Birmingham Weekly Gig Guide October 30 – November 5

On Wednesday (30), bass-less indie-pop-with–a-heavier-edge trio, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam play a Halloween party at The Bull’s Head with support from exciting new project Elephantine which is formed of Anna Palmer ( I Am Anushka, Greg Bird & Enterprize), Kalia Whyte (Youth Man) and Lando Calrissian (Tempting Rosie, Evil Alien). Tickets for this haunting affair are priced at £3 in fancy dress or £5 without so make sure to get there nice and early to guarantee entry! Find all information over on the Facebook Event.

The following day, Thursday (31) we pay tribute to acts from yesteryear across the city when Britpop legends Suede play the best from six albums of material at the O2 Academy (tickets £30, available here) and Ozric Tentacles bring their 30th anniversary tour to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath with support from Forked Tongue and MantisMash. Tickets for that are priced at £15 advance and can be purchased over on the Birmingham Promoters website, where you can also find out further information about all acts.

Friday (1) hosts a wonderful selection of live music to choose from. In Moseley, the new Antics night at The Cross continues its wonderful run of free shows with The Chinese Burn Society, Grand Union, and Silvershores (information here) and Paper Tiger launch their incredible new album, Laptop Suntan, with support from Snooty Bobs, Danieal and Young Culture Sound over at The Bull’s Head (£5 advance, available here).

Down the road in Kings Heath, Hot Club de Swing host their Halloween special featuring Lunatrix and The Rubber Duck Orchestra (£5 early bird tickets available over on the Hare & Hounds website) and in Digbeth, formidable folk six-piece Blackbeard’s Tea Party play with special guests to be announced at The Rainbow (£8 advance, get them here) and Steve Cradock, The Gramotones and Little Liam are live at The Institute for £12 advance – tickets here.

Continuing onto the weekend and on Saturday (2), Leftfoot and Birmingham Promoters present the 10-member contemporary brass band act Youngblood Brass Band at the Hare & Hounds. Tickets for this, which promises to be a complete spectacle, are priced at £12.50 advance and are available, along with further information, here.

Over at The Sunflower Lounge, young surf pop trio Blaenavon play live with support from Broken Witt Rebels and the Foals-inspired Lovats for £4 advance (info and tickets here) and down the road at the O2 Academy, Peter Hook & The Light perform New Order’s ‘Movement’ and ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’ live with support from Slaves of Venus. Find out everything you need to know about that one and purchase your tickets priced at £22.50, here.

Alternatively, head to the Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre for incredible performances from Rhys Chatham & Charlemagne Palestine (pictured) and the Ex Easter Island Head Large Guitar Ensemble. Tickets for that can be purchased here.

On Sunday (3), relax gently out of the weekend at the Sunday Social at The Yardbird which this week features live performances from Killing Fields of Ontario, Wes Dance, Chris Thompson, Zee Khattak and David Moore in a jam packed acoustic extravaganza. Entry to this, is ever, is free and further information can be found here.

Alternatively, Bastille are live at the O2 Academy, tickets for which you can purchase over on the O2 Academy website.

On Monday (4), intricate songwriter Liz Lawrence plays live at the Hare & Hounds with support to be announced (tickets £6 advance, available here) and on Tuesday (5), there’s a trio of events to bring your live music week to a close. Choose from swinging folk pop trio Bear’s Den (with support from The Mariner’s Children) at the Hare & Hounds (tickets £7 advance available here); the stunning self-taught singer songwriter Gabrielle Aplin at The Institute (with support from Jack Savoretti and Emma Crowder (further information here); or Impact featuring the wonderful Is I Cinema and My Autumn Empire, live at The Bull’s Head for the paltry sum of £1. Find out everything you need to know about that one, here.


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