Birmingham Club & Gig Guide Feb 2016

Our what’s on live music and gig guide for Birmingham offers more original and alternative nightlife, gigs, parties and music listings than anywhere else online.

This month sees a whole host of groovy sounds across the city, and we’ve featured just a few of the very best alternative bands and DJ nights which can be watched and listened to as you scroll through the gig listings, just wait a couple of seconds for the videos to load!

Recommended This Month:

Maribou State bring their electronic DJ set to the Rainbow and Mala play future disco vibes at the Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath. Also at the Hare & Hounds this month look out for 8 Bit Lounge retro gaming, Brum Radio Launch Party with Terry & Gerry, Quartz Presents: General Levy (Live PA), Bruk Up with Marcia Carr & E Double D and legendary funk/soul night Sweat.

Root Down comes to The Dark Horse brought to you from Ollie Lloyd (Yardbird Jazz Club). Bringing the Funk back to Brum featuring: THE FUNK SOUL COLLECTIVE (seven piece live funk outfit) and DJ OLLIE LLOYD (the yardbird jazz club). You can also catch Ollie Lloyd at Barefoot in The Head soul/funk/disco night at Mockingbird Theatre various Thursdays in Feb.

Our recommended venues for Live music include: The Actress & Bishop, Ludgate Hill which sees a refurb this month with plenty of live musicians until late, live classical performances, blues and jazz take place in the Spotted Dog pub, Los Bandidos Latin Rhythm band bring Spanish flavour to El Borracho, weekend DJs play the best in balearic, nu disco and soul at the Lord Clifden, Motown soul at the Night Owl and The Sun at The Station offers the best in indie DJs and local live bands throughout the month.

Full Gig Guide & Club Night Listings

Mon 1 February 2016

MotoMo Monday with DJ Samm spinnin soul classics from Tamela to Stax @ The Lord Clifden

Tue 2 February 2016

Jazz night. Free Entry 8pm @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
Hozier @ O2 Academy
GET INUIT + FISH TANK @ Sunflower Lounge
Kings Heath Food Assembly @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Wed 3 February 2016

NGOD @ Sunflower Lounge
Killer Wave & This Is Tmrw Present Sunflower Bean @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
H&H Pub Quiz – £75 Cash First Place Prize @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Thu 4 February 2016

Speed Quizzing @ The Lord Clifden
Blues Night (Blues Thursday) @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
PEACE & LOVE BARBERSHOP MUHAMMAD ALI @ Sunflower Lounge
Listening Sessions: Showcase @ PST
An Evening with Baked in Brick – Food Pop Up @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Barefoot in the Head soul funk and disco @ Mockingbird Theatre

Fri 5 February 2016

Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
DJ Morais Vibes (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Digbeth Dining Club + DJs from 5.30pm @ Spotlight!
Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
Loose Joints DJs playing the best in soul, funk, disco, house and balearic @ The Lord Clifden
Gabrielle Aplin + Hudson Taylor (Acoustic) + Hannah Grace @ O2 Institute
Fidget 2016 Opening Party @ Rainbow Venues
KOKO Fridays with Soul Time Steve, Shaun Parker and Andy Bull @ The Night Owl
Leftfoot Present Mala @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Moulin Groove Free Party @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Astonish @ The Actress & Bishop

Sat 6 February 2016

Weekend Delivery ft DJ Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith and Graham Smith with a 1st class selection of Disco, House & Boogie sounds. 8pm – late @ The Lord Clifden
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
Lee McBride (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
The Front Bottoms + Kevin Devine And The Goddam Band @ O2 Institute
Evolve Presents Nicolas Lutz & Francesco Del Garda @ Rainbow Venues
Hospitality @ Rainbow Venues
Augustana @ O2 Academy
Wig Out! The Monkey Club Hat Party @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
MAGNIFY presents: UNDERCATT *Diynamic* THIRD SON *Noir, Sincopat* @ Lab 11
ARIES & PAYBACK PROMOTIONS PRESENTS ….. @ PST
The Soul Hole presents Request Night @ The Night Owl
DIE DAS DER & KHAR present ACTION STATION #1. 7pm in the back room, £5 entry. @ Sun at The Station
Sweat with Cheese Dip & Jools Belgium @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Bruk Up – Broken Beats, Soulful House & Electronica @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Blues Club – Weekly Live Sessions from Birmingham’s Foremost Jazz & Blues Musicians @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
The Mod Connection – Dance Stance – 60’s R&B, Motown, Nothern Soul, Ska & more… @ The Actress & Bishop
Together Pangea + Flesh + Mozes And The Firstborn + Casino Empire @ The Sunflower Lounge Sat 6 February 2016

Sun 7 February 2016

Sunsets. The best new musical talent spanning a breadth of genres! Free Entry @ The Sun on The Hill
Sunplugged. Live acoustic sessions from 6:30pm @ The Sun at The Station
Sin Sunday DJs & Roasts R Us @ The Lord Clifden
Sunday Classics (classical performance from Conservatoire musicians) 6pm Free Entry @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
SEBASTIAN TREE @ Rainbow Venues
Villagers
Birmingham Promoters & Punks Alive Present Screaminabdabz & More @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Martha Tilston @ Kitchen Garden Cafe
1ST SKA SUNDAY OF 2016! – Ft SKABUCKS & LOBSTER @ The Actress & Bishop

Mon 8 February 2016

MotoMo Monday with DJ Samm spinnin soul classics from Tamela to Stax @ The Lord Clifden
Traditional Irish Music Session 8pm @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
Jesse Malin + Trapper Schoepp + Don Dilego @ O2 Institute
Little Simz @ O2 Academy

Tue 9 February 2016

Jazz night. Free Entry 8pm @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
GRITTY THEATRE PRESENTS: STACY a play by Jack Thorne @ Rainbow Venues
SJM Concerts Present Loyle Carner (Ages 14+) @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
This Is Tmrw Present Ulrika Spacek @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Kings Heath Food Assembly @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Wed 10 February 2016

Howl Feat. Joe Cook, Lydia Scarlett & Afrah Yafai @ The Dark Horse
8 Bit Lounge – An Evening of Retro, Experimental & Futuristic Gaming @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
This Is Tmrw & Killer Wave Present Mild High Club @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
H&H Pub Quiz – £75 Cash First Place Prize @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Thu 11 February 2016

Speed Quizzing @ The Lord Clifden
Blues Night (Blues Thursday) @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
Catapult Club feat. Sonata Fall, Netherhall, Dystopia, Sickened Society, Vengeful Atonement @ O2 Academy
JOE JACKSON @ 02 Institute
Jarrod Dickenson
SJM Concerts Present Telegram @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
This Is Tmrw Present Spring King @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Grub London & Crazy P Present a Pop Up Banquet of Food & Tunes @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Barefoot in the Head soul funk and disco @ Mockingbird Theatre

Fri 12 February 2016

Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
DJ Morais Vibes (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Digbeth Dining Club + DJs from 5.30pm @ Spotlight!
Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
The Collective DJs playing the best in soul, funk, disco, house and balearic @ The Lord Clifden
Mutt + The Cosmics + Handwaxx + Every Thread @ The Flapper
Resonate Presents Maribou State @ Rainbow Venues
Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone – The NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin Texas @ O2 Academy
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die + Delta Sleep + mewithoutYou + Special Guests @ 02 Institute
The Kerrang! Tour 2016 feat Sum 41+ More TBA @ 02 Institute
Symphonic Floyd featuring the En Suite Electric Band @ The Glee Club
Emilia Mårtensson @ Symphoy Hall
Lisbon w/ The Amazons + Shrinking Violets + Hankks @ The Oobleck
PURE RANKIN INNA ROOTS STYLE @ PST
Northern Soul Allnighter with Dave Evison & Josh and Rich underplayed show, Lloyd Davis @ The Night Owl
The funk soul collective live @ The Dark Horse
An Evening with The Godfathers @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Sat 13 February 2016

Weekend Delivery ft DJ Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith and Graham Smith with a 1st class selection of Disco, House & Boogie sounds. 8pm – late @ The Lord Clifden
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
Lee McBride (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
Guy Jones + Cherry Suede + Josh Wunderlich + Kerry Smyth @ The Flapper
10:31 Presents My Nu Leng & M8s @ Rainbow Venues
The Catapult Club present: BLANK PARODY + BEYOND THE BAY + BROKEN LOOKING GLASS + BROTHERS OF THE MOMENT + TIM WALKERDINE @ Rainbow Venues
MASK Birmingham – Part III @ Lab 11
UNIFIED BEATZ VALENTINES BASH. @ PST
Soul Mates Valentines Traffic Light Party @ The Night Owl
KUMARI SEVEN (live roots, rock, reggae & ska) with DJ Olbi Iyah (jam Jah) @ The Dark Horse
Circles Present Faboio & MC Conrad @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Blues Club – Weekly Live Sessions from Birmingham’s Foremost Jazz & Blues Musicians @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
The brilliant Los Bandidos latin rhythm band band with some modern cool covers @ El Borracho, Edgbaston
Darrel Higham & The Enforcers plus The Deadshots Rockerbilly Hop Beat Record Show (www.rfclub.co.uk) @ The Ladywood Social Club

Sun 14 February 2016

Sunsets. The best new musical talent spanning a breadth of genres! Free Entry @ The Sun on The Hill
Sunplugged. Live acoustic sessions from 6:30pm @ The Sun at The Station
Sin Sunday DJs & Roasts R Us @ The Lord Clifden
Victoria @ The Rainbow Cellar
The Crookes + Misty Miller + Underground Empire @ The Rainbow Courtyard
Sanchez & Romain Virgo – The 2016 Reggae Valentine Affair @ O2 Academy
Mandem on the Wall @ O2 Academy
Gabrielle Aplin + Lewis Watson + Hannah Grace @ 02 Institute
Kings Heath Walk of Fame Present The Mersey Beatles @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Mon 15 February 2016

MotoMo Monday with DJ Samm spinnin soul classics from Tamela to Stax @ The Lord Clifden
Gavin James @ The Rainbow Courtyard
Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats *SOLD OUT @ 02 Institute
Mikey Bromley + Dylan Evans + Charlie George + Samantha Harvery + Special Guest @ 02 Institute
Will Robert @ Kitchen Garden Cafe

Tue 16 February 2016

Jazz night. Free Entry 8pm @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
THE SHERLOCKS @ Rainbow Venues
Ezra Furman
Kings Heath Food Assembly @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Maz O’Connor @ Kitchen Garden Cafe

Wed 17 February 2016

NYT CLUB + ONLY SHADOWS + IDEAL CLUB @ Sunflower Lounge
Brum Radio Launch Party with Terry & Gerry @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
World Unlimited Present Christopher Paul Stelling @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
H&H Pub Quiz – £75 Cash First Place Prize @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Thu 18 February 2016

Speed Quizzing @ The Lord Clifden
Blues Night (Blues Thursday) @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
Fatherson @ The Rainbow Courtyard
IDESTROY @ Rainbow Venues
BTOWN RAINBOW OF INDIE ROCK & ROLL : TINNED ASTRONAUT + PEN15 + BORN ZERO + BLICK BLACK AND THE CHILLIHOLERS + WORLD HURL @ Rainbow Venues
Mystery Jets, Declan MkKenna, Ekkah, Son @ 02 Institute
Jesse Malin + Don DiLego + Trapper Schoepp @ 02 Institute
Runrig – The Story @ Symphoy Hall
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) + FREESCHOOL @ The Oobleck
This Is Tmrw Present MONEY @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
An Evening with Caribou Poutine – Food Pop Up @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Barefoot in the Head soul funk and disco @ Mockingbird Theatre

Fri 19 February 2016

Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
DJ Morais Vibes (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Digbeth Dining Club + DJs from 5.30pm @ Spotlight!
Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
The Collective DJs playing the best in soul, funk, disco, house and balearic @ The Lord Clifden
Ryley Walker & Danny Thompson + Meg Baird @ The Rainbow Courtyard
Flowers @ The Rainbow Courtyard
David Rodigan’s RamJam @ Rainbow Venues
Cirque Du Soul @ Rainbow Venues
Catapult Club feat. The Young, Venus DeMilo, Bad Penny, Moonshine, State @ O2 Academy
THE ACID EXPERIMENT @ Lab 11
KOKO Fridays with Steve Cradock from Ocean Colour Scene The Cupids After show Party @ The Night Owl
Foals +Everything Everything @ NIA
Flip The Script Present Groove Assassin @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
This Is Tmrw Present Khruangbin @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
DIRTY OLD FOLKERS + The Ol’ Faithful, Canard Du Joir , Robert Jackson & Richi Jones @ The Actress & Bishop

Sat 20 February 2016

Weekend Delivery ft DJ Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith and Graham Smith with a 1st class selection of Disco, House & Boogie sounds. 8pm – late @ The Lord Clifden
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
Lee McBride (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
The Joy Formidable @ The Rainbow Courtyard
Ulrich Schnauss (Live) & Nat Urazmetova (Visuals) @ The Rainbow Courtyard
Portal 2nd Birthday – Amnesia Ibiza Tour: @ Rainbow Venues
Allison Weiss + Jenny Owen Youngs @ 02 Institute
Fat White Family @ 02 Institute
Paul Carrack – Live in Concert 2016 @ Symphoy Hall
The Soul Hole with Andrew Marshall & Randy & Mazzy @ The Night Owl
Sour Cream Presents… The Surrenders + Palm Honey + Homeowner + Handwaxx @ The Dark Horse
Leftfoot Present Mr Scruff & Alexander Nut @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Hot Ginger – A Night of Retro Style & Retro Dance @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Blues Club – Weekly Live Sessions from Birmingham’s Foremost Jazz & Blues Musicians @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Sun 21 February 2016

Sunsets. The best new musical talent spanning a breadth of genres! Free Entry @ The Sun on The Hill
Sunplugged. Live acoustic sessions from 6:30pm @ The Sun at The Station
Sin Sunday DJs & Roasts R Us @ The Lord Clifden
Sunday Classics (classical performance from Conservatoire musicians) 6pm Free Entry @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth

Mon 22 February 2016

MotoMo Monday with DJ Samm spinnin soul classics from Tamela to Stax @ The Lord Clifden
Traditional Irish Music Session 8pm @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
Reigning Days @ The Sunflower Lounge
MAX RAPTOR + PRESS TO MECO + ALLUSONDRUGS @ Rainbow Venues
Section Boyz @ 02 Institute

Tue 23 February 2016

Jazz night. Free Entry 8pm @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
Semantics + Big Fat Astronauts @ The Sunflower Lounge
twenty one pilots @ O2 Academy
GoGo Penguin
This Is Tmrw Present Hinds @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Kings Heath Food Assembly @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Brooks Williams @ Kitchen Garden Cafe

Wed 24 February 2016

Girls Names @ The Sunflower Lounge
THE ELWINS @ Rainbow Venues
H&H Pub Quiz – £75 Cash First Place Prize @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Kelly Oliver @ Kitchen Garden Cafe
Liberty Ship – Rock n Roll @ The Actress & Bishop

Thu 25 February 2016

Speed Quizzing @ The Lord Clifden
Blues Night (Blues Thursday) @ The Spotted Dog, Digbeth
KIKO BUN @ Rainbow Venues
Boy & Bear @ O2 Academy
Damien Dempsey And His Band @ O2 Academy
An Evening with Fun Lovin’ Criminals @ 02 Institute
ESTRONS, Shrinking Violets & Guests @ Sunflower Lounge
SJM Concerts Present Will Varley @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Jazzlines in Association with THSH Present Vula Viel @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
An Evening with Yogiyo Korean – Food Pop Up @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Alistair Griffin – Live @ The Actress & Bishop @ The Actress & Bishop
Barefoot in the Head soul funk and disco @ Mockingbird Theatre

Fri 26 February 2016

Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
DJ Morais Vibes (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Digbeth Dining Club + DJs from 5.30pm @ Spotlight!
Friday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
Soulshake DJs playing the best in soul, funk, disco, house and balearic @ The Lord Clifden
The Bulletproof Bomb @ The Sunflower Lounge
Jess Glynne @ O2 Academy
Catapult Club feat. Blue Nation – “Steady Your Soul” Album Launch + Into the Hurricane, Charles Dexter Ward & The Imagineers, Summerleaze, Same Size Feet @ O2 Academy
Alex Ohm @ 02 Institute
Dancehall Fridayz @ PST
Northern Soul Fridays with Jordan Wilson from Northern Soul, Clive Jones & Rich and Josh underplayed show @ The Night Owl
Quartz Present General Levy (Live PA) @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Mood Fix Present Chaos in the CBD & Tom Blip @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
The brilliant Los Bandidos latin rhythm band band with some modern cool covers @ El Borracho, Edgbaston

Sat 27 February 2016

Weekend Delivery ft DJ Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith and Graham Smith with a 1st class selection of Disco, House & Boogie sounds. 8pm – late @ The Lord Clifden
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun at the Station
Lee McBride (applaudio audio) playing funk, soul and disco @ The Bureau
Saturday DJs playing indie and alternative rock @ The Sun on The Hill
Digbeth Dining Club + DJs from 5.30pm @ Spotlight! (fridays and last Sat every month)
Elements Presents Truncate, Rebekah & more @ Rainbow Venues
The Rainbow Venues Presents SIGMA @ Rainbow Venues
British Sea Power – Sea of Brass @ Town Hall
AMPYDECKSTRUST presents DJ FALLOUT @ PST
The Soul Hole with DJs, Boss Heavy Manners, Mrs Ironside & Lee Fisher @ The Night Owl
JEHST & SCRATCH CLUB @ The Dark Horse
Hot Club De Swing with The Electric Swing Circus @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Freestyle with DJ Woody @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Blues Club – Weekly Live Sessions from Birmingham’s Foremost Jazz & Blues Musicians @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Sun 28 February 2016

Sunsets. The best new musical talent spanning a breadth of genres! Free Entry @ The Sun on The Hill
Sunplugged. Live acoustic sessions from 6:30pm @ The Sun at The Station
Sin Sunday DJs & Roasts R Us @ The Lord Clifden
Charity Comedy Night @ Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Rockabilly Sunday Ft: The Del Ray Rockets plus Harry Jordan starts 5:30pm @ The Actress & Bishop

Mon 29 February 2016

MotoMo Monday with DJ Samm spinnin soul classics from Tamela to Stax @ The Lord Clifden
Angel Snow @ Kitchen Garden Cafe

Music Venue Information:

  • Hare & Hounds Kings Heath. 106 High Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B14 7JZ. Tel: 0121 444 2081. www.hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk
  • The Lord Clifden, Jewellery Quarter. Great Hampton Street. Tel: 0121 523 7515. www.thelordclifden.com
  • Sun On The Hill. 23 Bennett’s Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands B2 5QP. Tel: 0121 448 7966. www.thesunonthehill.co.uk
  • The Sun at the Station. 7 High Street, Birmingham B14 7BB. Tel: 0121 444 8749. www.facebook.com/The-Sun-at-the-Station
  • The Actress & Bishop. 36 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham B3 1EH. Tel: 0121 236 7426. www.theactressandbishop.co.uk
  • The Rainbow Venues. 160 Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0LD. Tel: 0121 753 1818. www.therainbowvenues.co.uk
  • PST. 71 Lombard Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0QU. Tel: 0121 622 5363. www.pst-club.co.uk
  • Alfie Birds & The Oobleck. The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B9 4AA. Tel: 0121 270 6665. www.alfiebirds.co.uk
  • O2 Academy Birmingham. 16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, Birmingham B1 1DB. Tel: 0121 622 8250. www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk
  • Spotlight & Next Door. Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, West Midlands B9 4AG. www.facebook.com/spotlightdigbeth
  • The Bureau Birmingham. 110 Colmore Row, Birmingham, West Midlands B3 3AG. Tel: 0121 236 1110. www.thebureaubar.co.uk
  • The Sunflower Lounge. 76 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, West Midlands B5 4EG. Tel: Tel: 0121 632 6756. www.thesunflowerlounge.com
  • The Institute. 78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham B5 6DY. Tel: 0121 643 0428. www.theinstitutebirmingham.com
  • The Night Owl. 17-18 Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AG. www.nightowlbirmingham.com

Please note: It is always advisable to check with venues on ticket/event availability before travel.

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