Gig Previews

Adam Smith rounds up July and August’s hottest gigs in the region…

10 July
Hott Date Sailors & Pirates – All Day Extravaganza
The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Birmingham’s fruitiest club night is plotting a course for party central with this nautical knees-up. Featuring a motley musical crew including Boat to Row, Tantrums, Swampmeat, The Traps and The Castillians, as well a Twister Tournament, Soul Food BBQ and of course liberal lashings of rum, it’s sure to be a struggle not to get shipwrecked.

12 July
Toro Y Moi
The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Toro Y Moi is Chazwick Bundick a 24-year-old South Carolinian who’s widely recognized as one of the key proponents of ‘chillwave’ a trendy pseudomovement celebrating ambient nostalgia and vague psychedelia. Pretentious as that may sound there’s no way denying Toro Y Moi’s infectious, evocative tunes, so set aside your doubts and bask in his blissed out, sun-kissed melodies.

23-25 July
Off The Cuff Festival
The Flapper, Birmingham
Following on from the success of last year’s event, Off the Cuff festival returns with another incredible lineup featuring the best Birmingham bands alongside cream of the UK underground scene. Headliners include the mightily messy Pulled Apart by Horses and the return of Brummie digi-rock heroes 35 Seconds. The brilliant bill also features Tubelord, Tellison, Youves and &U&I a new project featuring former members of Blakfish. You’d be hard pushed to imagine a better start to the Festival season.

26 July
Out of Step’s 1st Birthday
Alchemy Bar, Wolverhampton
Out of Step have been championing alternative, electronica, shoegaze and punk for a year now and are celebrating their anniversary the only way they know how to; with a line-up full of brilliant bands such as Hot Club De Paris, Holy State, Men and Fever Fever not to mention free zines, CDs and of course Birthday cake.

5 August
Silver Apples
The Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
Since 1967 Silver Apples experimental sound has grown from primitive pip into a fully-fledged tree of knowledge, their influence tumbling through the generations finding fruition through Krautrock, electronica, indie and dance. These days their name is kept alive by Simeon Coxe III – the sole surviving member and a true musical prophet.

13 August
mac, Birmingham
Join everyone’s favourite experimental folk sextet for a night of musical whimsical. Performing on the MAC’s outdoor arena stage Tunng are sure to warm you well into the summer night filling Cannon Hill Park with their beguiling mix of strings, horns and electronics as they deliver songs from their new album ‘…And Then We Saw Land’ alongside older favorites.

30 August
Heebie Jeebies, Not Cool & Moondad
Alchemy Bar, Wolverhampton
Alchemy Bar hosts a triple helping of alternative rock with the awkward tropic stomp of TheHeebieJeebies, jostling for space alongside the dense fuzz of Not Cool and the shoegazing glory of Moondad. Whatever the bands may say to the contrary this three pronged indie pop attack is anything if not cool.

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