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Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands: April 2007

Posted in Combat Sports, LOTTSADITWM, Modern Living, Music, Stage, Well, it passes the time by Russ L on 31 March, 2007

Nick of time. I typically prefer to post these slightly earlier than the last day of the previous month.

Standard disclaimers: I can’t ensure that these events will go ahead, that they’ll be good, or that I will be going to them. Please do not contact me to ask for your event to be included. That’s not the way it works.

Thursday the 15th of March to Sunday the 6th of May – ‘The Little Mermaid’ @ The MAC, Edgbaston, Birmingham – The run of this one continues all month and into next. Remember that it’s based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale and not the Disney version, if your little ‘un is easily upset. Or if you are yourself, of course.

Friday the 6th of April – Bull Ring Easter Bonnet Competition @ The Bull Ring Markets, Birmingham – A woman at work recently appealed for people to draw a chicken for her so she’d have an idea how to make an ‘at for her son at his school Easter do. She wasn’t interested in my effort (it looked a bit like this). I feel slighted.

Friday the 6th of April – Clutch/The Sword/Taint @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Clutch! They’re the best rock band going. It’s true.

Friday the 6th – J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion” @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham – I haven’t yet managed to attend any of the Birmingham Bach Choir’s annual performances of St Matthew’s Passion, and I’m not likely to this time either unless Clutch cancel. It’s there, though. One of these years I’ll get it sorted, I hope.

Saturday the 7th – John Renbourn/Robin Williamson @ All Services Club, Moseley, Birmingham – A warm-up gig of sorts for the Moseley Folk Festival.

Sunday the 8th – ‘Beastly bugs And Creepy Crawlies’ @ The Botanical Gardens, Harborne, Birmingham – Listen to Mr Beetle’s stories and make mini-beasts of your own. Or, erm, your kids can.

Sunday the 8th – Brian McKnight/Boyz II Men @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – It’s “Soul of the last two decades” month here in the Black Country, it seems (see the 21st, too).

Sunday the 8th – “Easter At The Island” metal alldayer @ The King Edward Inn, Birmingham – Including Mothertrucker and a pile of others (EDIT: Mothertrucker aren’t playing this any more), have a look to see. The King Eddie is that pub opposite the Fire Station that used to be called Chapter Eleven and The Ben Johnson and lord knows what else. Co-incidentally…

Wednesday the 11th – Crippled Black Phoenix @ The King Edward Inn, Birmingham – … This one is there too. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: This gig is not happening at The Medicine Bar, as stated on the original promotional material and various flyers still doing the rounds. It’s definitely at the former Chapter Eleven/Ben Johnson/whatever-have-you place.

Wednesday the 11th – Lady Sovereign @ The Academy, Birmingham – Blah blah, blah blah blah.

Thursday the 12th to Sunday the 15th – The British Open Showjumping Championships @ The NEC, Birmingham – Hoss pitted against hoss to find who is the true boss-hoss.

Saturday the 14th – Cantaloop @ The Yardbird, Birmingham – The Yardbird is that pub near Paradise Forum precinct that used to be called The Stage. I’ve heard mixed things about it since it was refurbished; maybe excellent funk-hop sorts Cantaloop playing there would make a good opportunity for us to see for ourselves.

Saturday the 14th – Muay Thai (K-Star) @ The Royal Suite, Perry Bar, Birmingham – I have no precise details, so I’ll just shout “Knees! Knees! KNEES!”

Sunday the 15th – Kickboxing (Showsport) @ Town Hall, Dudley – Including Wayne Turner challenging for an ISKA world title. I’m having a bold guess that the whole card will be Full Contact rules, but I don’t know really. (EDIT: More info here).

Sunday the 15th – Urban Gorillaz National no-gi grappling tournament @ Cocks Moor Woods Leisure Centre, Kings Heath, Birmingham – If you don’t fancy the kickboxing on this date and would like to see a combat sport event that doesn’t involve people getting hit, then here you are.

Thursday the 19th – Chris Isaac @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – I only know that ‘Wicked Game’ song, but that’s surely the most gorgeous thing in the history of human achievement.

Friday the 20th – Anaal Nathrakh @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Local black metal legends (and let’s be honest, there aren’t too many of those) return for one of their very infrequent gigs and what they have termed a ‘complete desperation vortex of the death throes of reality itself.’ Necro, and such.

Friday the 20th – Boxing (PJ Promotions) @ Town Hall, Dudley – I just got all confused writing this, ‘cos this card was originally supposed to be happening at Wolves Civic. A few names but no matches have been publically confirmed at this present moment of current contemporary time.

Saturday the 21st – Alexander O’Neal @ Town Hall, Dudley – I’m not sure why, but I find the thought that Alexander O’Neal is still going a surprising one. Combine that with the fact that he’s playing at Dudley Town Hall and we’re into the realms of the surreal.

Saturday the 21st – The Destroyers @ The Cross Café, Moseley, Birmingham – It’s a Jibbering Records do.

Saturday the 21st & Sunday the 22nd – St George’s Day celebrations @ Birmingham City Centre – All sorts of stuff for all ages all over the place, including a concert in Symphony Hall and family activities in the Art Gallery and Central Library. Most but not all of it seems to be free.

Tuesday the 24th to Saturday the 12th of May – ‘Hysteria’ @ The Rep Theatre, Birmingham – Freud meets Dali. Sounds interesting, eh? Written by Terry Johnson.

Wednesday the 25th – Spiritualized @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – An acoustic set, but don’t go assuming that means ‘stripped down’ – apparently the backing includes a string quartet and a gospel choir.

Thursday the 26th – David Benson’s “Think No Evil Of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams” @ The Library Theatre, Bloxwich – I saw this one a while back. He’s also performing it the following night at Stourbridge Town Hall.

Saturday the 28th – The Birmingham Regatta @ Edgbaston Reservoir, Edgbaston, Birmingham – See the boats and watch them float. Hopefully. We’ll all be seeing it on the news otherwise.

Sunday the 29th – Boxing (Ringside Promotions) @ The Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Aston, Birmingham – Again I have no specific details at present. I’m not being all that informative with the fightsports this month, am I? I’m sure it’ll feature a fair few of the usual Ringside lot.

Monday the 30th – The Wildhearts @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – I always really liked this band, but I have (not deliberately, I hasten to add) managed to keep up a run of missing every single Wildhearts or Wildhearts-related gig since June 2001. Will this be the one to break the tradition?


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  1. Russ L said, on 5 April, 2007 at 9:20 am

    This is very important:

    Go and see Clutch tomorrow, everyone.

  2. throughsilver said, on 5 April, 2007 at 10:09 am

    I missed the Wildhearts in 1995. I was gutted. I mainly ‘missed’ them then because I was a scared kid who had heard that their gigs were violent. I will proper be up for them this time. Great band.

  3. Russ L said, on 5 April, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    I didn’t see them first time around (so to speak), but I did catch them at J.B’s in 2001 on one of the numerous “We’re off the drugs now, honest” reunions. That was the tour when Antiproduct were supporting, whose bassplayer used to be in a Wildhearts tribute band and could thus fill in for Danny when he was too off his face to perform.

    Since then, though, I’ve (for one reason or another) not only missed every single one of their gigs but also every ex-member band/offshoot band/etc.

    It’s become quite the custom.

  4. throughsilver said, on 5 April, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Back in about 2000, I was determined to see Hundred Reasons (pre album, and they were riding on the crest of the wave that was their excellent ‘Different’ mp3). Time after time, I missed them, most infuriatingly when they were headlining a hardcore/punk weekender in NottingHAM. The bloody trains to Manchester stopped running after about half four, so I had to get home instead of seeing them. So close!

    By the time I did see them, it was 2002 and they were rubbish. Still, Cave In supported.

    P.S. I have never seen a Wildies offshoot either. Yoyos, Jellys, even 3 Colours Red. Well odd.

  5. Russ L said, on 6 April, 2007 at 8:05 am

    I did actually see The Yo-Yos prior to all this, in 2000 on the bill between Clutch and Therapy?. I’m going to see Clutch tonight and am listening to Therapy? now. Synchronicity~!

    I actually had a ticket for the Wolverhampton gig when The Wildhearts and Therapy? were touring together in 2004, but ended up selling it ‘cos it was the same night as Britney at the NIA.


    Additions For The Local Massive Dem:

    Thursday the fifth (that would be yesterday, then) till Monday the 9th – Epic Beer Festival @ the Epic Skate Park, Moseley.

    Friday the 13th (oooh…) – Rolo Tomassi/Random Conflict/The Hubble Constant @ The Planet, Wolverhampton.

    And judging by things said in passing in The Never Ending Boxcot Comments Thread it looks like some of the fights at the boxing in Dudley on the 20th might be televised, so go there if you want to wave for the cameras.

  6. Ben said, on 7 April, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    How were Clutch last night? Interested to know what you made of Taint, too – they’re vaguely local boys.

  7. Russ L said, on 7 April, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Both were great. Blah to follow (soon-ish. I’ve got Thea Gilmore to get through before then).



    Saturday the 28th – Pram/Poppy & The Jezebels/Paperweight Industry @ The Medicine Bar, The Custard Factory, Birmingham – This is an afternoon gig (3pm-8pm) and a benefit for The Friends Of Moseley Road Baths, which is a gorgeous building (flyer).


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