10 gigs in Birmingham this January for less than a tenner

Sack off the ‘new year, new me’ mantra (we all know you’re going to cancel that gym membership by March anyway). Let’s move on to ‘new year, new music’ and soak up all that Birmingham has to offer this January all for less than a tenner.

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Institutes + Space Monkey + MeMe Detroit + more

Who: Some of Birmingham’s best performing in celebration to the late, great Bowie
When: 5th January
Where: The Night Owl
Tickets: £8

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Fans of Ziggy Stardust (and his many other alter egos) listen up: This night will be bigger than Christmas. With acts such as MeMe Detroit, Cave Girl and more covering classic Bowie numbers, DJs, visuals and more, the annual Bowie night at The Night Owl is not one to miss.

Mondo Royale + Special Guests

Who: Colourful and nostalgic synth pop
When: 5th January
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: Free

Likened to indie throwback Alphabeat with a bit of Abba thrown in for good measure. Mondo Royale’s beats are infectiously uptempo, bound to bring back feelings of nostalgia for the golden days of indie pop, with a blend of modern synth pop.

Sunset Beach Hut + La Dharma + Bryony Williams + Tehillah Henry

Who: Shrewsbury indie pop quartet alongside dream pop and indie rock supports
When: 12th January
Where: O2 Academy
Tickets: £7

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If upbeat tempos, shimmers of summer and indie pop inflections are your bag, then make sure to catch The Sunset Beach Hut as they grace the O2 Academy stage. Supports hail from the anthemic La Dharma, electro acoustic Bryony Williams and more.

Ivory Wave + Franko Fraize

Who: Ivory Wave, making waves
When: 17th January
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £6

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The last time Ivory Wave played to Birmingham, it was to a near sell out crowd in the O2 Institute. An impressive feat for a band that champions Birmingham, and vice versa. Indie rock meets Britpop and the Great British wit, revitalised in a brand new way by this unstoppable group.

The Once + Ross Andrew

Who: Not your regular folk
When: 18th January
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £9

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One for fans of easy listening folk, with a bit of a difference. The Once aren’t regular folk, and are sure to warm your cold January evenings with acoustic melodies similar to Passenger, First Aid Kit and The National.

Chemtrails + Special Guests

Who: Infectious garage pop back with new calibre
When: 19th January
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £5 (on the door)

It’s rare to catch an incredible touring band for cheap, let alone a fiver on the door. Returning with heralding new EP ‘Cuckoo Spit, Chemtrails leave no holds barred with a heavy dose of good old fashioned garage pop. Supports lay secret for now, but we’re certain you’re in for a treat…

The Carousels + Special Guests

Who: Long standing friends performing Britpop and indie anthems
When: 25th January
Where: Actress & Bishop
Tickets: £6

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This four piece Birmingham/Black Country band have over 16 years of gigging under their belt, all inspired by the furore of 90s indie and Britpop. Expect a mix of original indie material and covers of indie anthems from Oasis, Charlatans, Primal Scream and more.

Slothrust + Active Bird Community + Candid

Who: Alt/rock all the way from Boston
When: 26th January
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £9

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Lyrical grit and integrity with an edge of 90s alt rock, Slothrust are going to be your new favourite guilty pleasure, hitting UK soil with material from brand new bruising and surreal album ‘The Pact.’

Dilly Dally + Hotel Lux + Soeur

Who: Toronto based, distortion soaked rockers
When: 29th January
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: £9

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There was a time when Toronto based band Dilly Dally nearly called it quits on their music, but luckily with tenacity and a distortion soaked, fierce battlecry, they’re back. Red raw and ferocious, Dilly Dally are the alt rock name on everyone’s lips for 2019.

Kagoule + Do Nothing

Who: DIY punk rock for independent venue week
When: 30th January
Where: Muthers Studio
Tickets: £7

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‘Three teenagers from Nottingham’ is how Kagoule modestly describe themselves. Looking blasé on the surface, although everything from their artwork (designed by the drummer) and band name (picked as an ‘O’ in the middle would look good on posters) is meticulously planned. Kagoule are as DIY as punk rock gets, but mean serious business.

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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.