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.

I'm tempted by the Sunday night lineup at All Points East. Has anyone here been before? If so what's it like as an experience  overall? Is it worth thinking about the VIP tickets?

I went last time Nick Cave played Wakestock, pretty good all round. Very corporate as you'd expect but can ignore all that. Arsehole quotient not too bad. No experience of VIP tickets but very easy to get to the front. We lingered too long at the end and getting out took ages resulting in a very expensive taxi ride home as missed last train. Not planning to go this year as we return from Wales the day before but with todays additions of Starcrawler and Hurray for the Riff Raff I might see if any cheap tickets going later on

I really did not enjoy All Points East last year - bad crowd, terrible sound in the main area, but might be worth chancing based on the quality of the acts this year

Ive been twice.  Id definitely recommend it if you're into the line up.  There's nothing much going on apart from the music but it's a nice enough set up. Lots of food options (London prices), which I would recommend selecting early as cues can get massive later on in the evening (particularly if its sold out). 

Bearded Theory last weekend.

An hour and a half's journey from where I live and at £135 for a weekend ticket, good value in a lovely setting.

Not really the same standard of bands on offer as GM but the Flaming Lips and Patti Smith headlining more than made up for the undercard.

An older demographic and friendly atmosphere. 

Definitely worth going if there's enough to please you in the line-up.

No decent options for two years and then two come along at once. Melbourne last Friday for Arab Strap (a Rising festival Exclusive that must have cost a fair whack! Fly 5 to Australia for one gig!), very good. Really like the new material, looking forward to seeing them again come GM. And the Baxter Dury on the Saterday in Sydney (possible also thanks to the Rising Festival, but also Vivid, and he is playing about 5 or 6 gigs around Aus.) Wanted to see him for ages, and he did not disapoint. Suitably sexual performance. But his keybaordist, Madeline Hart, works just as hard, often more signing duties than Baxter! Any one know anything of her? 

I've been a few times to All Points East (and its predecessor in Victoria Park, Field Day) and always found it to be a good day's worth of music, although as a London city festival crowd, it does have its irritations (e.g. a lot of talking during acts, you need to be willing to move around to get away from it at times).  I'm already in for The National day this year.

And just back from Black Deer.  My highlights were Israel Nash, Madison Violet, Dylan Earl, The Felice Brothers, Robert Vincent, Drive By Truckers and the set of the weekend (for which I left Van Morrison's set to see) Hiss Golden Messenger.  Don't know how many of those have ever played Green Man, but I'm sure all / any of them would fit in just great.


Saw the Drive by Truckers a week or 2 ago in Dublin and they were very good. 

From that list, the only act I've seen at GM is the Felice Brothers and (unsurprisingly) they were fantastic. 

I'm going to see Felice Brothers this evening, Wet Leg in Bristol tomorrow, and Rufus Wainwright on Saturday. I'll also be spending a lot of the weekend watching Glastonbury from the comfort of my sofa. 

I'll be seeing First Aid Kit in Halifax tomorrow.

Then next week, for a total change of pace, I'll be re-living my emo teenage years by seeing Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Green Day in Glasgow. Unlikely we'll ever see them at GM but I'm sure I'll have fun!

Saw Parquet Courts the other week at Manchesters Albert Hall who were magnificent and i have also got tickets for The Felice Brothers in Manchester, but sadly Hurray For The Riff Raff have just cancelled their Hebden Bridge date which i'm slightly gutted about.

Any standout sets from Glastonbury worth seeing catchup? I've heard positive reports about Yves Tumor but not seen it. Amy Taylor provided a masterclass in swearing. 

just seen that bill callahan has announced UK dates for november

london on the 2nd

pre-sale for that show tomorrow at 10am:

no doubt similar things will be happening for the other shows


"We are pleased to announce that we will be doing some shows in the UK in November. There will be a new album available by that time. The band will be Bill Callahan (guitar), Matt Kinsey (guitar), Jim White (drums) and Dustin Laurenzi (tenor sax). Since the world broke in two and we are living in the growling remains — we will make glue, we will make sunshine or we will at least intoxicate you. Which ring of hell will you be leaving to witness this show? Maybe you don’t have to go back! Maybe these shows will show you how. Drink your drink slowly, maybe no one will notice you’re gone."

I've just booked to see The Handsome Family in September, playing at the ever-lovely St Mary's in Chester which is magic. 

Its not as if you are in a rush to watch anyone on the Thursday but i would find a Monday gig after a festival difficult.

Reminds me of seeing the late (and very sadly missed) Jason Molina in Norwich the day after seeing him at EOTR. Mentioned that to him when I went to buy a record from him afterwards, and he was clearly mindblown and genuinely honoured. 

I'll be seeing Ezra Furman in Leeds on the Wednesday after Green Man. Feels a little ridiculous so soon after her festival set but I'm still looking forward to it!

It was a good lineup, I hope they can turn it into an annual thing. Just one odd thing I noticed on the website: dogs are allowed?? That really sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. And wouldn't most dogs hate being near loud music anyway?

I know they allow dogs at Cambridge, or they used to as my mum used to attend with her dogs and i can't remember any specific issues regarding noise complaints.

Yeah, it's a wonderful lineup isn't it, but I don't think I could manage consecutive weekends. 

Heard it was excellent last time and a particularly special venue. Pleased it worked out well enough that they're doing it again.

Ezra's session on Monday's Marc Riley show is well worth a listen for anyone who missed it who's looking to fill the void. Talking of which did anyone catch any of Utopia Strong's set on Saturday night? They're playing in Clwb on Friday night but not sure whether to bother. I should have just taken a quick look after Bicep to satisfy my curiosity but it was already infeasibly late! I have another conund the following Saturday when Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18, Ryley Walker and Alasdair Roberts are all playing in Cardiff that night. Nice to be spoiled for choice but shame they all clash. 

Yes, the Utopia Strong were great and easily made my "honourable mentions" thread on the other thread. Some really beautiful moments. Shame there wasn't a very big crowd in for them. Wish there was a lot more of that stuff at GM.

If you like that sort of thing, obvs- can imagine improv sampling loops from a huge range of instruments isn't everyone's cup of tea.

thanks for the heads up on ezra's 6music session - had missed that

talking of clashes, we were gutted not to be able to see william tyler & marisa anderson at GM

but dragged ourselves out of the house on monday night (having been home about 3 hours) to see them at cafe OTO in london

we got an hour and 45, instead of their 45 min GM slot

and it was astonishing

they would no doubt have been in my top 5 if we had made their walled garden set

Tuesday night next week. band on the wall. Anyone going? 

Couldn't make Green Man this year but have seen a lot of praise for Melin Melyn on the Top 5's thread - they headline the Live and Local festival at Alexander's in Chester this Sunday. We're planning to go anyway so I'll be sure to check them out.

I thought they were excellent at Green Man (made my Top 5), also my brother in laws band(Sunstack Jones) are supporting them at the Chester gig, he's on this forum(Lorc), i cant' make the gig because of work (boo), but it should be great. 


Went to see Fleet Foxes last night at Manchester Apollo, i thought they were on magnificent form, a 9 piece band including a blinding brass section and great support from Uwade who joined them on stage for a few numbers and an up for it saturday Manchester crowd, good night

I've seen Vlure five times to date, most recently 2 days ago @ The Moth Club. They're not great for my bad back as I get an irresistable urge to jump around, but you gotta love the energy they create and go with it.  I'd already got stuff diaried for the Swn weekend, but I may need to re-think it. Vlure, WH Lung, Opus Kink, Ditz, PVA, bdrmm are some of my favourite live acts right now.