Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide November 20 – 26

Summer Camp band

Start off your music week on Wednesday (20) with some free fun at The Yardbird in the shape of electro solo act Brolin and Lichfield sampler man James Brough on support (info here). Alternatively, Leftfoot welcome powerful Brighton soul singer Alice Russell to the stage at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath (tickets £13.50 advance, available here).

On Thursday (21), there are two further shows at the Hare & Hounds: Northern Irish singer songwriter Foy Vance who brings fellow countryman rams’ pocket radio along as support (tickets £12 advance, available via the Birmingham Promoters website) and diverse rock and blues outfit Wille & The Bandits, further information about which you can find out here.

Alternatively, Nottingham-based Anglo-American folk duo, Rue Royale, are live at Glee Club for a beautifully intimate performance (tickets £6 advance, available here) and modern Midlands folk outfit Greenman Rising are live at Brewdog with support from Pre Sleep Monologue from 9pm. Grab yourself one of a vast selection of craft beers and ales at this free entry show – find out more here.

Friday (22) sees indie pop outfit theLights take to the stage at The Victoria (£5 on the door, info here) and  New Zealand post-punk five-piece The Naked And Famous at The Institute. Expect a stunning set with songs from newly released second record, In Rolling Waves, as well as favourites from their debut. Tickets for this one are priced at £15 advance and are available here.

On Saturday (23) there are a selection of really fantastic local outfits to choose from. In the city centre, indie punk trio Untitled Musical Project reform to play The Sunflower Lounge. As one of just two live shows planned, do not miss this opportunity to see what promises to be a frenetic and chaotic affair. Support comes courtesy of noise punk trio Youth Man and math duo Tales. Further information of each of these incredible bands, plus tickets priced at £5 advance, can be found over on the Birmingham Promoters website.

Nedstock 2013 featuring Ned’s Atomic Dustbin (pictured top), Cud, Republica and a Steve Lamaq DJ set takes place at the O2 Academy for the price of £22.50 advance. This promises to be a big one – find out more here.

Meanwhile, down the road at The Institute, Bath blues rock brotherhood The Family Rain play live with support from Darlia (tickets £8 advance, purchase here).

Over in Kings Heath, there’s a wonderful indie-pop time to be had with Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam, Ace Bushy Striptease, The Starries and Bad Blossoms. This free entry show comes extremely highly recommended – check out the Facebook Event for further information.

Sunday (24) sees the usual free entry Sunday Social at The Yardbird, which this week features performances from soft folk rock five-piece Amber Run, Natalie McCool, Rick Wellings and Zee Khattak. Step in from the German Christmas Market to warm your bones – find out more information on the acts here.

For your fix of folk and Americana, Stornoway, sivu and local boys Goodnight Lenin play live at The Institute for the price of £14 advance. Do head down to this one if you can because it promises to be completely stunning ( info here).

Summer Camp bandTwee husband and wife indie duo Summer Camp are live at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath with tour support from Fryars (£8.50 advance, info here) and EXPENSIVE, Alto 45 and Mega Emotion play an eclectic yet complimentary bill in the other room at the same venue for £5 on the door  – find out more on the Facebook Event.

Finally, Portishead’s Adrian Utley gets together his 25-piece guitar orchestra (Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra) to perform Terry Riley’s ‘In C’ with special guests Pram at The New Library of Birmingham. Tickets for what promises to be a completely stunning evening are priced at £15 advance and are available here.

Monday (25) welcomes the Monster NME Radar Tour to Birmingham which features Cerebral Ballzy, The Amazing Snakeheads, Fat White Family and Victor. The tour calls into the Hare & Hounds (£8 advance, info here) and promises to be bursting at the seams with raw energy and panache.

Round off your music week on Tuesday (26) with electro four-piece Vuvuvultures at the Hare & Hounds (£8 advance, info here) or chart stalwarts The Fratellis at Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (£25.30 advance, find out everything you need to know over on the website).

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