Heart and Soul at The Irish Centre, Digbeth – 20 June

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Fans of soul take note: June will see the ever-popular Heart & Soul return to Digbeth’s Irish Centre for an all-out summer special.

After losing his son Ethan, aged three, following a corrective operation for TGA (transposition of the great arteries) in 2009, South Birmingham Scooter Club’s Andrew Marshall set up the event in the hope of making money for UK based charity, Heart Research UK. Continue reading

Zombie Walk Birmingham 2015 – Saturday 8 August (new date)

Zombies Return to Birmingham for 2015
Over two thousand ‘walking dead’ are expected to take to the city’s streets to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital for the city’s seventh annual Zombie Walk (Saturday 8th August*).

The crowd will gather at Centenary Square before weaving in and out of the backstreets of Birmingham making eerie groans and showing off their best zombie slow walks. Continue reading

The Fused Magazine Special – get involved.

We’re very excited about the release of an all new ‘special’ edition of our sister publication Fused Magazine in tangible loveliness. It has been a while since our last printed edition of Fused and while we’ve been busy producing our little Area Culture Guides we have missed our faithful friend and think now is the perfect time to say a big HELLO. Continue reading

Pier Review – Help make it happen

Fans of Area Culture Guide and Fused Magazine will no doubt have already enjoyed the fine words from our regular scribes Danny Smith and Jon Bounds. They have amused our readers for several years with their irreverent tales of being sick, flat-roofed public houses, romancing the opposite sex and much more. Now they need YOUR HELP as they embark on a journey around the country to visit the 56 piers in England and Wales that make our seasides so beautiful – well some of them. And here is why… Continue reading

OXJAMBRUM does the 11 bus route

On Sunday 3rd October prepare to experience a unique music experience as Oxjam take over the Number 11 bus route for a month long music festival, with further live music events taking place throughout October in 30 cities to raise money for the charity Oxfam.

Passengers are in for a truly different bus journey as they board the number 11 at the Hare and Hounds for a full lap of Europe’s longest urban bus route. During this ride, passengers are not only set to visit some of the most interesting neighborhoods in Birmingham but also in store for an eclectic mix spanning across generations and genres.

Alongside our 11 en-route stops, we will also be stopping mid route at The Bear in Bearwood for a couple of drinks and more fantastic live music from a local band before heading back to the Hare & Hounds for a Sunday lunch with a soulful twist from the Soul Food Project. Continue reading

OxjamBrum Speed Dating Event- Top 40 Singles

Are you sexy, single and ready to mingle?

The people behind the OxjamBrum Takeover festival are looking for 20 male and 20 female music lovers, also known as the Top 40 Singles, to come along to their charitable and cheeky new speed dating event on Thursday 26th August 2010. With each guest having provided details of their favourite son prior to arrival, participants will have the duration of one romantic tune to get to know their designated date before moving on to the next. Ensuring a diverse mixture of music and offering many an opportunity to find love, this night at the Cafe Blend will be one worth getting your glad rags on for.

Ticket price includes a free drink on entry, reducing the flutter of those first-date butterflies, and all proceeds go toward charity. So far Oxjam’s events have raised over £1million all over the country, proving not only to save lives worldwide but also to be entertaining and unmissable. Check out the OxjamBrum website to buy your tickets, contribute to a worthwhile cause and perhaps live happily ever after, too.


Topshop Teenage Cancer Trust event – 20th June

This June, Topshop will be hosting Topshop Bandstand Picnics for Teenage Cancer Trust, a very special unique outdoor picnic hosted by Miquita Oliver, featuring the cream of the new musical crop performing in the loveliest green space.

The Birmingham event features Los Campesinos!, I Blame Coco, Eliza Doolittle and Summer Camp along with DJs: Broken Hearts,Blonde Ambition Plus Special Guests. Continue reading