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Shanty Town

It’s time to announce the first Shanty Town of 2017. After a missavely succesful 2016, Shanty Town are more than ready to crack on with this years plans… And there are many! The next Shanty Town will be on Sunday 26th February, at Cogs Bar Birmingham, 3-12. £3. Another afternoon/evening of all of the usual loveliness; live art, live music, spoken word, poetry and live DJ sets. The Shanty Town Collective are pulling out all the stops to make the first one of the year a GREAT one, so make sure you don’t miss it. Culture Dub Orchestra, BEARmusic, Shanty Town Collective, of course will be performing, and will be joined by many familiar faces from last year and as always a whole load of new treats. DJ sets from Piotrek Śliwiński and Tendayi Chikara, plus the Shanty crew, Chris Cooper (graphics/visulas) and the lovely sound man Mr Nicholas John Clarke. Last year Shanty Town hosted a number … Continue reading

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Swingamajig 2017

Swingamajig Festival returns to Birmingham on April 30th, 2017. Take a stroll under Digbeth’s atmospheric railway arches and discover an industrial wonderland of visual installations, provocative street art and stage sets that turn these historical factory buildings into a show like no other. This multi-venue maze has it all, from seven stages, to hidden speakeasies, a street food market and a show-stopping bazaar where you can pick up vintage treasures or pamper yourself in a traditional salon. Think it’s all about that swing?  Think again! Swingamajig’s diverse musical line up reflects the cultural melting pot of the city itself, from gypsy jazz to Balkan beats, jungle DJs and of course a healthy dollop of traditional and electro swing.  This year Swingamajig will welcome acts such as The Correspondents, The Freestylers, Electric Swing Circus plus loads more amazing acts to wet your whistles.  Stellar line up aside, what truly sets Swingamajig … Continue reading

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Reggae City returns for the next installment of crucial Roots and Reggae inspired music from Birmingham and beyond. This year Reggae City reaches new heights, welcoming the legendary Macka B and his Roots Ragga band on the live stage, with further support from The Kayanites, Lobster and The Equators with a special closing set from world famous junglist Aries feat. MC David Boomah. The mighty Creative Hertz Sound System and Positive Vibration crew host the attic jungle. Playing on this monster sound system will be local DJ’s such as Goosensei and Jam Jah with special performance by Birmingham’s Sticky Joe with Longfingah, plus masters of dub Evermoor Sound from Bristol. And if that all wasn’t enough, there will be jerk chicken and ital vegetarian food available, an array of Caribbean inspired drinks, merch stalls, walkabout entertainment and activities to take part in activities such as the Jamacian dominoes tournament! Too … Continue reading

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Plus support from SAM REDMORE, RICK SHAW & REVO Friday 8th May / Freestyle presents Freestyle are stoked to announce that two are our favourite artists DJ Vadim and Fingathing will be joining us at the Hare & Hounds on Friday 8th May for one of our biggest shows to date. Russian born and London residing, DJ Vadim has built a reputation as one of the world’s top independent producers; travelling the globe, performing and collaborating with established and developing talents that cross continents, languages and cultures. Vadim has become well respected as an innovator in a number of areas during his career, “a veteran presence in the DJ community as well as one of the foremost producers in too many communities to count, Vadim is never running out of ideas” (URB Magazine). Hard to put a peg on because he sticks to no rule-book, Vadim’s musical repertoire encompasses hip … Continue reading

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Swingamajig 2015 Poster

Expect the unexpected this May 3rd as the Custard Factory takes a trip back to 1929, where the streets are alive with an assortment of music and where the swingin’ don’t stop until the early hours. That’s right… Swingamajig is back, and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Introducing new stages and intricate spaces for you to explore, while filling your imagination with astonishment. Expect big names such as Chinese Man, Ed Solo, The Correspondents, Electric Swing Circus, Mouse Outfit and many more to get you moving. But the fun doesn’t stop there…  There will be cabaret shows showcasing some of the finest variety acts of the UK, from Busty Burlesque shows to Circus and Magic performances… Not to mention the strong man we will be welcoming to the stage. If you get peckish after all that Jiving, then there is no need to worry, … Continue reading

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A Show Like No Other

Music … Magic… Make believe like it’s 1929… After their superb May time outdoor frivolities, Swingamjig now welcomes us all to their winter wonderland… Rumours of the Electric Swing Circus, floating art installations, acrobats and aerials, magicians and delicious DJs abound, but the full line up is yet to be released. This is just a quick heads up (more info to follow) as it’s our kind of party… the Jibbering Sound System is in the attic and tickets are going quick smart… This will be a New Year’s party with a real difference… Swingamajig is the world of speakeasy, swinging steam punk madness, the roaring 20s with floor stomping beats beneath! The poolside at Alfie Birds (Custard Factory) is the location and will be transformed into an immersive world full of wonder and delight. TICKETS HERE

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StarrySkies

Shambala is well and truly sold out now but don’t forget, there are still some tickets left for our sister event, Starry Skies Family Camp. Starry Skies is all about providing a beautiful setting and unique activities for children and parents alike to get back to nature. It’s about meeting new people and making the most of the communal camping vibe your families love! Oh and a little but of music… including a ceilidh and the amazing Perch Creek Family Jug Band all the way from Australia mate! Visit www.starry-skies.net for more info…

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SAT JULY 12th – FREE B4 10PM VENUE: Alfie Bird’s & the Oobleck (Custard Factory, Birmingham, B9 4AA) 9PM till late… Back to the Roots… After 3 amazing years the team behind Reggae City have been trying to secure support for the 2014 event all year. This has not happened. Just when they thought all was dead and buried, a chance conversation with new friends at Alfie Birds (newly refurbed old med bar / Custard Factory venue) means Reggae City runnings are on again. The production is not going to be on the scale of 2013, but it seems support for the event is stronger than ever. Reggae City poolside … the “Local Takeover” looks like it is going to be special… It has also afforded the Jibbering All-Stars the chance to dust down some vinyl and shake it down with the finest Reggae City selectors around! Two rooms a splash of … Continue reading

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Swingamajig

Hold on to your hats, Swingamajig Festival is back 4th May! Situated at Boxxed, Swingamajig is the UK’s first one day urban festival dedicated to Electro Swing, bringing the sounds and styles of the 1920’s up to date with a modern twist. With four stages showcasing a range of live bands, DJs, swing dancers and circus acts, plus a silent cinema, electric hamster racing and a diverse programme of interactive workshops, Swingamajig is bigger and better than ever! Headliners this year include Molotov Jukebox, Electric Swing Circus and The Destroyers, plus sets from top DJs such as A.Skillz, Bobby Friction and the C@ in the H@, our most impressive line-up to date! For more info and tickets (while they last) visit www.swingamajig.co.uk This is easily one of the most exciting projects we have been involved in for a while. After last years successful debut event in Birmingham and a follow … Continue reading

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Buried My Husband Flyer Front

Saturday February 22nd… 8pm Support from Mendi Singh Trio and DJ Bertie Hare and Hounds, 106 High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JZ “One Later With Jools Holland appearance away from runaway success” – Manchester Music Review “Seldom has conspicuous greatness been more accessible” – Mike Butler, City Life.   Manchester’s finest ethio-trad, folk-hop & barrelhouse-pop exponents Honeyfeet return to Birmingham with the launch of their newly cut single Buried my Husband, from their album It’s a Good Job I Love You.  If you’re looking for a sardonic tonic after Valentines weekend, you enjoy a good tale of murder, cannibalism or dancing on graves, or have come to love Honeyfeet through their outstanding performances at Shambala and their other haunts across the UK, this is the gig for you. Support is provided by Mendi Singh. With an international career marked by recordings with pop heavyweight Peter Gabriel, tours with Ravi Shankar disciple … Continue reading

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