Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide August 28 – September 3

Birmingham band The Traps

With festival season in full swing, there’s a high chance you’ll be grabbing some much needed rest after Reading/Leeds and before Bestival. However, if you’re avoiding the mud this year, or if you’ve still got some go left in you, here’s our round up of the local live music events worth leaving your sofa for this week.

On Wednesday (28), Leftfoot presents an evening with American jazz, funk and soul legend, Lonnie Liston Smith at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. Performing the very best of a career spanning 40 years, the pianist is here for one night only – pick up your advance tickets for £15 and find out all you need to know over on the Hare and Hounds website.

David Byrne and St Vincent are also live at the Symphony Hall performing tracks from their 2012 collaborative album, Love This Giant. The insatiable blend of Byrne’s new wave, experimental pop and the art-rock, indie-pop influences of St Vincent is something not to be missed. Tickets are priced at £32.50 advance and can be purchased from the Symphony Hall website.

If you fancy a little jaunt out to Wolverhampton, then Thursday (29) sees locals Bad Apes plus support from Table Scraps, Curb and New Alaska party hard at the Fixxion Warehouse. In a night which promises raw energy in abundance, tickets are priced at £5 on the door and further info plus links to the band’s music can be found over on the official Facebook Event. 

Friday (30) – Sunday (September 1) is the date for the eclectic jamboree that is Moseley Folk Festival which takes place every year in the beautiful surrounds of Moseley Park. This year welcomes performances from The Dubliners, Ocean Colour Scene, Edwyn Collins, British Sea Power, Lucy Rose and Efterklang amongst others and Saturday and Sunday tickets are still available from the official online shop. Head over to the website for further information on all the artists plus ticket prices. There you will also find tickets for the official afterparties at the Hare and Hounds which feature Steve Craddock DJS (Friday – info here) and Goodnight Lenin (live on Saturday – info here).

The Traps, Racing and Tom Peel are also live at The Victoria on Friday night for the very reasonable price of £5 advance. For an eclectic night of guitar sounds, funk and the indescribable Tom Peel, head on over to the Facebook Event to find out how to get your hands on those tickets.

On Saturday (31), the VIP Record Fair takes over the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton where, for the entry price of £2, you can top up your record collections with bargain classics. Further information, including directions, can be found over on the Wulfrun Hall website.

In the evening, Manifestlive presents Midnight Bonfires, Ego Honey, Jasper in the Company of Others and Polar at the Hare and Hounds.  For a jam packed line up and entry to the afterparty, head over to the Hare and Hounds website for more info.

Or, if ska and reggae is more your thing, The High Commissioners are at The Adam & Eve in Digbeth for what promises to be a love-fuelled affair (more info here).

Then, on Sunday (1), local scuzz duo Heavy Waves support New York City’s Skaters at the Hare and Hounds. For more information, including a guide on what to expect, head over to the official Facebook Event.

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