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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and headliner of the 2011 NME tour Wolfgang. In 2005 Brandon Flowers brought his band to Birmingham and provided a killer set on the tour.

It was perhaps inevitable that Max McElligott would one day make an ornate pop album of near symphonic grandeur named after a utopian place that came to him in a dream. Now the brains behind the fantastic ‘Suego Faults’ is headlining NME’s prestigious tour at the tender age of 24. One factor that contributed to his love of the symphonic and grand was his violinist mother’s tendency to take her son to concerts as a child where he would watch her play with a full orchestra. “When you’ve seen a symphony orchestra banging out Mozart’s Requiem at full blast, created completely acoustically, that can be rousing, too. Since then Max has learnt to play the piano, the drums and the guitar so there is no chance of this young talent turning to auto tune. His dreamy album has been recieved positively from critics and fans alike, with NME giving it an 8/10 rating which is more than credible for a debut. It’s fair to say Wolfgang will be bringing something very unique to the tour and to Birmingham and we wait with baited breath to witness this talented performer showcase his natural talent.

It’s hard to believe that the Sheffield super group performed as support on the tour in 2006.

NME’s most recent success story has gone on to dominant the UK with their eccentric live show.

AUTUMN 2011 THE JOY FORMIDABLE Thurs 13th October

UK Indie rockers The Joy Formidable bring their eccentric live show to the HMV with support from Creatures Of Love.

MILES KANE Tues 18th October

The genius behind Last of the Shadow Puppets showcases ‘Colour of the Trap’ to his ever growing fanbase.


With his delicate and elegant melodies, catch one of the UK’s most exciting new song writes at the HMV Institute.

ANNA CALVI Fri 4th November

See Anna perform tracks from her mercury prize nominated debut album in Birmingham’s most intimate venue.

WILD BEASTS Thurs 10th November

One of the UK’s most eccentric Indie rock band’s comes to the city this month with new album ‘Smother’.

THE NAKED AND FAMOUS Sat 19th November

This electric band originally from New Zealand bring the incredible ‘Passive Me, Agressive You’ to Birmingham.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE Mon 21st November

The Californian band play ‘Torches’ at the HMV in November, including Summer anthem ‘Pumped Up Kicks’.



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n the 27th of October Benjamin Fancis Leftwich played the HMV intitue in Birmingham. He was supportted by ‘Daughter’ who delicatly enchanted the crowd with songs such as ‘Landfill’ and ‘The Shadows’. The audience watched in hushed anticipation as Banjamin took the stage, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. The atmosphere was set as he began to play tracks from his critically acclaimed debut ‘The last Smoke before the Storm’ We stood in awe as his soothing vocals filled the small room, he was met with a rapture of applause at the end of each song. Hits such as ‘Box of stones’ and ‘Pictures’ had the audience sing along but the beauty of this gig was simply standing and witnessing this young talents vocal and song writing ability. By the final track ‘Atlas Hands’ the crowd were visibly moved as his delicate tones faded to the largest reaction of the night, with guests leaving far more at peace with the world than when they entered. Benjamin francis leftwich is not so well known in the music industry as of yet, although i dont think he would really want to be comercialised. His songs sing about his past experiences of love, betrayal, good memories, he almost sounds like a poet. I personally find his lyrics very moving and really felt the atmosphere reach an ultimate high listening to his words. It was not like any gig i have been to before, most gigs are loud, messy, alot of booze and lairy students, this was alot more down to earth, and almost personal, you could feel everyomes facination in the room, watching his with hawk eyes. I would recomend any gigs at the HMV institue in birmingham, the venue is great, just the right amount of room, the sound

sive compared to your average clubbing night out! You usually buy your tickets in advance to see gigs and raves at HMV but this is always good, atleast you can spend your money on something memorable and know it was a good spend!!

His set lasted for about an hour, he opened with one of his more famous tracks, Pictures and closed the show with another classic ‘Atlas hands’, The drinks were abit pricey so i would have a few drinks before the events, just to save you abit of money!! Nice smoking area, you can take drinks outside, so thats also handy!

The Joy Formidable kicked off their largest UK tour to date in Birmingham’s intimate HMV Institute this October. I was lucky to witness this eccentric up and coming band perform their epic debut ‘The Big Roar’. They opened with their latest single ‘A Heavy Abacus’ and the crowd exploded in cheers and chants as Ritzy tore into her live set. The energy reached fever pitch when the band performed the incredible ‘Ostrich’ from their EP ‘A Balloon Called Moaning’. The excitment carried on for the closing track of their recent album ‘The Greatest Light is The Lightest Shade’ a personal favourite of mine which sounds even more deafening when performed live than it does on the LP. This was followed by massive hit ‘Cradle’ which sent the audince into frenzy, chanting viscious lyrics back to the band. The mood changed slightly as Ritzy exclaimed it to be ‘nap time’ as the band played unreleased raritie ‘ Anemone’ which was a dreamy, chilled break from the brutal moshpits of earlier tracks.

With the end of the gig looming, it could be said that the band really saved their A material for the close. The huge ‘I Don’t Wanna See You Like This’ once again created an electric atmosphere, with ‘While The Flies’ following. After a small technical hitch, the band launched into their closer and most successful song ‘Whirring’ an incredible medley of live instrumentals and agressive vocals leaving fans singing along all the way home. This band were incredible to watch, their whole show relies only on their talent in playing their own instruments and writing their own songs. I have no doubt they will go far and I look forward to seeing Ritzy and her band belting out hits such as ‘Austere’ and ‘Magnifying Glass’ on an arena tour in front of thousands. I believe 2012 will be their year, they are contributing to the Twilight Saga soundtrack and are currently working on their second album. Find out more at



wordfish record store is one of the few remaining record shops in Birmingham town center. Now the CD Megastores such as virgin megastore have come to a close there are not a lot of options on the high-street to get your music whether your looking for current, old, alternative or mainstream. Being one of the last record stores they have quite a lot of the cities old vinyl’s, old CD’s and a lot of alternative music that you would not see in the mainstream traders like HMV. It’s a pretty down to earth place with all the vintage trimmings, loads of records, classic CD’s such as original copy’s of black Sabbath and AC/DC. They have a selection of dusty vinyl’s that would be a collector’s paradise such as ‘grace under pressure’, ‘wolfmother’ and ‘the bridewells’. The place attracts Indie kids, middle aged men, oldies, all age groups really! Outside of the shop and all over the spear spaces of the walls are posters and advertisements, advertisements of recent up coming events in places such as the HMV or the Academy, its good to know what’s going on in town so you don’t miss out on all the gigs and raves!! Obviously the record shop doesn’t make too much money so why not go down there and spend a few pennies, do it for all the indie kids of the future and music education and respect! The swordfish record store has taken part in ‘the record store day’ events, here they host gigs and put on a show! It is celebrated on the 17th of April every year, the store could not

take part this year due to money issue but last year hosted such people as Vinny and the curse, tom peel and the traps. It a shame that the record company has struggled this year because it’s a shame to see a treasure cove of vinyl’s go to waste, the music should be respected as it is part of our history. Unknown person online said “swordfish record store is an Aladdin’s cave”, after visiting the store I can say I get the same feel as that! You don’t know where to start! The owner of the store, Mike is a very knowledgeable man involving music and always has an insightful opinion whether its just social chat or your are looking for the perfect vinyl’s. Through years and years of the music industrys producng music the first was the vinyl record, classics like Elvis Presley and the Jackson 5 were first placesd on record making the original disks very expenive and rare. They are very important to most collecters when it comes to the more famous artists of history. The only way your going to find this kind of thing is looking into the sidestreets and visiting places like swordfish record store. There have been a few vinyl shops in birmigham over the past 50years supplying the brummies with good music ranging from hip hop to heavy rock albums. I feel after researching the different vinyl stores arond the city i have leart that music should be appriciated alot more and the people keeping it aline behind the senes are also to thank and are very important in the music industry. The record shops, once popular are still holding onto our roots and music revolutions, i hope they can hold it out through the tough money problems and keep it going for birmigham and all over the country.

Regional, national and international artists participating will respond to the theme of “cultural curiosity�, challenging the repetitive rhythm of a traditional advertising campaign and creating a link of unique responses. The pilot project in 2010, where four billboards were used, provided a platform for the emerging one as the feedback was overwhelming with 100% of the people surveyed wanted to see the project happen on a larger scale. This experimental art installation project will provide the opportunity to members of the public and various community groups to work with the artists ensuring that this creative output is widely reaching. In addition students from Birmingham Institute

of Art and Design and Birmingham City University will help the commissioned artists as an intergraded part of their studies to further their experience and knowledge through real projects and work experiences. 48- Sheet aims to support artists by giving them a platform to exhibit and develop their practice and also engage people within the project by making the process accessible to participate, learn, be curious and get involved. The advertising billboards selected will be divided into clusters across the city and a project catalogue will be produced detailing artists work, maps and recommended routes from which to view the clusters.

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The electric cinema is an independant cinema who plays less maintreme movies. They have an old ticket machine stating ‘admission one’ on the on the coupon which adds a nice vintage touch to the whole experience!Other than the film productions they display, they also have event nights where they host such things as stand-up comedy, rock gigs and guest speakers such as Shane Medows. They have an evening called the film orcestra evening where they host a band playing old classic songs from the movies, even better they put the film clip on in the background so you can experience that epic moment in the film! They have thought of many ways of entertainment and have now thought about doing weddings and that will be taking place in the near future. The electric cinema also plays a selection of forign films that are played for a certain amount of time i.e. 2 weeks or 3 weeks and the film price is decided by the box office. They do sell tickets on arrival but they advise you book online in advance, some book weeks in advance so its always good to have nosey online and see what they have to offer!

The Electric cinema show a selection of films such as Ghost Busters which is a bonfire night special. They are playing a very recent film called Contagion and a film called we need to talk about kevin, a recent film production based on a bestselling novel by Lionel Shriver. Along with all these features they also have a bar where you can get beers, ciders, wines and cocktails to have during your movie, they also add staff service thoughtout your film and you can order drinks to your seats. The cocktails are a luxury and some are themed with the movies on show at that time, for example they created a spiderman themed cocktail celebrating the release of the new film coming out, the cocktail started out red, with a twist of a cocktail stirer is was blue, classy ey! so get on down to the electric cinema and watch some of the new films out or settle for a less mainsteme film and get a little aducated!

Birmingham Food Fest – a new culinary concept for the city - has been a tasty triumph, leaving foodie fans and visitors to the festival hungry for seconds. The 10-day gastronomic celebration had food lovers tucking into over 100 special restaurant offers from the 14th - 23rd October 2011.

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