Reviews & Features

Our reviews and ‘best of’ articles relating to music, food, art, shopping and more in and around Birmingham.

Locked Up In Lockdown by Adam (kjw) Kyron

“Locked up in lock down” is a journey we will go on and look into the effects of the quarantine / lockdown from a different perspective. The… Read more »

Outdoors at The Kingsway – Q & A with Eddie OCallaghan

As a Christmas Special, we decided to catch up with local groover and shaker Eddie OCallaghan for a quick interview on his recent hotspot creation down at… Read more »

24-hour walk challenge to raise funds for disabled seven-year-old’s trike

A Cardiff woman completed a 26-hour walking challenge to help raise funds for her friend’s seven-year-old son this weekend – the equivalent of walking from Everest base… Read more »

Christmas Gift Ideas from Ikon Gallery

Please support Ikon this Christmas and choose from our wide range of books, prints, stationery and gifts. Ikon is a charity and all purchases help fund the… Read more »

Latest industry data on how UK music can recover from Covid and Brexit

A leading music industry academic has welcomed the findings of UK Music’s Music By Numbers report and calls for UK Government and industry to work together to… Read more »

Get in the festive spirit with a virtual Christmas concert featuring West Midlands musicians for Parkinson’s UK

A virtual Christmas concert featuring a host of festive performances will raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.  ‘An Evening of Christmas Melodies’, will take place on Zoom… Read more »

100 mile run to honour 11-year-old Alfie Baugh who raised £6,000 for a stranger

100 mile run to honour 11-year-old Alfie Baugh who raised £6,000 for a stranger

Leon Thompson, aged 7 from Codsall, lives with cerebral palsy, global development delay and sensory processing issues as well as being non-verbal. He lives with his mum… Read more »

Midlands Dad and Colleagues take on Movember for three-year- son

Midlands Dad and Colleagues take on Movember for three-year- son

A Codsall Dad and his colleagues are growing moustaches this month to help raise £50,000 for surgery and aftercare for his three-year-old son. Nick England, 41, and… Read more »

The Cure frontman Robert Smith donates piece of original art to Heart Research UK auction

Iconic rock frontman Robert Smith has donated a piece of original artwork to Heart Research UK’s anonymous heART project, raising money for vital medical research. The Cure… Read more »

Louise Woodley of The Actress & Bishop Wing Walk for Charity Interview

Louise Woodley of The Actress & Bishop Wing Walk for Charity Interview

Hello Louise, I understand you have recently completed a wing walk for charity which involved being tossed around attached to the outside of a light aircraft hundreds… Read more »

10 of The Best New Restaurants in Birmingham

It’s been a difficult year for the hospitality industry, with many businesses closing their doors so it’s especially exciting to hear of new restaurants opening and doing… Read more »

Flamin’ Patties Ladypool Rd Review Sept 2020

Flamin’ Patties Ladypool Rd Review Sept 2020

Brum is home to some of the best burgers in the UK, that is a fact no one can argue with. From Original Patty Men to Indico‘s… Read more »

Dishoom Birmingham full review

Dishoom Birmingham full review

Dishoom arrived in Birmingham with terrible timing, just as lockdown was taking place, the grand launch had to be postponed. In fact, some were questioning whether the… Read more »

Digbeth Dining Club Take-Over Digbeth Arena August Bank Holiday 2020 review

Digbeth Dining Club Take-Over Digbeth Arena August Bank Holiday 2020 review

Last August Bank Holiday, myself and three guests made a bee-line for the Digbeth Dining Club take-over of Digbeth Arena. Digbeth Dining Club started out life in… Read more »

Rule of six could sound death knell for many in live music sector – academic and industry experts

Further restrictions around social gatherings alongside new requirements for night-time economy businesses could sound the death knell for an already under threat live music venues, clubs and… Read more »

The Floodgate Digbeth Review

The Floodgate Digbeth Review

I’d been looking forward to checking out The Floodgate in Digbeth for quite some time, so the August Ban Holiday seemed a perfect opportunity to do just… Read more »

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema – Details and September screenings

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema – Details and September screenings

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema brings cinema back to Kings Heath’s historic The Kingsway for the first time since its  closure in 1979. Hosted by new event space Kings… Read more »

Local currency launched in Birmingham to support independent businesses

Parity is a local currency and marketplace that allows business-owners in Birmingham to trade without cash. Parity is an alternative to the pound entrepreneurs can use to… Read more »

Prestigious university status awarded to Professor Julian Lloyd Webber in recognition of his successful tenure at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Julian Lloyd Webber will step down from his role as Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire next month, following a five-year period during which time he has… Read more »

Alpha Works continues to lift community from afar

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the wildcard of the year, affecting businesses across all sectors. However, despite the distance, flexible office space Alpha Works, has ensured that… Read more »

COVID-19: Live Music Stars in Plea for Government Help for £4.5bn Sector

• Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Dua Lipa, Sir Paul McCartney, Skepta, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Sam Smith, Sir Rod Stewart, Liam Gallagher, Florence… Read more »

Letter to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden

Dear Secretary of State, UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. From world-famous festivals to… Read more »

Why Live Music is instrumental to the recovery of the hospitality industry!

Three months in and it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the impact that COVID-19 has had on the music industry. Since the UK went into lockdown,… Read more »

CitySocializer invites Birmingham locals to Afternoon at the Races virtual Zoom event

CitySocializer invites Birmingham locals to Afternoon at the Races virtual Zoom event

Afternoon at the Races hosted on Zoom on the site CitySocializer, and just £3 to attend, is perfect for those of us who aren’t ready to go outside… Read more »

RIP George Floyd – A Message From Henry’s Blueshouse

Out of deference and respect to the memory of George Floyd and to share in the horror and disgust of all right-minded people, we’ve decided to join with… Read more »

How A Couple Of Brummies Gave Birth To The World Wide Web!

Birmingham has been the birthplace of some pretty incredible inventions, from the first cotton spinning mill, to perfection and advancement of the steam engine, to the invention… Read more »

How a Birmingham University Honorary Doctor Changed the Internet Forever

Clifford Cocks is a mathematician and cryptographer who developed a form of cybersecurity protection that has become the basis of almost every transaction online. Some people argue… Read more »

From 49’ers, West End Bar & Notes to The Night Owl, Hare & Hounds & Attic Brew Co. – A Vinyl Journey by Jools Belgium

From 49’ers, West End Bar & Notes to The Night Owl, Hare & Hounds & Attic Brew Co. – A Vinyl Journey by Jools Belgium

Jools Belgium, better known to friends and family as Steve, has been milling around on the Brum music scene since the 1970s. We asked Steve to take… Read more »

Birmingham’s Oldest Pub launches online store during Covid-19

Birmingham’s Oldest Pub launches online store during Covid-19

Birmingham’s oldest and award winning pub The Old Crown has launched an online shop, to bring some of the best in Birmingham to your doorstep during Covid-19…. Read more »

All Greek Authentic Street Food Emerge From Lockdown with Takeaways

Situated in the very heart of the city, All Greek Street Food has been perfectly placed to tentatively re emerge from Pandemic lockdown. Larisa and team opened… Read more »

Indico Evolves During Lockdown!

Indico represents the fast moving front-line in Birmingham’s culinary status both nationally and internationally. Their colourful take on boutique fine-casual Indian Street food & Cocktails has been… Read more »

Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Pioneering Lightpost Theatre Company appoints new Artistic Leaders

Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Pioneering Lightpost Theatre Company appoints new Artistic Leaders

Mathias Andre and CJ Webley, two previous members of Lightpost Theatre Company, have now successfully been employed in leadership roles. In 2015, Birmingham Repertory Theatre took part… Read more »

Willie’s Cult to Jimmy Powell – A Brumbeat Short Story

After a brief email exchange with local musician Alan Shepherd regarding our article ‘Birmingham’s Oldest Recording Studios Rock On‘ (Hollick & Taylor), Alan has kindly reminisced in… Read more »

Top 10 Comedies to watch on Netflix by Emilia Antoniadou

1.STEPBROTHERS (2008) Directed By: Adam McKay Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn. Brennan Huff and Dale Doback just became… Read more »

Local musician SAD MAN releases new album Indigenous Mix 3

SAD MAN is Birmingham based electronic music producer Andrew Spackman. In the past 3 years SAD MAN has release 15 albums and over 150 tracks. This latest… Read more »

Local Breweries Hop To It With New Web Shops

For those who are lamenting the closure of Brum’s best pubs, hope is only a hop away. Two of the city’s finest breweries, Dig Brew Co. of… Read more »

How to walk the Camino de Santiago during lockdown

Like many organisations St Basils Birmingham based charity has had to cancel all its fundraising events, this of course leaves a huge hole in the finances needed… Read more »

HOOPLA BLUE new single SWOON out now! Taken from their debut album PLANTED out next week

HOOPLA BLUE have today released  their new single ‘Swoon’, taken from their upcoming album ‘Pl(^)nted’ out next Friday 17th April via FOMA. *Stream now* https://tinyurl.com/HBSwoon ‘Pl(^)nted’ fuses traditional and… Read more »

Home Deliveries, Food, Drink, Merchandise, Music Streams & Virtual Quizes – Brum is Bubblin’ Hot!

Come back Brexit all is forgiven (nearly)! With the Coronavirus lock down in full effect, businesses in Brum, the rest of the UK, and most of the… Read more »

Rebel Chicken, Pre – Lock Down Review

With Covid kicking off, we thought we’d duck out and get some chicken in as it may be out last chance for a while. We’d heard great… Read more »

7 Minutes Of Funk vinyl release by local West Loop on Vong 45

Local Birmingham/Walsall creators West Loop have reworked one of their super cool vinyl funk releases for a fresh push. Originally recorded in a time when most were… Read more »

Local charity launches ‘Bubbles for Basils’: New activity for young children

A local charity that helps homeless and vulnerable young people across the West Midlands has launched a new activity for children to get involved with which once… Read more »

Help save a unique glimpse of Birmingham’s industrial history – The Pen Museum

Help save a unique glimpse of Birmingham’s industrial history – The Pen Museum

The Pen Museum is unique being the world’s only museum dedicated to honouring and celebrating the important legacy of Birmingham’s 19th Century steel pen trade and is… Read more »

Birmingham’s Friendly Fire Band release LUV SONG RIDDIM

Birmingham’s Friendly Fire Band release LUV SONG RIDDIM

Luv Song Riddim is the latest riddim by Friendly Fire Band, after Myki Tuff’s lead cut, appropriately aiming to spread and epidemic of love, which has been… Read more »

iSE announces launch of COVID-19 Social Enterprise Helpline

In response to the Corona Virus 19 pandemic, and it’s direct impact on the social enterprises and social entrepreneurs across Birmingham and Solihull, iSE CIC is launching… Read more »

Alpha Works tips on working from home

Working from home We are currently living in unprecedented times. Society has been thrown into a situation the world has not seen for over 100 years. For… Read more »

Genuine Panama release new single

Following on from the release of their debut EP ‘Itchy Teeth’ in the summer of 2019, Birmingham indie-funk outfit Genuine Panama now return with another heavy dose… Read more »

Dishoom pauses collection and delivery.. but you can create your own curry from their Cookery Book!

Last week’s decision to close the restaurants to dining guests, and to postpone the launch of Dishoom Birmingham, was difficult and deeply sad for all of us…. Read more »

SIMON EVANS: The Work of The Devil Tour 2020 Review

One of Britain’s favorite stand-up comedians, defined by the driest of comedy and brilliantly sarcastic stage manner, Simon Evans introduced ‘’The Work of The Devil’’ Tour 2020,… Read more »

PAPER BUOYS to release new single LIAA

PAPER BUOYS to release new single LIAA

Birmingham Indie Rockers, PAPER BUOYS, have announced details of their first release of 2020. LIAA (Love Is All Around) will be released on all major digital platforms… Read more »