BPREVIEW: Puma Blue @ The Sunflower Lounge 24.02.18

Puma Blue @ The Sunflower Lounge 24.02.18

Words by Ed King / Lead pic by Annie Elliott

On Saturday 24th February, Puma Blue will be performing live at The Sunflower Lounge – with support from London based producer Lucy Lu, alongside Birmingham singer/songwriter Sam Hollis

Doors open downstairs at The Sunflower Lounge from 7:30pm, with food and drink available upstairs all day. Tickets to the Puma Blue gig are priced at £7, as presented by Birmingham Promoters. For direct gig information, including venue details and online ticket sales, click here. 

Ending his 6 date UK tour in Birmingham, before heading out to mainland Europe for shows up until the end of April, Puma Blue returns to the second city – following a support slot with Jordan Rakei at the O2 Institute last October. This time around the ‘croonah blu’ will be headlining his gig, joined by producer peer and collaborator Lucy Lu, as well as the Birmingham based singer/songwriter Sam Hollis.

Puma Blue and Lucy Lu recently released their single ‘Fakery’, which was set free into the wild to coincide with the beginning of this tour. But Puma Blue is still out and about promoting his five track debut Swum EP, which was released in June 2017 – showcasing the laid back jazz, alt-pop, and husky vocals that have taken this Londoner around the smoky rooms and jazz clubs of Europe.

It’s still relatively early doors for Puma Blue too, who is already sitting at the top table of London’s new low-fi and jazz artists such as Cosmo Pyke, Eastern Barbers and Ezra Collective. With a respectably far reaching tour circuit keeping him busy until festival season, Saturday 24th February will be a good opportunity to see Puma Blue before the bigger rooms of Birmingham beckon – not that there’s anything wrong with the larger venues, but you’ve got to love a gig at The Sunflower Lounge for getting up close and personal with an artist on the rise.

But it the meantime, roll back your jacket sleeves, undo the top two buttons on your slightly crumpled shirt, ruffle the mop top, turn down the lights, sit back, pour yourself a drink, and…

‘Want Me’ – Puma Blue

Puma Blue will be performing at The Sunflower Lounge on Saturday 24th February, with support from Lucy Lu and Sam Hollis. For direct gig information, including venue details and online ticket sales, visit www.thesunflowerlounge.com/event/puma-blue 

For more on Puma Blue, visit www.soundcloud.com/pumabluemusic

For more on Lucy Lu, visit www.soundcloud.com/lucy-lu-tings

For more on Sam Hollis, visit www.soundcloud.com/samhollis-2 

For more from Birmingham Promoters, including further event listings and online ticket sales, visit www.birminghampromoters.com

For more on The Sunflower Lounge, including venue details and further event listings, visit www.thesunflowerlounge.com

BPREVIEW: Lloyd Griffiths in:Undated @ Glee Club (B’ham) 23.02.18

Lloyd Griffiths in:Undated @ Glee Club (B’ham) 23.02.18

Words by Ed King / Pic by Karla Gowlett

On Friday 23rd February, Lloyd Griffiths brings his new one man stand up show, in:Undated, to the Glee Club in Birmingham. 

Doors are open at the Arcadian Centre venue from between 8:00pm – 8:15pm, with the show starting at 8:30pm. Latecomers won’t be allowed entry once the doors have closed, so don’t dawdle (not that you should ever try and sneak into a stand up show late… fatal error). Tickets are priced at £10 (standard) and £8 (students) – for direct show information, including venue details and online tickets sales, click here.

Known for many things, from being Jack Whitehall’s tour support act to the presenter of Soccer AM on Sky Sports, Lloyd Griffiths has been honing his stand up skills since around 2014 – including a stint on the BBC 1 Comedy Lounge stage. Griffiths’ new solo stand up show, in:Undated, was debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017, before the comedian’s first nationwide tour brings him to the Glee Club in Birmingham in February 2018.

A fervent Grimsby Town FC supporter and upfront football fanatic, Griffiths also has an impressive roll call as a sports presenter – fronting shows for many major broadcasters, including Sky Sport, BBC, Talksport and Absolute Radio. Griffiths also hosted BBC Three’s Taxi to Training, where he ferried footballers to their training grounds in a single camera shot show filmed from the dashboard. Sounds like a catchy format. Griffiths also recently took over from Helen Chamberlain as the chair of Soccer AM on Sky Sports, one of the more high profile presenter roles for a sports broadcaster. Not bad for a man who cut his TV teeth on Songs of Praise.

But whilst sport can play a significant part in Griffiths material, his in:Undated show goes a little left field for the ‘aspiring goalkeeper’… if you’ll excuse the pun. ‘A show about overcoming the overwhelming’, in:Undated looks to open up the more personal side of this stand up, with material focused on relationships, break ups, the trials and tribulations of dating apps, and comfort eating.

There’s probably a song or two in there as well – as Griffiths is also an accomplished chorister, performing with the choirs of Westminster Abbey, St George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle. Blimey. Is there anything this man can’t do… off the pitch, at least.

Lloyd Griffiths – BBC Comedy Lounge (2014)

Lloyd Griffiths brings his one man stand up show in:Undated to the Glee Club (B’ham) on Friday 23rd February. For direct show information, including venue details and online ticket sales, visit www.glee.co.uk/performer/lloyd-griffith

For more on Lloyd Griffiths, visit www.lloydgriffith.com 

For more from the Glee Club venues, including further event listings and online ticket sales, visit www.glee.co.uk