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This Week: Gig Roundup 26th Sept – 1st Oct

September 27, 2016 in News

Tuesday we welcome Welsh singer-songwriter Hannah Grace to Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge following support slots with Gabrielle Aplin & Hozier. Wednesday sees ex-Race Horses frontman Meilyr Jones bring his jubilant pop melody and rock & roll to brand new venue Mama Roux’s in Digbeth. On Friday Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers teams up with Ren Harvieu for a rare performance at the O2 Institute3, and at The Sunflower Lounge are dreamy atmospheric Broncho, born out of film project on early 80s punk. Spotlight On returns to O2 Institute The Blue Room showcasing the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands, with self-taught guitarist Jamie Croft taking the headline slot. Saturday sees politically charged alternative foursome ESTRONS and garage rock outfit The Bay Rays come together for a joint headline show at The Sunflower Lounge, and Oscar play The Rainbow Cellar following his recent stint supporting Teleman. Check out the full listings below:


Hannah Grace + Ben Roberts @ The Sunflower Lounge

One of the brightest rising stars to come out of Wales in recent years, Hannah Grace will be heading out on the road with her live band taking in 6 cities in the UK. Hannah commented: “I am so excited to go on my first ever solo tour! I have enjoyed the chance to tour around the UK and Ireland opening for Hozier and Gabrielle Aplin but it will be so special to play my own headline shows and I can’t wait for people to hear my new material live.” Support comes from Leeds singer-songwriter Ben Roberts.

Listen to ‘Keep Your Love’ below:


Meilyr Jones + Faux Palms @ Mama Roux’s

One of this year’s brightest prospects, the incomparable Meilyr Jones, released his much-anticipated solo debut album 2013 on 18th March 2016 via Moshi Moshi, featuring 13 songs in which joy and rapture are tempered by wit and humour, by jubilant pop melody and rock and roll muscularity. Previously, Jones had a stint playing bass on tour for Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip’s Neon Neon, as well as working with Stealing Sheep and Euros Childs. Support from Faux Palms with their freewheeling beat country and cosmic roots music.

Watch the video for ‘Strange Emotional’ below:


Ren Harvieu & Romeo (The Magic Numbers) + Miranda Lee Richards @ O2 Institute3

Romeo Stodart of London’s much loved brother/sister harmony rock n roll combo The Magic Numbers teams up with Salford singing sensation Ren Harvieu for a rare performance comprising material from their respective back catalogues. The pair will be debuting absolute gems from their recent songwriting partnership and a few interesting reinterpretations of some choice classics. Support comes from Miranda Lee Richards, a gifted Los Angeles-based singer songwriter.

Watch Ren & Romeo perform ‘Play The Fool’ below:

Broncho + Hankks + Ivory Wave @ The Sunflower Lounge

BRONCHO, born out of a film project, its initial incarnation sparked when founder Ryan Lindsey was asked to create music, “to set to an early 80s punk film.” What’s evolved from those first tracks there has been a steady run of success, critical accolades and two full- length albums; 2011’s Can’t Get Past the Lips, and 2014’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. And beneath it all – the music has been constantly mutating and ceaselessly experimental. Support from Birmingham alt indie rock band Hankks and West Midlands Stone Roses-influenced Ivory Wave.

Watch the video for ‘Fantasy Boys’ below:

Spotlight On: Jamie Croft + Grafton Ash + Gabriella Jones + Zee Khattak @ O2 Institute Blue Room

Birmingham Promoters present a new weekly night at a brand new venue within the O2 InstituteThe Blue Room. Every week Birmingham Promoters will showcase the best & most exciting local acts from across the West Midlands. Jamie Croft is self-taught guitarist, and has been writing his own material since the age of 15. Producing lyrics and melodies that result in beautifully crafted songs, he is able to give you live performances that you won’t forget. Support from Birmingham acoustic duo Grafton Ash, blues & rock singer Gabriella Jones, and folk-blues singer-songwriter Zee Khattak.

Listen to ‘Falling Down’ below:


Estrons & The Bay Rays + Ideal Club @ The Sunflower Lounge

Politically charged welsh alternative foursome ESTRONS and garage rock outfit The Bay Rays come together for a joint headline show in Birmingham. ESTRONS kick 2016 into gear by being chosen by Radio 1’s Annie Mac as one of her New Names for 2016. The band bring together punchy melodies, powerful vocals and loud guitars to create an in-your-face indie rock sound, underpinned by garage rock sensibilities. The Bay Rays caught the attention of tastemakers online and received support from the likes of Annie MacSteve Lamacq and Huw Stephens with their hugely successful debut single ‘Four Walls’, and the punk trio’s next release is another blistering burst of rock n’ roll sure to win them many plaudits. Support comes from Birmingham punk rock band Ideal Club.

Listen to ‘Drop’ by ESTRONS below:

Listen to ‘New Home’ by The Bay Rays below:

Oscar + Girli @ The Rainbow Cellar

Following his recent stint supporting Teleman, Oscar will embark on a UK headline tour this autumn. After a string of rambunctious, critically acclaimed singles, Oscar announced his hotly anticipated debut LP, Cut and Paste released on Wichita Recordings, a more than worthy addition to the lineage of eccentric, classic British pop. He recently shared his new single – the album opener and live favourite, ‘Sometimes’, a track which cracks and fizzes with livewire indie-pop energy; all crunching guitars and infectious synth lines, making for an undeniable gem of an earworm. Support from pop-rap artist Girli, with her songs lamenting about selfies, fake eyelashes, nights out with a dose of teenage angst and reckless antics.

Watch the video for ‘Sometimes’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 23rd – 29th March

March 23, 2015 in News

We’ve got a ridiculously busy week this week with 7 fantastic shows lined up over 5 days! We’ve got something for everyone, kicking off with a visit from Irish indie rockers Raglans, shows from The Devil Makes Three, The Coronas, Lotte Mullan, Marika Hackman, Erros and finishing with a much-anticipated return from Manchester songstress Ren Harvieu. Phew! Check out the full listings for this week below:


Raglans + Luke Wylde & the Japes @ The Rainbow

Indomitable Irish indie-folk four-piece Raglans have undergone a meteoric rise in popularity since the release of their debut album ‘RAGLANS’ with sell out shows across the continent and touring as support for Haim, The Strypes and The Fray. The Dublin band return to the road for their second UK headline tour in March 2015, dates which coincide with the UK release off their new single ‘Natives’. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Digging Holes’ below:


She Makes War + Louis Barabbas + Forgery Lit @ Ort Cafe

Bristol-based gloom-pop artist She Makes War has been championed by the likes of BBC6′s Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Tom Robinson, follows on a high profile support slot with folk rockers The Levellers with her first UK headline tour. Her inimitable brand of melancholy, grungey rock with a modern twist has been likened to Blood Red Shoes, Throwing Muses and Bon Iver. Fellow Bristol rockers and collaborators Forgery Lit join her as the support act for many of these dates. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Puncture’ below:

The Devil Makes Three + Rhino & the Ranters @ The Rainbow

Laced elements of ragtime, country, folk & rockabilly, this trio recorded their latest album with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) and supported Willie Nelson & Trampled By Turtles. The band’s travels and travails serve as inspiration for their fourth album and their New West Records debut, I’m a Stranger Here, produced by Buddy Miller and recorded at Dan Auerbach’s (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound Studio in Nashville. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Stranger’ below:


The Coronas + Jimmy Weston @ O2 Academy 3, Birmingham 

Boasting 3 double platinum albums in their homeland of Ireland, The Coronas have sold out everywhere from Dublin’s 13,000 capacity o2 Arena to The Olympia Theatre, where they played a record-breaking six night run. They have supported Sir Paul McCartneyThe ScriptJustin Timberlake and Pink. New album The Long Way is released on 9th March 2015 on Island RecordsSupport comes from Coverntry-based singer-songwriter Jimmy Weston. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Just Like That’ below:

Lotte Mullan + Jazz Morley + Lexis @ Hare & Hounds

Dubbed as the female Bob Dylan, Lotte will be playing intimate versions of songs from her forthcoming album Love’s Bonfire, made out in Nashville with Band of Horses. Lotte is joined by fellow songstress Jazz Morley as special guest. The Dorset girl has been quietly touring the UK for the past 4 years, honing her skills and notching up over 500 shows in the process, including festival slots at Isle Of White, Guilfest, Redfest and The Great Escape. Support comes from Solihull-born songstress Lexis. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘I’m Still Here’ below:


Marika Hackman + Charlotte Carpenter @ The Sunflower Lounge

London folk songstress Marika Hackman returns to Birmingham to showcase songs from her debut album We Slept At Last, released 16th February via Dirty Hit. Described as the lovechild of Nico and Joanna Newsom, We Slept At Last is an assured and endlessly intriguing debut album that rewards every repeated listen with new riches. Support comes from Northampton-born singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Drown’ below:


Errors + Victories at Sea + Ubre Blanca @ The Rainbow

After support slots with Chvrches & The Twilight Sad, the Glasgow ‘post-electro’ trio play The Rainbow to mark the release of their new album ‘Lease of Life’.  The band were formed in 2004 as a bedroom-based electronic project. They were quickly signed to Rock Action Records, the label developed by fellow Glaswegians Mogwai. Support comes from Birmingham’s Victories at Sea and Glasgow duo Ubre Blanca. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Slow Rotor’ below:

Ren Harvieu @ The Glee Club

The Manchester singer/songwriter formerly nominated for BBC Sound of 2012 returns following the success of her debut album Through The Night which reached No.5 in the UK charts. Currently working on her second album, join Ren for a very special night at The Glee Club. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Do Right By Me’ below:

Ren Harvieu returns to The Glee Club Birmingham

January 21, 2015 in News

Ren Harvieu is an English singer/songwriter from Salford, Greater Manchester. While in sixth form college, she performed in musical theatre and entered several talent competitions before uploading some of her own recordings to MySpace.

As a result of these recordings, Ren was discovered by a local music manager. After being introduced to music producer Jimmy Hogarth, she began working on demos and was signed to Universal Music when she was 18.

Ren started recording an album but in May 2011, before it could be released, she broke her back in what she describes as a ‘freak accident’ After a 14-hour operation, Harvieu spent months recovering at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

On December 5, 2011, the BBC announced that she had been nominated for their BBC Sounds of 2012 poll. After releasing the singles ‘Through the Night’ and ‘Open Up Your Arms’ her first album Through the Night was released on Island Records in May 2012, entering the UK album chart at No 5.

Ren is currently working on her second album.

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Watch the video for ‘Do Right By Me’ below: