Category Archives: Live music

Moseley Folk & Arts Festival (3-5/9/2021)

Moseley Folk Festival

Moseley Folk Festival is firmly established as a major presence on the city’s musical landscape, which is why it and its sister festival, Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul, were so sorely missed last year (for understandable reasons of course). There was always a risk that a well-attended but compact event would be vulnerable again, but […]

Karkosa wave goodbye with their final single and a headline show

Words by Ross Carley After an incredible run from local band Karkosa including big headline shows, a UK tour, reputable support slots and even sold-out shows in South Korea, it’s sadly time to say goodbye to the indie-rock group we’ve all come to know and love since 2013 when they first emerged. This month, the band […]

Katherine Priddy – ‘The Eternal Rocks Beneath’ Album Launch (25/06/2021)

Katherine Priddy’s star is rising fast; whilst we at Brum Radio have known for ages how good she is, now the national stations are waking up to this fact. After a string of singles her debut album is entering the world, and she chose her hometown of Birmingham to launch it. St Paul’s Church was […]

Ed Geater w Faye Smith review – Hare & Hounds (21/05/2021)

On the 17th May 2021, live music returned to the UK. Taking stock of this, Brum Radio’s Danny de Reybekill attended his first gig in over a year, courtesy of the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath.  For the most part, live music really has been on hold. Save for a short period where outdoor […]

Live Music Returns to Birmingham – Normality is on the Horizon

Words by Ellie-Mae Fenn, interview by Ross Carley. It’s no secret that the industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, with many of our favourite venues shutting their doors to regular gig-goers for close to 14-months. So, with the Government announcing the go-ahead for venues to reopen on May 17th, a surge of hope […]

The Janky Musings of Shaun ‘Gambowl’ Walsh and the Plagiarists

Mindful profanity. Existentialism. Lyrical tom-foolery. These are the less than subtle subversions of local band, Shaun Gambowl Walsh and the Plagiarists, whose often satirical performances have been regularly tickling (if not disturbing) unsuspecting audiences across t’greater West Midlands areas and beyond. From Pop song’s about Ketamine to jazzy tales of woe. Psychedelic space punk to […]

A local lot at a local spot: Hott Date’s Easter all dayer

Sunday. My one day off. I took a much needed trip to check out the all-day Easter edition of Hott Date at The Castle and Falcon in Balsall Heath; the initial glow was a reminiscent meeting of old friends with good vibes. Basking in the spring-shine most hung out the back of the joint and […]

The Luciferous tones of The Bonfire Radicals

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting up with Katie Stevens and Michelle Holloway of the Bonfire Radicals; Sat in Sorrento Lounge, Moseley, surrounded by the joint’s trade mark cluttered and majestic decor. They shared the low-down on their journey from student jammers at the prestigious Conservatoire, to leading the charge in […]

Impressions of a Birmingham Poet: Matthew Edwards

An audience of fold-out chairs faced a projector screen and stage area. Musical instruments were poised and ready, as a classy, mature, after hours wine bar crowd rolled into the joint; Centrala, a semi industrial, whitewashed, minimalist unit at the back of Digbeth’s Minerva works estate. It had been a Birmingham minute since I’d seen […]