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.

What a line up! Calexico, Shovels and Rope, Pictish Trail and the wonderful, wonderful Orchestra Baobab (who I'd love to see at GM) too.

Grandaddy booked for next March in Manchester 

If it's anything close to their performance at GM it will be an amazing gig.

I'll be there too, they're playing Manchester on my birthday! I've never been to the Albert Hall either so looking forward to it.

Slow Club in Chester on 9th December. A few more things I like seem to be popping up in Chester which is encouraging - HMS Morris and Blind Boy Paxton have both been through recently and I thoroughly enjoyed them both.

Toy,Temples,ulrich Schnauss,Austra,Moon Duo,Hawkwind and Strand of Oaks[ was such a good night at GM,but i'm not sure if that was the alcohol and the mini forum meet rather than the performance-i will find out]----but at the moment so excited for the Chemical Brothers in Blackpool tomorrow.

Yep, Strand of Oaks playing London, Brighton, Manchester, & Leeds late Feb / early Mar 2017 ... not to be missed.

Barring unexpected opportunities it's my last gig of 2016 tonight and one of my most highly anticipated - Kate Tempest supported by the excellent Primarosa. Would love to have both at GM.

Thanks for all the pointers and recommendations folks ... keep them coming.

Would have loved to have gone to the Kate Tempest gig tonight. Thought that performance on TV earlier this year was breathtakin. Be great to see her at Green Man next year. Fair to middling Pixies last night might have been my last for this year, though I am quite tempted to go see Charlotte Church's Late Night Pop Dungeon at Tramshed next week. 

Kate Tempest must be a must - agree the BBC performance was the best single powerful  thing I've seen on the small screen - breathtaking

Lot of love for Kate Tempest.  

I have to say I don't get it at all.

She seems to be very popular on here and would be a good addition.

Which would mean less people at another stage for me, not being selfish at all.

One last gig for me in 2016 and it's Misty's Big Adventure's traditional Christmas Eve gig at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath. It wouldn't be Christmas without it!

Got tickets for Teenage Fanclub at Shepherd's Bush Empire in Februray and a rare Buffalo Tom UK show at Islington Assembly Hall in June.

patti smith's 70th birthday show at the riviera in chicago last week was...

well, you can imagine how great it was

let's have her back!

Patti Smith was my first ever festival experience.  Not that GM has let me down since, but I agree "perfect" - not sure I'd like to have that dirtied, especially if I get stuck near a couple of cunts


we did actually go!

mrs rad is from chicago

so we extended our christmas visit to catch the show

the happy birthday singalong featured karen elson and michael stipe

and a confetti cannon that just went on and on

the confetti was obviusly a surprise to patti

and she got very over-excited

michael stipe and jesse smith made her wear a pointy party hat and stipe insisted she ate a piece of the huge cake with which he chased her around the stage

it was very silly - and tremendous fun

and all between a full run through of horses and a second half that was essentially an extended musical anti-trump tirade (which played unsurprisingly well with the audience)

she also managed a punk rock cover of 'jesus is just alright'

which finished with perhaps the most patti smith thing she could possibly yell at us:

"love each other - motherfuckers!"

Sounds fantastic ray, saw some footage on youtube. Would be very happy to see her return, cunts or not Jon.

Julian Cope next up for me in February, This is Not This Heat in March, Hey Colossus as well, been listening to them alot, would be perfect for Far Out. Considering Red Rooster festival again, first lineup announcement has some really interesting stuff - Nick Lowe, Cale Tyson, Gaudalupe Plata and Hanging Stars, the last three new to me.

I've just heard that my first gig of 2017 (The Felice Brothers next Friday) has been cancelled (entire tour cancelled) due to Ian Felice's health problems.


Curious that the Cardiff date is the only one with band? Why might that be? Have to admit I preferred the band he had with him 2015 than last year myself, but sure I'll be at that show in Cardif. KC was in good form last night. 

those three alone almost make it worth it

been playing that julie byrne record to death

hoping she's on the GM line up

she has a UK headline tour april / may, according to the label - no dates yet

By happy I mean 'had a few drinks'.  There must be quite a few artists whose performance has been made extra special by joining in with the GM vibe and having a few drinks beforehand or during.  Missed BC Camplight last year who downed a bottle of whisky on stage.  The first time I ever saw King Creosote was when he appeared with the brilliant Burns Unit, have been a massive fan of his ever since.  If you were there you will know why Uranus was so funny.

Nick Cave announcement imminent apparently. O2, Manchester Arena and other large ones. Not sure arenas do it for me, might be the first time I've missed a tour for a while, hey ho...

He was on fine form. Great mix of new songs (all about drinking, beer mostly), couple of Teardrops songs and some solo older stuff, including the wonderful Pristine. Perfect Thursday night headliner, although I understand some might think not, he could end with a rousing singalong of another new song he did, Cunts can Fuck Off.

those bill callahan shows are on sale now for those who might have forgotten

i'm going thursday if any of you want to avoid me

Just bought 2 for Friday evening but could do with another one if anybody has a spare, they sold out very quickly.

They must have changed the time for the Saturday evening tickets to go on sale, as you pointed out Smithers, they were supposed to go on sale at 13.35.

It's a good job I didn't hold out for them, Saturday was really my preferred date, I'd have missed out.

Glad you managed to get a ticket, I reckon these shows will be pretty special.

Friday or Saturday, the journey from our backwater to London is well worth it for BC.

I've flown to Paris to see him in the past!

Glad you enjoyed Saint Julian Smithers.

I thought it was ace, possibly the best I have seen him since Peggy Suicide days.

He seems to have come to terms with the fact that people want to hear the oldies, including stuff by T**rdr*p *xpl*d*s, but will still listen to and appreciate his new stuff, including the aforementioned Cunts can Fuck Off.

I think you are spot on - would be a fantastic Thursday night headliner.

Can we start a petition?