AREA GUIDE – Latest edition

Our annual festival edition is out now and is packed with competitions to win tickets to the best UK & European summer festivals. Read it online here or pick it up at venues throughout the West Midlands.

Whatever your taste in music we have it covered. The competitions are going live daily on our sister site and we announce them over on our twitter feed so make sure you are following us over there too.

There is also the usual fine mix of upcoming art exhibitions, gigs and events.

Diamond Jubilee Events

As The Queen celebrates 60 years as Monarch we’ve compiled some of our favourite events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in the West Midlands. We’re in for a bumper bank holiday weekend so here’s our pick of events to make you feel all patriotic. Continue reading

Capsule presents: Tunng

13 August, 7.30pm
mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Tickets: £13 (£10)

Tunng, the electro-folk band from East London, form the focus of mac’s August musical calendar headlining the outdoor Arena space and supported by local band, Health and Efficiency.

The eclectic folksters will be performing songs from their album, released earlier this year, ‘… And Then We Saw Land’.  A more folktronic vibe than previous records, it offers listeners a wholesome folk sound, completed with a touch of drums and a bit of acoustic action – that is all rounded off with a synthy twist. Continue reading

Tuesday Tunes at mac

Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Every Tuesday throughout – August
7.30pm, Admission free

Every Tuesday, as part of their free summer events, MAC hosts Tuesday Tunes – a chilled out weekly barbeque with free entertainment provided by local artists. Perfect for everyone yearning for a bit of barbequed sausage, and seeking to make the most of the last ebbs of summer sun on a balmy Birmingham evening.

This month visitors, BBQ fans, and followers of anything fun, local and free, will be treated to the mellow tones of Kristy Gallacher (17 Aug), the delicate songs of Sam Holmes (10 Aug), and suave sounds of guitar-playing, ragtime blues band the Mellow Peaches (24 Aug). There will also be a chance to see live theatre performance from Women and Theatre (3 & 31 August) and their Wasted Summer School.

What an ideal way to spend a lazy summer evening.

Taste of Birmingham – Win tickets

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
Tickets and information: 0871 230 1092
16-18 July

Head to Cannon Hill Park this month for three delicious days of fine cuisine. Now in its fifth year Taste Of Birmingham is set to tantalize your taste buds and unite all foodies, chefs and wannabe chefs to celebrate the best in local talent, international cuisine and quality fresh produce. Continue reading

mac opens this weekend

With the launch of mac this weekend we had a sneak preview of the building last week and we absolutely LOVE it!

Gorgeous artwork, great open spaces and an amazing opening weekend line-up ensures a fab time will be had by all visitors.

We had a chat with the woman who has been at the helm for some time now – Dorothy Wilson – here is what she had to say:

mac – 1 month to go

Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston, Birmingham
opens 1 May

For regular visitors to Birmingham’s beautiful Cannon Hill Park an integral part of the landscape has been missing. For the past two years the 1960’s structure that houses mac has been rebuilt and transformed as part of a £15m expansion and refurbishment project. Continue reading