This weekend, MADE returns to Digbeth for three days of music, food and incredible vibes. Things kicks off on Friday evening with a street food festival courtesy of Digbeth Dining Club, before dozens of the world's best DJs and performers take to the stage on Saturday for an all-day rave in the open air, followed by a very special show from Hacienda Classical on Sunday. Ahead of the festival, we tracked down a trio of the biggest acts playing on Saturday and asked them to pick out three other performers from this year's festival that they recommend you really don't miss. Read on for who Dusky, Low Steppa and Tom Shorterz will be moving their feet to this Saturday at MADE. DUSKY House duo Dusky are responsible for some of the biggest and best tracks of recent years, with their forthcoming solo album 'Outer' due on their own label 17 Steps in October. Here's here they won't be missing on Saturday... KLOSE ONE'One of our oldest friends and the best DJ we know. He played after us at our first ever live show in London earlier in the year and smashed it. Versatile, able to play across a range of genres and always on-point with his selection.' HUGO MASSIEN'Hugo came to our attention following his 'Control' EP for XL. We got in touch and signed a track called ‘Restart The Sun’ for our 'Floor To Floor' compilation on 17 Steps. He’s got an interesting sound and mixes up different influences in a very individual way.' BODDIKA'Boddika has been consist
Love rum? The Discover Rum! tasting events are your chance to try out rums from some of the world’s best distilleries at new Latin American cocktail bar and restaurant, The Cuban Embassy in Moseley. Taking place on a Wednesday evening at the start of the month, each event invites you to sample premium rums with a friendly expert who’ll explain the history of the quintessentially Caribbean liquor. Plus, there’s live music and Latin American inspired nibbles to keep you going. The next event is on Wednesday April 6, where the focus will be on the esteemed Dominican distillery Brugal, with expert Luke Todd-Wood guiding you through five different rums. Tickets are available now from the event’s website.
Crufts, the annual battle of the bowows, released figures of all the dogs entered from Birmingham this year and the Beagle reigns superior. Seven of the sleek hunting hounds are competing for the place of top dog, no doubt sending shivers down the spines of the Chow Chow, Toy Poodle and Yorkshire Terrier, who all stand solo in their breeds. Giving the Brummy Beagles a run for their money will be the small but popular Pugs, six of which are taking part, as well as four Bearded Collies. In total there are 66 cunning canines from Birmingham in the running and they only have one week left to prepare for the show, as Crufts kicks off next Thursday at the NEC with the toy and utility dogs, followed by the gundogs, then working and pastoral and finally finishing with the terrier and hound category, plus 'Best in Show'. And the top ten Birmingham dogs are… 1. Beagle 2. Pug 3. Bearded Collie 4. Bernese Mountain Dog 5. Dalmatian 6. Griffon Bruxellois 7. Russian Black Terrier 8. Staffordshire Bull Terrier 9. Weimaraner 10. Borzoi All photos © The Kennel Club Crufts takes place at the NEC, March 10-13, £18-£20, £14-£16 concs.
As the UK's second city, Birmingham has always drawn in a huge range of top musicians. It prides itself with a music scene of incredible diversity, with venues specialising in everything from reggae to jazz and indie rock. So where is the best place to go if you're seeking to discover the rising stars of the future or experience an electrifying intimate gig with your favourite artist? Here are just a few suggestions: 1. Hare and Hounds A photo posted by Hare & Hounds (@hareandhoundsbrum) on Oct 27, 2015 at 4:04am PDT This local institution boasts an impressive schedule of live acts from a huge variety of genres, including electronica, acoustic and rock. Past bookings include Basement Jaxx, Hot 8 Brass Band and, most famously, UB40, who played their first gig here in 1979. The acoustics are also second to none. High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JZ 2. The Oobleck < I absolutely love this place // dylAn - "stephulka" > A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀.CAMERON. (@storyofcam) on Nov 7, 2015 at 5:12am PST A relatively new kid on the block, The Oobleck has firmly established itself as one of Birmingham’s best small venues. It benefits from a prime location in the Custard Factory, at the heart Birmingham’s alternative centre in Digbeth. With a capacity of just 400, this is a great place to catch an up-and-coming name in an intimate atmosphere. Digbeth High Street, Deritend, B9 4AT 3. Spotted Dog flikr/Ian Another Digbeth favourite, t
With Birmingham's Karaoke Box having recently opened and the Christmas party season being in full swing, there's never been a better time to grab the mic and belt out a few tunes. So, to save you some time flicking through a catalogue stuffed with tens of thousands of songs, here are 20 top karaoke hits that can boast a connection to Birmingham (or the Midlands). Even if singing isn’t your bag, they make a pretty darn eclectic party playlist, too: 1. Slade: 'Merry Christmas Everyone' Come on, it's December. We had to include the world's most popular band from Wolverhampton (are there any others?). The timing’s right, it’s a great sing-along tune and everybody loves Noddy. So much so that the group reportedly make over £500,000 every Christmas out of this little number. 2. Musical Youth: 'Pass The Dutchie' A common karaoke favourite. The young (at the time) Birmingham band’s musical topic of choice brings a bit of edge to the karaoke room, and probably plenty of shimmying, hand gestures and casual head-bobbing at the same time. 3. Apache Indian: 'Boom Shack-A-lack' Birmingham’s answer to Shaggy stormed the charts back in 1993 with this catchy number. Along with fellow playlist artist Jamelia, Apache (real name Steven Kapur) hails from Handsworth – who knew it was such a hotbed of musical talent? 4. Dexys Midnight Runners: 'Come On Eileen' When Metallica headlined Glasto in 2014, we hotfooted it to another tent to see the Brum boys (these days prefer to be
Christmas is a great time of year to stick two fingers up at calories and really indulge. But even those with a larger appetite will eventually tire of too many mince pieces and start to feel sluggish after the fiftieth turkey sandwich. Conveniently, delivery service Deliveroo has recently come to Birmingham, meaning you can take a break from the sprouts and enjoy something delicious from one of the many restaurants in the city centre, Moseley, Harborne and Edgbaston. So, to help you pick an alternative takeaway treat on the run up to Christmas, here are 12 of the most outstanding and delicious meals you can get sent straight to your door, without having to lift a finger in the kitchen: Dirty Cow Burger Co Our Christmas Burger, 'Rudolf's Nose' 🔴 Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets!! #dirtycowburgers #gourmet #burger #igers #cheese #bacon #instagood #birmingham #uk #weekend #amazing #foodporn #foodcoma #yummy #nomnom #happysunday #sunday #sundayfunday #tasty #foodphotography #delicious #getinmybelly #likes #love #instamood #hungry #yummyinmytummy #foodblogger #instafood #instagram A photo posted by The Dirty Cow Burger Company (@dirtycowburgers) on Nov 22, 2015 at 7:56am PST Kicking off our 12 days of food is the Flaming Doom from Dirty Cow Burger Co, a burger that claims to be the spiciest in Birmingham. Alternatively, you can stay seasonal and grab yourself a special Christmas burger, the Rudolf's Nose. The Dirty Cow Burger Company,
The Christmas lights have been switched on, you've started your Christmas shopping and the neighbours have had their trees up for ages. Still struggling to get into the Christmas spirit? Here are five activities guaranteed to get you decking your halls with boughs of holly, while dancing around to 'Now That's What I Call Christmas ' in your flashing Christmas jumper: 1. Head to the market Flickr: Tim Ellis Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you'll know that Birmingham's legendary Christmas market has come to town. So, put on your bobble hat, grab your mates and go and brave the crowds. With over 180 stores, it's the largest outdoor Christmas market in Britain and a saunter around the crystal lamps, fairisle hats, and scented candles (all whilst munching on a German Bratwurst) is bound to get you feeling merry. A few mulled wines or specialty German lager will definitely help, too... 2. Go ice skating Ice Skate Birmingham If it's a white Christmas you're dreaming of, head to Centenary Square for Ice Skate Birmingham where you can enjoy being a kid again. The rink accommodates 300 people at any one time and people of all ages and skills are welcome – there are even penguin skating aids for little beginners available to hire. Don't forget to check out the Ice Lounge whilst you're there, which offers a range of seasonal food and drink. 3. Take a trip to Narnia The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe The wintery epic 'The Lion, The Witch And The
Not too long ago Guz Khan was a school teacher. However, after some of his comedy YouTube clips went viral it has not only helped propel him into a new career as a stand up comedian, he's recently landed the position as a presenter for the BBC Asian Network's Saturday morning breakfast radio show. We asked Guzzy a few questions about performing comedy in the West Midlands and what other exciting plans he has planned for the future: Where do you think are the best places to perform stand-up comedy in the West Midlands?My uncle’s shed in Alum Rock is by far the best comedy venue I have performed at. It had a really intimate vibe with the crowd, who were my auntie and this guy who sells DVDs out of a plastic bag. It's a place where a comedian can really hone their craft, and their ability to do 10 minutes standing on a tin of creosote. You've got all of the mainstream places, and the Rep theatre which is amazing… but they are a bit posh in there innit? Honestly, I am new to the scene. Having made my name in comedy through my YouTube sketches, I have only done stand-up a handful of times, and am looking forward to gracing the legendary spots around the West Mids. It's hometown baby! We hear you'll soon be making another appearance on TV?I recently filmed an episode of Birmingham soap ‘Doctors’ and found it really enjoyable. I was initially worried that my style of comedy wouldn't suit the programme; however the cast and crew were so nice and open to the performance that it sh
Got any plans for the weekend? How about dusting off your trainers and joining St Mary's Hospice's annual Jingle Bell Jog at Kings Heath Park on Sunday December 6? Last year the event attracted 250 Santa suit-clad runners, helping to raise more than £9,000 for the charity. Although this year's run already has a record number of participants, it's not too late to join in and do your bit for good causes. After a special welcome from Mickey and Minnie Mouse and the chance to limber up at the nearby easyGym, hundreds of joggers of all ages will set off on the 2km run, with the promise of a medal and a mince pie at the finish line. Wannabe Santas can take part in this year’s run by registering at careatchristmas.org or by calling 0121 472 1191. Entry costs £12 for adults, £6 for children aged 6-16, free for under 5s. Registration includes free Santa suit for adults and children, with a Santa hat for under 5s, a mince pie and runner's medal. Find more things to do in Birmingham.
If you like to shake your money maker (or, in this instance, your fund raiser) while encouraged by one of Britain's best-loved comedians then this is the opportunity for you. On Saturday April 23, 2016, Peter Kay and his Dance For Life team will be hosting a special event at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena in aid of Cancer Research UK. The three hour dance-a-thon party, with funnyman Kay performing DJ duties, will be just one of seven taking place across the UK at cities including Bournemouth, Aberdeen and Cardiff. Those taking part in the challenge can help raise money for the charity through sponsorship from friends and family, with everything raised going straight to Cancer Research UK. Tickets for Peter's dance-a-thon are on sale now from the website, priced £25. Peter Kay's dance-a-thon. Saturday April 23, 2016. Barclaycard Arena, King Edwards Road, Birmingham, B1 2AA Prefer to sing? Have you seen inside Birmingham's new karaoke bar?