Grapevine Birmingham: 6 of The Best Music Events in November

With Americans recently being told to “Forget London… visit Birmingham” instead, this second accolade from the U.S.A. media, citing the city as an alternative to London comes as no surprise to the Brummie natives. Birmingham has a great deal of culture going on right now, and a big part of that is the music scene. Here’s just a taste of some of the great music events going on in the city this November – Enjoy!

Alice RusselAlice Russell, Lumi HD + Sam Redmore (DJ Set)

Venue: Hare & Hounds
Wed 20th Nov

Alice Russell is natural, pure natural talent, a natural presence, a force of nature. Whether on a big stage with her 16 piece band, charming a crowd of 4000 into staying out dancing in the rain (as she did at Montreal Jazz Festival) or rocking out an intimate club set with a stripped down six piece band, she’s a singer who demands attention.

Unfazed by taking to the spotlight after a sober Amy Winehouse or joining Roy Ayers live for ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’, there’s no wonder her powerful soul voice has attracted rave reviews from numerous national and international publications and praise from fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, David Byrne, Dennis Coffey, Massive Attack’s Daddy G, and Groove Armada.


DeetronFACE presents AUS RECORDS feat Deetron, Will Saul + guests

Venue: Rainbow
Sat 16 Nov

Face is one of Brum’s premier electronic dance nights. Taking place across various venues within the Rainbow pub and warehouse complex in Digbeth, the promoters bring to Birmingham electronica artist Deetron.

All the way from Bern, Switzerland Deetron is a leading light in electronica and dance music. A night not  to be missed for those into techno and house.


999102_10152033455291412_1467311467_nThe Lord Clifden Winter Sessions

Venue: Lord Clifden
Every Saturday through Nov

Continuing the success of Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith’s ‘The Great Outdoors’, The Lord Clifden proudly presents The Lord Clifden Winter Sessions’. Continuing the music throughout the winter months, The UAB Collective residents, alongside the Great Outdoors residents will be keeping the party going every Saturday throughout the winter months in the famous Lord Clifden garden.

Fully heated, outside bar, BBQ & selection of Birmingham’s residents will see out 2013 and continue the Clifden’s party until the New Year & beyond. Every Saturday from 7pm, get your dancing shoes on, keep the dancfloor warm & get down with a host of local DJ’s, fine music, food & winter wonderland partying. Every Saturday- indoors with Sam Kaseba & outdoors with the Lord Clifden residents.

FREE before 11pm.


Nick Pride and The PimptonesNick Pride & The Pimp Tones + Yardbird DJs

Venue: The Yardbird
Sat 30th Nov

The Pimptones’ sound is a funky soul stew of phat grooves and beefy breaks. Their slick arrangements have all the harmonic sophistication that the jazz cats love, delivered with a heavyweight punch that keeps the dance floor moving.

Their live show kicks off with tight, punchy instrumentals, making way to sweetly crafted soul music as they are joined onstage by one of many fantastic guest vocalists. The band formed in 2007 in the North East of England. Led by guitarist, composer, arranger and producer Nick Pride, they went on to sign for Record Kicks and now perform across Europe.
The Yardbird will be a perfect venue for this well established funk band, low lights, cool crowd and a chilled vibe with great support DJs.

FREE entry


GutiTRMNL presents: Guti

Venue: LAB11
Sat 16th Nov

Main room: Guti (Live), Samu.l + Noid
Shed: Jukes of Hazard + more

“Drawing up his own way” is the philosophy of Guti. He shone in the world of Jazz at early age, he demonstrates to be a sensible & intense pianist, with his own language, playing in some of the biggest stadiums & winning golden records in South America in the last decade as a rock musician.

In 2006, life take him to a new path: House music. Curious, ironic & creative, fusing electronic music with his jazz & latin roots, Guti quickly became one of the most eager & interesting producers of the Latino American house scene. He shown his amazing live set in the best clubs of the world performing as a Desolat Artist.

He Released music almost everywhere, from Saved to Crosstown Rebels, Wolf & Lamb Supplement Facts, Raum..Musik, Defected Records, Intec, Saw Recordings, and other top labels. Poducers & DJ´s like Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Seth Troxler are playing his full of soulful productions around the planet. Touring non stop always with new ideas and records. what can we say? emotional music and broken hears and he says”



Venue: The Institute
Sun 24 Nov

Fresh from releasing their highly acclaimed second album Tales From Tera Firma, and concluding their spring headline tour, Oxford’s finest Stornoway have announced their return to the road this winter for a run of dates during November and December including Birmingham’s The Institute.

It starts with a breathless, brimming affirmation of enduring love and ends with a becalmed reflection on life and loss as dusk draws in. Between these two elemental bookends Stornoway’s superb second album pauses to contemplate birth, death, family, sex, nature, joy, pain and the precise location of home. There are Turkish zithers and there are German spoons. It is the sound of one long song of life unfurling.