Filling the void

OK so I can't compete with you London types but a quick skim tells me the fllowing are playing this autumn at Birmingham's finest venue, the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, less than 5 minutes from my house: Keston Cobblers Club, RM Hubbert, Tunng, Lanterns on the Lake, Euros Childs, Sweet Baboo and Dutch Uncles. A short trip into town and at the Institute there's Everything Everything, Steve Mason, Public Service Broadcasting, Half Moon Run and Stornoway. And no clashes.

Incredible line-up that GTG - I'm jealous.

Wave Pictures played a stormer in Bristol on Tuesday night. Jonny was shredding drumsticks - playing like a man possessed. I'm really looking forward to some more of the same in August.



The lineup proved to be a bit too good to be true as the logistics of using the wonderful Sage as the venue, and basically selling enough tickets to fill the 4 areas, meant that all the stages ran simultaneously.  Doing a 50/50 split was difficult if the 2nd venue was full already as they then operated a one out/one in system, so, for example, leaving Royal Blood after 5 great songs left me stood in a queue for about 15 mins to catch the last couple of Django Django's set!  Worth it though, they had all 3 levels of Hall 2 absolutely bouncing.  Basically it meant some tough choices, the worst of which was The Fall v Villagers v Father John Misty.  I went for the latter which seemed like a very wise move.  I'd only seen him solo before, at No Direction Home (whatever happened to ......) but he had the full band and just put on a superb show - a real all-round entertainer!!


The 4 bands on Friday suffered at the hands of the Academy's sound system, especially Interpol where the vocals were way down in the mix - though the crowd made up for that with their singing.  War On Drugs only did 30 mins as they are on at the same venue on Friday.  Sleater-Kinney were great fun and Mogwai were so fucking loud!  Haven't had that 'ears ringing in the morning' feeling for ages.  When they played 'Mogwai fear Satan' I reckon half the audience jumped in shock when they crashed back in after the quiet bit.  


Other highlights for me were Hot Chip, Gaz Coombes, Public Service Broadcasting, King Cresosote and what I caught of Jungle.  Great beer, great food, lovely staff, fantastic sound.  I may well travel to wherever this is held next year.

Hard to believe there was talk of them binning 6 Music not so long ago. Never listen to the day time stuff myself, but I'd really miss Marc Riley if his show wasn't there. Likewise Freakzone and Sunday Service. 6 Music festival will inevitably be geared towards broadcast, but that is s cracking line-up. 

Yes, I thought it was magic Wakestock. Not what I was expecting. I had envisioned something rather more sedate, not a microphone stand trashing rock-out.

Thanks for the review of the 6Music bash GTG. Made me very nostalgic for GM, even the agony of the clashes :)


Krasnyi - are you aware of anything interesting in your neck of the woods next Tuesday (10th)? I have a room booked in central Brum for an event that's now been cancelled so I will find something else to amuse myself. The best a quick google came up with was Idlewild.


I wouldn't recommend Eleanor McEvoy (no relation thankfully) 

From what I've been subjected to for years on Mid West Radio on holiday over in Ireland, she's Irish MOR easy listening with a hint of is everything else they broadcast.

I thought BC lived in the UK now. Perhaps so did he until he left and tried to come back! 

Shame about the tour, I'm glad I caught him at the Rough Trade instore a few weeks back. He was rather good and I'm loving the album. Hopefully everything will be sorted out come August.

At least Eleanor is a jackeen. But she probably would put me to sleep. It's sold out anyway which goes to prove how little justice there is in the world.

So its Idlewild or Lena Lovich. I might just go for Lena - at least then I wouldn't know what to expect.

Hey rayrad - you'll be proud of me. I'm planning to flog my ticket for Ben Howard in Cardiff and go see Ryley Walker instead. I can always catch Ben on Saturday night at GM ;-)



Hmm... Ryley Walker plays Cardiff the same night as Sharon Van Etten plays Bristol, which I've already bought tickets for. Typical. I have another tough call to make with both Swans and UMO both playing Bristol on the same evening too

Nick Cave terrific at Hammersmith last night, 2.5 hour set spanning Birthday Party,Bad Seeds and a fantastic cover of Avalanche. Sun Kil Moon next up in a few weeks.

Been far too long since I last saw Nick Cave. Next time I really must get in quick and book tickets. Went to see Belle and Sebastian last night. Good, but can't help thinking their best years are behind them. Looking forward to Stealing Sheep in Clwb this evening though

Fot those near Manchester--A Winged Victory For The Sullen are playing St. Phillips church in salford on the 14th December.


Coming up at various venues in Birmingham over the next few weeks: Sweet Baboo, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, H. Hawkline, Stealing Sheep, Rozi Plain, Jane Weaver, Stanley Brinks & the Wave Pictures, Songhoy Blues, Slug, Richard Thompson, Devon Sproule.

she only seems to be supporting that bloke out of some shite indie landfill band

are there solo shows too?

can't find any info


those november dates aren't on her website or FB page

hope it's not only the tin

(where she always plays because it's owned by her UK label)

You'll have to get yourself up to Cov then mr ray. It's the tiniest of venues - saw Ryley Walker there earlier in the year - could have reached out and de-tuned his guitar.

Just listening to the new Mac DeMarco - rather nice - didnae we once have a discussion about the fella?

She's down for The Greystones in Sheffield on Nov 1st.

Not much use to any of us but hopefuly indicates that there may be more dates added.


Thanks Krasnyi. I see SB & WP also playing Cardiff, which I wasn't aware of. 

Although there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when I tell my daughter it's over 18s.


By WP I assume you mean the Stanley Brinks/Wave Pictures gig at the Moon Club that had passed under my radar too? Bit of fruitless searching for a Songhoy Blues Cardiff gig before penny dropped that'll be Sweet Baboo at The Globe? Still a little miffed I missed opportunity to see Songhoy Blues at Clwb in February. How was EOTR By the way?

EOTR was fabulous. Site great, it didn't rain (although it was bloody cold). Highlights were Brakes, Laura Marling (surprised me too), the Cider Bus, and the Gin Bar. And I managed to avoid all of Future Islands, Mac Demarco, War on Drugs, and Sufjan Stephens ... so my ears are very grateful indeed. 

Had exactly the same experience - Brakes were amazing, LM was much better than anticipated, and spent way too much money on hot cider and amazing G&Ts. Equally avoided all your misses and had an incredible time overall. It really is a great little festival

is performing Hypoxia, her album inspired by Sylvia plath's Bell Jar, on 17 Oct in Manchester, with the Halle Orchestra.

supported by the cheeky girls and Timmy mallet, I believe 

Probably going to this, have seen The Little Unsaid before, anyone got any recommendations from this list?:

  • Bert Miller & the Animal Folk
  • Moon Brother
  • Matt Woosey
  • The Little Unsaid
  • Lightvessel
  • The Grenaways
  • Sadie Horler
  • Crow Puppets
  • Rapha Ghetti
  • Alex Gregory

James Yorkstom mini-tour coming up!


Sunday 22nd November – Netgig at The Convent – watch online! 

Sunday 6th December – Hebden Bridge – Trades Club 

Monday 7th December – De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill on Sea

Tuesday 8th December – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe (a few minutes from my front door)

Thursday 10th December – Winchester Railway Inn

Unfortunately nowhere near me Kras, so I'll have to be content with watching him online.

I do wish Shrewsbury would become a desirable tour destination!

become a promoter!

hire out your local church hall - or upstairs room in a pub

if they've already got a PA, you'd be surprised how many bands will come and play

especially in a town that doesn't have much competition between venues

if you're the only game in town that night, shrewsburians will come out!

Good point ray.

It is a neglected part of Britain, most of the gigs I go to are in Manchester or Liverpool - a good hour and a half's drive.

Shrewsbury is a 40-minute train journey, with (most importantly) a late return, which stops at our "request stop only" station.

I will investigate.

Good to see Adem finally doing a gig again,sadly only London at the moment,don't know if this signals new material.

Autumn schedule slowly filling up with Jane Weaver, Howlin' Rain (possibly), Swn Festival (featuring Ultimate Painting and Du Blonde amongst others), Micachu & the Shapes, Ezra Furman, and Kurt Vile with Waxahatchee supporting

That actually sounds quite promising must be a walled garden possibility for next year


One day indoor festival announced for March in Manchester--Cosmosis Festival---first few acts Jesus and Mary Chain/Raveonettes/Wire/Ulrich Schnauss and LSD and the search for god.

Saw Sweet Baboo at the Rainbow last night - that's four times this year including twice at Green Man. In sparkling form as always, can't see anything knoking Boom Box Ballads off best album of the year position. Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Thursday and H Hawkline and Gwenno on Saturday if my body can take it.

A good evening at the Sebright Arms in Hackney. My son's band supporting Yung, a Danish garage/pysch band, very good, they are playing at LIverpool Pyschfest if anyone is going to that. Sleaford Mods next up in a couple of weeks

Just booked the ATP Nightmare before christmas festival at Pontins Prestatyn--just love the ATP festivals and it is such a good line up.