Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide January 13 – 19

January is a notoriously slow month for gigs. Nonetheless, we’re doing the hard work for you and have rounded up a selection of the best that Birmingham and beyond has to offer this week.

Monday seems to be barren of live music (for the second week running) so moving on to Tuesday (14) and San Francisco ethereal folk singer Jessica Pratt plays her debut Birmingham show at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Put together by This is Tmrw, the bill will also include performances from Belgium’s Ignatz and Birmingham’s very own Michael King (lead singer of gorgeous folk outfit Boat to Row). Tickets are priced at £8 advance (more on the door) and are available here.

Wednesday (15) is another slow one but on Thursday (16), Great Uncles play a free entry show at Brewdog on John Bright Street with returning favourites Carousel Circus. Find all info for that one, here.

Then, on Friday (17), Jazzlines presents a 5pm show in the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar when the Jim Bashford Quartet play a free entry event (details here).

Later, new night Nocturne, curated by Boat to Row plays its first instalment out at Cafe ORT in Balsall Heath with performances from folk four-piece Oh Stockholm!Andy Oliveri, who has supported the likes of The Low Anthem, Dry The River and Benjamin Francis Leftwich amongst others; and Steady Hands, a unique musical collective. Entry is priced at £5 and tickets can be found, along with directions to the venue, here.

Later on, Freestyle is live at The Bull’s Head, Moseley featuring live music from The Scribers, The Broken, and Harry & His Heartless Sleeve as well as Sam Redmore on the decks. £4 entry for that one – find out more here.

On Saturday (18), Musical Picnic presents David Insua-Cao and percussion of the world at the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, a free entry performance for which information can be found here, and there’s an exciting bill over at The Sunflower Lounge where ferocious Black Country rock and blues outfit God Damn play the third date of their current UK tour. A special event for their ‘hometown’ show, they’ll be joined on a thouroughly raucous bill by Youth Man, Them Wolves, Victor and Swerve plus Distorted Tapes DJS throughout the night. Tickets for this one are priced at £5 advance (more on the door) and can be purchased via the Birmingham Promoters website.

Round off your week on Sunday (19) when Club Bebop with Steve Ajao is live at the Hare & Hounds (free entry, info here) or take a trip out to Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall for Fun Lovin’ Criminals which is priced at £22 – all information is available over on the website.

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