10 gigs in Birmingham this March for less than a tenner

Yeah, March totally crept up onto us too. Luckily, March is shaping up to be a big month of local and touring bands. And the best part? They’re all under ten quid.

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Cherry Pickles + Black Mekon

Who: Birmingham garage rockers Cherry Pickles joined by thrashy blues Black Mekon.
When: 1st March
Where: Fazeley Studios
Tickets: £5 on the door

Cherry Pickles have had one hell of a year, being signed to PNKSLM, releasing an album and being added to the bill of SXSW across the pond. They’re raising money for their with a big old knees up at Black Mekon’s Digbeth lair, featuring live music from the two, DJs and a raffle including one of a kind artworks all for a fiver.


Harry Jordan + Rai Kah Mercury

Who: Sleaze fuelled rock and roll
When: 2nd March
Where: The Night Owl
Tickets: £6

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Devilish rockabilly meets unapologetically sleazy rock and roll through Harry Jordan, who is back with a smoking gun of hellishly good new music. Support comes from the country-esque, bluesy Rai Kah Mercury, who also have some new material up their sleeve…


Dorcha + Hoopa Blue + Liquid cheeks

Who: Genre fluid five piece of synth, strings and beats.
When: 2nd March
Where: Muthers Studio
Tickets: £6

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A stellar line up comes from a new range of gigs under Papito Promotions with headliners Dorcha, known for the genre bending anthems. Match these with the “incredibly space pop” Hoopla Blue and glam art pop ensemble Liquid Cheeks and a DJ set from Kaila of Youth Man and you have an extraordinary state of affairs.


Sorry Grace + Sofa King

Who: Indie Jazz meets nostalgic but now lo-fi pop
When: 8th March
Where: The Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £6

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Taking part on International Women’s Day, brand new Birmingham zine Slag Mag (Slag standing for Serious Ladies of Art & Gigs) is holding its launch party with live music from indie jazz ensemble Sorry Grace, sickly sweet indie-pop Sofa King and DJ sets from Bad Girls and Mazzy Snape. Tickets help fundraise for the next issue and also include a copy of issue 1.


Peach Club + Killer BOB + Dollcanoes

Who: Riot Grrls align to raise money for charity.
When: 9th March
Where: Scruffy Murphys
Tickets: £5

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Ladies to the front as Birmingham gets treated to a Riot Grrl night of huge proportions. Headliners Peach Club are a chaotic chasm, unapologetic bad bitches through and through. Pair that with Killer BOB, Dollcanoes and £1 from each ticket being donated to RSVP West Midlands, supporting survivors of sexual violence, this is an unmissable night.


Mutes + Robert Craig Oulton + Sofa King

Who: Post-punk ambience mixed with Birmingham based indie pop.
When: 13th March
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: £6

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As they gear up to launch their second LP, self described ambient punk outfit Mutes have planned a night to extend their DIY post punk efforts to the world, supported by dreamy guitar led indie-folk from Robert Craig Oulton and Sofa King.


Victor + Exotic Pets + Fauxchisels

Who: Single release show for pre-grunge/post punk Victor and seriously punk band Exotic Pets.
When: 16th March
Where: Muthers Studio
Tickets: £5 on the door

Part of the Die Das Der collective who are raising funds to repair the Black Country Recording Studio, this trio of punk tenacity are not ones to miss at Muthers. Fauxchisels also join the stage alongside Victor and Exotic Pets, celebrating the release of their 7″ Singles Club.


Sugarthief + Spilt Milk Society + The Cosmics

Who: “Starting mosh pits, stealing hearts.”
When: 23rd March
Where: O2 Institute
Tickets: £8

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Sugarthief have completely owned the last six months. Back to back gigs across the country and the release of ‘Good Luck I Hope You Make It’ and ‘Modern Man’ have been met with nothing but acclaimed response. Now, the boys are back to release a brand spanking new EP, alongside Birmingham great Spilt Milk Society and venomous punk trio The Cosmics.


Sophie + The Giants + Special Guests

Who: Forward looking, left leaning retro pop.
When: 27th March
Where: The Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £8

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A fresh, raw fusion of influences inspired by life experiences and politically charged views. Sophie and the Giants and the indie underdogs, building up not only themselves as a band, but they’re audience through frank lyrics and self reflection blended beautifully with retro indie pop to create surefire bangers.


Swampmeat Family Band + The Mighty Young

Who: Country punk slingers at their first Sunny headline show.
When: 29th March
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £5

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Blending blues, country and rockabilly in a trashy, but completely classy fashion. Swampmeat Family Band are hitting up The Sunflower Lounge for the first time for hoedown throw down with The Mighty Young, expect a night of country punk, bluesy garage rock and a lot of Fireball Whiskey.


Sophie Hack

PR, events and social media by day, lover of all things geeky and retro. Can often be found scribbling notes at the back of the gig.