Digbeth: Home of Metal

Birmingham and the Black Country are responsible for Heavy Metal, a genre of music loved the world over, but nothing really marks one of our region’s most prolific cultural exports. Digbeth-based Capsule changed all that with their Home of Metal project and exhibition.

Home of Metal is a celebration of the music of local favourites Black Sabbath (fun fact: Ozzy Osborne used to work in a Digbeth abattoir), Judas Priest, and others, and thanks to a recent grant of £450,000 from Arts Council England, Capsule are now able to take the project to a global audience.

We’ll keep you informed of developments, but in the meantime, click here to visit the website and learn more about Home of Metal.

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Whisky Birmingham

When: Saturday 4th March 2017, 12:00-17:00
Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £75 VIP, £35 standard entry (available online here)

Whisky Birmingham – the city’s flagship whisky festival from The Birmingham Whisky Club – returns to The Bond Company in 2017.

Featuring major whisky brands, independent bottlers, local experts, creative masterclasses, collaborations with local bars and experts, music and street food, whether you’re a connoisseur or a newcomer to whisky, this is an event not to be missed!

Highlights include:

  • 25+ exhibitors
  • 250+ whiskies
  • Special masterclasses and collaborations
  • Local bars
  • Street food vendors and food stalls

VIP and Birmingham Whisky Club members can enter a whole hour earlier from 11:00 and for a cheaper ticket price of £31.50. For more information, visit the website, Facebook event page; click here to buy tickets via Eventbrite.

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Birmingham Bach Choir

When: Sunday 18th December, from 15:30
Where: St Alban the Martyr Church, Conybere Street, Highgate, B12 0YH
Free (optional collection for the church roof restoration fund)

As Christmas draws ever closer, the Birmingham Bach Choir are readying for their annual free Nine Lessons and Carols concert. One of the UK’s leading large chamber choirs, Birmingham Bach Choir has been contributing to the musical life of the West Midlands since 1919.

This very traditional service combines readings with seasonal songs, and this year takes place at St Alban’s Church in neighbouring Highgate. Built in the late-1880s for the growing population of inner city Highgate, the the Grade II* listed Gothic Revival church was designed by John Loughborough Pearson, who was also responsible for restoration work to Westminster Abbey.

Led by conductor Paul Spicer and accompanied by organist Paul Carr, expect to hear trusted favourite carols as well as some possibly less familiar choral works during this concert. For more information, visit the Birmingham Bach Choir website here.

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Bene Culture vs Dollar Dim Sum Club

When: Saturday 10 December, 19:00–23:00Where: Bene Culture, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £12 (£9.50 for IB Card holders) – available online here

Bene Culture has taken over a unit in The Custard Factory, and successfully carved out a niche in streetwear, with carefully selected pieces from brands and designers up and down the country.

For one night only this Saturday, they’ve teamed up with Dollar Dim Sum Club to bring you a special evening of homemade dim sum, music, film and Chinese beer all in a carefully curated space.

Expect freshly steamed pork and shrimp Siu Mai dumplings, smashed cucumber salad, sticky boiled rice and a few more tasty surprises all washed down with cold beer courtesy of Tsingtao. Vegetarian options will also be available.

Also available on the night will be a limited run of hand pulled, screen printed t-shirts designed by local artist Charlie Soffe. Each ticket purchased enters you into a raffle to win a shirt at the end of the evening.

On the decks will be local vibe connoisseur Jack Parker with his usual selection of beats and down tempo treats, all while an old school Bruce Lee movie is projected onto the wall of the shop!

For more information, see the Bene Culture website, Facebook event page or the online advance ticket page – we recommend buying your ticket in advance to prevent disappointment!

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Bee9 Urban Honey

Throughout 2016, a hive of industrious urban bees have been living on the Custard Factory roof.

The spoils of their hard work are now available to buy in the Custard Factory reception. Introducing the delicious Bee9 Urban Honey.

Priced at £5 (with a percentage of the revenue going to anti-poverty charity Bees Abroad), the honey will make a truly unique gift for any sweet-tooth in your life!

Follow the bees antics on Twitter, or pick up a jar at the Custard Factory reception during office hours – even brummie comedian Joe Lycett loves it!

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BIHG Christmas Quiz

When: Wednesday 7 December, 19:15 onwards
Where: The Connaught Bar (upstairs), Irish Centre Birmingham, High Street, Digbeth, B12 0NL
Free entry – prizes available

Christmas is fast approaching, which can mean only one thing: the return of the (in)famous annual festive quiz hosted by the Birmingham Irish Heritage Group!

Billed as a fiendishly entertaining evening of fun and frustration, prizes are available for the winners and runners up in this quiz.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the quiz, organised and funded by members of the Irish community in Birmingham. For more information, call 0121 604 6111 or email contact@birminghamirishheritagegroup.co.uk.

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Tuesday 6th December
Fizzle @ The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
19:30
£7 on the door (£5 concessions)

Paul Dunmall, Ashley John Long, and Mark Sanders

Tuesday 6th December
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays
Gareth Lockrane
(featuring Gareth Lockrane, David Ferris, Stuart Barker, Euan Palmer)

Thursday 8th December
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 10th December
The Night Owl
19:30
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

Sunday 11th December
The Spotted Dog
18:00
Free Entry

Sunday Classics – Christmas Special
Presenting a range of young stars of the future from the classical world, ranging from opera singers to violinists to harpists at the very start of their careers… Be early to get a seat.
The amazing Threaded will be performing a mixture of their own songs as well as a carol or two.

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Live Music at The Night Owl

When: Saturdays from 19:30
Where: The Night Owl, 17 Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: £5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Starting next week, Saturday 10th December, The Night Owl presents live music from 19:30 every Saturday night.

Entry is £5 on the door, which includes admission to their Dig? club night which runs on after the live music.

The music will on offer will have a distinct taste of Northern Soul about it, and judging by the award-winning venue, will be top quality too!

Don’t be a square – check out The Night Owl’s website for more information.

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Sunday Classics Christmas Special

When: Sunday 11 December, 18:00–22:00
Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH
Free (Donations welcome)

The Spotted Dog’s Sunday Classics are now a regular event on the Digbeth aural calendar, showcasing some of the future stars of the classical world, all for free!

For this year’s Christmas Special, The amazing Threaded will be performing a mixture of their own songs as well as a carol or two, so make sure to get down nice and early to grab a seat.

From Sunday 15th January, the event will be back to its usual rota of the first and third Sunday of the month. For For more information, see the Facebook page here.

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The Central School of Make-up

Where: LG03 Zellig, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AT
Tel: 0121 224 7707

If you are out of ideas for different Christmas gifts, then let the Central School of Make-up help you…

Whether you are looking for something for a friend, family member or yourself, courses for the new year come with a fantastic 10% discount if booked before 10th December! Find further details here.

But if you can’t make up your mind – you can always settle for a gift card, which can be used as part or full payment for a course or one to one lesson.

Wishing you a beautiful Christmas! 🙂

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