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.

Looking forward to seeing Meilyr Jones tomorrow night, first time in more than a year! Seems he's airing all new material and has a new band now. Anyone go to the Manchester show, or going to the Birmingham (I think that's where the third one is?) gig?

I didn't think the sound was great initially but it settled down after first few songs, and yes, I thought the stuff from the New album sounded great live, thought the album hadn't really grabbed me as much as the previous couple. I'm glad to see that despite the change of name it's still pretty much The Boyfriends. 

Agree, top performance and a good send off for my last visit to the Colston Hall.  Roll on completing the refurbishment and the new name.

we were talking about dry the river on the way in to BristoL.  Spooky coincidence, the support included a former member of dry the river.

Yesterday, Bo Ningen, Black Lips, Courtney Barnett all good, Shame ok, Patti Smith and Nick Cave excellent. Chaotic on the way out, not helped by missing the last train and having to get a taxi home, hey ho, worth it for a grand day out though

When oh when is he going to turn up at Glanusk? I dutifully put his name top of my list every's listening.

We could all die happy remembering that glorious warm August Saturday night when we saw Nick Cave in front of the mountain....

out of their price range these days, i suspect

he's come a long way from when i first saw him at surbiton assembly rooms...

just think, if we’d not bothered with van Morrison in 2012 there might be more in the kitty. what a monumental (and no doubt expensive) waste of helicopter fuel that was 

i think nick cave still reminisces about that....‘remember the day I played in front of Mr Ray down surbitoN? Thems woz the days...’

Was given a ticket for LCD Soundsystem at Manchester Apollo on Wednesday evening.

What a great gig! Danced like a fool.

I bet, i love LCD .

I was also in Manchester on wednesday night, rather less dancing, but alot of foot tapping watching the wonderful Laura Veirs at the Deaf Institute.

And orchestra at Royal Northern College of Music on Sept 15...

Just got back from a trip to see Nick Cave and Patti Smith in Dublin, which was every bit as wonderful as anticipated, even without added Kylie. Next up a more intimate evening with Laura Veirs at St John’s church in Cardiff tomorrow and Gruff Rhys on Sunday, so good to see positive reviews. 

Queen Patti Smith performing a semi-acoustic show interspersed with poetry readings in a church last night was every bit as magical as you’d expect. Just her, Lenny and Tommy. She was relaxed and chatty. She is on fine form at the minute and her voice as strong as ever. One more time with the full band at Wales Millennium Centre this evening. 

Low tickets on sale tomorrow,looks like only Bristol and Manchester up to now--new tracks sound wonderful[ back to Drums and Guns style but darker] but will not appeal to everyone.

Oh nice, I think Low certainly warrant a trip across to Bristol. Thanks for that bph.

I've also being enjoying Nick Cave and Patti Smith, the former in a stunning headline performance at Primavera Porto, and the latter in the salubrious and rather dryer environs of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Another Porto highlight was Public Service Broadcasting. I think there's a serious risk of Green Man peaking early this year. 

Sounds good Peridot. They were incredible at Victoria Park, just keep getting better and better. Patti again at Cambridge Folk Festival soon

A magical set in Oxford tonight from Israel Nash. Just him, guitar and harmonica. New album is out in July, and he's coming back with his band in November. London date is The Scala, so that's where I'll be going.

Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Stones last night. They were simply superb. Maybe this won’t be the last time after all. 

John Murry was wonderful at St Mary's creative space in Chester last Sunday.

Beautiful venue, very attentive crowd of about 100. 

Having another look at the old codger, St. David's Hall, Cardiff October 12th. It's Too Late To Stop Now!

Enjoy the old codger Chrissied, but as much as I adore Van I'm not prepared to take the risk any more. I've been to three fantastic gigs this week and paid less than £35 in total for the privilege. I struggle to contemplate paying more than twice that for something that I'm likely to walk out of half way through. And let's face it, there aren't going to be any great ones any more. In the past the great ones more than compensated for the early bus ones but those days are real real gone. I do miss them though.

I'm also very disgruntled at the most convenient Phosphorescent date clashing with Villagers in Bristol. Looks like a trip to Liverpool is required. Not that I object to having an excuse for a trip to Liverpool.



BC Camplight you say? I think that could seal the deal.

Just the domestic negotiations to tackle now ( ◡ ͜ ◡)


I don't know if anyone on here watched Download Festival on Sky Arts[ it's available on catch up] but it featured Starcrawler and intrview with them.

Rare foray into the big city last week to see the mighty. mighty Wave Pictures aka the best live band in the world.

On a more rustic level, hoping to catch Toby Hay on Saturday at the Hay Meadow Festival at the Bog Visitor Centre at Stiperstones. Scything demos, hay-bale throwing competitions, food and live music. What's not to like?

Eels tonight--a band i've loved for over 20 years---i just wish England were not playing tonight,i hope it does not go to extra time.


Sending jealous vibes from Ireland!... They're playing Dublin on Friday but I can't make it. (I have to make do with Paul Simon the following Friday)

I don't know if you've seen Eels before BPH but if you have you'll know what I mean by "don't leave too early" (Do they still do that??)


Had the pleasure of seeing Richard Dawson recently in a restored Victorian picture house. Absolutely spell-binding, hope he returns to GM next year with a late-night Walled Garden set or similar

David Byrne a few days later in Manchester was probably the best gig I've ever been to. Stunning synthesis of sound, visuals, choreography and musicianship. He could quite easily assemble a faceless four-piece band and make a stress-free living churning out the hits, so to see him still innovating and pushing the limits of performance at his age is lovely. Not exaggerating to say that the TH stuff was just as good as it sounded back in the day and despite not being as a big a fan of his solo material it took on a new life live. What a joyous thing music is

Seen Eels many many times,but have not done that the last couple,probably depends on venue rules.I remember watching the Dandy Warhols in Manchester many moons ago who did a 2 hour set,the lights came on and the Academy was down to less than a 100 when they returned and did another set.