10 gigs in Birmingham this October for less than a tenner

As it gets dark at 4pm and you don about 12 layers just to keep mildly warm in good old Britain, things are heating up in the music world. This time of year draws out all the best artists for gigs, and right here you can find some of the best for less than a tenner.


Jordan Mackampa + Charlotte Carpenter

Who: Acoustic Folk meets heart-tugging soul
When: 1st October
Where: The Cuban Embassy
Tickets: £8.50

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Folky blues ballads chiming from an acoustic guitar, met with strong lyrics of isolation, heartbreak and uniqueness all coming from a powerful, soulful voice that blends the lines between folk, pop and soul. Jordan Mackampa‘s songs are emotional, but full of pride, with this Coventry based musician aiming for higher than the stars and constellations he sings about.

 


Art School Girlfriend + Odmansbox + Veda

Who: Melancholically ethereal electro pop
When: 7th October
Where: Hare & Hounds
Tickets: £7

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Originally from North Wales, Art School Girlfriend moved to London to hone her sound, moving from fronting a shoegaze band to self producing ethereal, yer dark indie pop that is a shadow of its own glowing self. The electronic pop pieces are entrancing, but with a dark edge that hooks you in for the long haul.

 


Childcare + Lazy Day + Cymbeline

Who: Newest picks of the bunch emerging form the London scene
When: 9th October
Where: Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £7

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After gaining critical acclaim with their first EP ‘Made Simple’, Childcare are back to celebrate new EP ‘Luckyucker’. Described as a ‘slinky’ form of art rock, Childcare paint stories into their tracks, with assertive guitar hits and an even blend of male to female vocals. Childcare are the latest prodigy to come from London’s music scene, often compared to the now Mercury prize winners Wolf Alice.

 


Boy Azooga + Man of Moon + Brain Food

Who: Expect wild drum beats, glitchy retro indie and a whole load of Kung Fu
When: 10th October
Where: Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £7

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You’ve been living under a mighty big rock if you haven’t heard the infectious rhythms of Cardiff’s Boy Azooga. Switching between percussion driven bangers that hit with sheer driving force and floaty dream pop that gleams with retro VCR sincerity, Boy Azooga have been backed by Jools Holland, 6 Music and more. Seeing this lot perform their critically acclaimed debut 1,2, Kung Fu! for less than a tenner is a steal.

 


Our Girl + Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard + The Cosmics

Who: Mellowed out, dremy and romantic shoegaze inflicted rock
When: 12th October
Where: Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £8

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Originally the guitarist in The Big Moon, frontwoman Soph takes the riff heavy hooks of the likes of The Big Moon and Marika Hackman and blends them in between mellow, shoegaze-y melodies and romantic inflections.

 


Paul Cherry + The Lizards + Cave Girl + more

Who: Dreamy, bubbly and jazzy pop from the other side of the pond
When: 18th October
Where: The Night Owl
Tickets: £6

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Known back in the depths of the DIY garage scene in Chicago, Paul Cherry does away with the old lo-fi rock of his past and explores the world of jazz and pop with fruitful results. Those who love the lo-fi of Ariel Pink with a certain zingy, jazzy flavour should get right behind this gig. With support from Birmingham psych outfit The Lizards, indie glam band Cave Girl and more.

 


Spilt Milk Society + Flares + Genuine Panama

Who: A harmonious blur of tropical indie pop and retro 80s rhythms
When: 14th October
Where: Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £6

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Spilt Milk Society have been humming away quietly up until this year, where they’ve stormed through huge support slots along with the other Birmingham greats, infecting everyone with tropical indie rhythms and nostalgic, 80s funk and groove riffs that turns modern music on its head.

 


The Blinders + Calva Louise + The Mother’s Earth Experiment

Who: Political punk on the rise, hard hitting lyrics with hard hitting drums
When: 23rd October
Where: Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £7

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This Doncaster born, Manchester grown band blend full on political punk, with a gritty, dark edge. Their music is hard hitting, self aware and a full frontal punch of dark punk with melodies as fast as their rise to notoriety. The Blinders may be new on the circuit, but trust us, they’re here to stay.

 


King Brothers + Black Mekon

Who: Intimate double headline tour featuring Japanese punk rioters King Brothers and Brummies Black Mekon
When: 24th October
Where: Hare & Hounds
Tickets: £8

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Two headliners, one tour. One a supercharged punk trio all the way from Japan, the other a trio of country punk twang with screams of rock and roll. This night will see raw war cries and cataclysmic holes in the earth, all in one intimate space.

 


The Clause + Portobello + Faith + more

Who: The Clause celebrate Halloween with a host of Midlands bands
When: 31st October
Where: Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £6

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After selling out a homecoming show at The Sunflower Lounge, as well as an O2 Academy 3 gig, The Clause are back to celebrate Halloween with a whole host of Birmingham and Midlands talent. The Clause are joined by Portobello, Faith, La Dharma, The Pined plus a live PA from tapes.

 


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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.

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.