Area July/August 2013

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ART IN THE HEART Various venues across the Midlands | @AITH_ Until December 2013

This year, for the first time, 23 of the region’s best galleries and attractions come together to highlight the wealth of art on our doorstep. There’s no over arching theme, simply some of the biggest names in contemporary and classical art exhibiting in the West Midlands. See everything from masters Rembrandt and Goya at the Barber Institute of Fine Art, Birmingham to key works by Damien Hirst at The New Art Gallery, Walsall, there’s something to appeal to everyone. Highlights include; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s resident collection of PreRaphaelite art. One of the finest collections of its type in the world, see it for the first time or revisit and appreciate with new eyes. The Public, West Bromwich, plays host to Britain’s representative at the Venice Biennale, Jeremy Deller’s collaborative project with Alan Kane, Folk Archive. The account of popular British culture brings together drawing, paintings, film, political opinion and humour, as well as a life-size Michael Jackson scarecrow. Tracey Emin’s autobiographical film ‘Why I never became a dancer’ and animations from Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley are also part of The Public’s summer programme, running until September...



Two favourite childhood illustrators exhibit at the Herbert Gallery, Coventry. Classic Alice in Wonderland illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, accompanied by a series of Alice themed, family friendly events, runs until September (see page 10). And, much-loved illustrator Quentin Blake shows his latest commissioned art therapy work until November. Another must for families, the new Library of Birmingham’s Discovery Season launching September which promises to host a wealth of exciting events, workshops and interventions. Led by Birmingham Museums Trust the project aims to make art more accessible, appealing to seasoned arts enthusiasts, newbies and families alike. Venues support each other to promote the quality art exhibitions and events across the region. Running throughout the rest of the year venues stretch from Stratford to Stoke. Including Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford; Soho House, Birmingham; Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum and AirSpace Gallery, Stoke. HW 06


GUNILLA KLINGBERG Eastside Projects 86 Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AR 0121 771 1778 | @eprjcts Until 3 August

Swedish-born Gunilla Klingberg will be blurring the lines between industry and art, as she uses 27,000 metres of steel chain to plot where ‘Curry Lines’; electro-magnetic bands of energy, run through the building. Discovered by German scientist, Manfred Curry, the points of intersection between these bands are believed to be concentrated areas of ‘unhealthy’ energy, capable of affecting the human psyche. An entirely physical piece, visitors are challenged to literally push through the manufactured steel grid and through the gallery, perhaps discovering their own pockets of positive energy whilst doing so. The second gallery houses ‘Sports Hall Sessions’, created by Sheffield based artist Jim Howieson. A photographic collection, the artist has spent two months in Birmingham gyms and sports halls, manipulating conventional gym equipment into thought-provoking sculptural pieces. The young artist is fresh from his victory in the open competition for Eastside Projects’ Association Scheme, a win that secured him the exhibition and offered him the chance to work with the contest’s previous winner, Birmingham local David Rowan. A perfect juxtaposition of conceptual photography and physical art, Eastside Projects are providing the public with an opportunity to challenge their ideas and perhaps even elevate their moods. SD 08




Sir John Tenniel’s Illustrations to the Alice Books

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP 0247 683 2386 | @The_Herbert Until 8 September The evocative paring of Lewis Carroll’s infamous writing alongside Sir John Tenniel’s illustrations have graced many a bookshelf, school bag and bedside table. And it would seem that it is this amalgamation of the two which bring the nonsensical to the senses; turning the weird into wonder-land. British artist Sir John Tenniel crafted his prominent career as an illustrator and political satirist during the nineteenth century. Initially known for his work as principle cartoonist for Punch magazine, Tenniel is said to have created in excess of 2300 cartoons for the journal alongside the ‘punch brotherhood’ in the 1840s and 50s. Following this, in 1865, Tenniel embarked on a creative union with the author Lewis Carroll which created a measurable amount of his fame and success. It was here that he produced the imagery for two of Carroll’s best known titles: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. For the first of these two novels Tenniel provided 42 wood engraved illustrations and with them bought further life to the fantastical world and characters described in Carroll’s writing. Each of Tenniel’s illustrations for these novels were engraved into blocks of deal wood and it is precisely from these original blocks that the exhibition’s prints are taken; presenting the now iconic images of curious characters such as the Mad Hatter, March Hare and an array of anthropomorphic creatures such as the White Rabbit and of course Alice herself. A range of talks, workshops, family activities and a Mad Hatter’s Ball take place throughout July and August. See the Herbert’s website for details. KP 010





Something that Floats / Something that Sinks Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708 | @ikongallery 24 July - 15 September ‘Feel free to take a rubber band out of the box, and pass your body through it’. This playful suggestion was sketched onto the wall of the Wilkinson Gallery in 2004. The artist could see the worth in doing frivolous things, and his audience was invited to take delight in such frivolity. Seven years later, Berlin-based, Japanese artist Shimabuku was again lauded, this time by The Guardian, for his ability to make the familiar strange, and to cast the conventional in a magical light. Now, in 2013, you are again summoned to behold the work of the Japanese trickster, as the Ikon gallery presents the first major survey of Shimabuku’s work, spanning a great number of the art genres; installation, drawing, sculpture, and video, and spanning a great number of years; from his emergence in the early 90’s to the present day. Drawing its name from the artist’s 2008 piece, ‘Something that Floats / Something that Sinks’, exploring the varying densities of everyday pieces of fruit and vegetables, the exhibition sublimely encapsulates Shimabuku’s work, drawing from those pieces made here in the UK - ‘Tour of Europe with One Eyebrow Shaved’ (1991) and ‘Shimabuku’s Fish and Chips’ (2006) - alongside those created abroad - ‘Then, I decided to give a Tour of Tokyo to an Octopus from Akashi’ (2000). Shimabuku’s work provokes new perspectives and revitalises tired perceptions of seeming mundanities. Expect to leave reevaluating what you thought to be extraordinary, for through his eyes, you will experience the world around you for the first time. SD Image credit: Shimabuku, Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere (1994). Performance / photograph. Courtesy the artist. 013



This month’s cover image is by the talented Milly Jackson and although she has never formally trained as an illustrator her impressive client list (Whistles, The Clothes Show and numerous magazine titles) proves that if you have got the flair, enthusiasm, and importantly, the talent, then it won’t be a barrier. Originally training in fashion her passion for drawing far outweighed that of making the clothes themselves. “My style has just been developing naturally over time and it’s always evolving,” comments Milly. “Having a background in fashion design meant a lot of my work was based on figures and garments, but now I have more freedom to experiment with style and subject. It’s important to develop a signature style, but at the same time push your own boundaries and keep things fresh.” She may be at the early stages of her career but Milly was excited to get the opportunity to work with style aficionado and former fashion editor of i-D magazine Caryn Franklin on a set of seminars for young people wanting to break into creative industries. Since then she has gone on to teach fashion design and illustration to undergraduates while keeping a firm eye on her own practice. Future gazing for Milly includes illustrating a children’s book and bringing her work to like with animation. Whilst setting her sights high her dream collaboration would be to design the costumes for the international and award-winning Cirque du Soleil company. Milly is available to commissions at 014





Pop Artist and Woman

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Road, WV1 1DU | @WolvArtGallery 01902 552055 Until 16 November One of few women associated with the Pop Art movement; Pauline Boty, has often been overshadowed by her male counterparts despite being a key member of the British art scene. Following her untimely death in 1966, at just 28, much of her work disappeared from public view. This new exhibition brings Boty back to the forefront of Pop Art royalty, featuring over 30 works from private and public collections. Including pieces from Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s own resident Pop Art portfolio. A darling of 1960’s London and student at the Royal College of Art, Boty was known for both her good looks and her paintings. A mixture of paint and collage, her work although often vibrant, humorous and expressive, frequently holds a deeper political message. Showcasing early experimentations alongside her more recognisable works, highlights of the exhibition include, Colour Her Gone (1962), a painting based on a photograph of pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe (pictured); My Colouring Book (1963); and It’s a Man’s World II (1965-6). As well as rare items on loan from her family; such as a sketchbook dated 1954, newspaper cuttings and personal photographs. Injecting a rare female perspective into Pop Art scene, her work both celebrates and critiques mass culture experience, exploring themes of celebrity, female sexuality, gender, race and politics. The collection celebrates Boty’s body of work and acknowledges her role as founder and one of the leading exponents of the British Pop Art genre. HW Image credit: Colour Her Gone, Oil on canvas, 1962. Wolverhampton Art Gallery © Artist’s estate. 017



THE OPEN PROJECT mac, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH | @MAC_Birmingham 0121 4463232 25 July – 8 September

Curated by a group of emerging young creatives, the exhibition showcases artists and makers of all ages and of varying disciplines from across the West Midlands. Part of mac’s Next Generation programme; successful artists - hand-picked by the young curators - are exhibiting in mac’s prestigious top floor art gallery. A series of four ‘micro exhibitions’, each four days long, followed by the fifth and final exhibition (22 Aug - 8 Sept) featuring the complete work in it’s entirety. As well as undiscovered and under-the-radar artists, and some local favourites, the exhibition retains a focus on its new curators. Demystifying the curatorial process, by having the storage of the art ‘on show’ within cleverly designed gallery spaces, conceived by Birmingham artist duo Juneau Projects. Aged between 18 and 24 the young curators have become part of a modern day reworking of the traditional ‘open’ exhibition format. The Open Project was specifically devised, in association with artist Trevor Pitt of A3 Project Space, to explore democratic and collective approaches to curating, but also to act as a platform for both the artists and young curators involved. The Open Project is a unique opportunity to see so many local artists, covering a wide range of artistic disciplines, together at mac in one exhibition. Open daily; select artists’ work will be on sale throughout the exhibition. HW 019

Leading UK dance theatre company, Motionhouse, is back to dazzle audiences with another inspiring outdoor show to follow last year’s magnificent Voyage production. The brand new experience titled Captive is part of a specially formulated programme to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary. The piece, created by artistic director Kevin Finnan, will tour throughout the UK and Europe this summer.

MOTIONHOUSE PRESENTS CAPTIVE | @MotionhouseDT 24 July: Wolverhamtpon 24 August: Sandwell Arts Festival, West Bromwich 24 August: Circus in the City Birmingham, 6.45pm


Performed by four dancers in a large cage, Captive is inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther and plunges the audience into captivity. Powerfully physical, emotionally charged and extraordinary, Captive is a dazzling blend of dance and aerial work which involves a breath-taking, highly energetic and intoxicating performance at break neck speed. The 25 minute piece will be showcased to a wide variety of audiences at various events and festivals throughout the summer, and appeals equally to dance theatre newcomers and existing fans of the genre.


RSC, Ferguson Room, Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon Until 1 September Costume Craft is an interactive display which allows audiences to go behind the scenes of the RSC’s workshops and follow the stories behind its costume department, starting with how costumes for productions are made, from the design and first fitting stage through to how they are maintained until the final time they are seen on stage. As well as learning about the costumes visitors are also able to try on a finished costume from a previous RSC production in the dressing up area. Some of the costumes available to visitors to try range from classic doublets to the more unusual newspaper dress from the RSC’s 2012 Christmas production The Mouse and His Child. Visitors are encouraged to take photographs of themselves in costume and upload them to Twitter using the hash tag #institches.

The exhibition highlights seven areas of costume design and creation including dying & painting, footwear & armoury, hats & jewellery, ladies & men’s costume, wigs and make up. Photos and videos in the display enable visitors to gain a detailed insight into the highly skilled process of costume making. As well as getting insider knowledge and tricks of the trade such as how industrial strength magnets rather than zips are used to enable actors to quickly change from one costume to another with minimal fuss and effort and how it takes the department 70 hours to make a leather breastplate. There is a wide variety of contemporary and fantasy costumes on display from the RSC’s costume store spanning many periods. These include the Lady Anne costume from the 2011 production of Richard III as worn by Pippa Nixon, a dress from the 2003 production of Taming of The Shrew as worn by Alexandra Gilbreath and the hand crafted leather armour from the 2012 Richard III worn by Jonjo O’ Neil. Costume Craft is the second part of the RSC’s costume exhibition following on from Into The Wild which features 35 hand crafted costumes covering the last five decades of RSC productions. Some of the costumes featured were worn on stage by the country’s most established actors such as Judi Dench, David Tennant, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen and continues in the PACCAR Room until October 2013. SP



ESPIRITO BRUM Various venues in Kings Heath 11 July - 10 August

It’s testament to the multicultural make-up of Birmingham that a festival celebrating links between the city and the powerhouse of vibrant culture of Brazil is even able to take place in a suburb south of the city centre. But Kings Heath, an area home to families and creative professionals alike, offers an ideal location for a celebração, with a wealth of venues, cultural projects and an ever-growing number of fetes, festivals, events and fayres taking place within its borders. With the support of the Hare and Hounds, Loco Lounge, All Saint’s Church and Kings Heath Village Square, annual city festival Espirito Brum has decamped from its previous home in Digbeth to present a programme hosting live music, circus, film screenings, a food market, free workshops and art installations throughout the next two months. “Espirito Brum is about seeing ourselves through each other’s eyes.” Co-director Tessa Burwood explains. “There’s a great phrase in Portuguese: ‘Santo de casa não faz milagre’ – ‘A saint in his own home doesn’t make miracles’.


Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to remind us how proud we should be of Birmingham, that’s the greatest feeling to come out of Espirito Brum. We know that, when the festival is done and the twenty or so visiting artists return to Brazil, they become ambassadors for our city.” It’s also about bypassing stereotypes - you won’t see semi naked carnival parades at Espirito Brum, what you will see is highly talented Brazilian musicians and visual artists really enjoying themselves, sharing a taste of their heritage with us and creating new work with those they meet here, in natural and spontaneous ways.” Collaborations include guitarist and composer Wanderson Lopez working with Birmingham tabla player Mendi Singh and percussionist Joelle Barker in the jazz, classical and Brazilian flavoured musical project Intuitive; a live performance from hip hop and reggae artist Jota III, Munchbreak, Pablo Rider and DJ Switch; and a unique public mural produced by world-renowned artist Binho and local graf legend Hoakser. LB



Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath | @hareandhounds 27 July Despite the mainstream success of artists like Pendulum and Chase & Status, drum and bass has taken something of a back seat in recent years while its younger cousin dubstep enjoys time in the spotlight. The big all-nighters at venues like the Q-Club and the Sanctuary (now the Institute) featuring headline DJs like Andy C, Dillinja, Goldie and Grooverider and alongside MC talent have diminished, and you’re more likely to hear electro and house booming out of the bars and clubs previously home to DnB nights these days. This change in popularity leaves a nice Amen break shaped space for promoters like Raveology, Muzik Hertz, BreakThru and Circles to step into. The latter, who have to date presented Fabio, LTJ Bukem, Marky and Jenna G at the Hare and Hounds, are amongst the most wellseasoned and knowledgeable heads in the city and look set to deliver another memorable night, this time from a certain Bristol drum and bass legend. It might be close to 20 years since the phenomenal and pioneering album New Forms delivered a Mercury Prize to Roni Size and collective Reprazent, and releases have been thin on the ground since 2008, but Size’s influence is still felt across DnB today and his contributions to helping the genre to blow up, reach the mainstream AND still retain something of an underground appeal have already gone down in electronic music history. A remix of Bob Marley’s ‘I Shot The Sheriff’, included on the forthcoming Legend Remixed and numerous festival and club dates with long-time sparring partner Dynamite MC, Tonn Piper and Scratch Perverts have kept the producer and DJ busy in the meantime, and no doubt the night will provide hours of choice cuts spanning jungle, jazzstep, jump-up, liquid funk and much more. LB 027


Keep the Faith Through countless trends, genres and ideas, spanning multiple decades, under the banner of a single clenched fist, has survived one of this country’s most organic and vibrant subcultures: Northern Soul. Its distinctive and enduring appeal is of course its unique soundtrack. Based on variations of American soul, its deep roots lie in gospel and blues. However, the particular records played at traditional Northern Soul events are, and always have been, those of the so-called failures of the 1960s Tamla Motown sound. DJs and collectors alike sought out only the rarest records that were released in limited numbers. Although a lot of those beloved artists were influenced by the Motown scene, mainstream soul itself was and still is shunned by the purists of the movement. The sound itself is entrenched in deep rambling bass, hectic and fast paced drum patterns and frantic horns. In a similar vein to jazz, it’s an expression so explosive and emotional in it’s delivery that it has the power to cast frenzy over a dancehall. It all began in the North of England at The Twisted Wheel in Manchester with local businessmen Ivor and Phil Abadi who promoted all-night parties and booked DJ Roger Eagle, a collector of American jazz and blues records. This was the birth of the famous all-nighters. From this initial platform, the scene grew in popularity and events for the day, evening and all night starting sprouting up from nowhere in towns across the North and the Midlands. The Torch in Stoke-on-Trent, Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca became notorious hotspots for young people with limitless energy wanting to dance all night to tunes they could scarcely hear elsewhere. Midlands DJ ‘Pem’ recalls the scene in it’s heyday as 029

being “unique” and insisted “none of the clubs ever sold alcohol. The guys and the girls never went to meet a partner. They just purely went to the venues for the music” This is quite the contrast to what you would find on almost every high street of every town or city in the country on a Friday night. It was a group of people simply coming together to appreciate music. Largely unknown American soul artists became idols on the back of ongoing plays from DJs like Russ Winstanley and Ian Levine. Mostly known in the scene for only a few songs, artists like Chuck Wood, Dobie Gray, Jimmy Radcliffe and Frank Wilson were often unbeknownst to the fact that they were forming the bedrock of a musical community across the Atlantic. The modern day state of the northern soul scene is one which polarizes opinion. It has its pros and cons. Pem thinks “the northern soul scene has got very political over the last ten years. A lot of people just want to make money” On the other hand, many of its compatriots now believe it to be thriving more than ever. With most of its generation no longer shackled by parenthood with children having left home, the majority of Northern Soul fanatics are now free to dedicate themselves to the music once more, and that’s something they do loyally. 030

They spend hard earned money collecting vinyls, going to shows and festivals, and they spend all of their energy on the dance floor any chance they get. The pressing question on the lips of the scene’s elders is the future. What will come of this historic musical community that is so engrained in British culture, music and fashion? Pem worries about what will happen to the huge array of records he owns: “I’ve got probably £50,000 worth of records and who will buy them when we are gone? It’s not a young people scene.” There are always one or two young people dotted around at shows, but it’s never a large percentage. Go to a festival with 2,000 people and you may see 50 ‘young’ people. This is worrying for those who have so much passion for the music of their youth, and for the young people who are embracing the subculture. Pem thinks that those select few may keep it alive somewhat, but is not wildly optimistic about the chances of Northern Soul continuing to thrive in the coming decades: “I think it will fade with our generation. I think it will become very obscure and very underground.” In a sombre tone, he tells me: “It would be nice to think it would live on and the records would go somewhere, but I really don’t think it will survive.” It is hard to predict how the future of Northern Soul will pan out, but the influence it had on a generation will

never be forgotten. Its legacy may be fading, or it may be thriving. It depends who you ask. One thing is certain. There will always be a few die-hards keeping the faith. You can still hear it’s grand bellowing at the Wigan Athletic football stadium, where it greets the players on match day before kickoff. You can still see its influence in fashion. You can hear its inspiration in the music of artists like Duffy, Plan B and Adele. It’s memory has yet to completely disappear, but will that be the case for much longer? Is one of Britain’s most iconic youth cultures soon to become a permanent thing of the past? If you want to see for yourself, you should check out Halesowen Soul Club on the second Friday of every month, at Halesowen Members Club on the Hagley Road, B63 4RH. It’s a great example of what’s going on in small communities all over the Midlands, and it’s only £3 on the door. If you’re looking for something a tad bigger, get down to The Hub on Kent Street, Birmingham, B5 6RD on Friday 2nd August. It’s a 1,400 capacity club with top DJs including Russ Winstanley himself. You can call 07581225027 for more information. It’s £6 on the door, with £4 advance tickets. Go to to find out everything that’s going on in your area. CH




Three Degrees Cooler Birmingham Town Hall 24 July

Sandwell’s funniest son and superBaggies fan, Frank Skinner, is hosting a special one-off show at Birmingham’s Town Hall to help raise funds for The Celebration statue. Proceeds from his ‘Three Degrees Cooler’ gig will go towards the statue which highlights the careers of pioneering black footballers players Laurie Cunningham, Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson. The trio played for West Bromwich Albion it the late 1970s and paved the way for future generations of black players in this country. Frank, who was made a freeman of the borough of Sandwell in 2004, is a lifelong West Bromwich Albion fan and will perform fresh material about the club during the show and be joined by special guests including Brendon and Cyrille. The statue, will stand in West Bromwich town centre when it’s unveiled in July 2014.


COOL DOWN Writing this between torrential showers and where I had to brave a run through hail the size and consistency of metal peas an article about where to cool down might seem to most either to be the most Pollyanna of wishful thinking or full bore folly. But you don’t know the things I know, I’ve seen the twin suns set on the black sands of hell’s beach, I have various deals with unnameable entities, and I once ingested the flower which blooms a colour only madmen and hummingbirds can see. August will be hot and you will need an escape from the heat more substantial than running into Iceland and stick your head in the vegetable freezers until the security guard calls the police. Cannon Hill Park The park is 250 acres with two large lakes and an arts centre that has recently been done up all nice. A great place to take a picnic (my advice invite girls; they always make nice food rather than turn up with a pineapple and eight beers like the guys I know). Alternatively you could go to one of the many cool art events or obscure/foreign language films they show at mac, grab a beer from the bar, sit outside and enjoy the breeze coming off the lake. Moseley Bog Noted locally for being a nature reserve and inspiration to J R R Tolkien. Although the actual inspiration for his books was the excuse to invent more gibberish and write pages and pages of mediocre poetry in it. But it had to be set somewhere and that somewhere was basically the first woods he saw when he got up in the morning. Please note: the bog is really the only thing Tolkien publicly acknowledged as inspiration for the books, the local church spires probably wasn’t ‘The Two Towers’; the angry deformed residents of nearby Balsall Heath are not orcs even if you squint really hard; and he almost defiantly didn’t eat at ‘the hungry hobbit café’ as his estate have tried to sue the owners to change the name. The bog itself is the secondary mill pond of Sarehole Mill and is interesting enough to look around if you’re into nature and stuff or whatever nature-liking people do... 034

Victoria Square Home of Dhruva Mistry’s The River, more commonly known as ‘The Floozie in the Jacuzzi’. A nickname we stole off the Dublin locals affectionate term their statue Anna Livia, also locally known as ‘the Whore in the Sewer’ (it rhymes if you say it in an Irish accent). Now a lodestone drawing busy office workers grabbing lunch, large crowds of emo teenagers using it as a meeting place, skateboarders, free runners and companies shilling all sorts of products and freebies. Nice to sit by, or stick your feet in, but don’t get fully in because the police will tell you off. And certainly don’t get in, climb the statue it self and dance on its shoulders - you will get arrested (seriously, trust me). The Flapper Birmingham’s favourite canalside drinking hole and incubator for small to medium bands with a sweat on the walls downstairs venue that oozes atmosphere. The drinks are cheap with two for five pound cocktails, a couple of pool tables and a music policy that ranges from ‘classics’ to ‘cool a couple of years ago’, and a balcony to watch the sunset. Yes the canal probably is probably more diseased than a medieval street walker but its as close to the sea as were going to get and you’d have to have a judgement impairing brain injury to want to swim it. If it sounds like I’m biased that’s because this is my favourite pub in Birmingham city centre. Living in a city means that were no longer at the mercy of natures whims, houses are machines for living in and cities are extravagant battles suits to punch natures face backwards. And Birmingham is one of this countries best. Really, want to cool off? Air conditioning exists, grab an ice lolly, or just enjoy living in the developed western world. DS



COMPANIS Lip Service

Warwick Bar, Fazeley Street 27 July, 12-6pm As part of this year’s Warwick Bar Summer Fete, a ‘moveable feast of art, culture and food’, Birmingham’s food and event experimentalists Companis are serving up a touch of Lip Service. Delighting in the absurd, the naughty and the down-right dirty Companis weave humour in to their bespoke dining experiences, which, as they describe “thoroughly chews and spits out the norms associated with eating, immersing the diner in a fusion of performance, food and spectacle.” Lip Service is a performative work that will range from being kissed to being berated, that links food with the body and promises to be playful and multilayered. One thing is for sure you’ll certainly be surprised with the kind of experience these girls can produce with their food and dining interpretations. Digbeth’s canalside will come alive with street food, guided walks, visual art & performance, aerial theatre, music, family friendly workshops, and a pedal powered cinema during the fete. Check the website for more events and happenings courtesy of Vivid Projects, Edible Eastside, Still Walking, They Are Here, Grand Union, Ikon’s Slow Boat, Stryx, MSFAC (Margaret Street Free Arts Council), RoguePlay Theatre, Harris Moore, WEMAKE6, Digbeth Dining Club, VINYL and many more. Image taken at Bone Dinner, 2010 Photography by Chris Keenan 038




22 Great Hampton St Birmingham B18 6AQ As I wander around the bare pub I can feel its history stretching back over the decades – all the good times, the arguments, first dates, Christmas parties, fags lit, beers pulled. A door with ‘Smoke Room’ etched into its frosted glass is propped up against the wall, and a classic wooden back bar (the bit where the spirits are displayed) remains upright thanks only to a piece of scaffolding. Architects’ plans smother the bar, and five steaming mugs of builders’ coffee sit on a table next to a half-eaten packet of Malted Milks. It is Spring, and I’m in the Church Inn on Great Hampton Street in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. If the Church Inn was being demolished or turned into flats it would be unbearably sad to see it like this, but it’s not, it’s being refitted. A function room and roof-terrace garden are being added, and the original features, including the stunning leaded, stained-glass windows, will be kept and refreshed. The people behind the rejuvenation are Leicestershirebased Everards Brewery. Everards have bought the pub from Admiral Taverns as part of their exciting Project Artisan scheme, a strategy whereby the brewery partners talented food and drink producers. In this case, Everards have teamed up with trailblazing 28-year-old Birmingham food and music entrepreneur Carl Finn, who will become the pub’s new licensee. Working closely with Carl, the aim is to turn the Church into something special. It feels positive to be witnessing the start of this new chapter, especially with so many pubs closing. It’s evidence that investment is taking place, that there is another side to the story, that The Great British Pub is not becoming extinct as some would have you believe, but rather going through a fast and painful – but also exciting – period of change. 041


Over a cup of tea, it becomes clear that Carl’s a million miles from your old fashioned pub landlord. Entrepreneurial, youthful, fanatical about food and extremely socialmedia savvy, he couldn’t be more at odds with the image of the licensee who pulls pints all day in front of a photo of Her Majesty. Carl is a new breed of innkeeper equipped for the pub industry of 2013 and beyond. “I run Soul Food Project,” he explains, “a travelling kitchen that operates from a handful of Birmingham pubs. Our headquarters are The Victoria on John Bright Street in the city centre and we cook dishes inspired by the cuisine of the southern US.”

Secret Dining Society, a travelling pop-up restaurant. Customers are given a location and time; they then turn up and eat a meal delivered to a certain theme. It could be Italian food served in a hired deli (“we got actors to play Italian gangsters to create an atmosphere”) or French cuisine delivered to a Second World War French Resistance theme in a suitably-decked-out pub. At this point Carl shows me a video on his Smartphone. It’s a promo for Secret Dining Society and it gets lots of YouTube hits. The message is clear: to succeed in the food and drink world today – and that includes pubs – it helps if you have a mastery of social media and digital technology.

Carl also directs a live music company called Soul Food Sound System and his latest venture – apart from the Church Inn – is something called

So how and why did the relationship between Carl and Everards come about? The answer lies in food. Or bread, to be specific. In 2012, as


part of an existing Project Artisan enterprise, Everards opened Loaf Community Bakery and Cookery School in Stirchley, Birmingham, after forming a partnership with local baker, Tom Baker. “Tom and I are friends,” says Carl. “We both set up our food businesses at the same time in Birmingham four years ago. Everards got in touch with Tom via the Real Bread Campaign and were working with him to open Loaf Bakery in Stirchley. Tom then put Everards in touch with me.” He continues: “I’ve always wanted to run a pub so met up with Everards’ MD Stephen Gould and business development manager Mike Brown. They sold me the dream, saying they’d like to work with me to find a pub, then I would become the licensee and they’d provide business support. I didn’t believe a word of it! I thought it was all a lie! But then Everards opened Tom’s bakery in Stirchley, which was the proof of the pudding.” Seeing that Everards was genuine, Carl decided to work with the brewery: “We looked at about 40 sites in everywhere from Sutton Coldfield to Solihull. Then the Church Inn came up and the price was right. The Jewellery Quarter has the fastest growing population in Birmingham, so it felt like a good move.” Carl signed the leasehold and the rejuvenated Church Inn opened at the end of May.

I ask Carl what his aspirations are for the Church Inn: “I want the pub to be a community hub, part of the social fabric of the area. People are choosing to live in the Jewellery Quarter – it’s not a completely transient area like the city centre – and I want the Church to become part of people’s daily lives. We’ll serve real ales, fine wines and good quality food. This is a long-term project – I want to build a business that I can hand down to my kids.” It is a hugely impressive venue unique, individual and full of charm – a mix of old and new. And, crucially, doing a roaring trade. All the old character has been retained: the back bar, now packed with spirits for the exciting new cocktail menu, has been restored and re-used, as has the old main bar, which has been raised and put back into service. The stained, leaded windows are still firmly in place. To the rear is a brand new function room topped by a superb roof terrace. Church Inn regulars who have been drinking in the pub for years will not be alienated by the new venue, but Brummies and tourists who have never stepped foot inside will undoubtedly now be tempted to visit. The food served by Carl and his team is as delicious and as individual as the pub itself. MW 043


10 BEST COFFEE SHOPS With so many coffee shops in Birmingham, it’s sometimes hard to choose between them. We think they’re all fab in their own way (and they all serve lovely coffee) but something it’s not about that, is it? So here’s our quick guide to 10 of the best, and WHEN they’re the best. Best for digerati spotting and networking: Urban Coffee 30 Church St, B3 2NP | @urbancoffeeco The original online-meets-coffee emporium. Not the first in the city, but the first that really connected with the digital types. Despite the explosion in coffee shops in the city centre, you can’t have a meeting in Urban Coffee Church Street without running into a blogger or social media bod! It can get a bit noisy in there, and you’ll have to fight for a place at lunchtime, but if you’ve got a day of meetings - grab a table early on and let the people come to you! Best for soundtrack: Brewsmiths 214 Livery St, B3 1EU | @Brewsmiths_JQ Located in the Jewellery Quarter, situated next to the “other” 044

entrance to Snow Hill Station, Brewsmiths has nailed the friendlycafe-meets-coffee-shop vibe. The food menu is extensive and delicious, and it’s the best place to grab a pot of tea and bacon sarnie before your day begins. But it’s the fantastic music choice that makes this place a joy to be in. From The Smiths to Hendrix, Beck to Fleetwood Mac, these guys serve up as good a soundtrack as they do coffee. Best for New York style: Yorks Bakery (pictured) 1 Newhall Street | @YorksBakeryCafe Part of the third-wave of coffee shops in the city, Yorks Bakery channels all the uber-cool of the finest Brooklyn hipster hangout, minus the pretension. The decor is stripped-back “industrial chic”, the menu “artisan” and the service friendly and knowledgeable. The window counter is perfect for people watching, whilst the back area is great if you need to hide from the world and get some work done. Best for gloriously indulgent interiors: Home Is Where 26 CHURCH ST, B3 2NP Not technically a coffee shop, but a very stylish deli/cafe and a viable option if you require some refreshment. The decor is vintage with mis-matched chairs and cool murals, and there is ALWAYS something to catch your eye, whether it’s the classic movies playing 045


in the corner or the artwork on the walls. It gets busy at lunchtime as it’s business-district location draws the city-girls-meeting-palsfor-a-chicken-salad-and-a-gossip, but it’s a great choice for a mid morning/afternoon break. Best for group meetings/ meetups: Six-Eight Cafe 6/8 Temple Row, B2 5HG | @SixEightKafe Six Eight cafe is a delightful cosy shop situated just behind House of Fraser - but what it lacks in space upstairs, it more than makes up for downstairs. With a private room available for hire (for relaxed meetups, cinema nights etc) it’s the perfect choice for the organiser seeking a quiet room away from the hubbub of a busy coffee shop. With welcoming staff and great food and drink, this is definitely worth a look for your next event. Best for airy space: Boston Tea Party 190 Corporation Street, B4 6QD birmingham | @BTPcafes A new arrival in the city, Boston Tea Company is without doubt the biggest tea/coffee shop in the city. Whilst you might struggle to find a seat in some of the other locations mentioned here, or feel guilty taking up space if you’re bedding in for a few hours solo-working, with 046

it’s extensive seating area that’s never an issue here. Plus, the layout means it’s easy to grab a seat away from the busy counter if you prefer. Best for day/night transition: Cafe Blend Orion Building, 90 Navigation Street, B5 4AA | @cafe_blend Cafe Blend often gets overlooked, but it definitely comes into it’s own after-hours, staying open until 7/8/9 depending on the day. It’s the perfect choice if you’re after somewhere to meet after work as they serve non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, plus food. In addition there’s a calendar of live music and events, so there’s no reason not to make this your “end of day” destination. Best for workshops/meetings: Coffee Lounge 10-11 Navigation Street, B2 4BS Situated near the back entrance to New Street Station, Coffee Lounge is the obvious choice for a quiet meeting with Londontypes dashing into the city for a few hours. It’s easy to find and perfectly located for the main shopping area. Whilst it can be a little hectic upstairs, there is a large table downstairs in a private area, which is perfect for workshops, training sessions and presentations.

Best for weekend brunch: Urban Coffee JQ The Big Peg, Warstone Lane, B18 6NF | @urbancoffeeco Unlike it’s city centre counterpart, Urban Coffee Jewellery Quarter has a kitchen, so can serve up some delicious weekend food, including Eggs Benedict and verycool sausage sandwiches. Be warned, however - word has got out and this place is normally packed out with cool couples and groups of hungover 30somethings soaking up last nights cocktails. It’s worth getting their early to grab a seat and bask in this sunny, glass fronted venue. Best for the view: Saint Caffe 61a St Paul’s Square, B3 1QS As a city dweller, sometimes you want to people watch; sometimes you want to see something green. Located on the incredibly picturesque St Paul’s Square, Saint Cafe has the best view of all the coffee shops featured here and is the perfect location if you’re looking for somewhere civilised to take the parents/grandparents. You get a great cup of coffee, and maybe convince them that Birmingham is not all ring road and 70s architecture after all! CB 047


BRINDLEYPLACE CHILLI FESTIVAL Brindleyplace, Broad Street | @Brindleyplace 19 & 20 July

“The aroma of good chilli should generate rapture akin to a lover’s kiss.” So read the motto of the Chili Appreciation Society at its inauguration in 1951. Well, as Feist put it, there’s a limit to your love – which for most, is a Scotch Bonnet or Habanero pepper clocking in at up to a scorching 350,000 Scoville units. Chillies have played a central role in cuisine from around the world for almost ten thousand years, and can be found in dishes on menus the globe over, from hot cherry peppers in Arrabiata (Italian) to the Tabasco in steak burritos (Mexico) and Shimla Mirch used in Aloo (India). The popularity of the powerful fruit has led to a rise in chilli fiestas and festivals in the UK, catering for both the cautious newcomer and the adventurous chilehead with products like chutneys, sauces, beer and chocolate (first combined with chilli by the Mayans in 2000 BC). Now in its third year and complimenting the area’s summer programme which includes a Film Festival between 13 and 28 Aug, the Brindleyplace Chilli Festival is one such event, organised in conjunction with market operator Sketts, local food producer Holly & The Ivy and the aptly-named chilli specialists, Fire Foods. It’s unlikely that there’ll be many Naga Bhut Jolokias (Ghost Peppers) on offer, what with them being a main ingredient in anti-terrorism grenades and wild elephant deterring smoke bombs. Instead, a variety of stalls will be selling chilli-inspired food, along with live music and cookery demonstrations from nearby restaurants. For those with asbestos stomachs, the two-day celebration also includes a popular chilli eating contest offering the opportunity to step up and compete for the title of 2013 champion against 14 others over 10 rounds. Heart-warming stuff. LB 048





18 Great Western Arcade, Colmore Row, B2 5HU 0121 236 6924 Quite after we’d finished swooning, oooohing and admiring some of the most lovely shoes we have cast our eyes on in some time we thought we should share the loveliness that is Agnes & Norman; the brand new boutique that opened in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade by shoe designer Rachel Simpson.



The business, named after Rachel’s beloved grandparents Agnes and Norman, is inspired by the story of their wedding day back in 1927. When, because of the snow, Agnes was carried into the church so not to spoil her shoes - and so the love of footwear passed through the generations to one of their 22 grandchildren. Known for her stunning bridal shoes (which are also be available in the store) the boutique is divided into three cosy showrooms. While downstairs is dedicated to a truly gorgeous vintage inspired women’s range for work, play and every day, the showroom upstairs is for classically stylish yet quirky men’s designs and a spacious bridal boutique.


“We are thrilled to have opened our first boutique in one of Birmingham’s most historic locations,” comments designer Rachel. “For the first time customers can come and try the full collection, complete with good old fashioned customer service to help choose the perfect pair. “ Rachel teamed up with photographer Emma Case and stylist, designer and vintage lover Elizabeth Avey to capture the shoes with an inspired seaside photo shoot. Images by Emma Case Photography


HIP TRIPS: THAILAND When you are guaranteed beautiful weather and exotic surroundings Thailand is as perfect a destination gets for your annual getaway. With twin-centre choices in abundance there is something to suit all tastes so with that in mind we opted for the hot, steamy craziness that is Bangkok alongside the relaxed arty seaside town of Hua Hin for a complete contrast. BANGKOK With the senses suitably overwhelmed the Thai capital can be hard work so it’s best just to relax during the day and head out at night when the fun starts. For a 48-hour stopover here are our favourite activities. 054

People watching in Soi Cowboy Jump onboard the Skytrain that runs across the city and dismount at Asok and for a milder, friendly, slightly less scary version of the city’s famous Patpong area Soi Cowboy is a street of girly bars that are lit up with tacky neon and where groups of men and the odd couple walk down bemused at the goings on. Most of the bars have an outdoor seating area if you don’t want to venture inside but at the top end of the street you’ll find music bars and live bands. The drinks are cheap but don’t bother with the food. For night markets: Talad Rot Fai (weekends) MRT (subway) to Kampaeng Phet station Thai night markets are a must in any resort and you’ll find stalls popping up alongside roadsides all over. If a fake Rolex isn’t quite your thing but vintage sunglasses and kitsch memorabilia are then Talad Rot Fai is by far the best place to head. The young and trendy come here for cool finds, music and shack-style bars. For day markets: Wang Lang Market Wang Lang (Sirijai) Pier N10 (daily 10am-5pm) Get on a boat and take in the sites along the city’s Chao Phraya River. You can hop on and off checking out the sites along the way including The Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaeo or the hippy hangout of Khao San Road. For something less touristy dismount at Pier 10 and you’ll be right in the heart of Wang Lang Market. A locals go to for street fashion with really tasty food at very cheap prices.

Where to stay for Luxury: Lebua 1055 State Tower, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok | Bangkok is a party city with a little something to suit all tastes. The hot sticky humidity of the city can be overwhelming alongside the incessant traffic so you need somewhere to stay that can zip you away from the madness. With suites bigger than our house and balconies (up to 4 in some suites) offering the best views of Bangkok City this is enough alone to make Lebua one of the best choices for a stay in the Thai capital. An ideal place to party the night away with your friends (if it’s good enough for the boys from the Hangover it is good enough for us) the suites can easily cater for a small gathering if you’re in the mood for showing off. Tower Club: Choose the 5 Star executive all-suite spacious Tower Club rooms from the 51st to the 59th floor and the vista over the Chao Phraya River at dusk will leave you more than happy. What’s more you’ll get exclusive access to the Tower Club Lounge with breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea and canapes served from 6am to 6pm along with drinks; the perfect place to take in the views with a glass of red or a cocktail. 056

Lebua is a pretty stylish hangout. Nothing too chinzy or overdesigned; more refined classic style meaning it caters to the business and holidaying visitor. On our trip we sat next to pilots (still in uniform) taking afternoon tea at the Club Lounge and party holidaymakers getting ready for a night out by starting with drinks and stunning city views at the Sky Bar. With choices of fine European dining, authentic sushi, sashimi and maki or Mediterranean cuisine 63 floors up and under the stars Lebua has it covered.

Where to stay cool: W Hotel Bangkok 106 North Sathorn Road Silom, Bangrak Relatively new, and still very sparkly, the all fresh and very attractive W Bangkok is an art and design lovers paradise. Whether it’s the Tuk Tuk light wall installation ‘Bangkok Nights’ (by AvroKO - pictured) by the hotel lifts (already used for many a fashion shoot), the bejeweled lobby mural (by Maysa Yanovan) behind the check-in desks, or the tables set aside for local artists to sell their wares, there seems to be a little something around every corner that catches the eye. Every care and attention is given over to stylish interior design and superb functionality. The lavish spiral staircases, lush carpets underfoot and very attractive staff mean it’s 10 out of 10 on the eye candy scale whichever direction you look. Light, airy and unfussy, with smart touches of design beauty, rooms at W are perfectly appointed and come with contemporary but subtle styling. While the soft furnishings nod to the traditions of Thai Maury boxing (fuchsia pink sequin covered boxing glove pillows anyone?), the repeat Thai dragon print on the throw covers the King sized bed.

The room’s come complete with their very own tablet which controls all aspects of the ambiance, from warmth to privacy, making sure you wake up in time for breakfast. While the bold and beautiful of Bangkok have made the foyer and WooBar their hangout the sharply dressed staff are on offer to mix you up an amazing signature cocktail (try the Chor Maung - Butterfly Flower infused blend of Raspberry vodka, Lime Juice, Syrup with 24c Gold Dust) and even shout you one up to try. They are also a great source of information on where to go and what to do during your stay.


Where to stay: Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa 43/1 Phetkasem Beach Road Prachuab Khirikhan, 77110 Set in acres of lush green landscaped garden, and with direct access to the beach, Anantara is the perfect getaway, and after a few days in the capital the resort, is an oasis of tranquil and calm. Buildings are no higher than 2 story and are built in the traditional style of an ancient Thai village; a refreshing change from the newer accommodation currently filling Hua Hin. We stayed in a Lagoon Room which gives a small set of guests access to a beautiful lagoon and private sunbathing area. As an addition complimentary afternoon canapes are served with cocktails - just incase relaxing by that lagoon gets too much. If you prefer a dip in the large central pool there is plenty of space to relax there too and it’s equally as calm. Traditional Thai style decor is given a contemporary twist in the large rooms where you’ll find your very own Fighting Fish swimming around in a bowl. They even have a winged resident ‘greeter’ for the resort, a parakeet called Alex. He flies around the pool and is there to say hello during meal times. 058

How to get there: Flights from Birmingham International Airport go Bangkok via Paris, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Dubai. Holiday extras: We booked our parking and a pre-flight airport lounge at BHX with

HUA HIN For Bangkokians getting out of the city and to the beach isn’t too difficult. On the West coast of the Gulf of Thailand the town of Hua Hin is just 200km (a 2.5 hour drive) from the city. The reward for the journey is a slowed-down pace of life, fresher atmosphere and, of course, the sea. While the beaches won’t rival that of the southern Thai Islands you’ll find a place that is calm and has plenty of its own unique attractions and character. Drawing a slighter older holidaymaker, partly due to the more relaxed vibe and thanks to the healthy amount of golf courses, you’ll leave the grittier side of the city behind. More recently packaged up as an ‘art’ town, with its distinctive red street signs, you get to avoid the regular memorabilia tat, cheap counterfeit goods and replace them with stylishly designed merchandise, craft goods and designer clothes adding a hip element to the town that is gradually seeing an uptake in visitors. A slightly more mature, laid back tourist scene is on offer for those who want to escape the ping pong joints, the grabbing girls and loud party music. Instead you’ll get chilled bars with friendly staff who are happy to share knowledge about places to go as they are to serve up an ice cold Singha.

Weekend: Cicada Market Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm, & Sun 4pm10pm The cool kids sell their wares on imaginatively styled stalls, and with cheap prices, you’ll pick up something stylish to wear or a great gift to take home. The place is buzzing with locals and tourists and thanks to a friendly atmosphere the emphasis is less on bartering and more on supporting local talent. Along with a stage for music, puppet and shadow shows, and a mix of performances you can also choose from a large selection of food stalls and have dinner and a drink there too. Evening: Hua Hin night market Every evening from 6pm Head to Hua Hin’s main night market and you’ll find cafes and restaurants serving up Thai delights. Our favourite, Moo Seafood, is at the bottom of the market. The large outdoor cafe is frequented by locals with seafood so fresh a vet could probably bring it back to life. Drunken fish and wild boar curry have served us well and been the highlight meal of our trip. You can grab a cocktail and watch other tourist haggle their way to a good price on a bargain buy. 059


WIN A BAREMINERALS GET STARTED KIT Win yourself a bareMinerals Get Started Kit, available in light, medium, tan and dark. It contains eight products, including Prime Time Foundation Primer, two shades of SPF15 Foundation, Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, Warmth AllOver Face Colour plus 3 brushes, and a How To DVD. You will also win a bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purely Nourishing Moisturiser and Renew And Hydrate Eyecream all powered by our ActiveSoil Complex plus a lipstick, lipliner and lipgloss from our Marvelous Moxie lip collection. To enter just tell us: What level of SPF does the bareMinerals Foundation have? Send your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to competitions@fusedmagaizne. com putting ‘bareMinerals’ in the Subject box. Deadline for entry is: 31.7.13




We have teamed up with global super brand, Superdry, to give away a watch from their latest collection – the classic Triton Multi – along with a selection of Superdry clothing. Inspired by a trip to Tokyo in 2003, Superdry clothing fuses design influences from Japanese graphics and vintage Americana, with the values of British tailoring; the unique urban clothing has incredible branding and an unrivalled level of detailing. And the watch collection – an exciting extension of Superdry’s existing product collection – features vintage inspired leather pieces, robust stainless steel bracelet watches, preppy styles and soft silicone colour-pop sporty pieces. There’s a watch in the collection for everyone and perfect for any time of year. The prize up for grabs: Triton Multi (RRP £104.99), Men’s Orange Label Zip Hood (RRP £49.99), Women’s Orange Label Zip Hood (RRP £49.99), Men’s Grindle T-shirt (RRP £24.99), Women’s Icarus Kimono T-shirt (RRP £22.99) Superdry’s watch collection and clothing is now available to purchase in all of Superdry’s 79 standalone UK stores and online at To enter tell us: Where in Birmingham City Centre is there a Superdry Store? Send your answer along with your name, address and telephone number to putting ‘superdry’ in the Subject box. Deadline for entry is: 31.7.13 061


WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO BOARDMASTERS Now in its 30th year, BOARDMASTERS is the UK’s ultimate summer festival. With top surf action, sun-drenched beach parties and an unbeatable music line-up, BOARDMASTERS 2013 must not be missed. With a backdrop of Atlantic sunsets, stunning beaches and ultimate surf culture, Boardmasters guarantees to ignite your senses with its stellar line-up and unique festival atmosphere. Headlining the main stage at the spectacular Watergate Bay are acclaimed acts Basement Jaxx (pictured), The Vaccines and Ben Howard. And with a massive 8 stages spanning the Cornish cliff tops, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone from dance and indie to hard rock and hip-hop. The phenomenal music line-up boasts the who’s who of the music industry with Radio 1 DJs Benga and MistaJam in residence, alongside The Joy Formidable, Tom Odell, Everything Everything, Delphic, Frightened Rabbit, Grandmaster Flash, We Are The Ocean, 062


Miles Kane, Fenech Soler, MJ Cole, Hudson Taylor, Ahab, The Skints, The Breaks Collective, Devolution, Copy Paste Soul and many more… With this incredible musical feast it’s almost hard to believe you’ll have time to enjoy the rest of the Boardmasters offering… Gather at Fistral Beach, the surf capital of Cornwall, for sun, sea and surf action as an array of surfers compete in the UK Pro Surf Tour. With an eclectic range of competitive categories, everyone from pro riders to groms can take part in this years competition with the formats to include: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Longboard, Pro Junior (Under 20’s), Under 16’s Mixed and Air Show. Lining Fistral’s sandy shores is the popular beach bar, live music performances, boutique stalls, art installations including surf art, photography and films and top action from the Boardmasters Skate and BMX ramps. Boardmasters has always been a long-weekend getaway, and now for the first time on offer is an additional camping night, giving you up to 4 nights to enjoy all that Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay has to offer. THE PRIZE: A pair of weekend tickets including camping. To win a pair of tickets you must like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter and then tell us what does BMX stand for? HOW TO ENTER: Send your answer along with your name, address, telephone number and date of birth to putting Boardmasters in the subject box. Deadline for entry is 11.7.13 Book your tickets now at 063



The annual Brindleyplace Chilli Festival returns this year (19 – 20 July - see pages 48-49) bringing some of the country’s hottest producers together to celebrate all things chilli. This year’s festival, sponsored by local independent cider maker Aston Manor, promises to delight chilli lovers with the fiercely competitive chilli eating competition and a range of products to try and buy. Aston Manor Cider will be cooling people down with refreshing Kingstone Press apple, pear and berry cider. To celebrate this fiery partnership Aston Manor Cider has teamed up with some of the producers to give you the chance to win a hamper packed full of cider and chilli goodies. The hamper contains: Kingstone Press Cider and glass, a quality product for those that enjoy an authentic cider. The drink is made from a blend of cider apple varieties 064

grown on our own farm at Malvern in Worcestershire. A natural dark amber colour, Kingstone Press is dry, clean and crisp cider with enough body and flavour to delight the palate without being overpowering. Wiga Wagaa Chilli’s cooking sauces. Grim Reaper Foods Purgatory White Chilli Chocolate. Miss Apple Sweets beautiful Brazillian Brigadeiros. Follow @AstonManorCider for recipes, competitions and information about local food and cider events. To enter tell us: What is the name of the scale that measures the heat of a Chilli? Send your answer along with your name, address and date of birth (you must be over 18 to enter this prize) to Deadline for entry is: 19.07.13.


MALIBU RUM PRESENTS THE MALIBUTIQUE Personalised styling from ASOS, manicures by Nails inc, hairdressing by TONI&GUY and delicious Malibu cocktails are on offer at this year’s pop-up Malibutique, which hits Birmingham’s Bullring at the end of July (25-28). Malibu, the original coconut rum, is bringing some of the hottest names in fashion and beauty together to offer the British public the ultimate place to discover summer’s freshest fashion, beauty and drinks trends. ASOS, will be offering styling tips and fashion advice whilst showcasing their bespoke Malibu inspired summer range. The UK’s leading fashion forward nail brand, Nails inc, will also be on-hand offering complimentary minimanicures at the Malibutique Beauty Bar and the pioneers of fashion-led hairdressing, TONI&GUY, will ensure guests have their hair coiffed, preened and styled –and it’s all completely free. COMPETITION: We have a Malibutique Goody Bag to giveaway that includes an ASOS gift, Nails Inc limited edition nail polishes, label.m styling products, a bottle of Malibu Coconut and Malibu glassware. To enter just tell us: What is the main ingredient of Malibu? Send your answer along with your name, address and date of birth (you must be over 18 to enter this competition) to Deadline is 19.07.13. For more info visit 065

Venue Directory MUSIC VENUES Actress & Bishop 36, Ludgate Hill, B3 1EH 0121 236 7426 BOTANICAL GARDENS 12A Westbourne Road Edgbaston, B15 3TR 0121 454 1860 Bramall Music Building University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT BULLS HEAD 23, St. Marys Row, Moseley, B13 8HW

Institute 78 Digbeth High St, Digbeth The Jam House 3 - 5 St Pauls Square Birmingham, B3 1QU 0121 200 3030

The Victoria 48 John Bright Street, B1 1BN. 0121 633 9439 thevictoriabirmingham. YARDBIRD Paradise Place, Birmingham, B3 3HJ ART VENUES

Jekyll & hyde 28, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE 17 York Road, Kings Heath. 0121 443 4725 O2 Academy 08444 772 000 o2academybirmingham.

Barber Institute Univeristy of Birmingham Edgbaston, B15 2TS 0121 414 7333 BM&G Chamberlain Square, B3 3DH CUSTARD FACTORY Gibb Street, B9 4AA

Civic/Wulfrun Hall North Street, WV1 1RQ. 0870 320 7000

The Rainbow 160 High Street Deritend, B12 0LD

The Flapper Kingston Row, B1 2NU. 0121 236 2421

Suki10c 21 Bordesley Street Digbeth, B5 5PJ

The Fox Bar 17 Lower Essex Street, B5 6SN, 0121 622 3213

SUNFLOWER LOUNGE 76, Smallbrook Queens way, Birmingham, B5

EASTSIDE PROJECTS 86 Heath Mill Lane, B9 4AR, 0121 771 1778

Hare & Hounds 106 High Street, B14 7JZ. 0121 444 2081

Town Hall Victoria Square, B3 3DQ 0121 780 3333

Grand Union Fazeley Street Birmingham B5 5RS


The Drum 144 Potters Lane, Aston, B6 4UU, 0121 333 2444

THE HERBERT Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5QP 024 7683 2386

The Glee Club The Arcadian, B5 4TD. 0871 472 0400

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME Hurst Street 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome. com

HIGHLIGHT 259-262 Broad Street, B1 2HF

CRESCENT THEATRE Sheepcote Street, B16 8AE, 0121 643 5858

The Lighthouse The Chubb Building Fryer Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT 01902 716 055

JONGLEURS 240 Broad Street Broad Street B1 2HG

The Old Joint Stock Pub and Theatre 4 Temple Row West B2 5NY, 0121 200 1892

MAC Cannon Hill Park

AE HARRIS 110 Northwood Street Birmingham, B3 1SZ

Ikon Gallery Oozells Square, B1 2HS 0121 248 0708

The Public New Street, West Bromwich B70 7PG 0121 533 7161 WARWICK ARTS CENTRE University of Warwick Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL 024 7652 4524 Wolverhampton Art Gallery Lichfield St, WV1 1DU 01902 552055



BLUE ORANGE THEATRE 118 Great Hampton Street Birmingham B18 6AD, 0121 212 2643 HALL GREEN LITTLE THEATRE Pemberley Road, Acocks Green, B27 7RY NEW Alexandra Theatre Station St, Birmingham 0844 847 2302

THE OLD REP Station Street Birmingham, B5 4DY 0121 605 5116 RSC

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BB OTHER BODEGA 12 Bennett’s Hill, B2 5 0121 448 4267 ORT CAFE Moseley Road 067