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End-Of-Year Count 2018: Gigs

Posted in Music, Uncategorized by Russ L on 1 January, 2019

No worries at all about any of these having been missed, since I have the the ongoing list on this very blog.

Kaia Kater – Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 5/2/18

Johnny And The Baptists/Grace Petrie – The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton – 16/2/18

Sun Ra Arkestra – The Town Hall, Birmingham – 4/4/18

Myrkur/Oceans Of Slumber – The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 8/4/18

Reef/The Wildhearts/Terrorvision/Dodgy – Digbeth Arena, Digbeth, Birmingham – 5/5/18

Josh T. Pearson/Erika Wennerstrom – The Glee Club, Birmingham – 16/5/18

Matana Roberts & Kelly Jayne Jones/MX World – Centrala, Digbeth, Birmingham – 18/5/18

Lisa Knapp – The Kitchen Garden Cafe, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 21/5/18

Dorcha/Rattle/Adrena Adrena – The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 31/5/18

(Supersonic Festival) Goat/Wetware/Bombyx Mori/Housewives – various venues in Digbeth, Birmingham – 22/6/18

(Supersonic Festival) Andrea Belfi/Terminal Cheesecake/Khyam Allami/Mario Batkovic/Youth Man/Nik Void/Vanishing Twin/Cattle/Yerba Mansa/Jennifer Walshe/Joashihno – various venues in Digbeth, Birmingham – 23/6/18

(Supersonic Festival) Shirley Collins/Yunohana Variations/Messange/Gum Takes Tooth/Group A/Daniel Higgs – various venues in Digbeth, Birmingham – 24/6/18

Peace/Chartreuse/Jordan Mackampa – Symphony Hall, Birmingham – 28/6/18

(Mostly Jazz, Funk And Soul Festival) Jimmy Cliff/Jungle Brothers/The Brass Funkeys/Layfullstop/Ash Walker Experience/Namiwa Jazz – Moseley Park, Moseley, Birmingham – 6/7/18

(Mostly Jazz, Funk And Soul Festival) Sister Sledge/Fervour/Roy Ayers/Skeltr/Fred Wesley & The New JBs/Samantha Wright Ensemble/Ezra Collective/Delano Mills’ Notstrictlyjazz/Laura Misch/Unlikely Being/Yazmin Lacey/Jazzlines Ensemble/Noya Rao – Moseley Park, Moseley, Birmingham – 8/7/18

(Summer In Southside) Bostin’ Brass – out on Hurst Street and then again later on in the middle of The Arcadian Centre, Birmingham – 14/7/18

(JQ Festival) no idea what they were called, rock’n’roll-y sort of band with members of 360 – a tent in Golden Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – 21/7/18

Mike & Solveig/Katherine Priddy/Jim McAteer – Hare & Hounds (small room), Kings Heath, Birmingham – 24/7/18

(Lunar Festival) The Stranglers/dunno who the brass band doing the procession were/Park Hotel/Songhoy Blues/ AK/DK /Jane Weaver/The Swampmeat Family Band/Galleon Blast/Fruity Water/Dorcha with Damo Suzuki – Umberslade Estate, Tanworth-In-Arden – 29/7/18

(The Flyover Show) Zara McFarlane/Soweto Kinch/Ayanna Witter-Johnson/Blue Lab Beats/Femi Temowo/Black Symbol/Sic’Nis/Romana Campbell/Shay D – Hockley Flyover, Hockley, Birmingham – 18/8/18

(Moseley Folk Festival) The Levellers/High Horses/Show Of Hands/Corn Potato String Band/Skinny Lister/R. John Webb/Hannah Johnson & The Broken Hearts/Richard Dawson/David Campbell/Keto/Swampmeat Family Band/Saint Alto – Moseley Park, Moseley, Birmingham – 31/8/18

(Moseley Folk Festival) Nick Mulvey/Jim White/This Is The Kit/The Little Unsaid/Honey Harper/Imarhan/Ciaran Lavery/Willy Mason/Siobhan Miller/Chris Wood/Katherine Priddy/Tiny Ruins/Millicent Chapanda – Moseley Park, Moseley, Birmingham – 1/9/18

(Moseley Folk Festival) Teenage Fanclub/Seamus Fogarty/King Creosote/Swampmeat Family Band/Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel/Rabscallion/Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton/Jack Blackman/Bridget St John/Cosmoetheka & Merrymaker/Martin Carthy/The Lost Notes/Jim Ghedi/Luke Jones – Moseley Park, Moseley, Birmingham – 2/9/18

Youngblood Brass Band/Sea Slugs – The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 11/9/18

Vodun/Voidlurker/Trees And Queens – The Asylum 2, Hockley, Birmingham – 21/9/18

Anna Meredith – The Town Hall, Birmingham – 5/10/18

Kioko/Didirri/Adjei Sun – A3 Project Space, Bordesley, Birmingham – 8/10/18

Tunng/Katherine Priddy – The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 17/10/18

The Space Lady/Scott Johannsson – The Hare & Hounds (small room), Kings Heath, Birmingham – 22/10/18

Ezra Collective – The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 12/11/18

O’Hooley & Tidow – Kitchen Garden Care, Kings Heath, Birmingham – 18/12/18


I started to write about the festivals this year, but didn’t get around to finishing them. I never do. The lesson that life teaches us, as always, is to not even bother trying in the first place.

Something else that stands to be noted: 2018 saw me break my (unintentional, but very real) run of managing to miss every Wildhearts or Wildhearts-related gig since 2001.



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