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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.

Interview: Drakelow

November 28, 2013 in Interviews

The renovation project of Birmingham stalwarts, The Young Runaways, new outfit Drakelow create catchy and clean guitar-pop sounds. Having played only a couple of live shows to date, they launch their debut single, ‘Amber’, with a party at The Victoria on Fri 29th November. 

We chat to lead singer and guitarist Matt Pinfield ahead of the show to find out what to expect. 


You used to be Young Runaways. What’s different about Drakelow – have you retained any elements of your previous outfit?

I’m still writing the songs but other than it’s a completely different band, musically speaking. The orchestral arrangements have taken a back seat so I think the songs are more direct and simpler on the whole. There’s a lot more space for the melody to breathe and the guitars are probably a bit more prominent and also completely electric.


You obviously work well together as a group of people and musicians – what is it about your relationship that makes it work?

That’s hard to say but I think it hugely comes down to the fact that we’re all on the same page musically. We get on great as friends and there are certain personality types within the group that perfectly complement each other. Mainly what happens is when I’m having a neurotic moment, everyone else goes ‘hang on that’s fine, everything is going to be alright, it’s only rock and roll.’


Talk us through your songwriting process.

The big difference with Drakelow compared to what I’ve done before is the songwriting process. In the past I’d come to the band with everything fleshed out in my head. Now I deliberately under-write, knowing that my songs will be exponentially improved by working them up with the band and everybody contributing. That’s been the big step forward for me, and sound-wise it’s so much more natural because of this.


What do you like about music?

I’d have to say mainly the cocaine and the fast cars. Everything else I can take or leave.


You launch your first single, Amber, at the show on Fri 29th November. Tell us about the song.

Amber is the first song we wrote where I felt we’d really nailed most of the elements that I love about our music into one song. Lyrically it’s partly fictional, partly autobiographical and it’s the first time I’ve deliberately written around a central character.


Where was it recorded and how long did it take to come together? 

We recorded it ourselves, mostly live at our practice space and then a few overdubs at my studio. It was done fairly sporadically but I suppose it took the best part of a month altogether including mastering in New York with Alan Douche at West Side Music.


You’ve played a handful of shows as Drakelow thus far, how has the reaction been to the material?

It’s been really good so far. We’ve enjoyed the shows immensely which I think always comes over in a performance. The material seems to have been well received even though we’ve put very little out for people to listen to as yet.


The Facebook Event for the launch show promises free gifts and unannounced surprises for attendees – can you give us any hints?

Surprises may involve balloons although they definitely won’t be blown up as I am terrified of them. We’ll have free CDS and hugs for people and as it’s almost Christmas, free shots of mulled wine.


What else can people expect from your performance?`

All the thrills and spills of the world’s best bar band up close and personal.


Only Shadows and Mutes are also on the bill, what do you make of these bands?

Both of those bands are blinding, I know Only Shadows are very tight and can make a lot of noise which should be fun.


We’re getting close to Christmas – what’s on your Christmas list and have you been good enough to receive it?

Heck yes I’ve been good enough this year. Nothing particularly special on my list, I’m hoping for a new scarf from Lucy. It’s in the public domain now so she has to buy me one now really doesn’t she?! No excuses.


What are your plans for the new year?

Hopefully more cocaine and fast cars, all the good stuff really. The band may do another single, maybe an EP and certainly more gigs and festivals. It’s going to be a lot of fun.


Drakelow play The Victoria on Friday, November 29 with support from Only Shadows and Mutes. Tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available 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.

Weekly Gig Roundup 18th – 24th November

November 18, 2013 in News

Check out our list of live music events to warm your fingers and toes at this week!



On Wednesday, electro solo artist Brolin plays a free entry show at The Yardbird as part of his UK headline tour. Described as ‘the new Burial’ by The Guardian and ahead of his tour support with Gold Panda, Brolin plays with local sample improviser James Brough at this special and intimate event. Find out further information over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Reykjavik’ by Brolin below.



Thursday welcomes Northern Irish songwriter Foy Vance to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Influenced by his time in the southern states of America and drawing from the feelings that love inspires, Foy Vance promises a beautiful set including numbers from his recently released second album, Joy Of Nothing. On support is Rams’ Pocket Radio, the alias of Northern Irish multi-instrumentalist Peter McCauley. Taking inspiration from Beethoven to brutalist architecture, be sure to get down early so as not to miss this varied performer. Tickets for this event are priced at £12 advance and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Guiding Light’ (ft. Ed Sheeran) by Foy Vance below.



On Friday, indie pop five-piece theLights return to Birmingham to play their last show of 2013 at The Victoria. Fresh from recording with legendary producer Gavin Monaghan, they’ll play a selection of old and new material. Entry to the evening is priced at just £5 on the door – find out further information here.



Saturday sees a very special performance from Birmingham indie-punk ruffians Untitled Musical Project who reform this year to play two shows only. Friends again for this night at least, Untitled Musical Project are joined by Birmingham three-piece Youth Man and electronic math duo, Tales. Purchase your tickets for what promises to be a completely explosive performance for £5 advance here or make your way to The Sunflower Lounge from 7:30pm.

Listen to ‘The People Versus Michael Miller’ by Untitled Musical Project below.



Round off your week on Sunday with one of the following; the weekly extravaganza which is the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this week features performances from Nottingham five-piece, Amber Run; plus support from Merseyside-based singer-songwriter Natalie McCool; local singer songwriter and Bombergs’ frontman, Rick Wellings; and folk blues musician, Zee Khattak. Pop into this free event from the cold of the German Christmas Market which runs outside it, and find out more about all of the acts here.

Listen to ‘Noah’ by Amber run below.


Over at The Institute in Digbeth, Oxford indie folk four-piece Stornoway celebrate the release of their second album, Tales From Tera Firma, and an incredibly successful year. Drawing influences from Tom Waits, and John Adams and with nods to 19th century poets John Clare and Samuel Coleridge along the way, expect a wonderfully wistful affair from these boys. Support comes courtesy of intricate Cambridge singer songwriter, Sivu, and local folk/Americana five-piece Goodnight Lenin. Expect something truly special at this event – pick up your tickets for £14 advance from the event page.

Listen to ‘When You Touch Down From Outer Space’ by Stornoway below.


Finally, husband and wife indie pop duo Summer Camp return to Birmingham to play live at the Hare & Hounds. Having released their self-titled second album earlier in the year, the couple will play a selection from both LPs in what promises to be a stunning performance. Support is provided by London’s Fryars – pick up tickets for this event, priced at £8.50 advance, here.

Listen to ‘Fresh’ by Summer Camp below.

Weekly Gig Roundup 11th – 17th November

November 11, 2013 in Listing

This week is fit to bursting with a selection of live music events to take your fancy…



On Monday, Scottish indie rock five-piece Frightened Rabbit return to Birmingham to celebrate the release of their fourth record, Pedestrian Verse. Having shot to number nine in the charts when it was released earlier this year, this is their most successful album to date – catch the celebrations at The Institute where support will come courtesy of Lanterns on the Lake and Paul Thomas Saunders. Tickets, priced at £13 advance, are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Candlelit’ by Frightened Rabbit below:



Manchester-based Bipolar Sunshine, the solo project of Adio Marchant is live at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on Tuesday. Creating brutally honest and heartfelt lyrics, delivered in an upbeat refrain, Biploar Sunshine has won real critical support over the past year. He plays with Ulla Nova and Kastella for the price of £6 advance and tickets can be found along with further information on the event page.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event! 

Listen to ‘Love More Worry Less’ by Bipolar Sunshine below:



On Wednesday, the wonderful Pogues-esque five-piece Skinny Lister are live at the Hare & Hounds. Having wowed the festival circuit this summer, they call into Birmingham as part of their full UK tour – expect a performance and a half at this one! Support is provided by Dirty Old Folkers & Mile Wide Stride, and tickets are priced at £7 advance – get hold of them here.

Don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Read our interview with Skinny Lister here.

Listen to ‘Rollin Over’ by Skinny Lister below:



On Thursday there are two shows to choose from:

The legendary Har Mar Superstar plays the Hare & Hounds in support of his new record with support from funk four-piece, Racing. Expect a selection of the finest dance moves and musical talent to boot at this one which is priced at £12 advance – get your tickets here.

Listen to ‘Lady, You Shot Me’ by Har Mar Superstar below:


Alternatively, Portland electronic four-piece STRFKR travel the country, playing their Birmingham date at The Sunflower Lounge. Promoting the release of their fourth full-length studio album, Miracle Mile, don’t miss your chance to see them while they’re here! All further information can be found along with tickets on the event page.

Listen to ‘While I’m Alive’ by STRFKR below:



Friday is another double attack as local lo-fi three-piece Mirrorhall are live at The Victoria. Playing an eclectic sounding art rock laced through with atmospheric storytelling, this one will be a beautifully intimate affair. Tickets for this show are priced at £5 and will be available on the door – find out more here. Don’t forget top RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘Cadmium’ by Mirrorhall below:


Over at The Institute, Cheltenham six-piece, Young Kato play a headline show with support from Propellers and Club Phobia. Hugely inspired by the success of the Birmingham music scene in recent times, Young Kato play a blend of indie pop with irresistible hooks and catchy lyrics – make sure you catch them at this show! Find out more and purchase tickets, priced at £8 advance, over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Drink, Dance, Play’ by Young Kato below:



On Saturday, brand new Birmingham four-piece Cascades are live at The Sunflower Lounge. Describing themselves as “the biggest thing to hit Birmingham since the Second World War”, imagine if The Libertines and The Wombats joined Rudimental and you’re getting close. In support of the release of their very first single, this is their first Birmingham Promoters show – get your tickets for the event for £5 on the door. Find out more, including information on support acts Symphony State and The Mumblecores, over on the event page.

And don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event!



Bring your week to a chilled out close at our regular Sunday Social event at The Yardbird. This week we bring you sounds from family folk rock trio, High Horses; the Jeff Buckley-influenced, Nothing But Thieves; modern acoustic duo, Tom & Josh; and folk singer songwriter, Bethan Marshall. Enjoy this in the beautiful surrounds of The Yardbird jazz club for the price of free – find out all you need to know, here.


October 25, 2013 in Interviews

Conceived almost a year ago in the chapel of their local church, Coasts have been making a name for themselves and their tropical pop sound from their hometown base in Bristol.

Releasing their debut single, ‘Oceans’, in February this year, they went on to release their Paradise EP which gained them a dedicated fanbase across the UK. Ahead of their full UK tour and Birmingham date on October 25, we chat to keyboardist Dave Goulbourn about life on tour and the recording process.


You’ve been together for about a year and a half now – how and where did that come about?

We all met at university in Bath before moving to Bristol and that’s where Coasts came about. We’d all been in bands before and stuff but decided that we should do something together.


You released your debut EP, Paradise, in April this year. Talk to me about that.

We recorded the EP with Duncan Mills and it was our first time working with a producer rather than just producing stuff ourselves so that was really good. The reaction to it has been awesome and something we never expected. We very nearly didn’t record ‘Oceans’ because it wasn’t one of the tracks originally slated for the EP but we came with it to Duncan at the last minute and said we had to record it.


Where was it recorded and who did the artwork?

It was recorded at Strongroom Studios in Shoreditch which is this great studio with really interesting interiors. It’s certainly got a vibe to it. A guy called Louis Labron-Johnson did all the artwork for the release and there’s some really interesting stuff there.


You’re from Bristol, which other Bristol bands should we be listening to right now?

There’s a band called The Bronze Medal who are really good and about to release their debut album.


Who are your separate and collective musical influences?

We’ve got a really broad range of musical influences within the band, it sounds cliché, but we really do listen to everything from pop to dance music to hardcore to rap. I think you need to have a pretty broad spectrum of influence because you can always pick up little bits of magic from everywhere. For example, one song we wrote was influenced by a Bring Me the Horizon song, but it sounds nothing like it.


What’s your favourite show you’ve ever played?

That’s a tough question. It’s been a really good year in terms of playing live and going out to Europe for the first time was pretty ace. We played at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg a couple of weeks ago and our show there sold out, so for now it’s probably that.


How will you be getting about on the tour and where will you be staying?

We’ve got our own van so we’ll be driving around in that. It’s not the best van ever but we do have a TV and Xbox in it which makes the journeys more bearable. We’ll be staying in hotels for most of the tour or in cities where we have friends we’ll be crashing with them.


When you play Birmingham, you’ll be halfway through a three week tour. Is there anywhere you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

We’re really looking forward to the Bristol date, because it’s our hometown show and it should be a real good one. Bath is always really good for us too and obviously the London show at The Shacklewell Arms should be good. It’s a really cool venue so hopefully it’ll be real nice.


Have you played in Birmingham before? What are you expecting from the show?

Yeah we played once before on our last tour. It was a bit of a weird gig as it was in a jazz bar, but it was still fun. We went to Snobs afterwards and that was a bit of a laugh. Hopefully this time it’ll be even better.


What three things is the show going to be?

Tropical. Fun. Danceable.


Do you have any plans for an album?

Yeah, we start pre-production for the album in December and then we begin recording at the turn of the year. We can’t wait to be honest, we never thought we’d get to make an album so it’s going to be really good.


What are you looking forward to most about getting home?

I think we all actually really like life on the road. You look forward to getting home, but once you’ve been there for a day or two you just want to get back out on tour.



Weekly Gig Roundup 22nd – 27th October

October 22, 2013 in News

With touring season well under way, take a read of the local and touring acts Birmingham Promoters bring to your city this week.



Take a couple of days off to prepare for Birmingham four-piece Black Dollar Bills who play The Sunflower Lounge on Thursday. Drawing comparisons to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Dead Weather and The Vines, Black Dollar Bills promise a night of power and energy. With support from Brighton’s hottest new two-piece Royal Blood, plus locals Bad Moon & Curb, we expect this to be a busy one! Tickets are a bargain at £5 advance and are available over on the event page. And don’t forget to RSVP to the official Facebook Event!

Listen to ‘House of Love’ by Black Dollar Bills below:


Alternatively, fresh from supporting Birmingham babes Swim Deep on their recent UK tour, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves are live at the Hare & Hounds for your viewing pleasure. With support from britpop / grunge revivalists Babypink and the industrial electronic sounds of The Grafham Water Sailing Club, entry to this one is a bargain at just £5 advance. Check out the Facebook Event and find more information about all acts over on the official event page. Oh and don’t forget to send your names over to raya [at] for special £3 guestlist!

Listen to ‘Get Away’ by Circa Waves below:



On Friday, Bristol trop-pop five-piece Coasts call into The Victoria as part of their UK tour. With support from off-kilter funk six-piece Venkman and dark pop West Midlands outfit Forest Life, tickets are priced at £5 advance and are available here.

Listen to Coasts’ brand new track ‘Stay’ below:



If you fancy a little jaunt out to Wolverhampton, then West Yorkshire’s finest The Pigeon Detectives play live at The Slade Rooms. Showcasing the best of four albums-worth of material, this promises to be a lively ruckus of a show. Support on the evening comes courtesy of The Mexanines and The Dead Blues – tickets are priced at £12.50 and are available over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Animal’ by The Pigeon Detectives below:


Alternatively, London folk-rock-pop five-piece Goldheart Assembly call in to The Sunflower Lounge to play a show with Cattle & Caine and Circles – find out further information including ticket prices and timings over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Stands to Reason’ by Goldheart Assembly below:


Mississippi alt. five-piece The Weeks are also live at The Institute, calling into Birmingham as part of their current UK tour. Playing highlights from their recent debut album, Dear Bo Jackson, make sure to pick up your tickets for this one from £8 advance via the official event page. Support comes courtesy of rock ‘n’ roll Hull four-piece Audio Subscene and the ever-popular Babypink.

Listen to ‘Brother in the Night’ by The Weeks below:



Round off your week in one of two ways when Birmingham old-school punk outfit The Nightingales (formerly The Perfects) and the shambolically entertaining The Courtesy Group play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets are £7.50 advance, moren information over on the event page.

Alternatively, don’t forget Sunday Social at The Yardbird! This week we have performances from Less for Murder, Sally Haines and Niel Irson. Entry for this show is, as always, free – find out everything you need to know over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Mutton to Lamb’ by The Nightingales below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 30th Sept-6th Oct

October 1, 2013 in News

With Jools Holland back on the telly, we’re once again blessed with the opportunity to check out some of the most fantastic music from around the world from the comfort of our own sofas.

If, however, you also like to venture out and to enjoy your music live, then this week we have five very different gigs at five very different venues across the city to whet your musical whistles.



On Tuesday, Essex four-piece, The Younger bring their blend of modern melodic pop and stadium rock to The Flapper. Supported by two midlands indie rock outfits, Of Kings and Captains and Friday Club, this one promises to get more than a little rock n roll. Tickets for this show are priced at just £5 advance, confirm you attendance to the Facebook Event and find all further information including links to the bands’ music over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Scream It Out’ by The Younger below:



On Friday, we welcome Northern blues / punk / rock duo Wet Nuns to The Victoria. At the beginning of the week, Wet Nuns announced their split – this tour will be their last ever so make sure you don’t miss out on your final chance to see the completely frenetic pair. Support comes courtesy of Wolverhampton’s God Damn and noise rock trio Them Wolves. Tickets for the show are priced at £6 advance and there is a limited capacity so make sure to snap them up! RSVP to the Facebook Event and find out all further information & ticket links over on the event page.

Listen to ‘Hanging’ by Wet Nuns below:



China Rats play their first ever Birmingham headline show on Saturday at The Sunflower Lounge. A four piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Leeds, the boys release their debut EP, Don’t Play With Fire, on September 30 and will be treating audiences to live renditions of its highlights. With support from Walsall indie rock five-piece Modern Minds and Birmingham’s very own Paradise Circus, tickets to the event are priced at £5 advance and are available here. Check out the bands’ music and find further information over on the event page.

Listen to the latest China Rats single ‘N.O.M.O.N.E.Y’ below:



Round off your week with one of two special events. From 7pm, our free entry Sunday Social is live at The Yardbird, this week featuring a headline performance from midlands singer-songwriter, Shelly Quarmby who recorded her debut EP, Change, in Toronto. Performing a delicious blend of folk, pop and country with strikingly powerful vocals, Shelly Quarmby’s live performance is completely captivating. Support this week comes from Corey Young and Rob Moir. Find out more over on the event page.

Or, 2013 winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, RM Hubbert plays live at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. Performing a selection of songs from that debut, Thirteen Lost & Found, and its follow up, RM Hubbert is one not to be missed. Tickets for this show, with special guests to be announced, are priced at £7 advance and are available here. Find links to RM Hubbert’s music along with further information over on the event page.

Listen RM Hubbert’s ‘For Joe’ below:

Weekly Gig Roundup 17th-22nd September

September 17, 2013 in News

Autumn is now in full swing. Coats and jumpers have come out of the cupboard, and you’re toying with idea of putting the heating on. Or, if you’re anything like me, you stubbornly refusing to put the heating on, despite being very cold.

But all is not lost! This time of year can only mean one thing – the start of touring season. As we excitedly await an influx of bands from all corners of the globe, here’s a brief round-up of the wide range of shows we have coming up this week.



If you’re looking for something a little different this week, seven-piece folk, country and blues outfit Carousel Circus play a free entry show at The Yardbird Jazz Club on Wednesday. Performing traditional melodies with a modern twist, Carousel Circus have previously played in the grand surrounds of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall so be sure to catch them in this unusually intimate setting. Completing the impressive local line up, support comes courtesy of Solihull’s Tori Lamb and Walsall’s Faye Bagley. For further information including links to the musician’s songs, take a look at the event page.

Listen to Carousel Circus below:



On Thursday, indie-rock electronic five-piece The Ramona Flowers are live at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath with support from Leamington Spa’s Cowboy and the truly remarkable, The Bluebeat Arkestra. Make sure to get down to the venue nice and early to catch both of these support acts who illustrate the wide array of musical talent coming out of the West Midlands right now. For further information, and to purchase tickets (priced at £5 advance), head on over to the event page and make sure to RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to The Ramona Flowers below:



Then, on Friday, Cornwall’s folk-punk Crowns are live at The Rainbow. Having previously toured with the likes of Blink-182, Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues, they play in Birmingham as part of their UK September tour. Support comes courtesy of Birmingham’s very own Open to Fire who have drawn comparisons from Japandroids to The Gaslight Anthem. Opening the show will be the equally excellent Magpies & Vagabonds. Find out more about each of the bands over on the event page where you can also purchase your £5 tickets in advance.

Or, if intricate folk mixed with ambient electronica is more your cup of tea, then head down to The Victoria on John Bright Street where Malpas play a very special headline gig. With support from Forest Life who play their first ever show tonight, as well as fresh and funky five-piece Fat Kicks. Make sure you purchase those £5 tickets in advance over on the event page and RSVP to the Facebook Event, here.

Listen to Crowns below:



On Saturday, Canterbury’s psych blues rock quartet, Broken Hands take to Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge, hot on the heels of a busy festival season that included the likes of T in the Park, Dot to Dot and Live at Leeds. North London’s Storms and Birmingham rock act ANiMA provide support at what promises to be a very sweaty gig indeed. Find out more, and purchase advance tickets priced at £6, over on the event page.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms are also live at The Institute in Digbeth supported by pop-punk singer songwriter Allison Weiss and emo pop outfit Panda Watch. For tickets and further info, head on over to the event page and don’t forget to RSVP to the Facebook Event.

Listen to The Front Bottoms below:



Round off your week of live music with the Sunday Social which is at The Yardbird for the price of free every week. This Sunday, the combined jazz-funk talents of Martin Rowberry and David Clarke grace the stage along with the other talented musicians who form the Rowberry-Clarke Project. Support comes from the eloquent Brains for Breakfast and Demi Marriner. Find out more about all, here.

Weekly Gig Roundup 2nd-8th September

September 3, 2013 in News

Every week, Birmingham Promoters brings you a wealth of live music from varying musical genres at venues across the city centre. If you’re looking to find a new band to fall in love with or you can’t choose which event to go to, take a read of our new weekly gig guide to help you to decide how best to spend those evenings!


On Wednesday 4th, local post-hardcore outfit Layers play a very special stripped back set for us at The Yardbird Jazz Club. Treating us to a preview of their forthcoming debut EP, Til Deaf Do Us Part released on 16th September, Layers are supported by Birmingham pop-punk heroes Templeton Pek, who will also be performing a rare acoustic set. For more information on this not to be missed free entry show, take a look at the event page and RSVP to the Facebook event.

Listen to a new track from Layers below:



On Friday 6th, we welcome Broken Witt Rebels to the stage at The Victoria. A classic rock sound deftly intertwined with elements of soulful blues and americana, the Birmingham quartet also have character in abundance. Supported by sixties rock ‘n’ roll-style five-piece, The Hounds, tickets for this event are priced at £5 and further information can be found here.

Listen to a new track from Broken Witt Rebels below:



On to the weekend and on Saturday 7th we welcome Teesside tribute outfit, The Southmartins to The Institute in Digbeth. Playing a mix of classics from both The Beautiful South and The Housemartins, there’ll also be DJs spinning some records to keep you moving in between. Head on over to the event page for further information and to purchase advance tickets, priced at £7.

Or if that’s not your thing, ‘the Midlands answer to Gil Scott Heron’, Barnesy, is live at The Sunflower Lounge. Think Bob Dylan meets Jamie T. Playing his first gig in Birmingham in a lengthy amount of time, Barnesy is supported by singer / songwriter Dale Hanson. Tickets are priced at £4 on the door – check out the event page for further information and RSVP to the Facebook event, here.

Listen to Barnesy below:



Then, bring your week to a relaxing close at our weekly Sunday Social event at The Yardbird on Sunday 8th. Having previously invited some of most promising acts from across the midlands to the stage, this week we continue in the same fashion with the delicate sounds of Jenna Varndell, Titus Waldenfels, Ed Geater and Nix Dadry. Soak up the beauty of some of the most talented acoustic acts around in the gorgeous surrounds of The Yardbird all for free – for further information, take a look at the event page.

Listen to Jenna Verndell below:

Whoever you choose to leave the sofa for this week, stay safe and find some new music to fall in love with from the brilliant array on offer.