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Competition: Win signed album and tickets to see Kele

Bloc Party frontman Kele brings his solo project to Birmingham on Monday and one lucky reader could be watching the show for free.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to see Kele and his band live at the HMV Institute  in Digbeth on Monday (November 15) and as an added bonus we’ll even throw in a signed copy of his debut album The Boxer.

The string of five UK dates is his second tour since unveiling his dance-fused solo record earlier this year to critical acclaim.

To be in with a chance of winning a signed album and a pair of tickets to Monday’s show simply tell us:

What is Kele’s surname? And make sure you spell it right!

Email all answers with your name, age and postal address to [email protected]

Winners will be notified by email by 2pm on Monday.

Terms and conditions apply.

NIA set for big money transformation

Architects have been appointed to oversee a big money facelift for Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena (NIA).

An eight-week feasibility study starts today to conceive a new image for the city centre arena to turn it into “a striking state-of-the-art venue.”

International architecture firm Broadway Malyan has been chosen to spearhead the new design for the NIA, which hosts an array of international sporting and live entertainment events, with upcoming appearances from the likes of Elbow on March 22, Faithless on December 10 and Thirty Seconds to Mars on December 1.

The study to transform the venue, which opened its doors in 1991, follows the £29 million overhaul of sister venue the LG Arena at the NEC last year.

No figures have been revealed for the NIA revamp, with a budget set to be put together following the feasibility study. Finances are expected to be raised by renaming the venue after a sponsor.

Work could start next summer, bosses said today, with the aim to make it more visually attractive and improve accessibility, taking advantage of the canal-side location as well as improving hospitality and pre-gig areas.

Phil Mead, managing director of arenas, part of The NEC Group said: “We are on the starting blocks to transform The NIA from the well–used building it is now to becoming an exciting and contemporary venue. We want our visitors not just to experience world class events, but to enjoy the experience from the moment they arrive.

“By appointing Broadway Malyan as the architects leading on this project, we have found an innovative practice that can turn our vision into a reality and make The NIA into a destination in its own right,” he added.

Aidan Ridyard, director of Broadway Malyan said: “This is an fantastic commission on many levels: working with a client as prestigious as The NEC Group to reinvent an incredible venue like The NIA is a rare opportunity indeed. The chance to combine it with shaping our City’s waterfront heritage makes it exceptional.”

Win tickets to see Zero 7, 2020Soundsystem and Roses Kings Castles

As usual, it’s a jam-packed week ahead of live music and stomping DJ sets at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath.

And as a special treat we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway to three of the hottest shows.

First up, it’s the jaunty, brass-backed melodies of Roses Kings Castles, the full band project led by former Babyshambles drummer Adam Ficek, headlining the venue on Thursday, November 11, with support from local boy Alex Moir.

Tickets are £6 in advance from here but we’ve got one pair to give away to the first person who can tell us the answer to this question:

What is the name of Roses Kings Castles debut album, released earlier this year?

On Friday, November 12, kings of the ambient Zero 7 take control of the decks for a rare DJ set showcasing some of the tracks which have helped shaped their careers.

To win a pair of tickets, worth £7 each, just tell us the name of their 2001 gold selling debut album. If you don’t win, grab your own tickets here.

And finally, on Saturday, November 13, Birmingham house promoters Habit and Audio Therapy join forces to bring Ralph Lawson’s 2020Soundsytem band to the Hare & Hounds for a live performance combining top notch musicianship and record mixing skills.

Tickets are £10 each from here but to be in with a chance of winning free entry for two just email us the name of their second album, released earlier this year.

Send all answers to [email protected] by the end of Wednesday, November 10, and keep an eye on your inbox as winners will be notified by email.

Goodnight Lenin to perform in a church (and a kitchen)

Birmingham’s own nu-folk hopefuls Goodnight Lenin will finish the year in style with a special show at a city church.

The Northfield band will play their most unique show to date when they perform in the beautiful surroundings of St Paul’s Church on Saturday, December 4.

It has been something of a whirlwind year for Goodnight Lenin who only formed a year ago and earned attention with a series of Youtube videos performing in their own kitchen. They have since released their debut single Crook in the Creek on Static Caravan and headlined the Lunar Stage at this year’s Moseley Folk Festival.

With their latest announcement, the band are following in the footsteps of Bombay Bicycle Club who played a sold-out show at the same church in St Paul’s Square earlier this year.

Goodnight Lenin will be joined on the night by fellow Brum Notes Magazine favourites Boat to Row.

The band have also promised some festive treats and maybe even the odd mince pie.

Tickets for this unique concert are available in advance for £6 including £1 booking fee from here or on the door for £8. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Before that, the band will be going back to their roots by performing in the Soul Food Project kitchen at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath this Sunday, November 14.

They will be getting behind the decks from 1pm onwards to provide the soundtrack for diners tucking into a Sunday roast at the pub, before heading up to the kitchen at around 5.30pm  to perform an exclusive acoustic set to a strictly limited number of invited guests. There is space for about 15 people in the kitchen and to be in with a chance of bagging an invite you have to book a Sunday Roast table in advance, with the lucky audience members having their names drawn out of a hat. Email [email protected] to book a table.

Remix masterclass in Birmingham this Friday

House music producer MJ Cole will head a remix masterclass at the Hare & Hounds in Birmingham this week.

The DJ and mix master will host and chair an interactive remix session with live demonstrations, performances, industry tips and more at the Kings Heath pub and live venue.

The event runs form 4pm to 6pm on Friday (November 12) and is free to attend but spaces are limited so must be reserved by registering in advance.

The masterclass is part of the launch of Rizla Re-Crafted, a brand new nationwide search for production talent that celebrates the art of the remix.

Later that night Rizla Re-Crafted takes over the Rainbow Warehouse in Digbeth where MJ Cole will be joined on the decks for DJ sessions from this month’s Brum Notes Magazine cover stars Simian Mobile Disco, as well as indie favourites Mystery Jets and Friendly Fires, alongside a live performance on the night from Finnish all girl electro-pop group Le Corps Mince De Francoise.

The Birmingham events are the first night of a four-city tour for Rizla Re-Crafted which will also give budding mix masters the chance to submit their own remixes of Mystery Jets track Show Me The Light.

To attend the remix masterclass at the Hare & Hounds, register at www.recrafted.co.uk

The Friday club night at the Rainbow Warehouse kicks off at 8.30pm running until 5am the following morning. Tickets are £8 adv or £10 on the door from www.ticketsellers.co.uk.

To read our interview with Simian Mobile Disco visit staging.brumnotes.com/magazine.

NME Awards Tour line-up revealed

Crystal Castles will headline the next NME Awards Tour which heads to Birmingham next February.

The Canadian electro duo will be joined on an eclectic bill for the prestigious series of dates by dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man, former Brum Notes cover stars Everything Everything and pop punk hot tips The Vaccines.

The NME Awards Tour is renowned for helping to propel the hottest emerging talent into the spotlight and has in previous years showcased acts such as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and Florence & The Machines.

The tour heads to Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Saturday, February 12, with tickets on sale from tomorrow (Wednesday, November 10) at www.nme.com and on general release on Friday, November 12, from here.

Ethan Kath from Crystal Castles, who released their second self-titled album earlier this year, said the headline slot represented a “step up” for the band, who were part of the NME Radar Tour back in 2008.

“I’m a really big fan of Magnetic Man, so I’m looking forward to seeing them every night.”

Art-poppers Everything Everything also hailed the presence of dubstep trio Magnetic Man on the bill.

“It’s quite an honour to be invited to do this. And, frankly, we’re daunted at playing alongside the might of Magnetic Man particularly. But I think all the acts will bring out the best in each other in that respect. We’re excited and inspired and it’s going to be a grand thing man.”

Skream, one part of Magnetic Man, added the cross-genre line-up was “a sign of the times.”

“I think it’s gonna work,” he said. “You go to a club night now and you no longer have one-genre crowds, it’s better for everyone and makes it more exciting.”

The Vaccines, who release their debut double A-sided single, Wrekin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)/ Blow It Up in late November, have bagged the coveted opening slot for tour.

Justin from the band added: “It’s an exciting prospect; the thought of playing our music to so many more people than we’re used to. We’re all looking forward to it. Touring is our favourite thing about being in a band. It’s why you start a band, isn’t it?”

NME Awards Tour Dates 2011:

Thu 03 Feb Glasgow O2 Academy

Fri 04 Feb Manchester Academy

Mon 07 Feb Newcastle O2 Academy

Tue 08 Feb Nottingham Rock City

Wed 09 Feb Leeds O2 Academy

Fri 11 Feb Norwich UEA

Sat 12 Feb Birmingham O2 Academy

Sun 13 Feb Cardiff Uni Great Hall

Tue 15 Feb Bristol O2 Academy

Wed 16 Feb Bournemouth O2 Academy

Thu 17 Feb Brighton Dome

Sat 19 Feb London O2 Academy Brixton

Win tickets to see Foals in Birmingham

Anthemic art-rockers Foals return to Birmingham this week as part of a full UK tour.

The Oxford quintet produced one of the albums of the year with their sophomore release Total Life Forever back in May, earning a Mercury nomination for their efforts.

They are also fast developing into one of the UK’s must-see live acts, showcasing the raw energy and dreamy prog of their latest album alongside the juddery math-pop of acclaimed debut album Antidotes.

Tickets are still available here but if you’re lucky you could be seeing them in action for free as we have two pairs of tickets to give away to their headline appearance at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on Wednesday (November 3).

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell us what number Total Life Forever reached in the UK album charts upon its first week of release.

Email answers, age and contact details to [email protected] by 6pm on Tuesday, November 2.

Winners will be notified by email.

Take That add extra Birmingham date

Take That have added an extra date in Birmingham for their 2011 tour following exceptional demand for tickets today.

The reformed pop band will now appear twice at Villa Park on June 27 and with a newly scheduled appearance on June 28.

Extra dates have also been added on May 31 in Sunderland and June 24 in Glasgow for the Progress Live 2011 Tour, which will see Robbie Williams reunited with the band.

Tickets for the tour went on sale this morning causing phone lines and websites to jam with demand.

Progress Live 2011 will be the first time that Gary, Howard, Jason, Mark and Robbie have toured together in over 16 years

Extra tickets for Birmingham, Sunderland and Glasgow are on sale now from See Tickets and other agents.

Progress Live 2011 full tour dates

Monday 30 May 2011                          Sunderland Stadium of Light

Tuesday 31 May 2011                         Sunderland Stadium of Light

Friday 3 June 2011                             City of Manchester Stadium

Saturday 4 June 2011                         City of Manchester Stadium

Sunday 5 June 2011                           City of Manchester Stadium

Tuesday 7 June 2011                         City of Manchester Stadium

Tuesday 14 June 2011                       Cardiff Millennium Stadium

Saturday 18 June 2011                       Dublin Croke Park

Wednesday 22 June 2011                  Glasgow Hampden Park

Thursday 23 June 2011                      Glasgow Hampden Park

Friday 24th June                                 Glasgow Hampden Park

Monday 27 June 2011                         Birmingham Villa Park

Tuesday 28 June                                Birmingham, Villa Park

Friday 1 July 2011                               Wembley Stadium

Saturday 2 July 2011                          Wembley Stadium

Sunday 3 July 2011                             Wembley Stadium

Tuesday 5 July 2011                           Wembley Stadium

Tuesday 12 July                                  Milan San Siro

Saturday 16 July                                 Copenhagen Parken

Monday 18 July                                   Amsterdam Arena

Friday 22 July                                      Hamburg Imtech Arena

Monday 25 July                                   Düsseldorf Esprit Arena

Friday 29 July                                      Munich Olympiastadion

November issue of Brum Notes out now!

The November issue of Brum Notes Magazine is now available to read online, with the print edition hitting the streets today.

This month’s sleek black cover features Simian Mobile Disco who we caught up with to talk techno and warehouse raves ahead of their appearance in Birmingham on November 12.

Also inside you’ll find interviews with love em or hate em Aussie rockers Pendulum, Birmingham DJ Sam Redmore and city based photographer Pogus Caesar on his new collection of images of black music icons.

You can also get your hands on tickets and travel to see uber-producer Deadmau5 on his arena tour in our top competition, while we’re also giving away free entry to shows including Zero 7 and 2020Soundsystem at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, as well as Frightened Rabbit at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms.

We’ve also got some tasty morsels of food and drink news and a guide to making your own winter warming cocktails, a guide to the Flip Animation in Wolverhampton and top tips on where to shop for unique clothing in Birmingham.

And of course you can add to that our usual mix of news, reviews and a comprehensive gig guide for November.

The weather may be miserable but there’s still plenty out there to get you hot with excitement throughout this month, so get out there and enjoy it.

PS – from next month we shall be including club nights, comedy and anything else worth its salt in our listings section, so please send all your event details to [email protected] to get yours included.

Read the November issue online now!

Kings of Leon announce huge outdoor shows

Rock giants Kings of Leon have announced details of a series of huge headline outdoor shows, including one in Coventry.

The US band, who are also due to tour the UK in December, will perform in five cities next summer, with an appearance at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on May 30.

Other shows include the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, Lancashire County Cricket Ground in Manchester and Hyde Park in London. The announcement comes in the same week that pop royalty Take That unveiled their own stadium tour, including an appearance at Villa Park.

Kings of Leon released their fifth album Come Around Sundown last week, topping the UK charts and selling more copies than any other album in its first week this year.

Tickets for the shows in Coventry, Sunderland, Manchester, London and Edinburgh go on sale next Wednesday, November 3 at 9am.

May 30th Coventry Ricoh Arena

June 17th Sunderland Stadium of Light

June 19th Manchester Lancashire County Cricket Ground

June 22nd London Hyde Park

June 26th Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium

Come Around Sundown is out now on Columbia Records, buy it or download it here.

The single Pyro is released on December 6.

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