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Weekly Gig Roundup 2nd – 8th December

December 2, 2013 in News

As Christmas draws ever closer, team your shopping trips to the city with an evening at which you won’t feel like bashing people over the head with your purchases at! We’ve the usual selection of cross-genre talents at venues across the city and beyond, so take a cursory scroll down this roundup to introduce yourselves to the acts.



On Tuesday, Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble brings his solo setup to The Institute in Digbeth. Playing a selection of his own folk material from his four album back catalogue, as well as Idlewild favourites, he calls into Birmingham as part of his full UK tour this winter. With support to be announced, tickets for what promises to be a really beautiful event are priced at £15 advance and can be purchased over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Listen to Keep’ below:



Thursday welcomes Bristol art-rockers, The Blue Aeroplanes to the stage at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Releasing their debut Bop Art album in 1984, the outfit went on to release a staggering ten full length records from which they construct a lengthy and varied set for us tonight. Having collaborated with the likes of Michael Stipe and Andy Sheppard and with past members having gone on to form bands including Massive Attack, Suede and Primal Scream, the lineup at this show features Gerard and John Langley, Mike Youe, Bec Jevons, Gerard Starkie, Chris Sharp and Wojtek Dmochowski on dancing. Pick up your tickets for this one, priced at £10 advance, here.

Watch The Blue Aeroplanes’ video for ‘Jacket Hangs’ below:



On Friday, Birmingham singer songwriter Guy Jones joins us to play a set of his original guitar-based music which combines intricate playing with soulful vocals. Opening up the bill are Shanade and Kerry Smyth featuring Greg Pullin, who team together to bring us an evening of local and beautiful folk. Tickets for this event, which takes place at The Victoria on John Bright Street, are priced at £5 and are available to purchase on the door. Find out all further information, including links to all the artists’ music, via the event page.

Listen to ‘Curtain Call’ by Guy Jones below:



Saturday sees a very special showcase of the best in emerging West Midlands talent when Bedworth boys The Grafham Water Sailing Club play a headline show at The Sunflower Lounge. Combining layers of guitars and electronics with a brooding vocal and driving drums, it’s a unique setup not to be missed. Support comes courtesy of female-fronted grunge five-piece Victor, thundering four-piece Prayers, and newcomers to the scene, Noir all of which you can hear over on the event page. Tickets for the show are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘Ankara’ by The Grafham Water Sailing Club below:



Round off your week at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this time around features performances from 21 year old acoustic singer songwriter, Tammy King, country pop folk outfit, Bethan & The Morgans and Wolverhampton indie rockers, Velvet Riot. Entry to this event is free, find out all you know here.

Weekly Gig Roundup 25th November – 1st December

November 25, 2013 in News


Start off your week at the Hare & Hounds on Monday when The Monster NME Radar Tour calls into town. Showcasing the best in up and coming national talent including New York punk quintet, Cerebral Ballzy; Glasgow’s rock and soul, The Amazing Snakeheads; South London 60s psych six-piece, Fat White Family; and the Black Country’s own, Victor, this promises to be a completely frenetic evening. Tickets are priced at £8 advance and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Don’t Tell Me What To Do’ by Cerebral Ballzy below:



Jump forward to Thursday and classic folk trio, 3 Daft Monkeys, who weave world music into the sounds they create, play the Hare & Hounds for the price of £10 advance. With support from Johnny Kowalski & the Sexy Weirdos  you can find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Paranoid Big Brother’ by 3 Daft Monkeys below:



On Friday, we welcome local guitar pop quintet, Drakelow, to the stage at The Victoria on John Bright Street. Celebrating the release of their new single, Amber, expect melodies and hooks which will stay with you for days. Support comes courtesy of Only Shadows and Mutes – find out further information on all the acts and pick up your tickets for £5 advance from the event page.

Listen to ‘Be Still’ by Only Shadows below:



On Saturday, we present local outfit Cold Ocean Lies’ first ever show at The Sunflower Lounge. Drawing inspiration from the wealth of talent that the city has spawned over the past year, the band promise en exciting selection of songs including the demos they have just finished recording. Support comes from energetic midlands five-piece, Mr George’s Famous Last Words. Tickets for the event are priced at £6 on the door – find out more, here.

Listen to ‘The Game’ by Cold Ocean Lies below:


Alternatively, exciting live act Crystal Fighters play live at The Institute in Digbeth for the price of £10 advance. They’re joined by Roosevelt and The Grafham Water Sailing Club – find out more here and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘LA Calling’ by Crystal Fighters below:



Round off your week at the Sunday Social which this week features performances from blues pop fusion artist, Nina Baker; soulful songwriter, Guy Jones; Birmingham singer songwriter, Demi Marriner and young piano-based artist, Emily Ewing. This event at The Yardbird is, as ever, completely free – warm your cockles and join us for what promises to be a beautifully intimate affair. Find out more about all of the artists, here.