This Week: Gig Roundup 13th July – 19th July

We’ve got three fantastic shows lined up for you this week, starting on Friday where folk-rock troubadour Alex Rainsford celebrates the release of his single ‘Lighter Mind’ by headlining Baddie’s Banquet. On Saturday, folktronica duo Malpas play The Rainbow to coincide with the release of their debut album Rain, River, Sea, whilst Best Friends inflict their warped idea of garage-pop onto The Sunflower Lounge crowd. All the details can be found below:


Baddie’s Banquet: Alex Rainsford + Ethan Ash + Myrrh Room & more @ The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar

Baddie’s Banquet is a new Friday night event at The Rainbow. One set entry price allows access to three rooms of music, including a host of the best local live bands in The Rainbow Courtyard & Cellar. After shows in Europe, a heavy 2014 festival season & playing tour support for artists such as Status Quo, Hudson Taylor and Dry The River, Alex Rainsford is  hitting 2015 hard to celebrate the continuing success of his 2nd EP, Gone Away and the release of his single ‘Lighter Mind’.

Listen to the Gone Away EP sampler below:


Malpas + Arc Vel + Tom Lenthall (Big Tent) @ The Rainbow Courtyard

Malpas announce a show at The Rainbow to coincide with the release their debut album Rain, River, Sea out on July 31st. Developed over a series of email correspondences between London and Birmingham, Malpas have created an entirely original sound, combining elements of folk music and electronic. Singer-songwriter Ali Forbes provides acoustic instrumentation and heartfelt vocals, while Andy Savours, a student of studio geniuses Alan Moulder and Flood adds electronic loops, drones, and samples of found percussion. Support comes from one of the most exciting sonic experimenters to come out of Birmingham Arc Vel, and a very special solo performance from Birmingham folk favourite, Big Tent’s Tom Lenthall.

Listen to ‘Where The River Runs’ below:

Best Friends + Birdskulls + Grim Disco + MUTT @ The Sunflower Lounge

Emerging from a damp, airless basement rife with decay and broken equipment Best Friends set about inflicting their warped idea of garage pop on the public, hell bent on taking music back to a time when three minute pop songs transported you from your miserable maggot existence to a blissful state of nirvana. Support comes from Brighton’s Birdskulls, Birmingham post-punk quartet Grim Disco and feisty alt-rock four-piece MUTT.

Listen to ‘Cold Shapes’ below: