August 2019: 10 gigs in Birmingham for less than a tenner

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We’re careering through the year faster than anyone can comprehend, but luckily we’ve got a banging soundtrack to take us there. Here’s ten gigs in our thriving city you need to catch, all for less than a tenner.

The Lizards + Outlander + Odmansbox

Who: All-powerful psych followed by DJs and arts market
When: 1st August
Where: The Night Owl
Tickets: Free

The fourteenth leg of Birmingham’s premier psych night Kaleidoscope, featuring none of than psych wizards The Lizards. An encircling space odyssey of  bouncing, cosmic riffs and distorted vocals, The Lizards will drive you through a powerful psych journey like no other. With supports from Outlander and Odmansbox.

Opium Lord + WMN + Vile Sect + Punching Swans + Ghozer

Who: Demonically good Black Country doom
When: 3rd August
Where: Wagon and Horses
Tickets: £5

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A night of Doom and noise in Digbeth presented by Die Das Der and Home of Metal, celebrating 50 years of Brummies own Black Sabbath. Headlining the night are Opium Lord, commanders of abrasive doom sludge, blending genres in a sonic chokehold that reinvents the wheel of doom.

Joe Dolman + Will Naisbitt + Ellie Pool

Who: Velvet smooth, laid back pop
When: 6th August
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £8.50

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After a successful year, 22 year old Joe Dolman has been going from strength the strength, bringing his laid back, luscious and romantic pop to festivals and stages alike. Fans of James Bay or the huge star Shawn Mendes will fall in love with Dolman’s rich harmonies.

Brainfood + Flake + Handwaxx

Who: Even more psych to take you on a cosmic trip
When: 16th August
Where: The Dark Horse
Tickets: Free

Brain Food are back with more to nourish the mind, unleashing new material they’ve been harbouring at a free Dark Horse show. If their debut EP ‘Get One On’ is anything to go by, their new material will be a mind melting trip. Support hails from new band on the block Flake and alternative rock and rollers Handwaxx.

The Clause + Sugarthief + more

Who: Two bands headlining a weekender of Birmingham Music
When: 16th + 17th August
Where: Castle & Falcon
Tickets: £7 & £9

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Two of the most promising bands in Birmingham, headlining a weekender jam packed with local bands and artists. The Clause, Sugarthief, Violet, The Novus, Robert Craig Oulton and more, plus DJs and street food. You’d be mad to miss the Sonic Gun Weekender.

Truman Dinosaur + The Velvet Tides + The New Righteous Mood

Who: Sunshine seventies indie from London
When: 23rd August
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £7

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Like a sunny 70s sitcom, Truman Dinosaur layer up on the cynicism through rose coloured glasses. 1970’s California pop filters through on their debut single ‘Turn Me Into A Crocodile (And Let Me Eat Your Ego) and shows the new band’s potential.

Black Mekon + Cherry Pickles

Who: Two unstoppable Birmingham garage bands
When: 24th August
Where: The Night Owl
Tickets: £5

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Kick off your Bank Holiday weekend with two of Birmingham’s most promising and hard to pigeon hole bands. The kind-of-punk-kind-of-garage Black Mekon are back behind the wheel and taking their new album ‘Destroy Nostalgia’ across the UK, with badass garage duo Cherry Pickles in tow. Catch them in Birmingham with DJs on ’til late.

PJJ + North By North + Headshrinkers + Kinds of Light

Who: Glistening psych-pop
When: 25th August
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £6

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Bringing psych and pop together in a glistening starry fusion, PJJ will turn The Sunflower Lounge into a ‘Summertime Space Disco’. Support by “rock and roll warriors” North by North, Headshrinkers and Kinds of Light.


Eliza May + Elisha Green + Isolabella Marson + Emily Sambrook

Who: Young artist with punchy indie pop tracks
When: 29th August
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £7

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Recent graduate Eliza May takes inspiration from Skinny Living, Corinne Bailey Rae and Frank Turner. Meaning her style lies in punchy indie pop and sentimental soul. A must catch, especially as she’s just release EP ‘The Fall’.

SUE + Mallavora + High Knucks

Who: Noise rock and post punk in a nutshell
When: 30th August
Where: The Flapper
Tickets: £7

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Known for their wild performances and scratchy punk sound, SUE are storming through the Birmingham circuit, embracing anything that comes their way and leave pure chaos in their wake. This is a band that are good at what they do, and know it.

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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.