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PREVIEW: Toyah Willcox – Walk of Fame presentation & concert @ Hare & Hounds, July 16th

Pictures by Dean Stockings  Musician, songwriter, actress and author, Toyah Willcox is one of Birmingham’s best known contemporaries. And on Monday July 16th, Toyah will be the first person celebrated on King Heath’s Walk of Fame, with her memorial star being presented on York Road – before a one off concert at the Hare & Hounds. Born in Kings Heath, […]

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THE CUFF: Global Gathering Vs Creamfields

First there were clubs, then there were raves. Then the clubs became superclubs and the raves became festivals. Then the superclubs went back to being clubs, and the festivals went back to being nothing but fields. Except two, Global Gathering & Creamfields; both vying for the Midland’s festival spend this year. Here’s a quick look […]

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THE CUFF: Nerm, Live on Radio 6 (sitting in for Gilles Peterson) between 15:00 – 18:00 / TODAY

Originally from Birmingham, Nerm cut his teeth in the clubs of our fair city; including residencies at Frequency and Ministry of Sound. Moving down the M40 in the late 90’s, Nerm established Shiva Soundsystem along with DJ/producer D-Code. And through a series of East London warehouse parties, and Shiva Soundsytem’s own record label, celebrated an eclectic range of breaks, beats, […]

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Marina and the Diamonds @ HMV Institute, June 29th

Words by Holly Pyke / Picture supplied by Purple PR There was a mixed audience for Marina and the Diamonds. One of teenagers, a small collective of fans in their 20’s/30’s, and a few parents begrudgingly accompanying their youthful offspring; heavy with the realisation they would be standing for the entire show. The set reflected […]

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REVIEW: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – ‘Waly Waly On The Ukulele’ @ Town Hall, June 28th

Words by Victoria Perks (aka VIX)  The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Hhmmm… One could be forgiven for thinking the name sounds somewhat smug, or potentially pompous; aimed to entertain the guffawing classes. As a uke player and lover myself, I was keen to investigate further. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right?  Tonight’s […]

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