Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide October 23 – 29

Start off your week of live music on Wednesday (23) at the Town Hall where Soul Caribbean orchestrates a celebration of Black music featuring performances from Carleen Anderson and Zara McFarlane plus the Town Hall Gospel Choir. Tickets for this event, which promises to be truly jubilatory, are priced at £17.50 advance plus booking fee and can be purchased over on the Town Hall website.

Alternatively, Nottingham indie pop trio London Grammar call into the O2 Academy as part of their first ever headline tour. With support from sivu and James Young. This event is now sold out, but if you do have tickets, make sure to check timings etc over on the Academy website.

Eclectic folk outfit Ferocious Dog also play with Damba (formed by three members of 15-piece Birmingham big band collective, Destroyers) at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. Tickets for this musical medley are priced at £7 and can be picked up from the Hare & Hounds website.

Plus, playing their first Birmingham date since 2010, Goo Goo Dolls are live at The Institute in Digbeth, touring their new (and 10th) studio album ‘Magnetic’ plus a selection of classic back catalogue numbers. Support comes from Flesh For Lulu and tickets are priced at £24 – grab them here.

On Thursday (24), the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-indebted Black Dollar Bills play a headline set at The Sunflower Lounge with support from Brighton’s Royal Blood and local bands Bad Moon (shoegaze) and Curb (grunge / britpop). Tickets are priced at £5 advance for this one and further information on all acts, as well as links to their music, can be found over on the Birmingham Promoters website.

Swim Deep tour buddies Circa Waves are also live at the Hare & Hounds with support from britpop revivalists with a pedal-powered edge, Babypink, and the industrial beats of Coventry’s The Grafham Water Sailing Club. To pick up your advance tickets (priced at £5 advance), head here.

Alternatively, hip hop soul-jazz outfit The Apples return to The Yardbird for the third time to play live with support from 3421 (£12, tickets here) or 70s post punk outfit The Monochrome Set showcase their enormously influential back catalogue with Manchester’s Rapid Pig at the Hare & Hounds  for £10 advance – pick up those tickets (highly recommended), here.

Friday (25) welcomes an array of fresh talent to the city beginning with shimmery Bristol five-piece, Coasts. Playing their own blend of trop pop with support from funk pop midlands act Venkman and Forest Life, head to The Victoria for this live music event which is priced at only £5 and pick up tickets in advance, here.

Goodnight Lenin play what promises to be a super special set at The Prince of Wales watering hole in Moseley with support from Manchester five-piece, The Travelling Band. The first 100 people through the door to this one will also receive a free bottle of Goodnight Lenin’s own ale so make sure to get down nice and early or book those tickets for £10 advance. Find out further information over on the Facebook Event.

Over in Digbeth, Mr George’s Famous Last Words, Luminance, Tales, The Heist and Floor 6 play at The Rainbow in a night jam packed full of young local bands coordinated by PWS. Pick of the bunch at this one are math noise rock duo, Tales, so be sure to purchase those tickets at £5 advance and get down early to avoid disappointment! Further information is available on the Facebook Event.

Sleaford Mods and Dinos Chapman are among the highlights of an incredibly eclectic Bring to Light festival, which takes over the Rainbow Warehouse on Friday night. The three-day conccoction of adventurous music and art celebrates the opening of the new Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season, with more events taking place throughout Saturday and Sunday at the Library itself.

Back to Friday night, if Moseley and Kings Heath are more your area, new night Antics presents Rapid Pig, Semachrysa Jade and Prayers at The Cross (free entry, information here); Freestyle with JamTidy, Kinatural, Alima and Ed Geater is at The Bull’s Head (£4, info and tickets here) and Jamaican soulstress Susan Cadogan plays the Hare & Hounds with support from Otis Irie (£6 advance, find out more here).

On Saturday (26), Troumaca (pictured top) play what could well be the show of the week when they take their tropical dub and 90s garage-influenced dancehall to The Rainbow supported by the Built to Spill-influenced Dumb. Make sure to pick up your tickets in advance (£7) by clicking here.

Down the road at The Institute, Mississippi five-piece The Weeks play with Audio Subscene and Babypink (£8 advance, info here) or over in Kings Heath, Chicks Dig Jerks return with their Halloween Hellraiser featuring Table Scraps, Ghosts of Dead Airplanes, Ignoramuss and Moselele at the Hare & Hounds. Tickets for that are priced at £5 advance and will be extremely limited so make sure to get your hands on them asap, here!

Celebrating the release of their new album ‘Long Distance Song Effects’, London experimental pop outfit Goldheart Assembly play live at The Sunflower Lounge with support from Cattle & Caine and The Circles. Tickets for this are priced at £8 advance and are available here.

Or, if you fancy a little trip out to Wolverhampton, Leeds’ Pigeon Detectives return to the live circuit promoting their new album, playing The Slade Rooms with The Mexanines and The Dead Blues. Head over to the Birmingham Promoters website for tickets (£12.50) and further information.

End your weekend on a relaxing note on Sunday (27) with one of two free acoustic shows; The Sunday Social featuring Less For Murder, Sally Haines and Niel Irson at The Yardbird (info here) or The Free Love Club Halloween special which this week features performances from Zombie Flashmob!, Ian Bourne, Church of Elvis (featuring Zinc Alloy) and David Jay Moore amongst others at The Sun on the Hill (info here).

Or, if you want to bow out on a high, The Nightingales, formed from original members of Birmingham punk group The Prefects play the Hare and Hounds with support from The Courtesy Group. Find out all information, including tickets and pricings, over on the Birmingham Promoters event page.

Finally, on Monday (28), Jake Bugg plays the O2 Academy (plus an additional date the following night – tickets £19.50, available here) and on Tuesday (29) Euros Childs (ex Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Laura J Martin and The Wellgreen play the Hare & Hounds (£10 advance, tickets here) and Leftfoot and Jazzlines present Portico Quartet and Cornelia at The Glee Club (£12.50 advance, find out everything you need to know, here).


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