Live Music Round Up

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

Monday 25th July
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Birmingham’s biggest and best Traditional Irish Jam Session. All musicians welcome to participate.

Tuesday 26th July
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – SnuffDog

Thursday 28th July
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Thursday 28th July
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Sunday 31st July
The Spotted Dog
16:00
Free Entry

Big Bang Jazz Special

Sunday 31st July
Sunday Xpress at Friction Arts
78-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH
18:00
Free entry

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Goodbye Wittgenstein

When: Friday 5 August, 18:00
Where: Stryx, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS

Goodbye Wittgenstein is an international exchange programme between artists and academics from qujOchÖ in Linz, Austria and artists selected by A3 Project Space.

Participants in the programme take the relationship between the Austrian-born philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and his close friend from Birmingham, David Hume Pinsent as a starting point for a series of projects that will happen in Linz and Birmingham during 2016.

The first phase of the Goodbye Wittgenstein programme is a visit to Birmingham from qujOchÖ artists Verena Henetmayr, Thomas Philipp and Andre Zogholy who will be in residence at BOM (Birmingham Open Media).

The residency includes public events and will culminate in a presentation of their interventions at Stryx as part of Digbeth First Friday on Friday 5th August.

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Waste Isn’t Rubbish – Public Consultation

Everyone in Birmingham has until 31 July to give their views on Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) future strategy for the city’s waste.

As supporters of Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s Waste Isn’t Rubbish campaign, Digbeth is Good is sharing BFOE’s comments on the strategy below. We encourage all our readers to make an submission to the online survey which can be found here.

“Birmingham Friends of the Earth welcomes the commitment to an ambitious recycling target of 70% instead of the current 29%. However:

Aim 1: This mixes up two different aims (recycling waste and burning waste), which are not compatible and may be in direct conflict with each other. The need to feed the incinerator with rubbish would conflict with a programme to divert waste into recycling, as it has for the last 20 years. If BCC keep doing the same thing they will get the same result. BCC should be collecting waste to sell, not paying to burn it. We have not seen the full costs for keeping the incinerator running, but are very doubtful if an ageing rubbish burner can really undercut the prevailing price of electricity, and “combat fuel poverty” as claimed. If the recyclable materials are diverted to recycling, then what would they actually burn at Tyseley? Why would council tax payers subsidise it into the future?

Aim 2: To achieve 70% recycling rate target by 2030 is good, but needs a plan to be developed to implement it. It requires the collection system to be remodelled, using examples from high recycling authorities, and this needs planning now since contract with Veolia for waste ends 2019.

Aim 3: The aim to reduce total waste by 10% by 2020 is good, but we understand that this decline is happening anyway and we want to see a more ambitious Waste Reduction Plan.

Aim 4: Zero to landfill may not be achievable and it could justify everything being burned. We don’t want waste being burned rather than going to landfill if landfill is the best option.

Aim 5: Reducing carbon emissions requires burning of rubbish to be phased out, as that is the high carbon option. Burning rubbish also contributes to air pollution levels in the city.

Aim 6: We support the increased recycling rate, which if achieved will produce little residual waste to keep the incinerator operating. The council needs to model how they see waste stream changing in future as it moves to recycling system from a disposal system.

Aim 7: The methods of separating and sorting waste are well known from other local authorities and Birmingham should adopt best practice, e.g. Bristol, Cardiff.

Aim 8: Waste products could create a financial surplus for the council if they are separated and sorted to be sold on or reused. Mixed refuse has no value, so should be phased out of the system. The council should consult with local businesses to see if the waste Birmingham can produce is of value to them and/or invest in a materials recovery facility to sort waste.

Birmingham Friends of the Earth is very happy to discuss any of the above points and your own ideas for making Birmingham into a Recycling City.”

Please do give your responses to the consultation before the end of July here.

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Tahini – Review

Last week, I was very lucky to dine at Tahini – a pop-up within a pop-up (#meta) – a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant housed at Pop Up Digbeth.

With a team carrying some top-quality culinary credentials, my expectations were high and I was not disappointed! Although it was slightly odd sitting in the same space that had once been occupied by Bay Leaf – a Bangladeshi restaurant.

At £35 for eight courses, the menu was incredibly good value, although I was a little concerned I wouldn’t manage to eat it all! I shouldn’t have worried – each dish was perfectly sized to ensure diners were not overwhelmed by the sheer volume of food.

The starter of pickled shiitake mushrooms was a delicious spicy affair, and the fried halloumi (complete with secret-recipe coating) was possibly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I tried twisting the arm of the chef for the recipe, but I knew she was keeping that one firmly under her hat!

The beef fillet in stifardo sauce was a revelation for me – having never tried stifardo before. It’s a warming cinnamon-tomato sauce that was a welcome addition to the perfectly tender beef. The kemulpassa too was lovely (doughy balls of goodness much like the Indian gulab jamun), and the final limonina shot was an excellent pallet-cleanser.

We’ll be sure to let you know when Tahini makes a re-appearance on the Digbeth food scene. Until then, you’ll just have to enjoy my pictures instead – and maybe do some recipe searching on the interwebs!

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Cult cinema at The Mockingbird

Where: The Mockingbird, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

The Mockingbird is fast gaining a reputation as the go-to place for cult film, cinema with a difference, and bespoke food and drink created especially for their one-off screenings.

If you’re looking for something different, be it for a date (trust us – you’ll look super cool suggesting any of these) or a night out with the boys/girls, there’s a number of options at The Mockingbird this July:

The Blues Brothers
Saturday 23rd July, 20:00-23:00

A film, live music, and the infamous ‘orange whip’ – what more could you want from a Saturday night? Tickets here.

 

Taxi Driver
Sunday 24th July, 17:00-22:00

Watch Robert De Niro go vigilante in this classic – complete with NYC hot dogs especially for the occasion. Grab your tickets here.

The Breakfast Club
Thursday 28th July, 19:00-23:00

As the film says, “we’re all pretty bizarre”. Revel in some classic 80s cinema, leg warmers and bat-wing tops optional. Tickets can be found here.

True Romance
Friday 29th July, 18:00-23:00

This movie creates it’s own kind of universe; the team at the MB will do their best to live up to that by creating some surprises of their own on the night. Intrigued? Buy your tickets here.

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Clink Beer

Where: 6 Gibb Terrace, Gibb Street, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
When: Tuesdays-Thursday 12:00-20:00, Friday-Saturday 12:00-22:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00

Clink Beer is a small, boutique off licence selling niche bottled and canned beer from microbreweries around the world. It the brainchild of three friends who wanted to drink niche beers which weren’t available anywhere in the city – so they decided to do something about it!

David Purcell, Richard Saddler, and James Beckett all work together in Fazeley Studios, and are now branching out on their own as team Clink.

Clink’s range of over 200 craft beers from around the world has been selected with an emphasis on quality, style and flavour, meaning you will always be drinking something special when you visit. There’s a chocolate ice-cream beer from Omnipollo brewery in Sweden, cucumber-flavoured tzatziki beer from Mad Hatter brewery in Liverpool, and Wasted, a beer made with croissants and brioche by Northern Monk brewery in Leeds.

The team plan on hosting tasting evenings, and aim to make Clink and easily-accessible and friendly place. They also have eight beers on tap, along with a few seats so you can sit and have a drink too, and if you like what you taste, you can take some away with you!

To find out more, visit the Clink Beer website, follow the shop on Twitter, or like their Facebook page.

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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

Sunday 17th July
Muthers Studio, Rea Street, B5 6BL
15:00-18:00
Free Entry

Purple with Orange Sparkles – A Black Sabbath-themed music event

Sunday 17th July
The Spotted Dog
16:30
Free Entry

Sunday Classics
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.

Sunday 17th July
The Rainbow Courtyard
19:00
£7 advance

Punks Alive Present
Paura
Luddite Bastard
Flowers Of Flesh And Blood
Persecution

Sunday 17th July
Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street, Digbeth, B5 6BL
15:00-18:00
£7 advance

“Purple With Orange Sparkles”
Black Sabbath vinyl playback

Tuesday 19th July
Fizzle @ The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
19:30
£5 on the door

Bruce Coates, Han-Earl Park, Walt Shaw
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Jim Bashford, Andrew Woodhead

Tuesday 19th July
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – Tom Dunnett Sextet

Thursday 21st July
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Thursday 21st July
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Saturday 23rd July
South and City College, B5 5SU
19:30
£12

Pat Molloy Summer School Trad Irish Concert

Monday 25th July
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Birmingham’s biggest and best Traditional Irish Jam Session. All musicians welcome to participate.

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‘CCTV’

A couple of Sunday mornings ago I was sat in my flat in Digbeth and instead of the usual silence from the road below, I heard some dubstep beats coming from Green Street.

Investigating, I saw a group of men clearly filming a music video. Thirty minutes later, they were on their way, but little did I know that group of people consisted of Mike Skinner and Murkage.

Who? Mike Skinner, of The Streets fame and local Birmingham boy.

Tonga Balloon started out as the rap, grime and dubstep club night ran by Mike Skinner and Murkage Dave little over a year ago, but has now developed into a stand-alone entity. The video for their new single, CCTV, featuring Jaykae and Mayhem NODB, was filmed right here in our very own Digbeth.

As well as Green Street, other locations in the video include Digbeth Police Station, Nisa Local, The Anchor Inn, The Spotted Dog, Digbeth Coach Station, and Rea Street. There are some visuals of the Bullring and the retail markets too.

The single is available now to buy from iTunes, or stream from Spotify, and you can watch the video in its full glory below.

Digbeth is getting more and more famous by the day!

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Digbeth vs JQ?

ClDhkFpUoAAd8ADOn Tuesday 21st June, a debate was held at Fazeley Studios to discuss the relative merits of the Jewellery Quarter versus Digbeth.

Unfortunately, we were unable to attend, but over 100 others were present. Birmingham Post editor, Stacey Barnfield, has put together a great and balanced review of the event here.

Amongst other things, Stacey noted that both areas are both unique, steeped in manufacturing heritage, and are facing enormous opportunities and challenges.

The Jewellery Quarter is home to the highest concentration of listed building (over 200) anywhere in the country, whereas “the edgy, cheeky, and very raw Digbeth” was not only the birthplace of Birmingham, but is home to two conservation areas and some of the country’s best street art and urban festivals.

A wide variety of themes were discussed at the event (including identity, gentrification, perception of crime, aesthetics, accessibility and land and rent values), with the conclusion that both areas are equally important to the future of the city, and both need to be managed differently to realise their full potential.

Click here to read Stacey’s article in full.

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Exodus at Centrala

Where: Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT

There is a packed programme of events taking place at Centrala this summer, all launched by the opening of an exhibition at the gallery this Friday:

When: Friday 15 July, 18:00 onwards
Free Entry

This exhibition by Kamil Tatara, entitled Exodus, explores the themes of migration and displacement, celebrating the diversity of cultures and faiths in the Digbeth neighbourhood. See more information online here.

PEA

When: Wednesday 3 August, 20:00 onwards
Tickets: £5 (available online in advance or on the door)

After his shows at Glastonbury and Womad Festival, Centrala are pleased to present acclaimed Taiwanese Musician Suming Rupi, who writes and performs in his native language of Pangcah. Mixing sonorous folk chants with tribal rhythms and beats, this promises to be an unmissable event.

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