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Panic! returns this weekend

Legendary indie club night Panic! returns to Birmingham for its official launch this weekend.

HMV Institute, the city’s newest venue, will host the fortnightly alternative party Adventures in Stereo every Saturday, starting tomorrow (October 9).

The main room will feature Panic!, the popular indie extravaganza which regularly pulled in the crowds at the venue in its previous guise as The Sanctuary, before its closure two years ago. It will see the best of 90s and the latest dancefloor remixes, while The Library room will boast Klub Kerrang! featuring guest DJs from Kerrang Radio.

In total there will be eight rooms of music and mayhem,  catering for 3,000 revellers. Entry is free before 11.30pm with drinks from £2. Doors open at 10pm and anyone who attends Resurrection at Subway City tonight (FRI) will also get free entry to Panic! tomorrow.

Clubnights will be taking place at the HMV Institute throughout the week alongside a stellar line-up of live acts, with Cult Club every Friday offering alternative, indie and rock tunes; student night Jagerbomb takes over The Library every Tuesday, with Full Moon offering a Thai beach party vibe on Wednedays. For dance aficionados Electric City takes over the venue on alternate Saturdays.

Join the Panic! Facebook group here.

Win tickets to see Crystal Fighters AND free track to download for all readers

Furious electro dance-folk hybrids Crystal Fighters take to the stage in Birmingham tomorrow night (Friday, 8 October) and we have two pairs of tickets to give away.

The five-piece will bring their unique mash-up of basque instruments, synthesisers and relentless energy to The Temple at the HMV Institute in Digbeth.

Tickets are still available from here but two lucky readers can get their hands on a pair of tickets each by answering this simple questions:

What is the name of Crystal Fighters debut album, which was released earlier this week ?

Answers must be emailed to [email protected] by the end of today (Thursday), with name, date of birth and contact details.

Plus, to get you in the mood you can download Crystal Fighters track In the Summer for free below.

Win tickets to see Hurts in Birmingham

Synth-pop stars Hurts will be heading to Birmingham on Thursday for a headline show at the recently reopened HMV Institute.

And we have two pairs of tickets to give away for the hotly-anticipated show, which has been upgraded from The Library to the main room at the Digbeth venue due to demand.

The appearance is part of the band’s biggest ever UK tour, which includes seven sold out dates across the country before they head off for a string of shows across Europe.

Hurts have also been announced as special guests to the Scissor Sisters on their Arena tour in December where they will perform at venues including the LG Arena in Birmingham on December 3 and London’s O2 Arena on December 15.

Hurts will release third single Stay on November 15 from their debut album, which reached number 4 in the UK album charts after selling over 25,000 copies, making the duo the UK’s fastest selling new band of 2010.

For your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Hurts at the HMV Institute, Birmingham, on Thursday, October 7, simply tell us the name of their debut album.

All answers must be sent to [email protected] by 3pm on Wednesday (October 6), including your name, contact number and email address and date of birth. Winners will be notified by email by the end of Wednesday.

Latest issue of Brum Notes out now

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us…

The October issue of Brum Notes Magazine is out now and in case you hadn’t guessed, it’s our first anniversary.

You can read issue number 13 online here or pick it up from all your favourite haunts in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and the Black Country.

This month, we have Wolverhampton’s very own The Lines adorning the cover. They’ve earned praise from the likes of Robert Plant and Steve Lamacq and will be headlining the prestigious Wulfrun Hall in their home city later this month. Plenty to get excited about.

Another band who have their roots in the Black Country and went on to achieve greatness is The Charlatans, who also feature in this month’s issue ahead of their UK tour. We caught up with Wednesbury-born drummer Jon Brookes before the band headed off to America where, as you may already know, Jon collapsed on stage and was later diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tour is still going ahead with The Verve’s Pete Salisbury temporarily replacing Jon, who is said to be recovering well back at home. Needless to say, we’d like to offer Jon our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Also this month we talk to poet/rapper/experimental star Dan le Sac, catch up with the resurgent 22-20s who are back in business and back on the road after initially imploding in a ball of hype four years ago, while Birmingham’s own Shady Bard and Old School Tie share their hopes and dreams for their impending album releases.

Plus, we give you the lowdown on who to watch at the forthcoming Supersonic Festival, give you the chance to win tickets to two of the biggest shows of the month at the Hare & Hounds and even tell you what you should be wearing with our autumn/winter style guide.

And of course there’s the usual comprehensive gig guide for October plus pictures and reviews of the biggest shows throughout September, including Moseley Folk Festival.

Plenty to keep you entertained, read it online here.

September Brum Notes Out Now

The latest issue of Brum Notes Magazine is out now on the streets of the Midlands as well as online here.

The September offering keeps you up to date with all the gigs going on throughout the month with our new look gig guide, while we get the lowdown on the hottest spots in Birmingham in our exclusive photoshoot with cover stars Calories ahead of the release of their second album Basic Nature.

Not to be outdone, Black Country boys The Lines take us on a tour of Wolverhampton, while we also delve deeper into the weird and wonderful world of Modified Toy Orchestra.

You can also feast your eyes on interviews with one of the coolest men in music, Huey from Fun Lovin’ Criminals as well as the enigma that is Jonsi, Sigur Ros frontman and solo star in his own right.

We also get the inside track on next month’s Supersonic Festival and give you the chance to win tickets to Birmingham Comedy Festival – and some cases of beer courtesy of Purity Brewing Co.

And if all that has worked up a hunger and a thirst then we’ll show you the best things to do with rum, how to make deep fried ladyfingers and tell you how to bag 2-for-1 cocktails at The Victoria.

Satisfied? Good.

Read the September issue here.

Check out every back issue online here.

September Brum Notes Out Now

The latest issue of Brum Notes Magazine is out now on the streets of the Midlands as well as online here.

The September offering keeps you up to date with all the gigs going on throughout the month with our new look gig guide, while we get the lowdown on the hottest spots in Birmingham in our exclusive photoshoot with cover stars Calories ahead of the release of their second album Basic Nature.

Not to be outdone, Black Country boys The Lines take us on a tour of Wolverhampton, while we also delve deeper into the weird and wonderful world of Modified Toy Orchestra.

You can also feast your eyes on interviews with one of the coolest men in music, Huey from Fun Lovin’ Criminals as well as the enigma that is Jonsi, Sigur Ros frontman and solo star in his own right.

We also get the inside track on next month’s Supersonic Festival and give you the chance to win tickets to Birmingham Comedy Festival – and some cases of beer courtesy of Purity Brewing Co.

And if all that has worked up a hunger and a thirst then we’ll show you the best things to do with rum, how to make deep fried ladyfingers and tell you how to bag 2-for-1 cocktails at The Victoria.

Satisfied? Good.

Read the September issue here.

Check out every back issue online here.

September Brum Notes Out Now

The latest issue of Brum Notes Magazine is out now on the streets of the Midlands as well as online here.

The September offering keeps you up to date with all the gigs going on throughout the month with our new look gig guide, while we get the lowdown on the hottest spots in Birmingham in our exclusive photoshoot with cover stars Calories ahead of the release of their second album Basic Nature.

Not to be outdone, Black Country boys The Lines take us on a tour of Wolverhampton, while we also delve deeper into the weird and wonderful world of Modified Toy Orchestra.

You can also feast your eyes on interviews with one of the coolest men in music, Huey from Fun Lovin’ Criminals as well as the enigma that is Jonsi, Sigur Ros frontman and solo star in his own right.

We also get the inside track on next month’s Supersonic Festival and give you the chance to win tickets to Birmingham Comedy Festival – and some cases of beer courtesy of Purity Brewing Co.

And if all that has worked up a hunger and a thirst then we’ll show you the best things to do with rum, how to make deep fried ladyfingers and tell you how to bag 2-for-1 cocktails at The Victoria.

Satisfied? Good.

Read the September issue here.

Check out every back issue online here.

September Brum Notes Out Now

The latest issue of Brum Notes Magazine is out now on the streets of the Midlands as well as online here.

The September offering keeps you up to date with all the gigs going on throughout the month with our new look gig guide, while we get the lowdown on the hottest spots in Birmingham in our exclusive photoshoot with cover stars Calories ahead of the release of their second album Basic Nature.

Not to be outdone, Black Country boys The Lines take us on a tour of Wolverhampton, while we also delve deeper into the weird and wonderful world of Modified Toy Orchestra.

You can also feast your eyes on interviews with one of the coolest men in music, Huey from Fun Lovin’ Criminals as well as the enigma that is Jonsi, Sigur Ros frontman and solo star in his own right.

We also get the inside track on next month’s Supersonic Festival and give you the chance to win tickets to Birmingham Comedy Festival – and some cases of beer courtesy of Purity Brewing Co.

And if all that has worked up a hunger and a thirst then we’ll show you the best things to do with rum, how to make deep fried ladyfingers and tell you how to bag 2-for-1 cocktails at The Victoria.

Satisfied? Good.

Read the September issue here.

Check out every back issue online here.

Win tickets to see The Phenomenal Handclap Band

We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway to see The Phenomenal Handclap Band live in action at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on Wednesday (August 4).

Act quick though as answers must be in today!

This stage-filling collective will be bringing an unmissable show, with their unique blend of retro funk, party soul and prog rock fusion.

The show, put on by the collective efforts of three of Birmingham’s finest promoting machines in Leftfoot, This is Tomorrow and Birmingham Promoters, should be a psychedlic live disco of epic proportions and you will want to be there.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, all you need to do is turn to page six of the latest issue of Brum Notes Magazine and answer the very simple question.

Then email your answer with your full name to [email protected], or post your answer and name to our Facebook page or tweet us the answer and your name to @BrumNotesMag.

As an added bonus, even if you’re not lucky enough to win the free tickets, the first batch of people to enter will have their names added to the £5 cheap entry list, saving a shiny pound!

The winner will be notified tomorrow so keep a check on your email.

Good luck and even if you don’t win, get yourself down there, it will be immense.

Win tickets to see The Phenomenal Handclap Band

We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway to see The Phenomenal Handclap Band live in action at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on Wednesday (August 4).

Act quick though as answers must be in today!

This stage-filling collective will be bringing an unmissable show, with their unique blend of retro funk, party soul and prog rock fusion.

The show, put on by the collective efforts of three of Birmingham’s finest promoting machines in Leftfoot, This is Tomorrow and Birmingham Promoters, should be a psychedlic live disco of epic proportions and you will want to be there.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, all you need to do is turn to page six of the latest issue of Brum Notes Magazine and answer the very simple question.

Then email your answer with your full name to [email protected], or post your answer and name to our Facebook page or tweet us the answer and your name to @BrumNotesMag.

As an added bonus, even if you’re not lucky enough to win the free tickets, the first batch of people to enter will have their names added to the £5 cheap entry list, saving a shiny pound!

The winner will be notified tomorrow so keep a check on your email.

Good luck and even if you don’t win, get yourself down there, it will be immense.

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