Rumours of my blogging death have been greatly exaggerated.
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. This is just a list of things I found that looked like they might be interesting, so please do not contact me to ask for your event to be included. That’s not the way it works.
Until Saturday the 13th – ‘Cabaret’ (Birmingham Rep Theatre Company) @ The Rep, Birmingham – You know what life is, old chum? It’s a cabaret. You know what to do.
Wednesday the 3rd – Gomez @ The Academy, Birmingham – Playing their first album in its entirety. Aaaah, pointless nostalgia. It is a very good album, though.
Thursday the 4th – Boxing (Ricky Hatton/Ringside Promotions) @ The Tower Ballroom, Edgbaston, Birmingham – Bizarre one, this. Ricky “Did I Mention That I Still Drink Down The Local And Play Darts? ‘Cos, Y’know, I Still Drink Down The Local And Play Darts. Did I Mention That?” Hatton is trying his hand at being a promoter, and it has somehow worked out that one of his early practice efforts before he can put on a supercard will be a £381,987 per ticket dinner show in Brum in association with the not-visibly-active-of-late Ringside Promotions. Happily, it seems that Matty Hough has decided not to retire after all and will be having a stab at a British Masters title at this one.
Thursday the 4th – Mothertrucker @ The Asylum, Hockley, Birmingham – Birmingham’s best instrumetal sorts playing their first gig in ages, at this new (-ish) Asylum place. I’ve heard it’s meant to be good.
Friday the 5th – Copter @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Album launch party for Brum’s finest testifying soul’n’rollers. Apparently you’ll get given a code to download the album for free if you attend this.
Saturday the 6th of September – ‘The Tell Woman’ @ The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – For ages 5 to 8. The lady who was La-La in The Tellytubbies plays The Tell Woman, whose skirt contains many stories.
Monday the 8th – Stevie Wonder @ The NIA, Birmingham – One that doesn’t need explaining. He’s at the same venue on the 4th of October too.
Thursday the 11th – Meshuggah @ The Academy 2, Birmingham – Oi vey. Polyrhythmicy complicatory MetalSwedes. Ay ay ay.
Friday the 12th – Boxing (1st Team) @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – It’s a very boxy month, this here September. This one has the return of Dean Harrison after his summer off (the ‘international masters’ title is up for grabs. Oh yes.) (Edit: actually, no, it looks like he ain’t fighting on this one now) as well as your fave and mine Lyndsey Scragg and a whole pile of others.
Friday the 12th till Sunday the 14th – Artsfest @ all over Birmingham – As ever, we’re only two weeks before what’s meant to be one of Birmingham’s biggest annual events and the Artsfest website itself contains absolutely bugger all about what is actually going to be happening. Handy. Stalwart sorts have assembled such details as they can here and here. Artsfest usually makes for some nice trips out, anyway.
Monday the 13th till Sunday the 5th of October – “Of All The People In All The World” (Stan’s Café) @ A.E. Harris Factory, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham – Rice! Representing people! From the gang that bought you the amazing “Cleansing Of Constance Brown” and it sounds absolutely ace, just click the link. Here’s a map to the venue.
Saturday the 13th – Project X @ Busk, Birmingham – The big thing with the several hours worth of things, there. Busk is a new venue opposite the Alexandra Theatre, apparently, and so the map may be worth linking to. The line-up includes Rich Batsford and 360 and lots of other luvverly stuff.
Saturday the 13th – The Wyvern Cat Club Show @ Cocks Moor Leisure Centre, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Exhibitionist cat is exhibitionist.
Sunday the 14th – Boxing (Warrior Promotions) @ The Tower Ballroom, Edgbaston, Birmingham – Max Maxwell drops back down to light-middle for a stab at being a two-weight Midlands champ. Rob Kenney from Wolverhampton opposes him, but (and alas) I’d be really surprised to see a Black Country victory in this particular fight.
Wednesday the 17th – Torche @ The Medicine Bar, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham – Supporting The Despicable Pelican, but don’t let that put you off. I initially thought that Kayo Dot were meant to be on this tour, but it seems that I am wrong.
Saturday the 20th – Netherton Victoriana Day @ the town centre, Netherton – [in-joke]There’s nothing sexier than shabby Victoriana[/in-joke]. There’s a market and a fair and suchforth out in the street during the day, then ‘Olde Tyme Music Hall’ in the evening at Netherton Arts Centre, with Aynuk of Aynuk & Ayli fame.
Monday the 22nd – Nile @ The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton – Ancient-Egypt-themed death metal. That really should be the greatest thing in the world ever.
Tuesday the 23rd – “Approximately Infinite Universe – A Caravan Of Raw Sound Magic From Finland And The US” (Capsule) @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – The Brum stop of a very intriguing looking tour, featuring collaborations between intriguing-looking American and Finnish artists. I particularly like the sound of Islaja, with her “spookily affecting chemically-altered late night torch style”.
Wednesday the 24th – Rolo Tomassi @ The Barfly, Digbeth, Birmingham – Exceedingly good Sheffield screamy/noisy/time-change-y sorts. One of the highlights of Supersonic this year, in my view.
Wednesday the 24th – Heavy Trash @ The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham – Jon Spencer [in-joke](no, not that one)[/in-joke] and his current merry band of rockabilly dusty funsters.
Monday the 29th till Saturday the 4th of October – “Zero” (Theatre Absolute) @ The Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry – An interesting-sounding dystopic kinda play, told from the perspective of a translator at a torture camp.
Monday the 29th till Saturday the 4th – “Absurd Person Singular” @ Belgrade Theatre, Coventry – The famed Alan Ayckbourne comedy. I thought I saw this at The Rep once, but on reading a description of it I’m not sure anymore. Hmmm.
Tuesday the 30th – Travis @ The Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – Ah, sod off. I like them.