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

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Glaston-who? You can keep your pyramid stages, muddy trenches and overpriced hot dogs, we’ve got a thriving music scene that is bursting at the seams with talent, all for less than a shower token in a field.

Beholden Tangerine + Krook Nootz

Who: Good bands, cheap beer, free entry, what’s not to love?
When: 5th July
Where: Fazeley Park
Tickets: Free

Home to a few of the king pin bands of Birmingham Table Scraps and Black Mekon, Fazeley Park’s first Friday brings (seemingly) secret bands together in a sweaty, small, concrete room with cheap as chips drinks offers. It’s the best. If you know, you’re there, and you probably didn’t need to read this description at all.


Black Mekon + Cherry Pickles

Who: Fuzzy trash punk and garage duo
When: 6th July
Where: The Dark Horse
Tickets: Free

Veterans of the Birmingham music scene, Black Mekon can in no way be pigeon holed into one genre. Kind of fuzzy, a little bit country, slightly punky. It’s rock & roll with dirt under its nails, with support from PNK SLM family Cherry Pickles who take all the best bits of garage rock in all its simplicity.

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The Assist + George Pannell + Flake

Who: Infectious, energetic, British indie pop.
When: 6th July
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £7

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Forming between Birmingham and Walsall, The Assist fuse 90s Britpop with the likes of todays hit makers Jamie T and Ratboy. They’ve shared the stage with Blossoms and Sean Ryder respectively, and now they’re headlining The Sunflower Lounge in celebration of their new single.

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All Seeing Eyes + R.John Webb + Temple St. Resistance

Who: A night of blues all the way from Dayton, Kentucky.
When: 7th June
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: £7 or 2 for £10

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The US based trio of multi-instrumentalists who formed initially to front a parade in Ohio. Now, the guitar/harmonica wielding trio have let the day jobs take a break and have crossed the Ohio river to bring their East Coast sound to the UK. Support comes from Ryan Webb (Rhino and the Ranters) and Temple Street Resistance.

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Sam Lambeth + Giant and the Georges + Bryony Williams + Paul Beaumont

Who: 10 years on four chords
When: 12th July
Where: The Victoria
Tickets: £5

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The Monobloggers/Quinn/Winona founder Sam Lambeth performs a whole decade of indie/pop ballads from all walks of his musical career, all to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. As well as being backed up by a full band, support for Sam Lambeth includes the Black Country’s Giant and the Georges, Bryony Williams and Paul Beaumont.

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Kendo Nagasaki + The Nature Centre + Gladeaths + Pithy Giro

Who: Space pop meets driving indie rock
When: 12th July
Where: The Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £5

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Die Das Der are back with another collective of like minded, left of the dial indie artists. A noise and improv trio, Kendo Nagasaki are unlike anything you’ve ever seen, with two drummers and one trumpet – they take noise way past eleven. Support comes from fellow Die Das Der members The Nature Centre, Gladeaths and Pithy Giro.

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Exhailers + Mutes +PJJ

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When: 13th July
Where: The Flapper
Tickets: £6

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Celebrating the release of their ‘Abyssal Orbit’ EP, The Exhailers bring cosmic, glistening melodies and lurching guitar riffs that shatter like glittering nebulas as a high octane trio. Support comes from post-punk Mutes and PJJ.

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GHUM + Aufbau Principle + P.E.T

Who: Dark pop with ghostly grunge
When: 14th July
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £

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An exuberant, electrifying take on post punk that holds its own, GHUM sweep through with dark pop grooves and moody melodies perfect for mindless indie self indulgence. Be sure to catch Aufbau Principle, a psychedelic outfit who take influence from dark 1980’s Manchester music, whilst riot grrl’s P.E.T. complete the bill.

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Table Scraps + The Cosmics + Nonsuch

Who: Popular local garage-rock trio brings two other popular local bands out to play
When: 26th July
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: £5

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A stellar line up of Birmingham punk and psych, fronted by PNK SLM signedTable Scraps. The fuzzy, riotous trio pile drive through spitfire garage tracks, whilst being joined by psych punk fusion The Cosmics and Nonsuch.

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Deaf Balloons + Deafs Door + Headwired

Who: A heavy injection of strong, shimmering indie riffs
When: 27th July
Where: The Flapper
Tickets: £7

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In a world full of constant turmoil and ferocious, politically charged, music, Deaf Balloons are here to pop the bubbles and bring everyone back with shimmering, retro indie pop. The soundtrack of youthful summer, Deaf Balloons will drench you in sun even in a dark gig room.

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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.