Previews

YOU BETTER RON!! Get ready for the ultimate Xmas party as RONNIE SPECTOR AND THE RONETTES go walking in a winter wonder(Mid)land at Coventry Warwick Arts Centre on December 17

ICH BIN EIN WOLVERHAMPTONER! Grebo industrial noise gods POP WILL EAT ITSELF celebrate a native West Midlands Christmas at KK’s Steel Mill on Dec 12

LOOK AT YOURSELVES, WOLVERHAMPTON….The one and only URIAH HEEP are set to abominate KK’S STEEL MILL on December 7 2019- and they’ve brought local heroes DIAMOND HEAD along for the ride…

SURF WOLVERHAMPTON…. A night of politically conscious Thrash Metal “The American Way” awaits KK’S STEEL MILL courtesy of SACRED REICH on Dec 4

GARRRRR!! UGGGGG!! THWAAARRRR!!! It’s…..GWAR!! (plus VOIVOD and CHILDRAIN) Triple-bill of mammothian Metallic splendor brings the spiked fist down on Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill on December 2

COV OUT BUT DON’T COV UP (is that really the best you could come up with? – Ed) Scots indie-psych-trance-dub’n’roll gods PRIMAL SCREAM set to slip inside Coventry Empire on Dec 1

YOU BETTER STICK TO HIM…after all, who knows what mischief GRAHAM PARKER will get up to at Bromsgrove Artrix on November 28

EVIDENTLY COVENTRY- prepare yourself for an evening of myth and mirth as punk poet DR JOHN COOPER CLARKE drops in on Coventry Warwick Arts Centre on November 23

HOW ACE ARE “A”? Underrated yet highly respected 90s Britrockers make their first appearance at Coventry Empire on November 22

BRINGING THE OLD SOUTH-WEST TO THE MODERN WEST MIDLANDS…an evening of dark Americana magic awaits Coventry Warwick Arts Centre courtesy of CALEXICO/IRON & WINE and LISA O’NEILL on November 21

FROGGY WENT A-STRUMMIN’ AND HE DID RIDE…behold the Brummie songwriting genius of RAYMOND FROGGATT at Bromsgrove Artrix on November 17

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION!! Get your zoots on for classic revivalist Mod-bods SECRET AFFAIR’s visit to Coventry Empire on November 16

AND SOON THE DARKNESS…no, it’s not Justin Hawkins, it’s KATHRYN TICKELL & THE DARKENING, casting a sombre spell over Coventry Warwick Arts Centre on November 13

A WORD IN YOUR SHELL-LIKE? Experience the beauty of two musical pearls as OYSTERBAND and JUNE TABOR bring an evening of fantastic folkery to Coventry Warwick Arts Centre on November 3

IT’S ALL IN A WORCESTERSHIRE NIGHT…so join the Squonk, the Eleventh Earl Of Mar and the beast that can talk at Bromsgrove Artrix on November 2 for an intimate evening with G2: DEFINITIVE GENESIS. PS: Restrictions on humanoid height to be strictly observed

THE SON SETS IN THE CITY…FOR ONE NEW CLEAR DAY ONLY. Get suited and bovver-booted as FROM THE JAM and THE VAPORS hit Coventry Empire for double-headlining Mod-punk mayhem on November 1

FIDDLE ABOUT!! Slip’n’slide into Stafford on October 26 for the return of the town’s “Rising Son”, former Medicine Head/British Lions frontman JOHN FIDDLER…

UNDER HEAVY FIRE!! Slip into another state of grace with BLACK STAR RIDERS, STONE BROKEN and WAYWARD SONS at KK’S STEEL MILL on Oct 25

IS IT A DREAM? No, it’s real…THE DAMNED are coming to town. Stand back and “ignite” the touchpaper as Vanian, Sensible, Gray & Co bring their Lively Arts to Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill on October 24

HOW VERY ALARMING!! Get ready for the Hurricane Of Change, as blown through Bromsgrove Artrix by MIKE PETERS of THE ALARM on October 23

GREETINGS FROM WOLVESVILLE! Renaissance men THE WILDHEARTS must be destroyed at KK’S STEEL MILL on Oct 21

ARE “BRUMMIES” ELECTRIC? One should hope so, GARY NUMAN’s bringing his 40th anniversary (R)evolution Tour to Birmingham 02 Institute on October 19

ALICE IN…WOLVES? Take a trip to ‘NEVER NEVERLAND’ with Canadian thrash masters ANNIHILATOR at KK’S STEEL MILL on October 16

SAINTS ALIVE…board the Urban Clearway and step into the Pale Movie of SAINT ETIENNE, as they perform their ‘Tiger Bay’ album in its entirety at Coventry Warwick Arts Centre on October 16

URE IN FOR A TREAT!! Former Ultravox and Slik frontman MIDGE URE brings an evening of Western Promise and more to Coventry Empire on October 16

MUSIC FOR COVENTRIANS… GARY NUMAN, the One True God of New Romanticism, brings his 40th Anniversary “Revolution” tour to Coventry Empire on October 15

A DAY OF ‘SEA AND SAND’….IN BROMSGROVE? Yep, that’s right, all you Mods, rockers and Mockers- so scoot on down to the Artrix to celebrate QUADROPHENIA NIGHT on Saturday October 12

IT’S OFFICE-IAL!! Take the National Express to Digbeth for THE DIVINE COMEDY’s first Midland appearance in several years as the ‘Office Politics’ tour hits Birmingham 02 Institute on October 11

FISHIN’ IN A RIVER OF BLUES…Birmingham Town Hall prepares to fall hook, line and sinker for WALTER TROUT and DAN PATLANSKY on October 9

TV PARTY TONIGHT!! If you “can’t decide” what to do, why not “slip it in” with LA punk heroes BLACK FLAG at Birmingham Mill on Oct 8…

ALL STAND STILL!! The one and only MIDGE URE brings his 1980 floor show to Birmingham Town Hall on October 7

BIRMINGHAM IS A PLACE ON EARTH…Leave a light on for BELINDA CARLISLE at Birmingham Symphony Hall on October 6

TAKE A “BRAKE” from the noise of electric rock’n’roll as majestic indie auteurs TURIN BRAKES bring their stripped-back acoustic show to Coventry Warwick Arts Centre on October 4

IF YOU’RE LOOKIN’ FOR A WAY OUT…then why not take an ODYSSEY into the world of disco? Get back to your roots at Birmingham Jam House on October 3

D’OH!! The UK finally welcomes the long-overdue return of US indie-rock noise gods SEBADOH this Autumn, including an unmissable Birmingham 02 Academy 2 date on Oct 2nd

WE-HE-HE-HE-HE-HELLLL what do we have here? Get face to face with LULU and boom-bang your bang at Birmingham Town Hall on October 1

THE GIFT OF THE RODGAB… Join acclaimed Latin-rock duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA as they bring their “Mettavolution” to Birmingham 02 Institute on September 30

IN THE NAME OF REASON’! Don’t miss neo-proggers THE REASONING’s ‘Last Hurrah’ at Bilston Robin 2 on September 29- and would you just LOOK at that supporting bill…

P-P-P-P-PICK UP A PENGUIN!! (You had to, didn’t you? – Ed) The redoubtable ARTHUR JEFFES and PENGUIN CAFE will remind you waddle the fuss was about at Birmingham Town Hall on September 28

IT’S A LONG LONG WAY FROM CLARE TO BROMSGROVE…but fear not, RALPH MCTELL is back at the Artrix for another sublime evening of songs and stories on September 28

LOOKING FOR A “NEW ENGLAND”? Find it with MARTIN TURNER (EX-WISHBONE ASH) at Bilston Robin 2 on September 26

REED ALL ABOUT IT- STRANGE DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!! Enigmatic and mysterious Doctors Of Madness frontman RICHARD STRANGE gets “vicious” and performs THE SONGS OF LOU REED at Birmingham 02 Academy3 on September 26

IN THE NAME OF JON, THEY CARRY ON- JCM, featuring Clem Clempson, Mark Clarke and new drummer Ralph Samins, pay tribute to the late great Jon Hiseman at Bilston Robin 2 on September 25

PERSON TO PERSON, FUNK TO FUNK, GROOVE TO GROOVE. Let’s go round again and cut the cake as the AVERAGE WHITE BAND bring Atlantic Avenue to Birmingham Town Hall on September 25

GRETCHEN GOES TO… WOLVERHAMPTON? Get ready to lose yourself in a world of Thinking Man’s Metal as KING’S X sail over the head of KK’S STEEL MILL on September 25…

HE CAN DESTROY… PAUL GILBERT, classic rock axe hero and Mr Big founder, hits the UK for promotional solo tour including Birmingham Mill date on September 23

HAYL TO THEE, O PROG GODDESS… The incomparably talented HAYLEY GRIFFITHS returns to Bilston Robin 2 for more operatic progressive shenanigans on September 22- dare you step into her aria?

OH WHAT AN ATMOSPHERE, IT’S HOOKY AND HE’S GOING TO PLAY ATMOSPHERE… (WELL, POSSIBLY) Seminal Manc proto-punk bass legend PETER HOOK brings his atrocity exhibition to Coventry Empire on September 21…CAN YOU RESIST THE TEMPTATION?

KABOOM!! Get your skanking shoes on as LESS THAN JAKE, GOLDFINGER, SAVE FERRIS, THIEVES OF LIBERTY and LIKE GIANTS hit Birmingham 02 Academy on September 21 for the “Fireball- Fuelling The Fire Tour”

BRINGING THE BLUES FROM BRADFORD TO BROMSGROVE- prepare to give CHANTEL MCGREGOR a heroine’s wlecome as she returns to Bromsgrove Artrix on September 21

THEY CALL HIM THE RAINMAKER!! Prepare to be ‘Liberated’ as SPEAR OF DESTINY celebrate 35 years of the seminal “One Eyed Jacks” album at Birmingham Hare & Hounds on Sept 19 and Notts Rescue Rooms on Sept 20

WELCOME TO THE PLANET OF SOUND!! Yes, those pesky PIXIES are back again…bringing the wave of mutilation to Birmingham 02 Academy on September 16

INDIE AUTUMNTIME, WHEN DE WEATHER IS NOT SO HOT…it’s STAR SHAPED 2019!! Head to Birmingham 02 Institute for an all-day festival of frolicks with CAST, SPACE, DODGY, GENEVA, SALAD, MARK MORRISS and CHRIS HELME on September 14 and party like it’s 1995…

IN THE BLACK COUNTRY, DREAMS STAY WITH YOU LIKE A LOVER’S VOICE. Yep, it’s that time of year again, as Dunfermline thumpers BIG COUNTRY return to Bilston Robin 2 for their annual thrash on September 13

IT’S A MAN’S LIFE IN BILSTON AND PERSHORE!! Double-pronged jam-band frenzy awaits as Swansea psych-prog-boogie overlords MAN hit the Robin 2 on September 10 and the Iron Road on September 26- with a special guest at the latter…

JUSTIN TIME!! It’s “Forever Autumn” with Moody Blues guitar hero/frontman JUSTIN HAYWARD at BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL on September 10

HEAVY METAAAAL ROCK’N’ROLL!! Bang the head that doesn’t bang as ROCK GODDESS and HEAVY PETTIN’ lay waste to Bilston Robin 2 with NWOBHMtastic double bill on September 8

CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE? Get down and groove with the Children Of The Ghetto, as Liverpudlian disco meisters THE REAL THING light up Birmingham Jam House on September 1

WITH A HEY NONNY NONNY!! Odds bodkins and forsooth, it’s mediaeval prog merlins GRYPHON- celebrating their “Reinvention” at Bilston Robin 2 on September 1

YOU’RE GONNA GET WELL FOLKED UP!! Yes, it’s that time of year again- so let’s head to the MOSELEY FOLK & ARTS FESTIVAL from Aug 30-Sep 1 2019

REVOLUTION CALLING!! Former Queensryche frontman GEOFF TATE celebrates 31 years of OPERATION MINDCRIME- and other greatest hits- at the Robin 2 on August 28. An evening of progressive Metaaal mayhem that promises to deliver the best he can…

TRIPPIN’ IN THE MUDDY WATER… Respect is due to MUD MORGANFIELD, eldest son of blues legend you-know-who (er, that’s MUDDY WATERS, by the way- Ed) at the Robin 2 on August 27

THERE’S A REASON WHY…STOKE ON TRENT IS BLOOMING MARVELLOUS!! Get set for a night of honey sweet magic from indie uber-maestros BLOSSOMS at Hanley Victoria Hall on August 22

SOUTHERN SMOKE, SASSAFRAS ‘N’ SUCCOTASH!! Prepare to boogie on down as SKINNY MOLLY featuring MIKE ESTES return to the Robin 2 on August 21 and the Iron Road on August 23

DANGER!! INFLAMMABLE MATERIAL IN KK’S STEEL MILL!! Punk insurrectionists STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and pub-rock pioneers EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS prepare to take on Wolverhampton for dynamic double-header on August 20 2019

CRACKING UP OVER BILSTON ON AUGUST 17!! Northern Soul legend TOMMY HUNT brings his show to the Robin 2- and he only has eyes for you…

GET DOWN DOWN….IT’S JOHN COGHLAN’S QUO!! Original Frantic Four drummer and his mighty band of boogie boys will Roll You Over and Lay You Down at Bilston Robin 2 on August 9

PANDEMONIUM, PSSYCHE AND PYLONS- IN DARKEST WOLVO!! We have joy as KILLING JOKE cast their spell across KK’s Steel Mill on August 8 2019

DEBAUCHERY, DRUNKENNESS AND UNCHARTERED HEIGHTS OF DISGRACE…IN ACOCKS GREEN? Yep, you read it here- TYLA’S DOGS D’AMOUR and THE DIRTY STRANGERS hit Birmingham Route 44 for an evening of sleaze, dirty rock’n’roll and post-punk gypsy folk tales on August 2

YOU MUST BE OFF YER UNCLE NED!! Take a bite of Hard Candy from Californian soft-rock master NED DOHENY at Birmingham Hare & Hounds On August 1

THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT…THE FUTURE’S ROSIE. Step into the psychedelic, kaleidoscopic “House Of The Glass Red” with the incredible ROSALIE CUNNINGHAM BAND on July 24, 25, 30 and 31

BANG BANG, IT’S SHONEN KNIFE!! Seminal, influential and iconic Japanese powerpop trio set for rare Birmingham appearance at Hare & Hounds on July 24

CLEAN UP, WOMEN AND MEN!! THE SOULFUL BETTY WRIGHT hits Birmingham Town Hall on July 20 2019

PREPARE FOR AN EVENING OF MILK, ALCOHOL & ROCK N ROLL… as DR FEELGOOD hit Birmingham Jam House on July 18

I WANNA GO….TO THE EVERLONE EMPIRE!! Rock’n’roll “Renaissance Men” THE WILDHEARTS set to decimate Coventry Empire on July 17

DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO…MOSELEY ROAD? It’s time to blame it on the boogie with the JACKSONS, BURT BACHARACH and many many more at this year’s Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Weekend in Moseley Park, July 12-14

VOTE FOR THEM!! Seminal Midlands Two-Tone gods THE SPECIALS hit home (ghost) town turf for FOUR nights at Coventry Cathedral Ruins on 9, 10, 11 and 12 July – plus 1 Notts date on July 20

AND WE RAN….ALL THE WAY TO BILSTON!! Scouse New Romantic heroes A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS return to the Robin 2 for another night of synthtastic darkwave pop on July 11…oh, I’m sorry, did they break your concentration?

YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST- but is it for the very last time? The one and only KISS go out with a bang and an Uh! at Arena Birmingham on July 9

I GOT DEM OLD BROMSGROVE BLUES AGAIN, MAMA…Let’s get 12 bars to the wind with THE BLUES BAND on July 5

I CAN ONLY TURNERGAIN, TURN TURN TURNERGAIN…(Worst pun so far all year- Ed) Acclaimed singer-songwriter and folk-punk hero FRANK TURNER lands in Coventry for arts benefit show on July 4

THE MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO TASTE…Cower in terror as Filth Pigs MINISTRY show Birmingham 02 Institute how to succeed and suck eggs on July 4

GET DOWN AND SHAK’ UP!! Brit jazzfunk legends SHAKATAK lay down some smooth jazz-funk grooves at Birmingham Jam House on July 4

ANDMOREAGAIN ONCEMOREAGAIN- FOR THE VERY LAST TIME. After 55 years, The LOVE BAND featuring JONNY ECHOLS bid touring a fond farewell- with a final Birmingham date On July 2nd

IN BIRMINGHAM THEY LOVE…LYNYRD SKYNYRD!! Prepare for a riotous rollercoaster of boogie at the Resorts World Arena on June 30- a show of considerable STATUS, or so they QUOth…

GET THE IMPRESSION? It’s a Devil’s Night Out of Noise & Other Disturbances with ska-punk gods the MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES at Birmingham 02 Institute on June 28

THE BIRD’S THE WORD!!! Watch the skies, all you Desperados, Witchy Women, New Kids In Town and journeying sorcerers, THE EAGLES will be circling over Arena Birmingham on June 28

THE LUN’ IN JUNE!! Award winning Irish outfit LUNASA bring the Celtic Connection to Bromsgrove Artrix on June 25

RANT’N’RAVE, ‘cos the STRAY CATS are gonna ball ya… Original lineup of powerhouse rockabilly trio reforms to celebrate the release of first new album since 1993 and struts into Birmingham 02 Academy on June 23

WELCOME TO REALITY- AND WELCOME BACK TO THE MIDLANDS!! Genre-shaping US rockers THE ADOLESCENTS, one of the most important bands in punk history, return to Stafford Redrum on June 22

BOWIE, FREDDIE, BOLAN…YOU NAME THEM, SHE KNEW THEM. 8’0 CLOCK ROCK CHATS brings revered journalist, author, presenter and biographer LESLEY-ANN JONES to Birmingham Kitchen Garden Cafe for a “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY REVISITED” on June 20

STOP PRESS!!Groundbreaking jazz combo NIKKI ILES’ PRINTMAKERS, featuring none other than the legendary NORMA WINSTONE on vocals, returns to Birmingham Eastside Jazz Club this Thursday June 20

THE GROOP REFORMED AND PLAYED SPACE-AGE BACHELOR PAD MUSIC!! Get dotty and loopy with STEREOLAB as they play voltage in the milky night at Birmingham 02 Institute on June 16

HERE COME THE FLEAS!!! Seminal electronic psych collective WHITE NOISE celebrate the 50th anniversary of their classic “Electric Storm” album as part of Seventh Wave Festival at Birmingham Blue Orange Theatre on June 14

DON’T GET LEFT “FAR BEHIND”… grab your chance to witness a rare appearance from Seattle’s CANDLEBOX at Birmingham 02 Institute3 on June 12

ONE PEOPLE, ONE WORLD…ONE MIDLANDS GIG!! Join award-winning saxophonist, trumpeter and bandleader FEMI KUTI for a night of revolutionary Afrobeat at Birmingham 02 Institute3 on June 8

THERE’S NOWHERE TO RUN!! Soul legends MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS will have you dancing in the street at Birmingham 02 Institute2 on June 7

TO EACH THEIR OWN… “SHACK UP” WITH A CERTAIN RATIO at LEAMINGTON ZEPHYR LOUNGE ON JUNE 2…

SHOVE A LITTLE HAMSTER UP YOUR YOU-KNOW-WHERE!! By the pricking of their thumbs, dark cabaret masters THE TIGER LILIES descend ‘pon Coventry Warwick Arts Centre on May 15 and Birmingham Old Rep Theatre on May 30…

A SOLID GOLD NIGHT OF ROCK’N’ROLL STRUTS INTO BRUM!! Get ready to jitterbug’n’jive with MARTY WILDE, CHARLIE GRACIE, MIKE BERRY and NANCY ANN LEE at the Alexandra Theatre on May 28

SHE’S THE ONE THAT WE WANT, OO OO OO!! US indie rock goddess JULIANA HATFIELD brings her unique brand of post-grunge’n’roll to Notts Rescue Rooms on May 23 and Birmingham Institute3 on May 26- with a few Olivia Newton John covers thrown in…

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!!! The mighty MANIC STREET PREACHERS return with a full UK and Eire tour in support of their best album in years, commencing Sunday 12 May and featuring FIVE Midlands dates

SPACED OUT IN STOKE, WEIRDED OUT IN WORCESTER!! Step into the “Blue Room” as THE ORB, one of trance music’s most revered acts (and secret prog-rockers in their spare time) bring their intimate show to the Sugarmill on May 11 and Marrs Bar on May 19

FZZZZRMMZZZZZ!! Revered alt-rock gods SWERVEDRIVER hit Birmingham 02 Institute2 on Friday 17 May in support of long-awaited new album “Future Ruins”

BILSTON GETS THE BLUES yet AGAIN… as it prepares for the return of Yorkshire guitar goddess CHANTEL MCGREGOR to the Robin this Thursday!! More Midlands dates to follow!!

SET THE CONTROLS FOR THE HEART OF SUTTON COLDFIELD!! THE MOTHER (S 2) OF ALL PROGRESSIVE BILLS HITS THE MIDLANDS ON MAY 10

YOU GO TO MY ‘ED!! Seminal jazz hornman EDDIE HENDERSON returns to Brum with full quartet on May 8

IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!! Get “Teenage Kicks” right through the night with THE UNDERTONES and a true “Staple” of the West Midlands music scene at Coventry Empire On May 3

TUBULAR BELLS FOR TWO UK TOUR, SPRING 2019! MIKE OLDFIELD’S CLASSIC ALBUM PERFORMED LIVE – not by Mike Oldfield himself, although his kids ARE in the support band. Confused? You will be…

A PLACE FOR POST-ROCK PROGRESSION…and its name is Balsall Heath!! Birmingham Promoters bring New York noise moichants A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS back to the Castle & Falcon on April 30

I HEARD A RUMOUR THEY WERE PLAYING…and it’s true!! BANANARAMA, the most beautiful mature women in UK pop, return to Brum for intimate Glee Club show on April 28

VOTE FOR THEM!! Two-tone gods THE SPECIALS, one of the Midlands’ most important acts, hit the road for eagerly-anticipated 40th anniversary tour this April- with Midlands dates on the 24th and 26th (and FIVE more in July)

TOM PAXTON IN TOWN!! The “Ramblin Boy” is “Outward Bound” again- on a full UK tour including Birmingham Town Hall on April 25

WOH-OH HERE THEY COME!! Let’s get “X-Static” as DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES make our dreams come true at Birmingham Resorts World Arena on April 24

ALL HAIL THE KINGS OF METAL!! The mighty, magnificent MANOWAR doth “into Birmingham ride” with swords aloft and steel by their side on April 19 and 20 for the ONLY UK dates of their farewell tour

HE ONLY HAS (BRIGHT) EYES FOR YOU- AND YOU, AND YOU!! The incomparable ART GARFUNKEL returns to the UK for a Spring tour- including an evening of songs and stories at Birmingham Symphony Hall on April 17

BILSTON GETS BLUE!! Time to “get to the point” and take the Train To Nowhere – SAVOY BROWN are bach in town on April 15

DOUBLE-HEADLINING PROG FRENZY IN DOWNTOWN BILSTON!! Get ready for some serious melodic widdlage as THAT JOE PAYNE and “this” DORIS BRENDEL rock up to the Robin for a twin-pronged aural assault on April 14

TIERS ARE NOT ENOUGH!! Take your seats as ABC unleash their complete “Lexicon Of Love” show at Symphony Hall on April 9

PUNK IN PERSHORE!! DIAL 999 FOR A NIGHT OF GOOD LURKIN’ ROCK’N’ROLL ON WEDNESDAY 3RD APRIL

GET READY TO FEEL LOVE as GIORGIO MORODER hits Birmingham Symphony Hall with full band and orchestra for the first ever time on April 1

FELIXITATIONS!! JULIE FELIX, BRITAIN’S “FIRST LADY OF FOLK”, RETURNS TO THE RED LION, KINGS HEATH MARCH 27

ANOTHER PINE’ MESS YOU GOT ME INTO!!West Country progsters THE PINEAPPLE THIEF hit Birmingham March 23 as part of ongoing ‘Dissolution’ tour

DON’T JUST ‘SIT DOWN’… JAMES ARE IN TOWN!!! Indie gods hit the Midlands March 12, 15 and 21

RAT’S THE WAY TO DO IT!!! TREMBLE IN YOUR BOOTS AS THE STRANGLERS HIT THE ROAD FOR 2019 UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUESTS DR FEELGOOD, TWO MIDLANDS DATES INCLUDED

HE’S THE ONE!!! The one and only ROY HARPER prepares for his final ever full UK tour. You can leave your hat(s) off…

A STIFF PROPOSITION IN KING’S HEATH ON MONDAY 11 MARCH!! 8 O’CLOCK ROCK CHATS BRINGS NOTED INDIE LABEL SUPREMO TO BRUM FOR ONE-OFF SPOKEN WORD SESSION

IT’S MEOWSIC TO MY EARS!! Contemporary melodic rock gods CATS IN SPACE join forces with forceful femmes ROCK GODDESS for hotshot double-headline tour, hitting Birmingham on March 9…

YEH YEH, HE’S BACK AGAIN… Lancastrian rhythm’n’blues hero GEORGIE FAME gets ready to boogie into Bromsgrove on March 3

…AND THEN CAME THE LAST DAYS OF…FEBRUARY? BLUE OYSTER CULT prepare to destroy Birmingham 02 Institute on February 27 with special guests THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT

EIGHT O’CLOCK ROCK CHATS WELCOMES….PETE ATKIN!! Legendary guitarist, pianist, singer, songwriter, wit and raconteur plays Kitchen Garden Cafe Feb 24

GET READY TO REEL IN THE YEARS (WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE, that is) as STEELY DAN and STEVE WINWOOD play BIRMINGHAM RESORTS WORLD ARENA on FEB 23

YES SHE IS!! MELISSA ETHERIDGE RIDES INTO BIRMINGHAM ON FEB 21ST WITH HER ALL-NEW “MEDICINE SHOW” – FULL TOUR DATES BELOW

THE SOUND OF FREEDOM IS ALIVE IN BIRMINGHAM!! Renowned avant-jazzman EVAN PARKER joins forces with THE RIOT ENSEMBLE and KIT DOWNES’ ENEMY for uncompromising, challenging MAC show on Feb 19

STRANGE THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN KINGS HEATH- DOCTORS OF MADNESS MAN HITS TOWN FOR UNIQUE SHOW

AND YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THE QUEUE STRETCHING DOWN THE MOSELEY ROAD!! – yes, the incredible And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead celebrate 20 years of “Madonna” at the Castle & Falcon on Feb 2

OCH AYE THE BLUES!! – Rising Glaswegian rockers King King prepare to reign over Birmingham Town Hall on Feb 1

IIIIIT’S CRIME TIME!! – Fun Lovin’ Criminals get ready to assault Brum on Jan 31

A Maid Of Constant Song: the one and only JUDY COLLINS hits Birmingham on January 29

CHARLIE DORE IN BIRMINGHAM THIS THURSDAY JAN 24!! Legendary singer-songwriter, actress and producer plays rare show at Kings Heath’s most intimate venue

Looney Tunes Are Here Again

JANE SIBERRY plus NICOLA HARDMAN, KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE, TONIGHT (December 10 2018) A final reminder….

Bound By The Beauty…in BRUM!!!

Bound By The Beauty…Of The Malvern Hills

Gret-cha Ya Ya’s Out!!

NEPHILIM AND CHURCH TOUR HITS UK

TOM ROBINSON- “POWER IN THE DARKNESS” 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR KICKS OFF THIS WEEK…

KILLING JOKE 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR DATES AND BOX SET DETAILS

FISH TOUR DATES AND RELEASE SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

ROSE TATTOO and GIRLSCHOOL: the dirtiest, meanest rock’n’roll circus of all hits town!!

SKYLINE SERIES…A REMINDER

BROOKE BENTHAM TOUR HITS NOTTS (AND THE REST OF THE UK TOO…)

August 2018

Here at Midland Mania, it’s often not enough to just review the show AFTER the event- we also like to preview some of them too, to draw our readers’ attentions to certain things they may have otherwise missed. Therefore, heralding the first of what will hopefully be a monthly feature, please find below a list of some of the shows I intend to be checking out in the West Midlands over the next two months. Inevitably, there WILL be some date clashes- even more so as more venues get added- but hey, that’s what happens when you’re living in one of the most exciting regions of the country for live music!!  What can I say? Verilye and indeede, taketh thy pick, ar kid….

SKID ROW- KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, Fri August 24

Tickets: £25.00 plus booking fee  http://www.kkssteelmill.co.uk

After all these years, the Youth are still going wild- and this year, they’ve chosen to do it in the Black Country’s best brand new all-Metaaaaaaaaaaaaaal venue, owned and run by none other than ex-Judas Priest axeman KK Downing. Having retired from the band a while ago, KK vowed that his next step would be to give something back not just to the area that forged his roots, but heavy metal itself- and now, it looks like he’s finally gone and done it. And what better band to launch it with than the mighty Skid Row- the band that, as teens, looked to the mighty Priest for inspiration and guidance, even covering their classic “Delivering The Goods”? Now fronted by ex-Dragonforce vocalist ZP ‘Zippy’ Theart, they’re about to celebrate their own thirtieth anniversary- so it looks like cause for DOUBLE celebration in Wolvo that night!!

BRIAN WILSON- Digbeth Arena, Birmingham, August 24

Tickets: from £49.50 plus booking fee http://www.gigantic.com http://www.seetickets.com

Yes, that’s right, BRIAN WILSON!! Coming to a specially-constructed arena in Digbeth of all places!! It’s been a long, hot, unbearable summer across the West Midlands, but if there’s one musician guaranteed to make you see the positive side of things, it’s the Californian sunshine pop legend himself. Now 78 years old and STILL kicking ass, and ably supported by fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, the composer of ‘California Girls’ ‘Surfer Girl’ Fun Fun Fun’ ‘Surf’s Up’ Sail On Sailor’ ‘Til I Die’ and ‘God Only Knows’ shows little or no signs of letting up- and good thing too. Obviously, we don’t have a beach round here per se- except maybe some shingle surrounding Earlswood Lakes- but that shouldn’t stop us from being able to party like it’s Los Brumgeles. For one night only!!

VINCE NEIL- KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, September 1

Tickets: £43.00 plus booking fee http://www.kkssteelmill.co.uk

Following on from August’s prestigious launch in the company of Noo Joisey noiseniks Skid Row, the Steel Mill moves way out West for its second foray into live rock’n’roll- and welcomes the one and only Vince Neil, former frontman of possibly THE quintessential LA hair metal party band, Motley Crue. Now that fabled quartet have finally hung up their black leather motorcycle boots, their ebullient singer is striking out on his own (for the second time in his career) and again, we’re privileged that he’s chosen Wolvo as one of the places in which to do it. His heart may be in Californ-i-a, but inside him still lurks the soul of a boy raised on West Midlands legends like Zeppelin, Sabbath, Priest, Slade and Mott The Hoople, and for that reason alone, we should give him a bostin’ Black Country welcome.

THE THE- Digbeth Arena- September 7

Tickets: £49.75 plus booking fee http://www.gigantic.com http://www.seetickets.com

At the opposite end of the spectrum from the mad yet ever-positive genius of Mr Wilson lurks a man of equal talent- but of a far darker, twisted nature, borne of a colder, bleaker climate. The Londoner. The loner. The man in the permanently bad mood, spitting venom at an ungodly world in the most beautifully poetic, musically adventurous manner possible. That man is Matt Johnson, and the band is The The, functioning as the vehicle for his vitriolic outpourings for almost 40 years now. With the reconstituted lineup having already played several acclaimed gigs in London, Manchester and Nottingham this year, it was only a matter of time before they graced Brum with their singular, unclassifiable presence- and now they’re about to do just that. Whether you call them rock, indie, post-punk or any other vaguely-befitting name, the fact remains that they still sound like nobody and nothing else on earth. Prepare to be amazed.

ROSE TATTOO/GIRLSCHOOL- Birmingham Academy 2, September 11

Tickets: £28.15 plus booking fee http://www.academymusicgroup.com/02academybirmingham http://www.ticketmaster.com

AT LAST!! After over a decade’s absence, the legend of hard-kicking, ball-biting Aussie rock that is Angry Anderson, and the one and only Rose Tattoo, are finally returning to the UK- and we at Midland Mania can’t wait. And as if that wasn’t good enough, their tour support for this jaunt is none other than the legendary GIRLSCHOOL- still, after over 40 years, the greatest British female rock act EVER. What a double bill!! With a headliner laying down such cast-iron classics as “Nice Boys” “Bad Boy For Love” “Branded” “Rock N Roll Is King” , and a very special guest assaulting us with a “Hit N Run” whilst reminding us to “Please Don’t Touch” their “Tush”, at several zillion decibels, how could it be anything less than one of the greatest live experiences of the year? Get ready to ROCK.

FISH- Leamington Assembly, September 24

Tickets: £31.25 plus booking fee http://www.leamingtonassembly.com http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

SHAH!!! The Haddington Bear is back- to deliver a set of hits, oldies, newies, obscurities and more at Warwickshire’s most visually stunning venue. 30 years since he left A Certain Band (who are almost out of tickets for their annual weekend bash in Leicester next month, by the way, so hurry) the giant Scots wit, raconteur and prog songsmith extraordinaire is STILL going strong: he keeps threatening to retire, but as long as he keeps releasing albums of such high quality as 2015’s “Feast Of Consequences”, I think it’s safe to assume he’ll be with us a while yet. Expect a truly magical journey through a wilderness of mirrors, as the sun sets on the empire of the raingods with Zippos, and thus begins the Web. Dilly dilly.

THE BLUETONES- Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, September 26

Tickets: £23.52 plus booking fee http://www.wolvescivic.co.uk http://www.seetickets.com

Always unfairly overlooked during the great “Britpop Wars” of the 90s- largely because they didn’t release their first album, the seminal Expecting To Fly, until 1996- West London’s Bluetones have nonetheless been a constant and consistent force on the British indie-rock scene since their inception. Their first brace of singles are now regarded as classics of their genre, guitarist Adam Devlin is a force to be reckoned with on his instrument, and frontman Mark Morris still possesses one of the finest, most soulful voices in British guitar music: sure, they may not be “cool” anymore, and the “kids” may be now listening to bands that were barely born when classic tunes like Cut Some Rug, Solomon Bites The Worm, Sleazy Bed Track , Bluetonic and Marblehead Johnson were doing the rounds, but they’re STILL an incredible band- and to see them in the intimate surroundings of the Slade Rooms will be quite something. It’s not just a “Slight Return”, it’s a hero’s return. So get on down there and flop that fringe.

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