The Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music Number Six

Sixth Electronic Music Festival comes to Birmingham and once again it includes an all-day free electronic music event featuring talks, demonstrations, interactive sessions, synth manufacturer attendance, a room for attendees to set up and show off their synth gear and a number of free live performances!

This year sees the addition of a ‘raffle’ to the all-day free event in aid of Drake Music who are the leaders in music, disability and technology.

In March of 2019 the sixth ‘The Seventh Wave Festival of Electronic Music’ takes place across three days. For a relatively small festival The Seventh Wave continues to get some of the biggest names in electronic and progressive music.

This time around you can feast your eyes (and ears!) on Richard Barbieri (Ex-Rain Tree Crow and Porcupine Tree) who, let’s not forget, is also one of the original members of Japan and Ulrich Schnauss, who as well as being a distinguished solo performer in his own right is a ‘modern day’ member of electronic giants Tangerine Dream. To cap it all, the Festival finishes with Steve Jollife (who played in one of the earliest incarnations of Tangerine Dream) and he will be performing the Tangerine Dream album Cyclone ‘in-full’.

Tickets can be purchased for the individual paid events from Skiddle at and for the free event which runs from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm people can just turn up on the day, stay for a few minutes, or get hooked and end up of staying all day!

The Seventh Wave Festival

Friday 15 March 2019

An Evening with Richard Barbieri (Japan/Rain Tree Crow/Porcupine Tree)

Richard Barbieri will play a full concert, there will be an interval which will be followed by a ‘talk’ by Richard.

Friday 15 March 2019 Doors 6.30 pm.

Curfew 10.00 pm.

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1QZ

Saturday 16 March 2019

Ulrich Schnauss: Now is a Timeless Present

A career-spanning retrospective performance featuring live visuals by Nat Urazmetova.

Plus Very Special Guest Banco de Gaia

Saturday 16 March 2019 Doors 6.30 pm.

Curfew 10.00 pm.

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B3 1QZ

Sunday 17 March 2019

Mark Jenkins – Tubular Bells for the Moog Synthesizer (Full Concert) & Book Talk (‘Analog Synthesizers’).

Sunday 17 March 2019 Doors 1.30 pm.

Curfew 5.00 pm.

The Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6AD.

Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ just celebrated its 45th birthday and ever since its use on the soundtrack for ‘The Exorcist’ has been constantly re-invented, most recently by electronic music expert Mark Jenkins whose book ‘Analog Synthesizers’ is the world’s most popular title in its field. Mark’s live set and CD ‘Tubular Bells for the Moog Synthesizer’ take a strong rock-oriented approach to the full album, featuring powerful Moog sounds alongside piano, guitars and voices, and mixing astonishing ambient passages with playful Hornpipes.

Sunday 17 March 2019 Doors 6.30 pm.

Steve Jolliffe performs ‘Cyclone’. Full concert and Q&A/Talk about Tangerine Dream and the 1970’s

Curfew 10.00 pm.

The Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B18 6AD.

Tangerine Dream’s ‘Cyclone’ released in 1978 marked an innovation for the German synthesizer band, layering the wind instruments, keyboards and voice of Steve Jolliffe over their driving sequencer-led sound. Now Jolliffe performs the entire album live on ‘The New Cyclone’ alongside Mark Jenkins, adding new passages and encore pieces not heard since the 1970’s.

Saturday 16 March 2019 (10.00 am to 5.00 pm)


The West Midlands Synth Network presents A Second All Day FREE Event Featuring a Midlands Modular Meet, Synth Manufacturer Attendance, Talks, Demonstrations and Live Performances

Saturday 16 March 2019 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM

The Birmingham And Midland Institute, 9 Margaret St, Birmingham B3 3BS

•First 100 through the door receive ‘goody bags’

•Charity raffle on behalf of ‘Drake Music’

•Midlands Modular Meet room, manufacturer rooms, live performance spaces, video room and a café

•Rooms curated by Disco Gecko Recordings (Toby Marks) & Sounds for a Small Space (Alexander Caminada), Leon Trimble and Martyn Greenwood

•Talks/demonstrations by Infection Music, Korg & Others

•Live performances by Toby Marks/Banco de Gaia, Phonsonic, Andrew Heath, Animat, dr trippy, John Biddulph appearing as HandMadeSound, Minus_es, Mittwoch, Oxynucid, Return Code Zero, Ten:Ten, Time Attendant, Axxent Opaque, Concept Devices, SkinMechanix, Leamington Spa Home Electronic Music Society & more to be announced.