Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide January 27 – February 2

The final week of January 2014 has some absolute corkers for you, beginning with Liverpool electronic experimental five-piece Outfit. Playing a selection of material from their 2013 gorgeously existential album, Performance as well as their 2012 EP Another Night’s Dream Reaches Earth Again, they are supported by one man electronic band Amateur Best (AKA Joe Flory) and Coventry four-piece Batsch. Be at the Hare & Hounds on Tuesday (28) from 7pm and for £7 advance for this one – pick up those remaining tickets here. You can also read our interview with Outfit, here.

On Thursday (30), enjoy the live sampling, guitar percussion and layered vocal harmonies of Paul Liddell who travels from the North-East to play with Birmingham’s Robert Lane at Cafe Ort in Balsall Heath. Tickets for this one are priced at £8 and are available, along with further information, here.

Alternatively, it’s Folk Thursday over at Brewdog Birmingham with Red Shoes and Greenman Rising playing a free entry show for you to enjoy while sampling your craft beers (info here) and intricate jazz improv trio Troyka play the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath as part of the Jazzlines programme.  £8 for that one – info here.

If you’re about early evening on Friday (31), the Andy Bunting quintet play a free entry set at the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, information here.

Then, moving into the night, Oxford synth four-piece MMX play their rescheduled Sunflower Lounge date at the Hare & Hounds with support from The Ninetyten and Cold Ocean Lies. All original tickets remain valid or you can purchase yours for £6 advance via the Birmingham Promoters website.

In the other room, it’s the Hot Club de Swing January Ball featuring some great live music and serious party vibes. The event is now sold out, but you can find details, including door times etc, here.

Over in Moseley it’s an orchestral Freestyle featuring The Bluebeat Arkestra, Culture Dub Orchestra, Sam Redmore and Young Culture Sound at The Bull’s Head (£4, info here) or Black Market Empire, Winston’s Big Brother and A Suitcase Full of Owls are live at The Loft. Find all details here.

If you’re in the Selly Oak area, Greetings From is live at The Bristol Pear with music from Black Dollar Bills, Milk Teeth and Foes. £3 grants you entry to this one – find out everything that you need to know, here.

On Saturday (1) it’s the inaugural event of new independent collective DIE DAS DER who curate a night of free live music at The Lamp Tavern in Digbeth. With sets from ANiMA, Bombers, Ghosts of Dead Airplanes and Bombergs frontman Rick Wellings plus a DJ set from Amazing Radio DJ Jack Parker, check out those all-important details here.

There’s also Wax Futures, The Starries, Why? Said the Moon to Earth and Felicity live at The Loft in Moseley, courtesy of Cataplut Club (8pm, info here).

Round your week to a close on Sunday (2) with the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this week features performances from The MP2 Band, Chris Thompson, Faye Bagley and Shaake. Entry is priced at free and all information is available here.


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