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This Week: Gig Roundup 20th – 26th March

March 20, 2017 in News

Coming up this week in Birmingham we have Glasgow synth-pop duo Prides at The Flapper on Monday. Thursday sees rhythm’n’blues band King Salami & The Cumberland Three at The Sunflower Lounge, and on Friday Ed Geater plays Hare & Hounds as the last stop on his debut UK tour. On Sunday fresh-faced Manchester four-piece Dantevilles play The Sunflower Lounge. Check out the full listings below:

MONDAY 20TH MARCH

Prides + Twin Wild + The Young @ The Flapper
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Glasgow-based duo Prides return with their latest single ‘Are You Ready’, continuing their natural move towards a well-rounded, guitar/drum led sound, complimented by elegant electronic touches. Prides have consistently proved themselves to be band with big songs, and equally big crowds. 2 years ago the band played the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony to 7.5 million people on BBC1. Support comes from alternative rock four-piece Twin Wild and indie band The Young.

Listen to ‘Are You Ready’ below:


TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

Club Drive + Idolising Nova + Idle Frets @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Hailed as Britain’s very own answer to the likes of One Republic, Maroon 5 or The Script, Club Drive’s latest single is an unapologetic slice of pure pop brilliance. Already making a name for themselves across social media and with a fast-expanding – and very fervent – fanbase, the quartet have captured the interest of Radio 1’s BBC Introducing team where ‘Dangerous’ was featured across the Introducing network as ‘Track Of The Week’. Support comes from indie pop trio Idolising Nova and catchy indie rock band Idle Frets.

Watch the lyric video for ‘Dangerous’ below:


WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

Bad Sounds + Social State @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Bath-based five-piece Bad Sounds‘ single ‘Avalanche’ was selected by BBC Radio 1 Annie Mac as her track of the week. Released in April 2016, the single was co-produced by Duncan Mills (Peace/Spector), fusing cheerful pop hooks, fuzzy guitar lines and an undeniably addictive chorus, bringing sounds of the 70′s and 80′s into the 90′s Brit-Pop era, with a twist. Support comes from Birmingham duo Social State whose songs are a mix of various genres including indie, hip-hop and pop.

Watch the video for ‘Avalanche’ below:


THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

King Salami & The Cumberland Three + The Good Water + Ideal Club @ The Sunflower Lounge
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This is London’s greatest and most sensational rhythm’n’blues-punk band. And this is a band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan and Spain. With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when The Cumberland Three are blasting out of your speakers. Support comes from gritty rhythm & blues duo The Good Water and punk band Ideal Club.

Listen to ‘Tiger In My Tank’ below:


FRIDAY 24TH MARCH

Ed Geater + Bear + Dee Ajayi + Amy Louise Ellis + DJs til late @ Hare & Hounds (Venue 2)
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Ed Geater is back in 2017 with a headline show at the Hare & Hounds, serving as the last stop of his debut UK tour. The gig follows the success of his Unseen EP release launch at Mama Roux’s in October, which received rave reviews from CounteractBab Mag and Brum Radio. Ed will be playing material from both EPs released in 2016 by London label Music Mandi, plus some new songs, and is set to be joined by friends on stage for a host of collaborations. Support from acoustic hip-hop duo Bear, soulful singer-songwriter Dee Ajayi, singer-songwriter Amy Louise Ellis and DJs Jack Barber and The Deviant til late.

Watch the video for ‘Symmetry’ below:


SATURDAY 25TH MARCH

Mad Dog Mcrea + The Infusion @ Mama Roux’s
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Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Support comes from bluesy rock band The Infusion.

Watch the video for ‘Almost Home’ below:

The Vryll Society + Violet + Grim Fiction @ The Sunflower Lounge
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Liverpool’s swaggering psychedelic outfit The Vryll Society have announced the release of their latest single ‘Sacred Flight’ via Deltasonic Records, kicking off what promises to be a very productive and exciting year culminating in the release of their widely anticipated debut album. The psych-pop quintet’s unique eclectic sound has already seen them heavily tipped by BBC Introducing and championed by the likes of Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Phil Taggart (Radio 1) and Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music). Support comes from Midlands indie five-piece Violet and psychedelic alternative band Grim Fiction.

Watch the video for ‘Sacred Flight’ below:


SUNDAY 26TH MARCH

Dantevilles + Sacrifice & Bliss + The Mojo Filters + Shoot The Town @ The Sunflower Lounge
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A fresh-faced, four-piece band emitting new music from the home they call Manchester. Reimaging the sound of the red-brick capital of the North with their uplifting and soulful brand of indie pop, Dantevilles are as sharp as they are raw. Clean, canny guitars and dual captivating vocals never compete for space in their unshakable, off-the-wall arrangements. Support comes from synth-punk duo Sacrifice & Bliss, rock and roll soul band The Mojo Filters and indie band Shoot The Town.

Watch the video for ‘Perfect Place’ below:

This Week: Gig Roundup 23rd February – 1st March

February 24, 2015 in News

We have a very busy week of gigs this week with something for everyone, including a very special intimate show with Icelandic composer/performer Olafur Arnalds, a sold out show from folk-pop duo Slow Club, and fresh from supporting Twin Atlantic, a visit from Southend rockers Nothing But Thieves. Check out the full listings below for more info…

TUESDAY 24th FEBRUARY

Olafur Arnalds @ The Glee Club

Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution in 2007, the Icelandic composer has built up a dedicated international following and is well established for his genre-crossing compositions blending classical, pop and ambient/electronica influences to create a unique musical language. Known for having his music featured in films such as Hunger Games and 300 – Rise Of An Empire, Arnalds recently provided the music to ITV thriller series Broadchurch, which went on to scoop a BAFTA for Best Music. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Only the Winds’ below:


WEDNESDAY 25th FEBRUARY

Leddra Chapman + Lee Broderick + Corrina Jane @ The Sunflower Lounge

The critically acclaimed folk-pop singer songwriter, favoured by Radio 2 and described as “pitch-perfect acoustic pop” by The Independent plays The Sunflower Lounge playing songs from her latest album Fidelity and Grace released January 2015. She will be joined by Liverpool singer-songwriter Lee Broderick and piano driven singer/songwriter Corinna Jane. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Playground’ below:


THURSDAY 26th FEBRUARY

Sivu + James Attwood @ The Sunflower Lounge

Described as a ‘one man Wild Beasts’ by The Guardian, London based Sivu aka James Page, first caught attention for the innovative MRI-machine video for his critically acclaimed single ‘Better Man Than He’ back in 2013. He released his debut album Something On High in October 2014. Support comes from Birmingham indie-acoustic artist James Attwood. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Better Man Than He’ below:


FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY

Slow Club + Happyness @ The Sunflower Lounge *SOLD OUT*

The Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, released their career-defining album Complete Surrender last year to widespread critical acclaim. The record breaks away from the nu-folk sound heard in previous years, touching upon Motown and the output of Memphis’ Stax Records to the immaculately produced pop of the 1970s, via Frankie Valli and David Bowie. The band are joined by much-hyped London trio Happyness. 

Watch the video for ‘Everything Is New’ below:


FRIDAY 27th FEBRUARY

DELS + TrueMendous + Lady Sanity @ The Rainbow

London hip-hop artist, championed by Radio 1, makes a triumphant return with second album Petals Have Fallen, following his critically acclaimed debut GOB. The album is a stunning consolidation of everything that makes DELS great, a giant leap forward sonically and imaginatively, an ultra-modern hip-hop masterpiece. Support comes from Birmingham female hip-hop artists  TrueMendous and Lady Sanity. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Burning Beaches’ below:


SUNDAY 1st MARCH

Nothing But Thieves + Twin Wild + Romans @ The Sunflower Lounge

Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves evoke the profound dynamics of music’s more creative imaginations. Drawing inspiration from the bombast of Muse, the playfulness of Kasabian, the unpredictability of Arcade Fire, the songs on debut EP Graveyard Whistling reimagine the majesty of rock and roll. Support comes from Twin Wild and Romans. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Wake Up Call’ below: