July/August Area Culture Guide

July_Aug_2013.inddWelcome to the latest edition of Area Culture Guide for July/August 2013. Check out the latest events inside the guide and see who is featured below… Continue reading

REVIEW: Let’s Wrestle, 23.7.11 Hare & Hounds

Cocky cockneys through and through, Let’s Wrestle take attitude to the next level, binding together the naughties indie scene of trend setters Franz Ferdinand with sixties garage rock. Their downtrodden appearance leaves no signs of conformity, with a clear indication of independence to those fashion followers. Continue reading

BASS FESTIVAL – Throughout June 2011

BASS Festival 2011
Various venues

The BASS festival hits its sixth year running in the city, housing a line-up that is sure to educate and blow the minds of the Birmingham masses. The UK’s only month-long celebration of black music and art, the BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) runs throughout June offering a feast of urban culture. Following the theme of Revolution, the festival brings together a multitude of mediums all under one banner; from grime and dubstep performances to street dance, spoken word poetry and fashion events, all celebrating the revolution of urban culture. Continue reading

Heducation Fundraiser for JAPAN

Heducation, “Birmingham’s number one hip-hop and breaks night”, has rounded up the very best of Midlands talent for a one-night-only extravaganza, all in the name of helping those affected in Japan. Local legends Bentley Rhythm Ace, the Trans4mers and Automaton will be joined by Malicious DJ and DJ Mylz himself, Heducation’s founder. Continue reading

Mr Scruff Review – Hare and Hounds 25.2.11

Mr Scruff and his tea bus arrived in the leafy Birmingham suburb of Kingsheath on Friday night. Performing at the Hare & Hounds, Mr Scruff delivered a night of soul, funk, hip-hop, Jazz, African and Latin inspired breaks amongst many, many other genre’s. Scruff is indeed a man who can make good music seemingly out of everything and anything. During his 6 hour set, Scruff glided from one genre to the next effortlessly, building on the rhythm of each tune, much to the crowds delight.

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Soul Food Project

The Hare & Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath
Tuesday to Saturdays 12pm–8pm / Sundays 12pm–5pm

Aiming to buck the trend of regular pub grub menus Soul Food Project is taking its influences from the diverse food landscape of America.

Started by Matt Beck, Alex Morrall and Carl Finn, who between them have over a decade’s worth of experience in the food and hospitality industry, Soul Food Project is an exciting new food venture that has recently launched at The Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath.

Co-founder Matt Beck told us that Soul Food Project came about because “we wanted to inject a little fun back into food and to try and create a community around what we’re doing by involving people in the menu decisions, hosting live music and making the food approachable to everyone.”

Items currently on the menu include Crayfish, chorizo and chicken Jambalaya, Cajun fish, homemade Southern Fried Chicken, Muffelattas, Sunburst salads, Creole Chilli and a hefty range of waffles which are all made using as many locally sourced products as possible.

Matt says: “We’ve always loved the variety of American food and its no frills attitude but more specifically Soul Food is all about making the most out of what you’ve got and having to be inventive with the ingredients you have. We’ve worked hard to create a menu that is affordable but also shows quality and care.”

Although the venture is newly opened Matt tells us that they’ve got some exciting plans for the future “Short term we want to keep expanding and working on the menu to keep things interesting. Our weekend brunch menu is about to launch (12pm-2pm expect pancakes, soul breakfast, corned beef hash). Ultimately we want to create a brand that people can trust and that actually has some soul (no pun intended)”.