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The Amazing Snakeheads set to play Hare & Hounds

July 23, 2014 in News

It’s been a long time since going to a gig was a visceral, unpredictable experience. [The Amazing Snakeheads are] one of Britain’s most exciting new bands’- The Times

Following recent support dates with Jack White and a headline slot on the BBC Introducing stage at T In The Park, The Amazing Snakeheads have announced a full UK tour for October 2014, including a Birmingham show at the Hare & Hounds on Mon 13th October.

The Glasgow band will also be playing Secret Garden Party, Stockton Weekender and Reading & Leeds festivals over the summer as well as Bestival in September.

The band’s debut album, Amphetamine Ballads, which saw its UK release in April, was featured on Pitchfork and won critical acclaim across the board. A monument to the redemptive powers of rock ‘n’ roll – full of rage, romance and dark humour – Amphetamine Ballads is an uncompromising, astonishingly visceral record. Purchase it from Domino here or from iTunes here.

The band’s last Birmingham show sold out, so make sure you pick up your tickets asap!

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Watch the video for ‘Nighttime’ below:

The Amazing Snakeheads to play The Sunflower Lounge

March 21, 2014 in News

Hailing from Glasgow, The Amazing Snakeheads look like they sound. The poise is part bike gang, part all-seasons barfly; all pomade, shades, denim, leather and signet rings. On stage, they are uncompromised, truly a force of nature. Dale Barclay (guitar/vox) appears possessed by music, rock’n’roll channelled through every sinew in his body.

Announcing themselves in the summer of 2013 with a one-off 7” on Domino – a ferocious 84-second long strut called ‘Testifying Time’ – the band’s reputation was quickly sealed with a series of lightning strike gigs in the autumn. In fact, the band’s live shows were such jaw dropping displays of the redemptive powers of rock’n’roll, one may well have walked away wondering how they’d ever get that energy across in the studio.

Incredibly, they somehow have. Amphetamine Ballads – the Amazing Snakeheads debut album – is the soundtrack to the dark corners of nightclubs and those dimly lit alleyways off the main drag. This is a subterranean record, a record that can show you round the parts of a city that come alive after dark. In fact, the only sun this album has seen is the unforgiving light of the dawn walk home.

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Watch the video for ‘Here It Comes Again’ below:

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.

Victor reveal new track ‘Peace & Quiet’

November 20, 2013 in News

Hot on the heels of the excellent video for their first track ‘Green Ribbon’, Black Country five-piece Victor are back with another slice of female-fronted post punk/noise rock of the highest order, revealing latest song ‘Peace & Quiet’.

Fresh from supporting Deerhoof at a sold out Hare & Hounds show, and playing as part of the Library of Birmingham’s opening events, the quintet prepare to hit Birmingham stages this winter with a whole host of live shows lined up across the city.

“Arguably Birmingham’s most intense and genuinely raw female-fronted act of recent times” – Artrocker

Victor open the Birmingham date of The Monster NME Radar Tour supporting Cerebral Ballzy, The Amazing Snakeheads & Fat White Family at the Hare & Hounds on Mon 25th November 2013. Tickets available here

Victor also play The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Sat 7th December 2013 with The Grafham Water Sailing Club and Noir. Tickets available here.

Listen to latest track ‘Peace & Quiet’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 7th-13th October

October 7, 2013 in News

Take a scroll through what Birmingham Promoters has on offer for you this week….



On Tuesday, head to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath for the beautiful vocals of Nadine Shah. Influenced by Nina Simone and Maria Callas by way of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, you can expect a powerful and poignant evening indeed. Nadine calls into Birmingham as part of her extensive UK tour on which she is supported by London electro mood duo, Cloud Boat & Malpas. Tickets for this event are priced at £6 advance and you can purchase them over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Dreary Town’ by Nadine Shah below:



There’s a night of noise and rock to be had over at The Flapper on Wednesday when Cambridgeshire five-piece The First call into the second city. Having toured the UK and Europe for the last year and a half in support of their debut release, Swimming with Sharks, the boys return this year with the best of their second record, Take Courage. Support comes from the Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters-influenced The Crimson Star plus powerhouse trio, Enquiry. Tickets for this event are priced at £6 advance and can be found, along with further information about the acts, over on the event page. Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!



Then, on Thursday, laptop assisted indie pop solo artist, Active Child, arrives at the Hare & Hounds. Expect sounds from Bon Iver to James Blake to Radiohead from the incredibly talented Pat Grossi who is an old hand at touring. With special guests to be announced, this show is priced at £7 advance and tickets can be purchased over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Evening Ceremony’ by Active Child below:



It’s a busy day for Birmingham Promoters on Friday 11th when we orchestrate four shows encompassing an array of musical genres across the city.

If you’re into your garage rock and roll (and you respect the opinions of Jack White, Mick Jones, and Nick Lowe, all of whom count themselves amongst fans), The Jim Jones Revue and The Amazing Snakeheads play live at The Institute for the price of £12.50 advance. Check out music by both bands over on the event page.

Listen to ‘It’s Gotta Be About Me’ by The Jim Jones Revue below:


If you’re more inclined towards fresh electronica, then Berlin-based producer Seams plays The Bull’s Head in Moseley. Having toured with the likes of Gold Panda, Dam Mantle and I Break Horses amongst others, Seams has just signed to London label Full Time Hobby through whom he released his debut album, Quarters. With support from Prisms, Component #4 and James Brough, join Birmingham Promoters and Freestyle for a night of forward thinking electronica. Tickets for this event are priced at £4 advance and can be purchased from the event page.

Listen to Seams’ track ‘Rilo’ below:


Alternatively, ‘drunk folk singer, barefoot troubadour and cult legend’ Beans on Toast plays a set at The Rainbow which will encompass the best of his four album back catalogue. With support from London’s Gorgeous George, and the West Midlands’ David Young, join this musical jamboree for the price of just £6 advance – collect your tickets from the event page.

Listen to ‘Wave Goodbye to EMI’ by Beans on Toast below:


Or for your grunge fix, The Victoria hosts a night of local up and coming talent with Endorphins and Curb. Both young bands, these are completely explosive and come highly recommended. £5 tickets are available on the door. All further information is available over on the official event page.

Check out the delightfully titled ‘Blow Me’ by Endorphins below:



Round off your week on Sunday with our Sunday Social event at The Yardbird. This week we welcome the rather excellent Ethan Ash back to Birmingham, following his amazing Glee Club performance last September. Support comes from Emily Ewing, Carrick and Daniel Gates, and entry is completely free! Find out more about all of this week’s acts over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Don’t Regret Me’ by Ethan Ash below:

The Jim Jones Revue announce Birmingham show

July 11, 2013 in News

It’s four short years since The Jim Jones Revue exploded into the nation’s consciousness with the release  of their visceral, back-to-rock’n’roll-basics debut album, of which Mojo Magazine proclaimed, “If Little Richard had written this he’d still be boasting about it today!”

The band have since toured the world many times over, shared bills with The Stooges, Grinderman and Jack White, become rock ’n’ roll statesmen in France, sold out London’s Koko and made phenomenal live appearances on TV’s Later with Jools Holland and The Late Show with David Letterman. Their third studio album The Savage Heart, set for release on 15th October, is all set to secure their place in music’s rich rock heritage.

Their most exhilarating work to date, The Savage Heart expands the sonic remit of The Jim Jones Revue way beyond their renowned brand of manic rock ’n’ roll to include exciting new musical territory in the form of tribal stomps, field hollers, a capella spirituals and even a doo-wop ballad.

Among their legions of fans, the group can count several rock luminaries including Jack White, Mick Jones, Bobby Gillespie, Noel Gallagher, and Nick Lowe. The latter, credited on The Savage Heart as “spiritual advisor”, even dropped by rehearsals for a one-on-one with the band.

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Check out the new video for ‘Seven Times Around the Sun’ below: