Live Music Round Up

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

Sunday 7th May
The Spotted Dog
18:00
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.

Tuesday 9th May
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday 11th May
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Friday 12th May
Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B5 5RT
20:00
£5 advance (available online here)

CHANGO – Royal Tour
(Borys Sawaszkiewicz, Szymon Drabkowski, Maciek Kałka, Kuba Fiszer)

Saturday 13th May
The Night Owl
19:30
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

Monday 15th May
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

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

Tuesday 16th May
The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
19:30
£7 on the door (£5 concessions)

Fizzle at The Lamp Tavern
Mike Hurley, Tim Hill, Mark Sanders

Wednesday 17th May
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

BRAINSTORM Open Mic
(sign up from 19:30, everyone gets 10 minutes, no headliners, anything goes!)

Sunday XX May
Sunday Xpress at Centrala,
4 Minerva Works, B5 5RT
17:00
Free entry

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

Fizzle at The Lamp Tavern
Bark! (Rex Casswell, Phillip Marks, Paul Obermayer)
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Shivraj Singh, Harry Weir, Xhosa Cole, Steve Saunders

Saturday 12th August
Rainbow Arena, Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AA
17:00
Tickets from £35 (available online here)

Inner City Live Birmingham
The Flaming Lips
Public Service Broadcasting

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The Karczma

Opening times: 11:00–23:00 from Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00–21:00 on Sundays
Where: Polish Millennium House, Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PH

The Karczma is a Polish restaurant that is sharing the country’s cuisine with a whole new audience. Popular among those with a Polish heritage and those just interested to learn more, the team have received lots of rave reviews, and not only from people on the street.

You can read what Jay Rayner, broadcaster and food critic at The Guardian, said here. But, luckily, the food critics haven’t made it impossible to get a table – yet.

The Karczma have released a new video (below). Have a look and if your tastebuds are tickled, call 0121 448 0017 or email thekarczma@gmail.com to make a reservation!

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Alan Partridge Appreciation Night

When: Wednesday 31 May, 19:00–23:00
Where: The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £7 (available online here)

The Mockingbird invite you to a night devoted to everyone’s favourite socially awkward radio DJ and Norwich’s most famous son. The city’s famous daughter is of course Delia Smith.

The night will begin with a special Partridge screening at 19:15, followed by a quiz at 20:00. There is a cash prize available, so bring your A game!

At 21:00 the guys will be screening Alpha Papa, and from 23:00 there will be pyrotechnics (budget dependent).

A vast array of food and drink will be available to sate your appetites, including a special Ladyboy drink offer. For more information, see the Facebook event page or grab your tickets via Eventbrite here.

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OPM = Instagram Heroes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Digbeth is infinitely Instagrammable. From our historic buildings and graffiti by internationally renowned artists, to our galleries and nationally-acclaimed street food, we pretty much have it all.

It therefore comes as no surprise that according to recent research, one of Digbeth’s favourite haunts nabbed the number two spot on a list of the top Instagrammed locations in Birmingham.

Despite only opening in December 2015, Original Patty Men have a strong following and regularly update their menu of filthy delicious burgers. That support helped the restaurant rack-up an impressive 1,228 geotags on Instagram in 2016.

You can read a completely honest review of Original Patty Men here (I was not paid to say anything!), and you can follow OPM on Twitter here.

Find OPM at 9 Shaw’s Passage (B5 5JG); they’re open 11:30-23:00 from Thursday to Saturday, and 11:30-22:00 on Sundays.

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CHANGO – Royal Tour

When: Friday 12 May, 20:00–23:00
Where: Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
Tickets: from £5 (available online here)

This month, acclaimed Polish jazz band CHANGO will be touring the UK for the first time, and will be dropping by Centrala in Digbeth on Friday 12 May.

A group of four veteran musicians, CHANGO brings together their varied backgrounds of funk, jazz, rock and blues. The original concept behind the band was not to just perform as a group, but to work as a unifying artistic force, one where people put their egos aside to collectively create great music. The band released their debut album MONO vs. STEREO in April 2016.

For more information about the gig, visit the Facebook event page here.

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Pint of Science

When: 15-17 May 2017, 18:30 onwards
Where: The Woodman, New Canal Street, Digbeth, B5 5LG
Tickets: from £4 (available online here)

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research with you over a pint. You don’t need any prior knowledge, but you do have the opportunity to meet the people responsible for the future of science.

Events are taking place all over the city, but The Woodman is flying the flag for Birmingham with a trio of events:

  • Monday 15 May: Interpreting Minds
    “Every day we are constantly bombarded by all kinds of information. People share with us their stories and opinions, while newspapers and television overwhelm us with discoveries and (pseudo-)scientific news. Are we able to properly interpret this information? This evening we will be introduced to information that ‘doesn’t make sense’, from semantic illusions to stereotypes.”
  • Tuesday 16 May: Reforming Minds
    “Societies are often built in a compartment-like fashion and prison bars mark a boundary between the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Human minds and behaviour are more complex, though. This evening we will explore innovative ways to deal with crime, from the point of view of prisoners and police. What happens when crime meets psychology and the scientific method?”
  • Wednesday 17 May: Deceiving Minds
    “Can we trust our beliefs and memories? Our everyday life is based on the assumption that there is some truth in what we believe and that we cannot voluntarily control what to remember and what to forget. But this is not always the case. This evening we will discover the power of the human mind, in all its strangeness. What if our mind is tricking us?”

For more information about the festival and events, visit the website or follow @PintOfScience on Twitter.

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Birmingham Coffee Festival

When: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2017, 10:00-18:00
Where: Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets: from £6 (available online here)

Are you the type of person who cannot function without your morning coffee? Or do you simply love the taste of the magic beans? Well, it’s time to wake up and smell Birmingham’s first ever coffee festival!

On offer will be speciality coffee and food from all around the world, alongside a live soundtrack courtesy of local musicians. Across two days in July, 40 vendors will take over the Custard Factory and offer you shopping, unlimited coffee samples and networking with fellow lovers of the black stuff.

For more information and that latest news, visit the Birmingham Coffee Festival website. Tickets can be found here, and the Facebook event page is 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

Monday 1st May
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

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

Tuesday 2nd May
The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
19:30
£7 on the door (£5 concessions)

Fizzle at The Lamp Tavern
Joe Wright, Percy Purglove, Sarah Farmer, Andrew Woodhead
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Dialectic Quartet (Lee Griffiths, Olly Chalk, Ben Muirhead, David Sugden)

Tuesday 2nd May
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday 4th May
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 6th May
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 7th May
The Spotted Dog
18:00
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.

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Digbeth History

If you’re interested in the history of Digbeth, you may well have come across the Midlands Pubs website, which documents the heritage of our area’s plethora of public houses.

Kieron from Midlands Pubs was in touch recently to share some more of his research on the history of some important arterial roads in Digbeth, namely:

Visit the Midlands Pubs site to learn more.

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The End of The Rainbow?

(In)famous Digbeth pub The Rainbow will be closing its doors for good in May.

The Victorian pub is an established part of the night time economy in the city, has hosted an eclectic mix of artists, and is the root of all eleven (!) Rainbow Venues.

Owner Lee McDonald said: “after celebrating 13 years at The Rainbow, I want to concentrate on growing Lower Trinity Street and really focus on developing The Rainbow Arena, The Rainbow Warehouse, Blackbox, Roof Garden and of course Spotlight and Mama Roux’s.”

Famous names who have played at the pub include La Roux, Ocean Colour Scene, Joss Stone, Bastille, and Example as well as a huge selection of world-renowned house DJs.

The Rainbow will close for good on 28 May. If someone comes forward to take over the lease for the venue, it may continue to operate, but under a different name. Lee added: “ideally I want somebody to take on the building and give it a new identity, a new beginning.”

There will be a celebratory closing weekend of events from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May. Anyone interested in taking over the lease should contact lee@therainbowvenues.co.uk.

Image courtesy of Elliott Brown.

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