Birmingham weekly gig roundup – May 22-28

There are gigs aplenty over the coming week designed to keep your eyes and ears happy. With the Bank Holiday weekend being crammed full of festivals, fun and frolics and plenty more besides, we take a look at the best to come in our weekly what’s on roundup.

If you were planning to get out and see Mt Wolf at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath on Thursday (23), then you should note that this event has now been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. HOWEVER, two gigs will ensure that your night is not live music-less as Tribes and the demonstrably great Superfood play The Institute (for a very fair £12.50 – all info here), and The Computers, The Dead Formats, and FOES are at The Rainbow – check the Birmingham Promoters website for tickets and information.

On Friday (24), Mr Scruff will be commandeering the Hare & Hounds and bringing his own eclectic melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, latin and electrofunk to the stage. Book in advance to avoid missing out by checking the Facebook event.

For a weekend of musical fun (25 and 26), make sure to get out to The Public in West Bromwich for the Now We Are weekender. Standout acts on the bill include local heavy metal heroes God Damn, art rockers Bombers, the indie pop tendencies of Ace Bushy Striptease and Johnny Foreigner, plus a return from festival-favourites, The Bombergs. Tickets can be purchased for £16.50 for the day or £23 for a weekend ticket – visit the festival website for more information.

If, however, you’d like to stay in Birmingham on Sunday, mellow it out with the folk-tinged Boat To Row & their Friends (Hot Feet, Charlotte Carpenter, Chris Tye, Sonomamma and Rhys David Morris) who are at the O2 Academy for a mere £5 (tickets and info here), and Widowspeak supported by the brilliant Hoopla Blue who play The Institute – info here.

On Monday (27), Warwickshire’s Lucy Rose plays The Institute in Digbeth, while the Slam Dunk Festival will see thousands rocking out to a variety of alt-rock, emo, punk and ska across multiple stages in and around Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall. And then rounding off things nicely and waking you up after the bank holiday exploits,  Tuesday (28) will see The 1975 play a sold out show at Institute, while These Kings, The Passives and Prayers also prepare to party at the Hare & Hounds for a mere £4 on the door – all information for which is available on the Hare & Hounds website.

Whatever you do this week, have fun and discover some great, new local music. Check in next week for more tips or keep an eye on our Facebook page. Don’t forget, you can read interviews with some of this month’s best acts in our the latest edition of Brum Notes Magazine, available to read online


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