Friday night guide: Gypsy jazz or iconic soul

Bohemian firebrands The Destroyers and British soul pioneer Jazzie B head up a strong line-up of Friday night frolics across Birmingham tonight.

Birmingham’s own 15-piece twisted celtic gypsy folk collective heroes The Destroyers launch their UK and Ireland tour in style, officially opening new Digbeth venue The Crossing with The Summer Gypsy Ball.

The evening will also include an appearance from East London act Urban Voodoo Machine plus live visuals from Syzygy and all embracing DJ sets from the Jibbering collective and Marc Reck.

It will also give people an early look at the new 500-capacity music theatre, The Crossing, based in the South Birmingham College campus, Milk Street, which will launch in earnest later this year.

Doors open at 9pm with the first band on at 10pm, with entertainment carrying on until 3am.

Tickets are £10 advance from or £12 on the door.

Catch up with our feature on The Destroyers frontman Paul Murphy here.

Also in demand tonight, will be late night entertainment at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath as part of the BASS Festival, a month-long celebration of black arts and culture.

Founder of Soul II Soul and groundbreaking producer and remixer Jazzie B will be performing an intimate DJ set to celebrate both the festival and the 10th anniversary of Birmingham-based soulful dance promoters Leftfoot.

Soul II Soul are hailed as helping to put British black music on the map with their ‘funky dred’ sound and were one of the first acts to blur the lines between sound system and group.

Jazzie B, who has picked up a variety of accolades including an Ivor Novello Inspiration award, an OBE, two Grammys and the keys to Los Angeles and New York, has racked up a string of producer and remix credits as well as producing Soul II Soul smash hits such as Keep on Movin’ and Back To Life.

The night runs from 9pm to 2am with tickets priced £8 advance through or on 0844 870 0000, or £10 on the door.

Elsewhere tonight, The Crossing in Alcester Road, Moseley, will be continuing the Balkan theme, with the return of Balkanic Eruption. The line-up includes a live performance from Carol Leeming and The Vagabond Club as well as DJ sets from Chromatouch, Uncle Zitty and the seemingly very busy Marc Reck (should someone tell him he’s double-booked?), as well as visuals, face paints and free mints.

Tickets are £3 in advance at or a fiver on the door.

Weep tears of cheap alcohol at the last ever Naked Lunch Warehouse Party, taking place at The Rainbow Warehouse and Garden, with entry from £5 and drinks from £1 helping all those pauper students celebrate the end of their exams in truly messy style.

Also competing for the end-of-term party title is Supersonic Vague at Gatecrasher on Broad Street, with its End of Term Carnival, promising stilt walkers, jugglers, hook-a-duck, candy floss and face painting, as well as the usual mix of indie, alternative, dubstep and electro with advance tickets and guestlist entry from £4.

In the live arena, DIY Brummie rockers Temptleton Pek lead the line up at The Flapper, while sweaty dancing is guaranteed with Utah Saints returning to town to top the bill at Vulture Vulture at the all-new Cellar Door and Rainbow Courtyard in Digbeth.

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