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This weekend saw some top acts traveling to Brum to strut their stuff, with special events such as Gigbeth and Drop Beats Not Bombs and showcasing such acts as The Sugar Hill Gang and Biggabush providing some of their greatest attractions. For those of you who didn’t manage to catch Heducation or Drop Beats, you may have come across The Destroyers playing in The Prince of Wales, Moseley, Mama MatrixJohn Mostyn’s new company, CID‘s music showcase in headlining The Rainbow or the fantastic Friendly Fire Band lead by Pablo Rider and Tomlin Mystic at The Adam and Eve, Digbeth. It seems that Birmingham artists led the way this weekend and there was plenty of gigs to choose from.

Adam Regan and the Leftfoot crew deserve a mention for playing host to the legendary Basement Jaxx in The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, which sold out soon after tickets became available, continuing to offer a great alternative to larger, less intimate venues.

So, whether you were broke or had money to burn at the weekend, there was plenty to choose from. Did you attend any of these events? We would love to hear your comments, so drop us a message and express yourself.  Are you planning to go to any great gigs this week? There are plenty to choose from again, so here’s Jibbering‘s top tips for the next 7 days:

For anyone who enjoyed the Black Seeds gig at The Hare and Hounds on November 1st, you may want to catch some more Kiwi music and there is some great stuff on offer! Kora will be playing in Stourbridge on Wednesday night and Barfly, Digbeth on Thursday. Expect dramatic Dub, Reggae, Drum ‘n’ Bass, beats and a live energy which has earned international acclaim worldwide. On Friday night, prepare for a feast of funk, with the phenomenal Fat Freddy’s Drop. If you haven’t yet familiarised yourself with their soulful reggae and generally brasstastic sound, lead by DJ Moo, then check out their website. We have plenty of Fat Freddy’s music available in Jibbering Records, so please check it out. Birmingham has been steadily building a bond with this group, culminating in Overproof Sound System being invited to tour New Zealand and Australia earlier this year by the band, after the FFD crew played in Digbeth a couple of years ago and took the time out to check out Birmingham based talent at Roots DeVille in 2006 after their set nearby. Great Band, great attitude, great music. Fat Freddy’s Drop are playing at Birmingham Academy on Friday 14th November. Tickets are available from http://fatfreddysdroptickets.trinitystreetdirect.com.

Last but not least, our top tip for the week for all you funk and Hip Hop fans is the Funkbox gig on Saturday 15th November at The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, which will be showcasing the boundary crossing, DJ Format. It’s a long awaited return for this DJ, who recently toured with Jurassic 5 and has been working on acclaimed mixes such as his discretely released 12″ tribute to James Brown, entitled, ‘Stealin James‘. Tickets are a bargain at £8 and available from theticketsellers.co.uk, as well as Jibbering Records, Moseley. Also playing at this much anticipated event are Funkbox head honchos DJ Cro and Roy Roastbeef.

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