WELCOME TO THE BIRMINGHAM MUSIC MAP

You’ve got your eyes on the first edition of Birmingham Music Map, congratulations!

Commissioned to mark Levitate: Birmingham Music Week, this map highlights live music events taking place across the city between Monday February 23rd and Sunday March 1st 2015.The range of events on offer is rich and eclectic – just like Brum. The Music Map features 23 venues, over 130 bands, DJs and soloists, and there is room for over 14,500 music lovers to head bang and strut their stuff.

From gigs at your favourite hang outs, to new sounds in venues you’ve yet to visit, there’s something for everyone, including family friendly workshops and free events. What’s more, there is plenty on offer at the participating venues all year round – this is just a taster.

Scroll around the map below and click on the markers to find out more about that venue and forthcoming events.

Full print version available wherever you see this month’s Brum Notes Magazine.

The Musery Sound Bath

Kings Heath Community Centre, Heathfield Road, | Birmingham, B14 7BD

A 'Sound Bath' is an opportunity for you to totally relax, to forget the world for a time and be 'bathed' in sound.
This is a passive group sound healing session lasting for 1 hour, using Himalayan & quartz singing bowls, gongs & percussion.
Soesen Edan - a qualified practitioner with the British Academy of Sound Therapy - will be taking participants on a deeply therapeutic sonic journey.
All that is required of you is that you rest on the floor or in a chair; the therapeutic sound will do the rest. For your comfort please bring a yoga/roll mat, blanket and cushion.
Deeply relaxing, cleansing and rejuvenating. Booking is essential.

Symphony Hall

Symphony Hall | Birmingham, B1 2EA

Symphony Hall seats 2,200 and is managed with Town Hall by the registered charity Performances Birmingham Limited. Together with Town Hall, Symphony Hall presents around 800 concerts and events a year, bringing the best music in the world to Birmingham. In addition, they support an extensive education, community and talent development programme that reaches around 18,000 each year. Symphony Hall is a must-play venue on the touring circuit and has welcomed artists from Bruce Springsteen to Liza Minnelli, Ravi Shankar, Billy Connolly and Paloma Faith as well as being renowned as a classical music venue. It also provides the perfect conference venue, most notably being used as for the Conservative Party Conference. It is also ranked as the #1 activity in Birmingham on Trip Advisor.
Symphony Hall’s programme includes everything from rock and pop giants, to legends in jazz, folk and world music, and high profile comedians. As well as being home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Town Hall and Symphony Hall also promotes the Birmingham International Concert Season – one of the UK’s most extensive seasons of visiting orchestras and musicians.

Town Hall

Town Hall | Birmingham

In the 1950s to 1970s the venue played host to many of the biggest names in jazz and popular music such as Count Basie, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Holly and the Beatles. Town Hall re-opened in 2007 following a £35m renovation and has resumed its place at the heart of Birmingham’s cultural life. It's wide-ranging musical programme now includes jazz, folk, world and roots, rock, pop and entertainment, classical and organ concerts and family events. The hall is also frequently used for graduations, schools concerts, weddings, banquets and conferences. Charles Dickens gave his first public reading of A Christmas Carol on Town Hall’s stage, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’sThe Dream of Gerontius received their premieres in the hall, and almost every major politician of note has spoken there.Artists who have performed at Town Hall since re-opening have included Bat For Lashes, PJ Harvey and the Eels. Town Hall is managed alongside Symphony Hall by the registered charity Performances Birmingham Limited.

O2 Academy

16-18 Horsefair | Birmingham, B1 1DB

O2 Academy brings spectacular live music to the city from the hottest bands about to break to global superstars. It also hosts regular club nights with weekly residencies from the UK’s biggest Indie night Propaganda and one-off massive parties from major DJs and club brands. In recent months the likes of Sam Smith, Jamie T, Rise Against, The Enemy, The Twang, Lauryn Hill, Jessie J, Action Bronson and Disclosure have all taken to the stage and upcoming shows at the venue include George The Poet, Clean Bandit, George Ezra, Placebo, The Prodigy and Of Mice & Men.

Custard Factory

The Custard Factory | Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4AA

The Custard Factory is home to a number of music and dance companies and to music festival organisers such as Kambe Events (Shambala/Swingamajig), Punch Records and the famous Supersonic Festival. On site, our live music venue Alfie Birds has a packed programme of bands and music nights and our independent record stores Left for Dead and Milque and Muhle are two of the best shops in Birmingham for music lovers.
The Custard Factory frequently holds live Saturday performances on the lake side stage and is a favourite film location for many music videos, including the latest video by Prodigy! We also have close links with Access to Music, a college that is investing in bringing forward the next generations of the region’s musicians.

Muzikstan presents No One is Illegal – ASIRT Fundraiser

The Old Printworks | Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9AH

World music collective Muzikstan host David Campbell, Hassan Salih Nour, Balsall Heathens, Culture Dub Orchestra, 7Shades, Malarkey, DJs Uncle Zitty (Balkanic Eruption) FaisFX (Inqlab Collective) Scampi (Revolution Disco) in a celebratory fundraiser for ASIRT - a charity which provides much-needed legal support to Birmingham's asylum seekers and refugees.

The Old Crown

The Old Crown | Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 0LD

The Old Crown is Birmingham's oldest Inn - dating back to 1368. The Old Crown regularly host resident DJs, Live music events and food festivals.

Fletchers Bar

7 York Road | Birmingham, B14 7SA

Fletchers Bar & Eatery is relaxed, slightly offbeat and a great place to spend a few hours with friends chatting whilst enjoying great food and drink.

Located just off Kings Heath High Street on York Road, Fletchers is the stay out late sister of Kitchen Garden Cafe.

"Located on York Road (Kings Heath), Fletchers Bar & Eatery is a friendly, laid-back bar and restaurant dedicated to delighting its patrons with some of the tastiest dishes, moreish bar snacks and delicious cocktails around." - Independent Birmingham 2014

Kitchen Garden Cafe

17 York Road | Birmingham, B14 7SA

We support the local community, the walls are filled with the work of local artists, and the deli/shop offers local and seasonal produce. Our intimate and friendly Venue specialises in Folk and Americana and is a firm favourite with both musicians and audiences. Nothing is off-limits musically though and we also hosts regular Comedy, Poetry and Storytelling events.

The Roadhouse

Wharfside Leisure Complex, Lifford Lane | Birmingham, B30 3DZ

Sticking it out on the Birmingham music scene since 1999, The Roadhouse is split between a lounge room, bustling gig room with centre stage and the Lifford room with its own bar and pool table for those that know how to knock about. Boasting a capacity for 250, The Roadhouse retains a level of informal intimacy, but still has an almighty dash of atmosphere once the live music takes hold; be that sultry soul, jivin' jazz or raucous rock.
With their affordable tipples, ability to host private parties and events, an outdoor smoking area and their optimism for the local music scene, The Roadhouse is a great notch on Birmingham's musical bedpost, further championing the independents and sweet local sounds.
With live music most nights of the week - from tribute acts, signed touring bands, unsigned bands from all over the UK, jam nights, metal, rock, pop, acoustic, jazz, folk, reggae, ska, hardcore, blues, funk, r'n'b..... (the list goes on and on) plus a healthy comedy and burlesque scene - there will be something for everyone!

The Glee Club

70 Hurst St | B5 4TD

Glee Club programme a range of live music events, including singer-songwriters, indie, pop, electronic, world, jazz, folk, blues and spoken word artists perform. Artists are often winners and nominees of the Mercury Music Prize, Ivor Novello Awards, Grammys, Brits, and Mobos, seen on 'Later with Jools Holland' and heard on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2.

Previous artists include: Antony & The Johnsons, Joanna Newsom, Feist, Bat for Lashes, Sufjan Stevens, St Vincent, Laura Mvula, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Ben Howard, George Ezra, Anna Calvi, The Unthanks, Ray LaMontagne, Lau, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Mr Scruff, Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Adele, Richard Hawley, Imelda May, Cerys Matthews, Nigel Kennedy, Neil Finn, Roddy Frame, Gruff Rhys, Paul Heaton, Maximo Park, Boy George, Womex, Asso. of Independent Festivals

The Jam House

3-5 St Pauls Square | Birmingham, B31 QU

Staging a broad range of artistes and musical styles, the Jam House is well known for its busy weekend club nights of dancing, drinking and eating, focused around a fast-paced show from local bands and DJs. The early week often has a more laid-back Jazz & Blues approach, however, and some of our most popular monthly events include our Acoustic Sessions, LatinMotion Salsa nights, Gospel Central, and JazzLines shows.

Next Door & Spotlight

Lower Trinity Street | Birmingham, B9 4AG

With cherry red leather chesterfield sofas and sturdy steel bar stools, tables and chairs Spotlight is a comfortable place to hang out despite it's Industrial feel. The various pieces of art around the venue give Spotlight the feel of a venue that wouldn't be out of place in London's trendy Shoreditch. Spotlight has cemented it's place as the #1 after work destination in Birmingham on a Friday with "Digbeth Dining Club" which recently won Best Street Food Event at the the British Street Food Awards.
Keeping in theme with its siblings it retains a raw, industrial appearance and promotes two tiered floor spaces, providing a truly unique event space. Nestled above the performance area is a remarkable, custom made cubist projection screen. This is partnered with intelligent and intricate 3d mapping, allowing us to illustrate spectacular audiovisuals for our performers and shows.
Rainbow Venues has seen live performances from the likes of Bastille, Example, Gabrielle Aplin, Jaws, La Roux, Mystery Jets, Peace, Tinie Tempah and many more and exclusive DJ sets from Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Marco Carola, Andy C, Annie Mac, Disclosure, Gorgon City, Duke Dumont.

Rainbow Warehouse

160 Digbeth | Birmingham, B12 0LD

Rainbow Warehouse has an urban design and vast ceilings to create an intense electric feel that is echoed onto the Mezzanine. The elongated bar immersed into the right wall compliments the inner warehouse; a smaller capacity adjoining room with low ceilings and dusky red lighting.
Rainbow Venues has seen live performances from the likes of Bastille, Example, Gabrielle Aplin, Jaws, La Roux, Mystery Jets, Peace, Tinie Tempah and many more and exclusive DJ sets from Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Marco Carola, Andy C, Annie Mac, Disclosure, Gorgon City, Duke Dumont.

Northside Studio Compilation Launch at The Church Inn

22 Great Hampton St | Birmingham, B18 6AQ

Held at the Church Inn and partnered with Everards, northside studio share a vision of a pub with the concentration firmly on good quality products while bringing something new and exciting to Birmingham. First and foremost this northside studio is a pub but it is also a place to call home, somewhere fresh and playful for The Soul Food Project to continue its journey, bringing together our love of the music, food and the vibrant culture of New Orleans.
Nestled in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, The Church is a pub with a twist, down home Louisiana cookin’ meets French Bistro elegance. Add a Sazerac on the side and you'll see there is more than a nod to the state’s illustrious French patronage. The Church is influenced by the New Orleans French quarter but firmly rooted in a British pub and steeped in heritage.
The Music: The Church is host to various unique events including
Canadian Thanksgiving, Burns Night & Mardi Gras. More recently
Northside Studio have been using the backroom for launch nights, fund raisers and crowd funding deadline gigs. The Church is a homely venue with a cosy decor and friendly staff, becoming the heart of a new music community for the north of Birmingham.
Over the last 8 months, northside studio has invited several north Birmingham singer-songwriters to record a stripped back acoustic number for its first Acoustic Compilation Launch. This official launch sees many of the artists performing in The Church Inn's warm, inviting atmosphere.

The Hare and Hounds

106 High Street | Birmingham, B14 7JZ

Along with the beautiful and unique Art Nouveau tiles that line the entry hall and staircase, the centuries old Hare and Hounds holds a current Grade II listed status. Although playing host to local Birmingham legends UB4O’s first ever gig in 1979 (recently commemorated by a PRS Music Heritage award and plaque), it is only in the past 7 years that it’s really established itself as one of the most important and influential music venues in the country, playing a vital part in nurturing the city’s vibrant music and creative community. The venue boasts two downstairs bars which host regular food evenings & a pub quiz whilst the two upstairs venues feature live music & club nights spanning jazz, indie, funk, reggae, hip hop, soul, house, D’n’B & comedy most nights of the week.

The Listening Sessions at PST

71 Lombard Street | Birmingham, B12 0QU

The first of a new breed of clubs, located in the heart of Digbeth, PST promises a truly inclusive atmosphere from an exclusive Club. Restored from a derelict factory in 2008, owners Pecker Specta and Tony gutted the entire of the three floored building to transform the look of the entire place. With an emphasis on inclusivity, the venue was named People Stand Together.
Catering for all music genres from Reggae / Dub / Jungle / Dancehall / Ragga / Drum&Bass / Digital / PSY Trance / Techno / Breaks / HipHop
Listening Sessions is an event for music producers and DJs to share their sounds with other like-minded people and those who just appreciate music.

Sun at The Station

7 High Street | Birmingham, B14 7BB

Sunflower Lounge

76 Smallbrook Queensway | Birmingham, B5 4EG

Rainbow Pub

160 Digbeth | Birmingham, B12 0LD

The Rainbow pub boasts Victorian influence; raw brick work and vintage furnishings accentuate the stained glass windows which ooze rays of natural light. Deep chesterfield armchairs and over sized gold ornate mirrors administer a sense of traveling back in time further enhanced by the custom built Doctor Who Tardis and retro game consoles found in the rear snug. Genuine railway sleepers renovated into bespoke seating carriages and soft lighting create the distinguished atmosphere of the famed Rainbow Pub.
The Courtyard has a collapsible stage and mobile DJ console making it a very versatile space, continuing the feel of the pub the walls are stripped back to red brick with natural light bathing the space from the windows mounted in the ceiling, the Courtyard also has its own bar and comes complete with sound and lights.
Rainbow Venues has seen performances from the likes of Bastille, Example, Gabrielle Aplin, Jaws, La Roux, Mystery Jets, Peace, Tinie Tempah and many more, and exclusive DJ Sets from Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Marco Carola, Andy C, Annie Mac, Disclosure, Gorgon City, Duke Dumont.

Ort Cafe

500-504 Moseley Road | B12 9AH

With live music and comedy events throughout the week, a gallery and an exhibition space, ORT is a great night out in Birmingham, hosting a variety of live music including folk, alt folk, acoustic, punk, indie, electronic, improvised and jazz, as well as regular spoken word and poetry nights. It is also specialist vegan and gluten free cafe, wine and real ale bar open six days a week, with the focus on community making it an ideal child friendly place to spend an afternoon. At ORT, they love the diversity of Birmingham and want to maintain it.

Alfie Birds & The Oobleck

The Custard Factory | Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4AA

Since their opening, the venue has played host to almost all genres of music including: Indie, Rock, Blues, Electronica, Metal, Reggae, Acoustic, Hardcore, Dance, Drum & Bass and well as EP release shows and a 10th anniversary tour, with their 2015 events also branching out into Hip Hop. The loft in Alfie Birds is a 150 capacity space showcasing some of the more niche touring acts and up and coming young bands that are new to the touring circuit, whilst The Oobleck, with its 350 capacity, has hosted sold out shows for local bands such as Jaws, Swim Deep and Superfood and further sold out shows for Swedish metal legends At The Gates, and American blues/ country rock trio The Cadillac 3. Alfie Birds and The Oobleck is home to Breakthru and Heducation, two of the most established club nights in Birmingham, have held the official Radio 1 Xtra Afterparty which featured Trevor Nelson, Mistajam, Wretch 32 and Mary J Blige and have also hosted London based brand Shorebitch’s first event.

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