Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide August 21 – 27

In terms of great live music this week, it’s a slow start on Wednesday and Thursday but the weekend is so jam packed that you can use the time to rest before it really kicks off.

On Friday (23), one of the West Midlands’ finest acts of recent times, tropical dub five-piece, Troumaca, throw a party at the Bull’s Head to mark the release of their debut album, The Grace. Advance tickets for this exciting event are all sold out, though there will be a limited allocation available on the door. Support comes courtesy of the chilled out electronica of Greg Bird & Enterprize and party-goers should expect a completely euphoric performance of album tracks from the boys. All further information can be found over on the Facebook Event.

Leeds six-piece Forloco and John-Paul Blake are also live at the Adam and Eve in Digbeth for the price of free if Foals / Maccabees circa 2012 is more your thing – again, further info is waiting for you on the Facebook Event.

To continue your bank holiday weekend in the right way, Saturday (24) has a wealth of talent to offer you. Head to The Sunflower Lounge where the frenetic Pixies-esque Youth Man (pictured right) launch their new single, Heavy Rain, with support from Female Smell and the incomparable God Damn in their current two-piece guise. Entry is £5 on the door and the night promises to be a thoroughly chaotic affair from start to finish – find out more, here. 

Ambient pedal heroes Skull TV are also live at The Flapper in support of Heathen Zoo for the paltry price of £5 on the door (info here – get down nice and early) and the 11th instalment of Hustle, this time featuring The Passives, JonPaul Palombo, Alex Rainsford and Harry Hudson hits the Hare and Hounds – find out more about that one, here.

Then, on Sunday (25), there’s an array of all-dayers from which to take your pick.

The Free Love Club is, as ever, raring to go at The Sun on the Hill, this week featuring performances from Fist, Joe Morton, The Sunset Limited unplugged,  Elison, The Anker Valley Boys, Corey Young and many more for the price of free (info here).

The Easy All-dayer featuring The Making, Lyre, Swerve, Prayers, Laranja, Germ, Capital Sun, John Hemsoll and Matt Sheehan hits The Actress and Bishop from 4pm where £5 on the door buys you a wristband for the entire event. Check out the Facebook Event for more information.

Plus, Killer Wave bring their bank holiday party to the Hare and Hounds with one of their best line-ups to date featuring Velvet Texas Cannonball, Table Scraps, Black Dollar Bills, Grand Union and The Exploding Sound Machine plus special guests to be announced. Keep those eyes peeled for further announcements and follow all progress on the Facebook Event.

Also, if you fancy getting away for the day, one of Birmingham’s finest alternative promoters, This Is Tmrw, take a trip to London to take over The Lock Tavern in Camden for one day only. Showing off the finest in up and coming Birmingham talent, the beautifully atmospheric Hoopla Blue play their debut London headline show with support from Babypink and Greg Bird & Enterprize and DJ sets from Joshua Mooney and This Is Tmrw. Entry is free and attendance is strongly recommended – show your support and find all further information, here.

After all that, sleep the day away on Monday to prepare yourself for your next week of live music.


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