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The Joy Formidable announce intimate Birmingham show

January 7, 2016 in News

The Joy Formidable will return to the UK for a run of intimate performances in February 2016.

Says lead singer, guitarist Ritzy Bryan, “We’re really looking forward to playing these intimate UK dates in February. That same week, we’ll be releasing the first single off the new record & then enjoying the live shows to preview some other new material. Later in May, there will be a much longer run of the UK and Europe, once the album has been released.”

Last year saw the band embark on a U.S. tour, appear at Riotfest, and cover the Twin Peaks theme music.

The Welsh trio will release a new album in late Spring of 2016.

The Joy Formidable Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

THE JOY FORMIDABLE WILL PLAY THE RAINBOW BIRMINGHAM ON WED 24TH FEBRUARY 2016. TICKETS ON SALE 10AM ON FRI 8TH JANUARY HERE.

Watch ‘Silent Treatment’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 15th – 21st December

December 15, 2014 in News

Christmas is a time for giving and we’ve certainly not failed in lining up some fantastic musical treats for you this week! We’ve got a sold out farewell gig from Suffolk rockers Canterbury, a headline show from local noisemakers Hyena and a musical showcase from the superbly talented Mahalia! Check out the listings below for all the info:

WEDNESDAY 17th DECEMBER 

Canterbury + The Young @ The Flapper *SOLD OUT*

After 7 successful years, Suffolk rock quartet Canterbury have decided to call it a day, embarking on a farewell UK tour which calls at The Flapper this Wednesday. Fantastic album reviews from the likes of Kerrang (KKKK) and Rocksound (9/10)  helped build the band’s popularity through 2012/13, plus their own sold out UK tours and support slots with You Me At SixThe Blackout and Deaf Havana. This very special night will be a celebration of the band’s achievements to date and should not be missed! Support comes from local four-piece The Young. 

Watch the video for ‘Think It Over’ below:


FRIDAY 19th DECEMBER 

Hyena + The Mighty Young + Electric @ The Sunflower Lounge

Telford based Hyena, formerly known as Weatherbird, released their impressive debut single ‘Mental Home’ under their new guise in November. The single, issued by Red Venom was produced by Royal Blood producer Tom Dalgety who focused on the band’s Nirvana-esque surging dynamic and hoarse power to mesmeric effect. The band, who have recently toured with Aussie thrashpop group DZ Deathrays, have been compared to the likes of Darlia and Drenge and are sure to follow in their footsteps. Support comes from garage rock duo The Mighty Young  and local racketmakers Electric. More info available here.

Listen to ‘Mental Home’ below:

3 Daft Monkeys @ The Oobleck

Following their rip-roaring set at the Hare & Hounds last year, the Cornish gypsy-folk band return to Birmingham to play The Oobleck. 2013 saw the release of their sixth studio album Of Stones and Bones, their most story-led and theatrical to date, sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘World on its Head’ below:


SUNDAY 21st DECEMBER 

Mahalia + Joel Baker + Interior Castle @ The Sunflower Lounge

Mahalia and Birmingham Promoters team up to bring you the first in a very special series of events we’re calling ‘Mahalia Presents’ in which the Leicester songstress invites her dearest and favourite artists to the stage for a most excellent night of music! After two years spent supporting the likes of Ed SheeranEmeli SandeNick MulveyLaura Mvula and Kate Tempest,  Mahalia has grown into an exciting, soulful and vibrant performer. For this night, she brings with her Nottingham born songsmith Joel Baker and Australian/English female duo Interior Castle. Tickets available here.

Watch Mahalia and Ed Sheeran performing ‘Goldrush’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 8th – 14th December

December 8, 2014 in News

We’ve got another week of smashing gigs coming up, including a a visit from former Groove Armada frontwoman Saint Saviour, along with her new musical cohort Bill Ryder-Jones, a performance from hotly-tipped local punk-rock trio Lime and a triumphant return to the stage from legendary 90’s Liverpool quartet Cast. Check out all the info on the upcoming gigs below:

MONDAY 8th DECEMBER 

Saint Saviour & Bill Ryder-Jones @ Hare & Hounds

On Monday we welcome former Groove Armada and The RGBs frontwoman Saint Saviour, aka Becky Jones, to the Hare & Hounds bringing with her her new musical partner Bill Ryder-Jones. Ryder-Jones added Saint Saviour to his ever growing repertoire of bands he has worked with (By The Sea, The Wytches, The Lost Brothers) by helping to produce her new album In the Seams. Bill will be treating us to songs from his 2013 critically acclaimed album A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart, ahead of the release of his new album with Domino Records in 2015. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Here In Me’ below:


TUESDAY 9th DECEMBER 

Byron Hare + Glacier Bay @ The Sunflower Lounge

Redditch six-piece Byron Hare released their debut EP Sleep On The Fire on Friday October 31st and to celebrate they have announced a live date at The Sunflower Lounge, the location of their first ever gig. The band’s soulful electro-tinted pop has already notched up a number of Radio One plays, and the band appeared on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show in November to talk about music in Redditch and their exciting-looking future. Tickets can be found here

Watch the video for ‘Something Surreal’ below:


THURSDAY 11th DECEMBER 

Laetitia Sadier + Alisia Casper @ Hare & Hounds

Thursday sees a visit from former Stereolab frontwoman Laetitia Sadier who will performing songs from her latest album Something Shines. The album was recorded in Switzerland, where Laetitia’s collaborator David collects amazing old keyboards and organs from people who have inherited them but find no space or usage for them. Laetitia will be supported by the haunting and hypnotically talented Alisia Casper. Tickets are available here.

Listen to ‘Then, I Will Love You Again’ below:


SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER 

Lime + The Starries @ The Sunflower Lounge

Up and coming local trio Lime bring their catchy hooks, hard hitting riffs and punk ethos to The Sunflower Lounge this Saturday. After supporting Solemn Sun at the venue earlier this year, the band have gained a reputation for their raucous, energetic live shows and this headline performance should not be missed! Support comes from revered Birmingham band The Starries. Tickets are available on the door on the night.

Listen to new track ‘2 Face’ below:


SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER 

Cast + John McCullagh & The Escorts + Modern Minds @ The Institute 

Formed from the ashes of The La’s & Shack, the legendary Liverpool quartet whose live show has been described by Noel Gallagher as ‘a religious experience’ make a welcome return to the stage, the original line-up reunited with original producer John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Fall) for fifth LP Troubled Times. They head out on the road this winter, calling at Birmingham’s The Institute this Sunday. Support comes from Doncaster’s highly acclaimed teenage troubadour John McCullagh along with his new backing band, plus local openers Modern Minds. Tickets can be found here.

Watch a classic Cast performance below:

VIEWMYGIG LIVE BIRMINGHAM feat. Concept (X Factor 2014) @ The Rainbow

The week comes to a close with a performance from the X Factor favourites Concept, five friends from Basingstoke who are creating a storm with their scintillating vocals, smoothly blended R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul, Rock and Pop. They are five talented, down to earth, humble boys with one dream, one voice and one message… “Hard work pays off. Nothing is impossible.” Support comes from Ben Pryer, Marc Williams, Vision, Nathanael, Leo Goldechild, Josh Taylor, Stateside, Stu Woolfenden and Zoe Unsworth. Tickets are available here.

Watch Concept sing ‘Earthquake’ in their audition for X Factor 2014 below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 1st – 7th December

December 1, 2014 in News

So December is upon us and Christmas comes early with four fantastic gigs this week. Check out all the info below and see if there’s something that takes your fancy…

TUESDAY 4th DECEMBER 

The Wytches + Telegram + Blonde Bunny @ Hare & Hounds *SOLD OUT*

To kick off the week This is Tmrw welcome Brighton ‘surf-doom’ trio The Wytches to the Hare & Hounds. Sounding like a cross between Black Sabbath and The Coral, the much-acclaimed band hit Birmingham to promote their debut album Annabel Dream Reader, released via Heavenly this summer. Support comes from Telegram and Blonde Bunny.

Watch the video for ‘Digsaw’ below:


WEDNESDAY 3rd DECEMBER 

Beans on Toast + Will Varley + My Name is Ian @ Hare & Hounds

Wednesday sees us welcome Beans On Toast to the Hare & Hounds after an incredible year which saw him support Flogging Molly on their US tour and perform to over 100,000 people in just one week whilst opening Frank Turner’s UK stadium tour. Marking the release of his sixth studio album with Xtra Mile Recordings, as is tradition on his 1st December birthday, ‘The Next Album Tour 2014’ will be an unforgettable experience as the singer, storyteller and guitar player’s self-deprecating nature goes a long way to break down the barriers between musician and audience, creating a real sense of equality. Support comes from London folksinger Will Varley and the unique My Name is Ian. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Keep You’ below:


FRIDAY 5th DECEMBER 

Hiss Golden Messenger + Phil Cook @ Hare & Hounds

We are delighted to welcome Hiss Golden Messenger to Birmingham this week following his support slot on Ben Howardrecent UK tour. HGM is currently harvesting rave reviews for his new album Lateness Of Dancers (Merge Records) and was recently featured in a 5 page article in Uncut magazine and had NME declare it an “Americana record of immense spiritual and musical grace”. HGM’s live band includes the amazing multi instrumentalist Phil Cook (MegafaunThe Shouting MatchesGAYNGS) and bassist Cameron Ralston of Matthew E White’s band. A gig not to be missed in Birmingham! Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Mahogany Dread’ below:


SUNDAY 7th DECEMBER 

Big Sixes + Natasha North + Alex Rainsford (BAND) @ The Sunflower Lounge 

The week comes to close with a visit from Buckinghamshire trio Big Sixes. After a year of putting out free downloads, directing their own music videos and playing raucous DIY shows to a strong local following, the band self-released two singles ‘Swallowing Flies’ and ‘The Hunter’, the latter received air play from BBC Radio 1 and lead to the band joining Red Light Management and the Easy Life imprint at Sony Music. Support comes from hotly-tipped London-based songstress Natasha North and Worcestershire’s Alex Rainsford. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Heaven Sent’ below:

 

 

This Week: Gig Roundup 17th – 23rd November

November 17, 2014 in News

We’ve got something for everyone this upcoming week, from infectious electro-pop courtesy of critically acclaimed Little Dragon, to the celebrated rootsy Americana of Trampled By Turtles and everything in between! Plus, we also have a SOLD OUT show from The Computers and a rare live outing from reunited rudeboys The Ordinary Boys! Check out all the gigs coming up next week below:

MONDAY 17th NOVEMBER 

Johnny Lloyd + Eskers @ Hare & Hounds

The former Tribes frontman has received wide critic and public praise for his recent solo output, releasing a series of self-recorded EP’s along with the help of friend and collaborator Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison. Lloyd’s solo songwriting skills debuted earlier this year with the Pilgrims EP receiving the seal of approval from The Horrors. Key sites were just as excited with Pigeons & Planes asking ‘is this a lost demo tape from 30 years ago? It’s so hushed and lo-fi and shot through with a magical, intimate melancholy’ whilst Line of Best Fit claimed Lloyd ‘croons with a crackly, nostalgic sadness’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Happy Humans’ below:

Bahamas + special guests @ The Sunflower Lounge

Toronto-based artist Bahamas embarks on a UK tour this November to celebrate the release of his new album Bahamas Is Afie (Brushfire/Island Records). After touring internationally with Feist for three years and returning home with a large backlog of new compositions, Afie recorded Bahamas’ 2009 debut Pink Strat. The record was nominated for Canada’s Juno Award and the Polaris Music Prize. Bahamas hit the road for two years after the release, touring with artists such as Wilco and Robert Plant and now he brings his award-winning material to the intimate Sunflower Lounge. Support comes from rising Birmingham indie-rockers Eskers. Get your tickets here

Watch the video for ‘Stronger Than That’ below:


TUESDAY 18th NOVEMBER 

Little Dragon + NAO @ The Institute 

Since the release of Little Dragon’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, Nabuma Rubberband, the band have received huge praise. The band kicked off 2014 in spectacular style with the release of ‘Klapp Klapp’ the first single from the new record which not only received incredible radio support both in the UK & internationally, but saw the band make their biggest US primetime TV appearance to date performing the track on the David Letterman Show. Following huge shows at Coachella and SXSW Little Dragon play The Institute, with support from NAO. Tickets available here

Watch the video for ‘Paris’ below:


WEDNESDAY 19th NOVEMBER 

King Tuff + Table Scraps @ Alfie Birds

“Black Moon Spell is scuzzy, wired and bulging with Marc Bolan vocals, riffs Jimmy Page forgot to stick on any Zeppelin album and a bunch of outrageously catchy choruses. Big fun.” – NME

King Tuff returns with his new album, Black Moon Spell through Sub Pop Records celebrates by playing Alfie Birds as part of his UK tour. The album produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, follows 2008’s debut Was Dead and 2012’s King Tuff. Support come from local racket-makers Table Scraps. Tickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Black Moon Spell’ below:

Trampled By Turtles + The Dirty Beggars @ The Institute 

The Minnesota quintet’s hybrid folk sound continues its evolution with the release of their seventh studio album Wild Animals. Formed in 2003 in Duluth, Minnesota the band have consistently reached new heights with each release. 2012’s Stars And Satellites saw the band play to more fans than ever, sell close to 100,000 albums, make their first national television appearance on The Late Show With David LettermanWild Animals is the sound of a band at the peak of their potential, strengthened from a decade together, winning some and losing some, but growing none-the-less. Support comes from Scottish bluegrass/Celtic fusion The Dirty Beggars. Tickets can be bought here

Watch The Dirty Beggars perform ‘Hey Hey’ below:


THURSDAY 20th NOVEMBER 

The Computers + Magpies & Vagabonds @ The Sunflower Lounge 

Following a string of previous riotous headline shows, The Computers have confirmed they will return to Birmingham on Thursday 20th November 2014 for a much-anticipated SOLD OUT show at The Sunflower Lounge. The Exeter quintet released their critically acclaimed second album Love Triangles, Hate Squares, last year via One Little Indian – a record that marked a new direction for the five-piece, combining the band’s love of rock n roll and soul with the energy of punk rock.Support comes from boisterous Birmingham four-piece Magpies & Vagabonds. Tickets are available here

Watch the video for ‘Disco Sucks’ below:


FRIDAY 21st NOVEMBER

The Rural Alberta Advantage + PS I Love You + My Grey Horse @ Hare & Hounds

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008’s Hometowns and 2011’s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPINThe New York Times,Rolling StonePitchfork, etc), two Juno Award Nominations, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape. Support comes from PS I Love You and My Grey Horse. Tickets can be found here.

Watch the video for ‘Tornado 87’ below:


SATURDAY 22nd NOVEMBER

Jim Noir + Glitches @ The Sunflower Lounge

Jim’s latest album Finnish Line boasts all the indisputable upbeat pop charisma of Jim Noir, with ignited clarity and even more killer hooks ensuring the album lodges itself in the brain. Sounding altogether fuller, finer, and downright dandy, Finnish Line was self ­produced and marks a cut above all Noir’s previous records to date. Support comes from Radio 1 and XFM favourites Glitches. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘The Broadway Jets’ below:


SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER

Beardyman + special guests @ The Institute 

The lovable beatboxing champion and festival favourite Beardyman returns with a new direction, reinventing himself producing an album a world away from the Beardyman we once knew. New album Distractions is a multi-faceted collection that takes in blissed-out declarations of love, glitchy electronica and thwacking great big pop songs. Three years in the making, Distractions was initially designed to showcase what ‘the Beardytron’ is capable of. In doing so, it also showed what Beardyman is capable of. Get your tickets here.

Watch Beardyman perform on Radio 1’s Comedy Lounge below:

The Ordinary Boys + Whales In Cubicles + Stubblemelt @ Hare & Hounds

Following a seven year hiatus, The Ordinary Boys are set to return with a brand new album. Their story began in Brighton in 2001 with their critically acclaimed debut Over The Counter Culture winning them support tours and endorsements from Morrissey, Paul Weller and The Who.After earning a reputation as a consistently electrifying live band, they recorded second album Brassbound and followed this with third album How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps. 2014 sees the band returning to their roots. The Ordinary Army are recruiting again.Support comes from highly tipped grungers Whales In Cubicles and Birmingham art-rockers Stubblemelt. Tickets are available here

Watch the band perform ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ at Top of the Pops below: