10 gigs in Birmingham this April for less than a tenner

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We could spin the usual lines of how the months keep going by so fast, like we totally weren’t expecting April to come after March… but we are so ready for April. And can you blame us? Check out all these stellar acts ready to wow Birmingham all for less than the cost of your hungover Sunday takeaway.

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Bloxx + On video + George Pannell

Who: Indie pop/alternative that charms the charts
When: 4th April
Where: The Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £6

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Merging indie guitars with melodic indie pop, Bloxx are your next indie crush. Addictive hooks and gripping riffs join forces for indie-pop tracks that would find total comfort nestled amongst the chart greats, and now’s the time to catch them before their inevitable blow up.

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The Lizards + Handwaxx

Who: Psych and indie pop raising money for pancreatic cancer
When: 4th April
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £8

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With twisting, guitar filled reverb and a kaleidoscope of colourful, enigmatically descriptive melodies combined with a roar of vocal, The Lizards know their psych. Pair them with psych-pop rockers Handwaxx and that’s a good night by itself, but the two bands have combined for ‘Psych for Pan Can’ – a worthy charity night raising money for pancreatic cancer.

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Sorry Grace + Spoort + Brain Food + Plastic Scene

Who: Swooning jazz melodies meets indie and soul
When: 5th April
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £7

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Sorry Grace are something of an enigma on the indie scene, and the inclusion of jazz time signatures and the beautiful, soulful vocals of Charley Mack seems to stun audiences every time. Sorry Grace are an unapologetic breath of fresh air, raising money for Air Ambulance Charity alongside Spoort, Brain Food and Plastic Scene.


Mundays + Nonsuch + Beholden Tangerine

Who: Psych infused garage rock fuels the next Papito Party.
When: 6th April
Where: Muthers Studio
Tickets: £6

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For the best in local music, Papito Party is quickly becoming one of the hot spots in Birmingham. Northamptonshire based Mundays are on the cusp of dropping a brand new, psych-garage EP ‘Fantasea’, offering a more diverse sound for the trio. They’re supported by bands with huge soundscapes: trippy prog rockers Nonsuch and brand new band Beholden Tangerine followed by psych DJs Kaleidoscope.

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Victories at Sea + Supercaan + Flamingo Flame

Who: A rare exhibition of new and old material from Victories at Sea
When: 18th April
Where: Hare and Hounds
Tickets: £5

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“Birmingham has another band to be proud of” according to NME. Think indie disco with a fresh spin and you have the core of Victories at Sea, who take all the best parts of indie nostalgia and transform them into intricate, atmospheric soundscapes. Support hails from London via Birmingham based Supercaan and the 80s tinged Flamingo Flame.

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Antelope + The Little Easy Band + Special Guests

Who: Subtle blend of jazz, soul and pop on their debut album
When: 19th April
Where: Muthers Studio
Tickets: £5

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Heavy grooves and soul influences are what drives Antelope, creating ear worms of funk and soul that breathes life into the live music scene. After a slight band rotation Antelope are celebrating their release of their debut album alongside support from rhythm and blues infused The Little Easy Band.

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Violet + The Cosmics + George Pannell + The C33’s

Who: Double headline gig hosted by Birmingham’s biggest voices
When: 20th April
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £5

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Both Violet and The Cosmics are hard hitters in Birmingham’s music scene. Violet drench every track in huge, atmospheric indie inspired by the grungy greats of yesteryear. Combine them with the 60s inspired, balls to the wall garage punk of The Cosmics and you have an unmissable double headline show.

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Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam + Bad Girlfriend + Modern Literature + More

Who: Birmingham indie punk veterans headline one Hott Easter party
When: 21st April
Where: The Castle and Falcon
Tickets: £8

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With over 100 songs under their belt, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam divulge between pop-punk hooks and darker, deeper melodies as featured on their new album ‘Blackout Cowboy’. Their diverse range makes them an easy choice for a headliner, especially for the return of the notorious Hott Date. They’re joined by Bad Girlfriend, Gruel, Modern Literature, Bryony Williams, Liquid Cheeks, You Dirty Blue and a whole host of DJs for a proper Easter Sunday knees up.

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Joel Baker + Special Guests

Who: Acoustic/folk with drive and momentum
When: 26th April
Where: The Sunflower Lounge
Tickets: £8

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You’ve got to hand it to Joel Baker, the folk artist has been around since the days of the sun-drenched summers circa 2012, where acoustic ballads of the likes of Ben Howard trickled through every window. Joel has always been bubbling under the surface, penning tracks with his heart on his sleeve as the underdog of the acoustic indie scene.

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Frauds + Rat The Magnificent + more

Who: The next collective of acts under Die Das Der’s wing
When: 26th March
Where: The Flapper
Tickets: £5

Noise Rockers Frauds and Rat The Magnificent are the next double headers on this list. Frauds sole aim is to create ‘head noddable’ tracks with both venom and humour, taking influence from Tool, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Fugazi. Meanwhile, Rat The Magnificent are an overlapping Venn diagram of fervent drum beats, open blasted guitars and evangelical bass, all joined by supports Forever in Debt and WMN – Women.

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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.