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Live Music at the Library of Birmingham. How to get involved.

I am contacting you all in my capacity as Head of Business Management at the Library of Birmingham.  The Library has outdoor spaces which we would like to have live music playing on, there is a 3rd floor terrace and an outdoor amphitheatre which the public can look down into from street level – both spaces lend themselves to music in the summer months.

We are open to all  genres of music, however artists will need to be very self-sufficient and provide their own amps etc

Bands could use the space on a Friday evening to 7pm, or over the weekend, daytime the library closes at 5pm on a Saturday and 4pm on a Sunday.

We will not charge for the space, however we will expect the artist to be self-sufficient and set up, with no help from the library.

If you have artists or music promoters who are interested in a free city centre venue – can you ask them to send an email to myself in the first instance, with a sample of their music.

Best Wishes

email: Rebecca Bostock
Head of Business Management

Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2ND
T: 0121 303 6885
M: 07985471060

The Flyover Show 18th August 2012 – MAXI PRIEST + Janet Kay, Wordsworth MC, Basil Gabbidon & more

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Saturday August 18th 2012 / Hockley Flyover (underneath), Birmingham / 12noon – 9pm
Free admission / Family friendly

The Flyover Show 2012 headliners are:

MAXI PRIEST will be headlining The Flyover Show 2012. One of the most successful solo reggae artists of all time, ‘second only to Bob Marley’, MAXI PRIEST has released 10 albums since his debut, ‘Intentions’, in 1986.

MAXI PRIEST’s globally selling singles, such as ‘Wild World’, ‘Some Guys Have All the Luck’, ‘Close to You’ and ‘That Girl’ helped disseminate reggae roots around the world.

MAXI PRIEST, alongside Paul ‘Barry Boom’ Robinson, also produced the first UK reggae track to reach No1 in Jamaica – Philip Levi’s ‘Mi God Mi King’ (1984)

Janet Kay
Returning to The Flyover Show for its 2012 event, is reggae legend and ‘queen of lovers rock’, Janet Kay. Renowned for her seminal reggae track, ‘Silly Games’, Janet Kay is the first British Black Female reggae artist to top the UK British pop charts.

Wordsworth MC
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wordsworth MC travels from the US to appear at The Flyover Show 2012. Part of ‘rap supergroup’ Emc – with Punchline, Stricklin & Masta Ace; Wordsworth has also featured on albums with Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Tribe Called Quest.

Wordsworth’s debut album, ‘Mirror Mirror’ was released in 2004; his latest, ‘The Photo Album’, was released in June 2012. Wordsworth was also involved in the critically acclaimed MTV comedy sketch series ‘Lyricist Lounge’.

Basil Gabbidon
Founding member of Birmingham born reggae group, Steel Pulse, Basil Gabbidon performs at The Flyover Show 2012. Currently touring his latest album, ‘Reggae Rockz’, the 3 time Grammy nominated Gabbidon is joined by Burning Spear bassist, Paul Beckford.

Also performing will be the MOBO Award winning Soweto Kinch, DJ Winchester, plus local rising stars Lady Leshurr and Deci4life. There will also be a specially commissioned performance from Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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THE FLYOVER SHOW 2012 / Full line up

Walking distance from Birmingham City Centre, The Flyover Show 2012 can be accessed via four subway tunnels, feeding into the location from; Soho Rd, New John St, Great Hampton St and Heaton St.

Live music, graffiti art, break dancing, food and a host of activities for all ages will be taking place from 12noon until 9pm.

The Flyover Show remains, as it has always been, a free admission and family friendly event.

For any press enquiries regarding The Flyover Show 2012, including interviews and accreditation – please contact Ed King at edking2210@gmail.com

FLYOVER SHOW 2012 – Celebrating Jamaica

The Flyover Show 2012, “celebrates the cultural contributions of Jamaica to Britain throughout its programme”, says founder Soweto Kinch.

Artists performing at the event; alongside a preceding series of workshops held in schools across the city, will explore and represent Jamaica’s influence in the UK, “both historically and as a dynamic force in contemporary culture.”

The West Midlands has the second highest concentration of British Jamaicans in the UK, particularly in the areas that join at the Hockley Flyover, such as; Handsworth, Lozells and Aston.

Birmingham is also host to the Jamaican track and field 2012 Olympic team, who will be staying and training in the city before the games.

“Jamaica, much like its athletics team, has imparted a cultural phenomena and impact far beyond its relative size as an island,” says Kinch.

“The Flyover Show 2012 will explore, through a variety of platforms, how it (Jamaica) has provided a badge of identity in the face of racial marginalization.”

Previous shows have explored other pertinent issues of race and culture; including the portrayal of women in the music industry, and positive Black male role models.

“The Flyover Show 2012 intends to continue and extend its pattern of connecting different generations through its rostra,” concludes Kinch.

The Flyover Show was created and founded by Soweto Kinch.

Soweto Kinch is an award winning musician and creative. For more information visit www.soweto-kinch.com

The Flyover Show was first held underneath the Hockley Flyover, Birmingham, in May 2008.

The Flyover Show has returned each year since 2008 at the same location.

On March 31st 2012, The Flyover Show held its first international event; a 2500 capacity sell out show in Freedom Square, Johannesburg, South Africa – http://www.theflyovershow.co.za

The Flyover Show 2012 receives funding from; Arts Council England, Birmingham City Council and Marketing Birmingham.

Previous artists performing at The Flyover Show have included; Ms Dynamite, Bashy, Goldie, Omar, Janet Kaye, Akala, Andy Hamilton, Julian Joseph, Jay Phelps, Eska, Speech Debelle, Jonzi D and Why G?

The Flyover Show 2012 takes place underneath the Hockley Flyover, from 12noon to 9pm, on Saturday August 18th.


Julian Joseph will be at The Flyover Show, Hockley Circus, Birmingham 18th August 2012

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Julian Joseph is one of the leading luminaries of contemporary Jazz – and will be playing at The Flyover Show 2012 on Saturday Aug 18th.

‘One of the finest pianists to emerge this side of the Atlantic’

Julian Jospeh is a celebrated composer, band leader and broadcaster. For more on the man and the show, plus a great online interview, visit our website:


For images, interviews or info

email edking2210@gmail.com
Ed King
PR / The Flyover Show 2012

COLOUR – Birmingham-based live music events featuring leftfield and independent artists.

COLOUR – Birmingham-based live music events featuring leftfield and independent artists.

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Colour Presents: Epic45, July Skies and Avrocar
Live Music Event
Thursday 29 April, 7.30pm
Tickets: £5
Location: The Victoria, John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN

Birmingham-based independent promoter Colour announce the latest in our series of live shows at The Victoria, featuring three experimental electronica acts from the fiercely independent Make Mine Music label collective.

The evening will feature full-length sets from all three acts, DJ sets and live visuals selected by both Colour and the artists.
About the Artists

Without doubt one of the most exciting bands in the Midlands, Epic45’s sound deals with the psychology of nostalgia and the impact our surroundings have on our outlook.

Their acclaimed 2007 album May Your Heart Be The Map was a vivid exploration of the British countryside, tinted by childhood memories and the metamorphosis of the seasons, influenced by dramatic post-rock structures and warm acoustic folk. Last year’s In All The Empty Houses explores the resonances of abandoned buildings; the ghosts of past lives and memories that inhabit them as they fall into dilapidation.

Their live show is something else entirely, carrying the nuances of their recordings but with an immediacy that is captivating.

“Tracing emotional reactions to shifting seasons, May Your Heart Be the Map did something new with old materials and gave the Black Country its very own Boards of Canada.” – Word Magazine, Best Albums of the Noughties
July Skies

July Skies is a West Midlands based recording project commenced by Antony Harding in 1997. Sonic resonances of a lost England, faded memories of youth and the grain of Super8 all colour Harding’s evocative soundscapes. The project explores the innocence of youth, where “everything seemed possible – there was a need to capture feelings and a growing interest in exploring towns, villages, ruins, abandoned places and the countryside through sound”.
“Instrumentals and songs [that] recall melancholy ’80s indiepop, shoegazing and the ’70s ambient experiments of Brian Eno.” – The Guardian

One of the most elusive acts in the Midlands, experimental three-piece Avrocar have been recording since the late ’90s, honing a sound shrouded by the ghosts of the future that never was. Spectral guitar, disembodied humanoid voices lost in the ether and creeping electronics that bring to mind Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack, shimmering in the neon light of dystopia.

Avrocar have appeared in session for the late John Peel.

About Colour
For the past four years, Colour have presented leftfield and independent musicians from the Midlands and beyond in intimate settings. Currently calling The Victoria home, Colour have also collaborated with Flatpack Festival 2009, Ikon gallery, Birmingham and Light House media centre, Wolverhampton.
Artists that have previously played Colour include Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine, The Declining Winter (Richard Adams of Hood), It Hugs Back, Charlie Parr and Shady Bard.
“stunning posters and eye-catching visuals back up consistently strong lineups” – Brum Notes

Rockers – Glasgow Live Music Venue: Bands Wanted

Through out the years we have put on some of the UK, Europe & The USA’s best unsigned and signed bands. Including Gun, Goldblade, Police Bastard, Joe D’urso & Stone Caravan, Spear Of Destiny, UK Subs, The Lurkers, The Grit, Father, Glasvegas, The Hussy’s, Wheatus,3 Men & Black, Dan Reed ( Dan Reed Network ),Tyla ,Dave Sharp, AOR ,Bruce & Jamie Watson, Man Raze and Miles Hunt & Erica to name a few.
We have live music 7 days a week featuring unsigned and signed bands. All styles of music is catered for from Rock, Metal, Alternative, Indie, Acoustic & Punk.

If you are looking for a show for your band or your a booking agency please get in touch.

Rockers, 14 Midland street, Glasgow, G1 4PP
Glasgow 0141 221 0726 / 07787 112093