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Eight Instagrammers who prove Brum is beautiful
Whether you’re familiar to Birmingham or new to the city, these eight Instagram accounts prove how magnificent the UK’s second city really is: @timcornbill A photo posted by Tim Cornbill (@timcornbill) on Aug 26, 2015 at 10:31am PDT A photo posted by Tim Cornbill (@timcornbill) on Oct 24, 2015 at 11:41am PDT A photo posted by Tim Cornbill (@timcornbill) on Sep 24, 2015 at 11:02am PDT A photo posted by Tim Cornbill (@timcornbill) on Aug 29, 2015 at 11:34am PDT @davemusson A photo posted by Dave Musson (@davemusson) on Oct 11, 2015 at 12:59pm PDT A photo posted by Dave Musson (@davemusson) on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:33pm PDT A photo posted by Dave Musson (@davemusson) on Sep 3, 2015 at 2:29pm PDT A photo posted by Dave Musson (@davemusson) on Oct 14, 2015 at 3:05pm PDT @rossjukes A photo posted by Ross Jukes (@rossjukes) on Nov 14, 2015 at 12:34pm PST A photo posted by Ross Jukes (@rossjukes) on Oct 25, 2015 at 2:08am PDT A photo posted by Ross Jukes (@rossjukes) on Mar 29, 2015 at 7:37am PDT A photo posted by Ross Jukes (@rossjukes) on Nov 8, 2015 at 11:43pm PST @jonknowledge A photo posted by @jonknowledge on Oct 29, 2015 at 6:43am PDT A photo posted by @jonknowledge on Nov 11, 2015 at 10:20am PST A photo posted by @jonknowledge on Nov 4, 2015 at 1:07pm PST A photo posted by @jonknowledge on Oct 19, 2015 at 9:18am PDT @shotbysyman
Part art show, part market: Digbeth does Christmas different
Birmingham always has a wealth of events to help kick off the festive season, but from December 1, a brand new creative concept is coming to Digbeth: A Winter Less Ordinary. Offering an interesting alternative to the more Christmas traditional celebrations, A Winter Less Ordinary promises to be a magical leisure spot, running a varied programme of entertainment every day in the holiday period, right up until Christmas Day. The event has been inspired by the eclectic night markets of Goa and the derelict yet beautiful arts and music spaces of Berlin, creating a multi-faceted event that showcases a wide range of independent art, fashion, crafts and food. Promising an altered twist to the spirit of Christmas, the market will also feature immersive theatre, pop up ballet, a flashmob choir, buskers, DJs, food, drink and more. A Winter Less Ordinary aims to create a buzzing market place, relaxed hangout and eclectic dance floor, richly infused with the spirit of Christmas. The event will be housed in Digbeth's newly renovated warehouse space, 119, a creative art and event venue on Floodgate Street that previously housed the ICA: Off-Site Exhibition. A Winter Less Ordinary. December 1-25, 4-11pm (Mon-Thurs), 4pm-1am (Fri), Midday-1am (Sat), Midday-10pm (Sun). 119 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SR. Find more details here. Read about another exciting project in Digbeth: Edible Eastside.
Four big club nights in Birmingham this weekend
If you think you can hack another weekend of big events following the bank holiday madness, get out and test yourself at one of these four... Magika & Carl Cox: 25 Years in the Game, Q Club, Friday, £20An old-school reunion comes to Q Club this Friday for a world exclusive two-hour old school and drum & bass set from the pairing of house and techno superstar Carl Cox and Birmingham promoter and MC, Magika. Support is exceptionally strong too, with Seduction, Sy, Shades Of Rhythm, Grooverider and many more taking things back to the early 90s at Birmingham's most legendary rave venue. Freestyle: DJ Vadim & Fingathing (live), Hare & Hounds, Friday, £10Hip hop producer and DJ, Vadim, brings one of his genre-mashing sets to Birmingham on Friday, joined by unique turntables-and-bass duo Fingathing and their inimitable jazz-soaked vibes. Mixmag Live presents Jamie Jones, The Rainbow Venues, Saturday, £12.50The Hot Creations frontman returns to The Rainbow Venues for an extended four-hour set before he jets out to Ibiza for the summer. Whether you're heading to the White Isle or not this year, this is the perfect way to get you warmed-up for the summer. Trancecoda Presents Full On, Boxxed, Saturday, £20Join Dutch trance royalty Ferry Corsten as he drops a three-hour set at Boxxed on Saturday, alongside a spectrum of headliners including Ben Gold and Jacob Van Hage, for a night of trance and pure classics.
Ten amazing parties in Birmingham this Bank Holiday weekend
If you've managed to recover from Birmingham’s last Bank Holiday madness, there's a whole bunch of cracking club-nights for you to choose from this weekend... Leftfoot presents Mr. Scruff, Hare & Hounds, Friday, £15Manchester tea enthusiast Mr. Scruff brings his genre mashing skills to the Hare & Hounds on Friday night. SecretCity part III, SECRET LOCATION, Friday, £12If you can figure out the venue location from the cryptic voicemail clues, you’re in for an experience like no other. Promising underground house and techno with a strict ‘all-black dress code'. FACE presents Maya Jane Coles, Next Door, Friday £8Headlining the intimate space of Next Door this Friday is deep house doyenne Maya Jane Coles, as part of the FACE presents series. J.E.S.u.S, The Rainbow Venues, Saturday daytime, £20You don’t have to go to church to be close to JESuS. Join Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream and Seth Troxler for eight hours of back-to-back musical greatness. Moschino Hoe, Versace Hottie, Spotlight, Saturday, £3.50Head to Spotlight for a night of throwback classics, with a focus on Yeezy and Skepta tracks, bringing UK and US bangers together for an evening of serious vibes. Return of the Rave, The Rainbow Venues, Sunday daytime, £10Celebrate 25 years of house and garage music at The Rainbow Venues this Sunday with 25 massive headline acts bringing a daytime party of classics and anthems. Danny Rampling, KKlass, Kathy Brown, Artful Dodger, Jeremy Healey and Double
Lab 11 celebrates three years of Brum clubbing
Over recent years, Birmingham has perfected the art of pleasing underground music enthusiasts. Beyond the endless events, the annual honouring of the venues that contribute to our thriving house scene gives revellers certified approval for a big blowout. One venue that can pride itself on consistently offering solid parties in the city is Lab 11. Promoters who've turned it up at one of the city's most characteristic clubs include Output, Backspace, Bauhaus, EBL, Afta Dark, Itchy Feet, TRMNL, One Dub, Peaches and Cream and, more recently, Sunday Roast – an occasional al-fresco party (when the weather is right). &amp;amp;lt;img id="ce5cf519-5f83-1fb8-0b57-b21c33268f54" data-caption="" data-credit="" data-width-class="" type="image/jpeg" total="288421" loaded="288421" src="http://media.timeout.com/images/102431395/image.jpg" class="photo lazy inline"&amp;amp;gt; During the May Bank Holiday weekend, Lab 11 will be celebrating three years of successful events with a host a series of quality club nights at the newly invigorated Digbeth space. In honour of this anniversary, we asked the team for five of the most memorable moments from their short but distinguished history… Lab 11 opening night"After eight weeks graft pulling together to get the venue finished on time, which even involved roping in friends to sweep and paint, the moment we opened the doors was a landmark in itself and kick-started our Lab 11 history". Martin Buttrich at TRMNL"The first time TRMNL b
Four great nights out in Birmingham this weekend
If the calm before the storm isn’t enough to keep you indoors before next weekend’s bank holiday madness, here are four events you can let loose to... MoodFix with Chesus, Amusement 13, Fri Apr 24, £8-10Join Chesus aka Earl Jeffers for his Birmingham debut as he plays a three-hour special set – a night of funky classics alongside upcoming local DJs. Moda Black x Afta Dark ft. Waze & Odyssey + Jaymo & Andy George, Lab 11, Fri Apr 24, £10Returning to Lab 11 this Friday, Moda Black x Afta Dark bring you two dynamic house music duos who are well known in the underground scene. Leftfoot and Shadow City Presents Bonobo (DJ set), The Rainbow Venues, Sat Apr 25, £17.50British musician, producer and DJ, Bonobo, takes to the decks at The Rainbow Venues this Saturday for the next instalment of Leftfoot and Shadow City Presents. Mr Jangles x Motive x Tektu, The Rainbow Venues, Sat Apr 25, £7Rinse FM residents Roska and Jamie George grace The Courtyard for a night of garage, bass, house and funky music with Tektu residents in The Cellar.
Four marvellous club nights in Birmingham this weekend
If the (slight) change in weather isn’t enough to lift your spirits, we've chosen four of Birmingham's top nights out this weekend to help you along: PROspec Presents Alix Perez & Con*Natural, Bull's Head, Friday, £6 Skank out to one of drum & bass’s commanders this Friday at Moseley's Bull's Head with sounds of Shotgun Audio’s Alix Perez and PROspec resident Con*Natural on the mic. YALLA Presents FLAKO (Live), Next Door, Friday, £8 The first ever YALLA Presents brings to you an all-rounded genre event with a live performance from one of the most diverse producers on the scene, Flako. The Portal: An Evening with Detlef (Live) & Anek, Next Door, Saturday £12.50 (early bird) or £14.50 (full price) Head to The Portal’s second edition of ‘An Evening with…’ for a night of intimacy and techno house music with Detlef (live) and Anek who will be gracing the unique space of Next Door. Loft & Sound present: XXXY at Alfie Bird’s, Saturday, £8 Join one of UK Garage’s most original producers at Alfie Bird’s this Saturday for an evening like no other in their 200 capacity loft space. XXXY brings a fusion of house/garage/techno to the party.
Four wicked club nights in Birmingham this weekend
After the enormity of last weekend's four-day madness, things have calmed down a little in Brum this week, but there's still plenty of raving to be had. Here's our pick of four of Birmingham's best club-nights this weekend. Moulin Groove Presents Aaron Snapes, Hare & Hounds, Friday, £7Head to Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath for the unique sounds of Aaron Snapes this Friday, taking influence from a long list of underground genres to bring you his own unique bass-centric take on dance music. Cassette Presents: Matt Jam Lamont, Alfie Bird's, Saturday, £8An event devoted to reviving the sounds of 90s underground UK garage and house, with UKG originals Matt Jam Lamont, Ramsey & Fen and Booka T bringing the two-step and 4/4 classics to Alfie Bird's. Mr Jangles, The Rainbow Venues, Saturday £7Join recent dirtybird signatory Will Clarke this Saturday for a night of bass, house and 4/4 with the notorious Mr Jangles. Renegade Hardware: RH20 Sessions, Next Door, Saturday, £8One of Drum & Bass’s most important and influential record labels comes to Next Door on Saturday to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Hardware legends Loxy and Ink will be joined by Canada's Gremlinz and local lads Skitty, Escape and Phase 2 for a night of unbridled classics from the last two decades.