunflower Lounge. Describing themselves as “the biggest thing to hit Birmingham since the Second World War”, imagine if The Libertines and The Wombats joined Rudimental and you’re getting close. In support of the release of their very first single, this is their first Birmingham Promoters show – get your tickets for the event for £5 on the door. Find out more, including information on support acts Symphony State and The Mumblecores, over on the event page.

And don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!



Bring your week to a chilled out close at our regular Sunday Social event at The Yardbird. This week we bring you sounds from family folk rock trio, High Horses; the Jeff Buckley-influenced, Nothing But Thieves; modern acoustic duo, Tom & Josh; and folk singer songwriter, Bethan Marshall. Enjoy this in the beautiful surrounds of The Yardbird jazz club for the price of free – find out all you need to know, here.