Live Music Round Up

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

Sunday, 26th April
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Sunday, 26th April
Friction Arts
The Edge, Cheapside
16:30
Free Entry

Sunday Xpress

Sunday, 26th April
The Old Crown
18:30
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

Tuesday, 28th April
Alfie Bird’s
19:30
Tickets

Karma To Burn

Tuesday, 28th April
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – Jonathan Silk Sextet

Thursday, 30th April
Alfie Bird’s
19:30
Tickets

Our Last Night
Palisades

Thursday, 30th April
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Friday, 1st May
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:30 – 13:00
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Sunday, 3rd May
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Sunday, 3rd May
The Spotted Dog
16:30
Free Entry

Sunday Classics

Sunday, 3rd May
The Old Crown
18:30
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

Monday, 4th May
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Traditional Irish Music – All musicians welcome to participate

Tuesday, 5th May
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – Vula Viel

Thursday, 7th May
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Friday, 8th May
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:30 – 13:00
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Saturday, 16th May
The Oobleck
Custard Factory
Free Entry
Shallows
Paradise Circus
The Purple Shades

Saturday, 27th June
The Oobleck
Custard Factory
Free Entry
Urchin

Saturday, 25th July
The Rainbow
18:30
£5 advance
Moth Honey
Breeze
Bloom
Midnight Convoy

Saturday, 8th August
The Rainbow
18:30
£5 advance
Revolver

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Introducing Fabrick Square

Work at the Harrison Drape redevelopment is moving apace, with demolition work in progress. You can see more images of the work from Elliot R Brown on Flickr:

Image: Elliot R Brown.

More details have been released about the development, which will be split into four buildings (The Cotton Lofts, Cotton House, The Drapery and Drapery House) but known collectively as Fabrick Square. When the work is completed by the end of 2016, the number of studio flats, one bed, and two bed apartments in Digbeth will increase by more than 300.

We will keep you up to date with progress but in the meantime, here’s an impression of what the completed building will look like:

Image: Birmingham Mail.

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Digbeth on the Silver (Pewter) Screen

Fancy drinking from a goblet that could have come straight off the set of Game of Thrones? Well, now you can!

The items used on the show were made right here in Digbeth by AE Williams, the world’s oldest family-run pewter business. The company has made authentic-looking props for use in loads of family favourites, and you can buy replicas on their website.

AE Williams has around 5,000 moulds in its store, 1,500 of which are antiques, making it the largest collection of antique moulds in the country. Their work has featured in shows and movies such as: Game of Thrones, The Tudors, Harry Potter, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, and Les Miserables.
The firm has even produced corporate gifts for the CIA and The White House!

However, the items they make are brand new, so have to be distressed to look authentic. This is done naturally, which could be as crude as dropping the item, knocking it off a table, or even giving it a quick kick round the carpark!

For more information, and to bag your own piece of your favourite film or TV show, click here to visit the AE Williams website.

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Street Banquet

When: Saturday 2nd May, 15:00-late
Where: Lab 11, Trent Street, Digbeth, B5 5NL

This Bank Holiday Saturday, Street Banquet – a new casual dining experience – will be launching in the brand new Archway Terrace of Lab 11. The Archway Terrace is just 100 steps from the Bullring, occupying a sheltered yard under the Victorian viaduct in Digbeth.

The event will see a wide variety of street food traders coming together, including:

  • The Butcher’s Social
  • Spectacular Goat
  • Delizie Italiane
  • The Flying Cow
  • Pietanic
  • Savannah Grill, and
  • Victoria Creperie

Street Banquet will also have ale from Two Towers Brewery on hand, along with a selection of fine vino from Loki Wines. Langley’s Gin have devised a mother’s ruin experience, including a range of bespoke cocktails and a specially crafted G&T menu, all served from a brand new Gin Shack.

There will also be festoon lighting and long sharing tables, accompanied by laid back music and the latest sound and light installations. For more information, visit the website or Facebook page.

Street Banquet is part of a whole weekend of events celebrating Lab 11’s third birthday. For more information, visit the Lab 11 website.

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Under A Tenner Vintage Fair

When: Saturday 25th April, 11:00-16:00
Where: Market Hall, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Entry: £1

Urban Village return to the Custard Factory this weekend with their Under a Tenner Vintage and Designer Fair!

Along with the standard huge amounts of vintage and designer clothing, there will also be thousands of vinyl records for sale, with everything costing less than £10. To top it all off, we’re reliably informed that among all the items there will be hidden an original Biba piece, so make sure to get there early!

For more information, see the flyer below or visit the Facebook event page.

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New home for Sunday Xpress

When: Sunday 26th April, 16:30 onwards
Where: Friction Arts, The Edge, 79/81 Cheapside, B12 0QH

This week, Sunday Xpress is celebrating moving to a new venue, but still firmly in Digbeth.

Friction Arts’ home The Edge will be opening the doors to the infamous open mic event, which this month will have more of a comedy slant to it. Never fear though, acoustic guitars, performance art, stand up, a very special live band, and the wonderful spoken word free-for-all madness remains.

The show starts at 16:30 as per usual; see the Facebook event page for more information.

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DemoB at Impact Hub

Impact Hub Birmingham has launched with a three-week opening festival entitled Demo.B – a series of open, co-curated events.

The team hope to explore, celebrate and actively demonstrate ways in which we as a populous can collectively build a better Birmingham together. From citizen science to spoken word, Demo.B aims to explore new models and ideas to inspire communities to build a better world.

For more information about the events and how you can get involved, visit the Impact Hub website here.

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Real Heritage Pubs of the Midlands

When: Tuesday 21st April, 13:00 onwards
Where: The Woodman, New Canal Street, Digbeth, B5 5LG

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is launching their book Real Heritage Pubs of the Midlands at the Woodman tomorrow lunchtime. No doubt a pint or two will be raised in its honour!

The book features 201 pubs across the Midlands that have retained interiors or internal features of historic interest, including no less than three Digbeth pubs.

This guide will lead you from rural time-warp pubs to ornate drinking palaces, and includes some unsung interiors from the inter-war period. This is the first guide of its kind for the Midlands, championing the need to celebrate, understand and protect the genuine pub heritage remaining to us.

For more information about the book, visit the CAMRA website here.

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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, 19th April
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Sunday, 19th April
The Spotted Dog
16:30
Free Entry

Sunday Classics

Sunday, 19th April
The Old Crown
18:30
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

Monday, 20th April
Alfie Bird’s
19:30
Tickets

Nai Harvest
Best Friends

Monday, 20th April
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Traditional Irish Music – All musicians welcome to participate

Tuesday, 21st April
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – Vula Viel

Thursday, 23rd April
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Friday, 24th April
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:30 – 13:00
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Saturday, 25th April
The Rainbow
18:30
£5 advance

RFX
Barefoot in Baltimore
That Cavalier Attitude

Sunday, 26th April
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Sunday, 26th April
Friction Arts
The Edge, Cheapside
16:30
Free Entry

Sunday Xpress

Sunday, 26th April
The Old Crown
18:30
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

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Millennium Point’s Young Innovator Prize

We’re delighted that this year’s Millennium Point Young Innovator Prize has been won by a student who is a neighbour from Highgate.

The award means that Malik Sheryar-Karamat from St Alban’s Academy has secured a sponsored undergraduate degree place at Birmingham City University in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE).

Malik impressed the judges and outshined three other finalists with his presentation entitled ‘Will robots save or destroy us?’. He will also have an opportunity to undertake work experience this summer at Millennium Point in Digbeth.

Congratulations Malik!

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