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This Week: Gig Roundup 11th May – 17th May

May 11, 2015 in News

Another busy week gets underway with a visit from American indie quartet Sun Club on Tuesday who bring their infectious sunshine-pop to The Sunflower Lounge. Bringing it to a close on Sunday we are delighted to bring you a special free entry show from local indie favourites JAWS. In between we have shows from Paper Aeroplanes, David Ford, Clare Maguire, Lazy Habits, Bear, The Bots, God Damn, Son of Dave, and loads more. Phew, what a week! More details about all our shows can be found below:


Sun Club + KIN @ The Sunflower Lounge 

The US indie quintet are influenced by Animal Collective and The Beach Boys and create dirty sunshine pop to get your body grooving. After working with producer Steve Wright, their debut EP was released on Goodnight Records on January 21st 2014. Support comes from KIN. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Beauty Meat’ below:


Paper Aeroplanes + Lewis & Leigh @ The Rainbow

The Welsh duo return with their intoxicating brand of alt folk on new album Joy following 2013′s critically acclaimed release Little Letters. ‘Guessing Game’, the first single, added more rhythmic and electronic elements to the band’s trademark acoustic sound, bringing to mind the likes of Lykke LiFlorence and Feist. The new album, released March 2015, continues this theme, a varied and thrilling collection of songs to augment their already stunning live set. Support comes from Lewis & Leigh. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Guessing Game’ below:


David Ford @ The Rainbow

Throughout his decade long career, David Ford has been lauded by press and public alike for creating music that combines Americana, English melodicism & rock ‘n’ roll. With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello and Ray LaMontagne. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:


Clare Maguire + Jax Jones (Rhythm & Blues Set) @ The Glee Club * SOLD OUT*

The Birmingham-born songstress blessed with an almighty powerful voice brings her three week residency at The Glee Club to a close with another sold out show. Back with a thundering 60′s influenced soul-pop sound, Clare releases her eagerly-awaited new album later this year following the success of her new EP released April 13th via Virgin/EMI. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Don’t Mess Me Around’ below:

Lazy Habits + Fjokra @ The Rainbow

With the hype of upcoming sophomore album The Atrocity Exhibition fully lighting the way, brass infused hip-hop trailblazers Lazy Habits are set to ignite the UK music scene. The Kicking the Clouds tour will be the first live opportunity to hear the seven-piece’s explosive new material, which has been garnering celebrity and industry support in the lead up to it’s anticipated release later this year. Support comes from Dublin-based Fjokra. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Fades’ below:


*FREE ENTRY* Acoustic Sessions: Bear + Ed Geater + Stylusboy + James Attwood @ The Glee Club

An exciting blend of acoustic, hip hop, and soul, Bear are Wolverhampton vocalist Faye Smith, accompanied by French multi-instrumentalist Gordon Begard. Begard provides a perfectly gauged backdrop of guitar and beats for Smith’s unique voice, which belongs amongst the likes of Selah Sue, Adele, Janis Joplin, Florence Welch, and at times Lauren Hill. Meeting in Toulouse, France, Bear have travelled and played together for little over a year, they now call Birmingham their home and seek to see how the city and beyond, through the people they meet, can influence their sound. Support comes from Ed Geater, Stylusboy and James Attwood. More info can be found here.

Listen to ‘For Me’ below:

Son Of Dave @ The Rainbow

Churning out the hits of yesteryear and today, legendary bluesman Son of Dave will be heading to Birmingham with his unmistakable music, made with harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation. Last November saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45′s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ –Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers. His live show has already toured five continents and earned him a cult status amongst a diverse audience. With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, this is not to be missed. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Tequila’ below:

The Bots @ The Rainbow Cellar

The US garage-rock duo, who have received praise from Zane Lowe & Rolling Stone, released their debut album Pink Palms in October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim. They duo have already kicked off 2015 in winning fashion with themmbeing named “L.A.’s most celebrated rock duo” by LA Weekly and featured in Interview Magazine’s “15 Faces of 2015”. They made their national TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, in February 2015, performing their single ‘Blinded’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Blinded’ below:

God Damn + Elephantine + Bad Girlfriend + False Grails @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

Dropped like a pipe-bomb into the British rock scene, Wolverhampton noise makers God Damn released their debut album Vultures on 11th May to widespread praise. A dizzying blend of barbed wire guitars, lung-shredding vocals and drums that run away like wild horses. It’s all the more effective when you learn God Damn are a stripped-down two-piece. Their set-up has naturally drawn comparisons to fellow rising bands such as Slaves and Royal Blood (we’re inclined to name-check Winnnebago Deal and Wet Nuns at this juncture too) but really that is where comparisons to duos end. God Damn always call themselves “a band.” Support comes from local noise rockers Elephantine, heavy garage rockers Bad Girlfriend and False Grails. More info can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘When The Wind Blows’ below:



Following the release of their debut album Be Slowly, and their sold out show at The Institute, JAWS announce a FREE ENTRY show this Sunday at a secret location. More details about the event will be released later on this week, so stay tuned for more info. Click here for more details on how to enter.

Watch the video for ‘Be Slowly’ below:

David Ford to play The Rainbow Bham

February 12, 2015 in News

With four critically-acclaimed studio albums and a live show defined by The Guardian as ‘unmissable’, David Ford is essential listening for anyone who gives a damn about music.

Ford’s songs combine Americana, English melodicism and a touch of rock ‘n’ roll, tied together with finely-crafted lyrics. His emotive stories of social commentary, politics and love in a world going to hell are powerful, engaging and hark back to an era of classic songwriting. Think Tom Waits, Neil Young and Randy Newman.

Hailing from the South Coast of England, Ford has been lauded by press and public alike throughout his decade-long solo career. His debut album, I Sincerely Apologise For All The Trouble I’ve Caused, was included in both The Times and Word Magazine‘s top ten albums of the year and his latest record, Charge, was described by press as his ‘best album to date’.

A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal, Ford’s mesmerising live performances regularly sell-out venues on both sides of the Atlantic. As well as playing headline shows to his devoted and loyal fan base, he has toured with and supported artists such as Elvis Costello, Ray LaMontagne, Aimee Mann, Richard Ashcroft, Suzanne Vega, Ingrid Michaelson, Newton Faulkner and Simone Felice.

David Ford Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Watch the video for ‘Pour A Little Poison’ below:

Birmingham Promoters team up with Songkick Detour

July 3, 2013 in News

Songkick partners with Birmingham Promoters to expand new fan-booking platform DETOUR across the UK!
Calling all music fans – Which concerts do you want to bring to your city?

Songkick – the live music and technology company renowned for it’s concert and event alert service announced today that it will expand it’s new fan-funded platform Detour across the UK.

Detour lets fans pledge on the artists they love as a way of expressing their commitment to attend live events. Subsequently, Songkick and local promoters work together to try and make the shows happen.

“At the heart of Detour is a belief that true fans can help their favourite artists come to their city sooner by helping to reduce the risk associated with touring and putting on shows” says Songkick CEO and co-founder Ian Hogarth. “Rather than leaving a comment on Facebook or Twitter, Detour lets fans step up and say – If you come to my city, I’m in.”

Since the launch of Detour in London fans have pledged for over 1000 artists to help acts from all genres of music and comedy come to London. Confirmed gigs include performances for acts as diverse as Zoe Keating, GOAT, Aziz Ansari, Television, Colin Stetson and Desaparecidos.

Songkick and their various promoter partners are now launching the service nationwide to discover what people want to see. “We’re thrilled to be working with some of the best independent promoters in the UK to launch Detour across 10 new cities” says Hogarth. “Promoters are the lifeblood of live entertainment in this country and we look forward to helping them bring more amazing concerts and events to music and comedy fans.”

Detour is now live in the following cities: Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield.

Go register and pledge today at Songkick Detour.


Birmingham Promoters are an independent live music promoters based in Birmingham, UK. With Songkick Detour we hope to bring the following acts to Birmingham: Mikky Ekko, Ane Brun, Har Mar Superstar, Active Child, Tall Ships, Man Like Me, Bob Log III, David Ford, The Staves, Matt Corby & Fossil Collective.

Head over to the Birmingham Promoters Songkick Detour page now to pledge for these acts!


Songkick, the second-largest live music destination after Ticketmaster, helps bring fans and artists closer together. Recognized by Music Week as the Best Consumer Digital Service in 2011, Songkick makes it easy for fans to track their favorite artists so they never miss them live. In 2012 Songkick created Detour, a way for fans to book concerts. Fans pledge to buy a ticket and by reducing the financial risk of touring, bring an artist to their city sooner.

David Ford to play Hare & Hounds

November 21, 2012 in News

Seven years into his career, David Ford will release his fourth solo album ‘Charge’ in March 2013, recorded by NY-based studio wizard James Brown (often found making Grammy winning albums with the likes of Foo Fighters). In the time honoured tradition of the troubadour, he will tour the backside off of it throughout the UK, taking in Birmingham’s own Hare & Hounds on 4th April 2013.

Charge’ reflects the familiar musical and lyrical themes of Ford’s work: a healthy shot of Americana, a sprinkle of English melodicism and a touch of rock n roll, all tied together with finely crafted lyrics that observe Ford’s estrangement from the world of modern rock and his commitment to keeping it just that way.

Ford’s passionate live performances and his exquisite songwriting craft have won him a devoted and loyal fan base across the USA, Canada, the UK and more recently in France, where his song ‘I’m Alright Now’ has recently been covered and taken to Number One by French music legend Johnny Hallyday.

The epitome of the ‘cult’ artist, David Ford is loved by everyone who has ever heard him and yet remains a complete unknown to the majority of people.

The troubadour tradition lives on. And you can see it in action at these forthcoming gigs…

David Ford plays Hare & Hounds Birmingham on Thurs 4th April 2013. Tickets available here.

Check out the video for ‘Go to Hell’: