Forget about dry January and getting buff, the only New Year’s resolution worth pursuing is getting yourself to as many gigs as possible, so start now! From straight-edge punk to chilled-folk, grindcore, jazz and beyond – we’ve got you covered. Check Birmingham’s top performances this week:
Pick Of The Week
Youth Man – Hare & Hounds
Saturday, Jan 16 | Tickets £5 + fees, available via Skiddle
Our partners in crime Counteract Mag launch 2016 in a riotous fashion by bringing Birmingham’s most uncompromising and raging punk trio, Youth Man, home to the Hare & Hounds. Support comes from stellar home grown alt-bands The Terror Watts, Last Light, The Mighty young, and Broken Oak Duet, in addition to DJ sets from Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam. For noise, sweat, beer and blood – this is your gig.
Hannah James and Tuulikki Bartosik – Ort Cafe
Tuesday, Jan 12 | Tickets £5 OTD
As soon as you get yourself in out of the cold and into its snug and communal setting, order a glass of wine and squish yourself on to a sofa, the Ort Cafe always becomes so homely. It’s Birmingham’s most apt venue for taking in folk music. With support from local fiddler Richard Scott and Sheffield-based melodeon player Lucy Huzzard, accordion and vocal duo Hannah James (UK) and Tuulikki Barosik (Estonia) are set to play a tantalising set of original compositions, traditional tunes and spontaneous improvisations.
Accordions and wine are an invisible combination, always remember this.
Aversions Crown – The Rainbow
Wednesday, Jan 13 | Tickets £8 + fees available via Skiddle
For those looking to sustain neck injuries to the sounds misanthropic metal with guttural vocals, technical guitar work and regimented breakdowns – Brisbane’s Aversion Crown have got exactly what you need. With support from fellow Australians A Night In Texas and Californian death metallers Rings Of Saturn, this is bound to be a disgustingly heavy and unforgiving affair.
Venomous Concept – The Rainbow
Thursday, Jan 14th | Tickets £10 + fees available via Skiddle
Venomous Concept is home to grindcore and hardcore punk royalty. They feature two current members of Napalm death (Shane Embury, Danny Herrera) and two more band mates from Brutal Truth (Danny Lilker, Kevin Sharp). They can even count Melvins’ front man Buzz Osborne as their only ex-member. Support comes from Liverpool’s insane-grindcore four-piece Corrupt Moral Alter and Birmingham’s Police Bastard – a band featuring veteran Kerrang! DJ Johnny Doom and Iron Man Records founder Mark Sampson. In grind we crust.
Trope – Hare & Hounds
Thursday, 14 Jan | Tickets £8 + fees available via Skiddle
They’re a hybrid of soul, hip hop, funk, classical and jazz – Trope are a fairly young Birmingham five-piece, having made their debut in 2014 at Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival. Since then they’ve collaborated with Young Pilgrims, performed at the Rich Mix Youth Takeover in London and supported New York based pianist Kris Bowers (Jay Z, Kanye West). The band perform having released their debut EP, Butterflies & Dragons, last October. With soulful vocal melodies atop of a technical and progressive backdrop, Troupe play jazz with its truest intention – to push the boundaries of composition.
Lime – The Sunflower Lounge
Saturday, Jan 16th | Tickets £5 + fees via Birmingham Promoters
Wolverhampton rock/punk three-piece Lime headline The Sunflower Lounge with support from Ideal Club, The Insomniacs and London four-piece The Critics. For fast, no holds barred, overdriven, fuzzed-up Lo-fi garage rock with a “fuck you” attitude, these four bands have got you covered. If you’re looking to discover your new favourite Midlands band, see here.