Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide December 4 – 10

Birmingham band Black Market Empire

With Christmas approaching, what better way to recover from the stress of all that shopping than with some of the best in up and coming musical talent from across the West Midlands? Have a scroll through our recommended viewing this week.

On Wednesday (4), former ballerina and Danish dream-songstress Oh Land calls into The Institute in Digbeth as part of her Wish Bone UK tour. Expect an inventive performance and to be entertained at this one, for which tickets are priced at £10 advance – for more information, click here.

On the next floor, pop rock four-piece Don Bronco are live with support from Bad Rabbits and Lonely The Brave (tickets £12.50 advance, find out more here) or over at the O2 Academy, The Hoosiers play an intimate set in Academy 3. Relive their radio-friendly collection from £11.25 advance (more here).

The Festive Freedom Fringe is also live at The Flapper with their special Christmas edition featuring performances from Some Said Fire, Vexxen and friends. Tickets for this jamboree are priced at a great value £4 advance – find out all you need to know over on The Flapper’s website.

Thursday (5) sees a wealth of musical talent across the city. If new music is your forte, Falmouth’s The Black Tambourines play their debut Birmingham show with a headline performance at The Actress & Bishop. Playing a set of self labelled ‘ocean rock’, the outfit will be joined by riotous local trio Elephantine, blues and garage duo The Mighty Young, and Lyre who perform ‘songs for the strays’. Tickets for this event are priced at £5 on the door – head over to the Facebook Event to find out more.

Alternatively, Brewdog holds a night of free fun and music when they invite folk and country stalwarts Carousel Circus to their floor. On support are Capital Sun – enjoy a selection of craft ales and musical talent for the price of nothing at this one (info here).

Bristol art rockets The Blue Aeroplanes are live at the Hare & Hounds, playing a selection from their 10 album back catalogue. 20 years since their inception and with the aid of ‘Wojtek Dmochowski on dancing’, be sure to catch them with The Van Cortlandt Rangers. Tickets are yours for £10 advance – find out all you need to know on the Birmingham Promoters website.

Sister trio and BBC Sound of 2013 poll winners Haim (pictured top) play The Institute over in Digbeth with help from Saint Raymond. One of the most hotly tipped new prospects of the year, the Californian Fleetwood Mac enthusiasts won’t be in England forever  and viewing comes highly recommended – purchase your tickets, priced at £13 advance, here.

Or, venture across town to the O2 Academy where Basement Jaxx and Clean Bandit play what promises to be a spectacular live affair. £28 advance for this one – find out all you need to know over on the O2 Academy website.

On Friday (6) you are completely spoiled for choice. In the town centre,  Guy Jones, Shanade and Kerry Smyth featuring Greg Pullin play a live set at The Victoria (£5 on the door, info here) or the Happy Mondays are at the O2 Academy as part of their ‘Bummed’ 25th Anniversary Tour with support from The Sunshine Underground and the superb Sulk (tickets from £31.50 advance, info here). In the other room, there’s a night of new music to be celebrated with sets from Platypus Baby, New Bays, Out Of Sanity, Before The Story Ends and Wait For The Fall  (info here).

At The Sunflower Lounge, there are live performances from Foes and Jack The Biscuit or head over to The Actress and Bishop for energetic songs from Sugar Razors, King Shaker and more (£5 advance, info and tickets here).

Take a stroll down to Digbeth to indulge in a set from Manchester soloist JP Cooper (with support from Matt Henry and Monique Thomas, tickets and information here) or what promises to be a packed out and raucous affair with Fatboy Slim, Riva Starr, Young Tee and Sonny Wharton in the other room. Tickets for this are priced from £15.50 (early bird) to £35 (VIP) and you can find out all you need to know over on the website.

Alternatively, over in Moseley, Freestyle kicks into action at The Bull’s Head with live performances from Barrowclough (who release their Although We Claimed To Be Wise EP on the same night), Musical Misfits and Aalia, and DJ sets from Bootsy and Sam Redmore. Tickets are £4 advance – check the event page here. 

High Horses, August Actually, Sylvia and Hawks & Other Birds are also live in Moseley, playing a free show at the recently opened Loft – check all the details for that one here.

On Saturday (7) Electro industrial Bedworth boys The Grafham Water Sailing Club play live with their friends Victor, PRAYERS and Noir at The Sunflower Lounge. Sounds from the decks are provided courtesy of Victories At Sea and tickets are priced at a superb £5 advance. Find out all you need to know along with links to all band’s music, here.

Birmingham band Black Market EmpireAlternatively, it’s Digbeth four-piece, Black Market Empire’s Christmas Party which takes place over at TALK. The night will feature live performances from BME along with Velvet Texas Cannonball and The Van Cortlandt Rangers. Pick up your tickets for this one for £5 on the door or £4 if you Join the Facebook Event, here.

Over at the O2 Academy, Manchester’s The Courteeners play a sold out show which promises to be riotous in its entirety – all tickets for this event have now been snapped up but if you are attending, check out the details here.

Winston’s Big Brother, Duke, Brothers of Caedmon, The Dark Eyes, Done By Sunrise, Milestone Road and many more all play as part of a charity event for Acorns Children’s Hospice which takes place at The Actress & Bishop between 2pm and midnight (tickets £4, info here) and though not strictly live music we couldn’t let mention of The Exploding Bubble Club pass by. Spinning the best in 60’s psych, garage and soul, the clubnight takes place at Boxxed on Fazeley Street from 9pm. Spinning right through until 4am, this night marks the first anniversary of the club so come along and join the fun! Tickets are priced at £5 advance and can be collected from Urban Village in The Custard Factory – find out all you need to know on the Facebook Event.

On Sunday (8), Birmingham Promoters’ weekly Sunday Social is in full swing at The Yardbird, this week featuring performances from 21 year old singer songwriter Tammy King as well as Bethan and the Morgans and Velvet Riot. Entry is priced at free and further details can be found here.

Two gigs for you at the O2 Academy – The View (£15 advance, info here) and what promises to be a fantastic event of upcoming live acts including Brum Notes crushes Our Mutual Friend plus The Mourning Suns, Ego Honey, Che & The Mistakings and Tara Chinn – find out all you need to know about this one, including booking those tickets at £6 advance, here.

The Bohemian Jukebox also celebrates its 10th birthday over at The Bull’s Head with Jayne Powell, Simon Fox and Rob Howard – this one’s another free entry show so make sure to have a read about it before you go!

Finish off your week on Monday (9) with genre-defying duo, Quasi who celebrate 20 years in the business and play the Hare & Hounds with special guests to be announced. Expect something incredibly special at this one – find out everything you need to know here.


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