Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide, September 25 – October 1

Keston Cobblers Club

The jam-packed autumn live music extravaganza continues this week with even more gigs to overload your calendar with.

On Wednesday (25), Cheltenham folk rock quartet Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun are live at The Rainbow in Digbeth with support from the gorgeously intricate folk of Boat to Row. Tickets for the show are priced at £7 advance – you can find out more information on the acts and purchase those tickets, here.

Alternatively, this fine publication presents the launch party of The Traps’ debut album, Calypso, which takes place at The Bull’s Head in Moseley. Support comes courtesy of Burning Alms – find out more information (including how to purchase tickets, priced at £4), over on the Facebook Event.

For an altogether calmer evening, Saint Raymond, Joel Baker and Charlotte Carpenter play a selection of atmospheric acoustic at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets are priced at £6 advance and further info is available here.

On Thursday (26), the stunning Cloud Control play live at the Hare and Hounds. Celebrating the release of their second album, Dream Cave, released on September 16, the Australian four-piece who now reside in London call into Birmingham as part of their UK tour. Support comes courtesy of ambient indie, math outfit These Kings; tickets are priced at £8 advance and can be purchased here.

Also at the Hare and Hounds, jazz seven-piece Young Pilgrims play with support from Horse House. Commissioned by Jazzlines, the Town and Symphony Halls’ live jazz and education programme, tickets are priced at £8 advance and are available here.

Brewdog bar also present blues / Americana trio Pre Sleep Monologue and the folk-based Greenman Rising from 9pm in a free entry show – what could be better than sampling the best of over 100 cask ales amongst some of the finest emerging midlands talent? Info here.

Start your weekend early on Friday (27) when Cassette Days play with Black Market Empire and The New Ages Band at The Sunflower Lounge for £5 on the door ( info here). Alternatively, the 90s grunge- influenced Since Monroe play live at The Victoria with support from Weatherbird and Fans of Faye. Expect raw energy in abundance at this one, for which tickets are priced at £5 on the door. Find out more, here.

Or there’s Hot Club de Swing for the jazz and cabaret lovers. Featuring live performances from Electric Swing Circus and [email protected] in the [email protected], there’ll also be dance classes available – pick up your tickets to the show at the Hare and Hounds (priced at £5 early bird / £8 standard), here.

On Saturday (28), there are real decisions to be made. Legendary psychedelic clubnight, Sensateria, returns to The Warehouse in Digbeth after a 30 year hiatus. Having wowed audiences with parachutes, live liquid shows, oil wheels, strobes, smoke machines, incense and psychedelic posters amongst the live music and DJ sets, this exciting return is one not to be missed. The launch this week features live sets from Seattle psych trio Night Beats and Birmingham’s The Exploding Sound Machine – find directions to the night over on the Facebook Event. Tickets are priced at £10 advance and more on the door, or you can enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to the show, here.

Electronic funk and techno duo Mountain of Love (formed by two of Alabama 3’s founding members) play live at The Sunflower Lounge plus special guests to be announced for £8 advance (info and tickets here) and The View plus Grandmaster Flash DJs storm Coventry Kasbah for £5 advance (tickets here).

Or, if you’re looking for something special and a little different, the multi–sensory performance of Live_Transmission: Joy Division Reworked is at The Symphony Hall. A fearless dismantling of Joy Division’s visual and musical motifs, creating a hugely powerful homage to the signature spirit of the band, tickets for this event range from £16.50 – £22.50. Find out more information here.

Then, on Sunday (29), there’s the Sunday Social featuring Terry Emm, Daniel Beckett and Portia Reed at The Yardbird (free entry, info here) and The Free Love Club Temptation featuring performances from Jade & JP, Ed Geater, Mezzotonic unplugged, Milly Winter, Richard Lomax and Cordelia Gartside amongst others live at The Sun on the Hill.

Keston Cobblers ClubOn Monday (30), Keston Cobblers’ Club featuring music and dancing based on the folklore of old is at the Hare and Hounds (tickets £5 advance / more on the door, info here).

Finish your week and start October on a high with one of these events on Tuesday (October 1). Pop rock quartet The Younger are live at The Flapper with support from Bon Jovi’s tour buddies Of Kings and Captains and the Kings of Leon / Razorlight-indebted Friday Club. Find tickets (priced at £5) and information over on the Birmingham Promoters website.

Lemon Garden, Tales, Absent Friends and Bug play the Actress and Bishop in a night of new music brought to you by Jack Parker (£4 on the door, info here) and Art Brut’s 10th anniversary tour stops off at Coventry Kasbah (£10, info here).

Finally, the beautiful Laura Marling plays The Symphony Hall in what promises to be a completely stunning night. Support comes from Nick Mulvey – find out more, here.

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