Misty’s Big Adventure are heartbroken to announce the death of their friend, musician, composer, songwriter and band leader Gareth Jones, aka Grandmaster Gareth. He died at his home in Birmingham, UK. He was 41.
We shared this terrible news on our Facebook and Instagram pages late on Thursday night, as soon as we felt able to express our grief in words:
To all the lovely fans of Misty’s Big Adventure, we have some very sad and difficult news to share with you all.
Gareth sadly passed away on Sunday.
He left us the day after a truly joyous home gig at the Hare & Hounds where we were surrounded by pure love and friendship. To everyone who has attended our gigs, shared in our performances, listened to our music and given us so much in return we are overwhelmingly grateful, and we shall never forget you. We made something beautiful. We are so sorry to have to share this devastating news with you all.
Gareth, the world is truly changed without you.
All our love to you at this difficult time. Please take care and reach out to friends, family and the people you love. Share your burden.
Grandmaster Gareth’s band – our band – Misty’s Big Adventure – was founded in Birmingham, UK, in 1996. We were teenagers. Most of us are in our forties now. The band was our life, our family, our creative purpose. We released five studio albums, numerous tour CDs, a Best Of compilation, and were due to begin work on our next album. We performed live all over the UK and Europe, and met so many wonderful people, and we hope that we added a splash of joyful colour to this world with our music.
The late great John Peel was a supporter of Gareth’s music, commissioning a Peel Session Monster Melody and famously declaring Gareth to be “the new God”.
In addition to his work with Misty’s Big Adventure, and releasing a series of solo albums, Grandmaster Gareth collaborated with many artists including Broadcast, Jeff Lewis, Pram, The Zutons, The Retro Spankees, Dog Food, Brute Force, Kimya Dawson, Noddy Holder, Gruff Rhys, and Sir Patrick Moore. He was Musical Director for the Creation Theatre Company, Oxford, for whom he composed a number of scores and musical arrangements. He wrote the theme tunes for Dave Gorman’s BBC2 series Genius and for Jimmy Carr’s Comedy Cuts on BBC Radio 2. He also composed music for video games, including Pool Panic, Loot Rascals, and Surgeon Simulator 2. His community music projects with adults and children in Birmingham were a joy he embraced whenever the opportunity arose.
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– 45 Birmingham and Midlands artists and DJs launch Dead Wax Digbeth from Thursday 28th November – Venue will be home to a collection of 4000 records, operating an ‘all vinyl, all the time’ policy – Music fans invited to play the venue’s records or bring own vinyl to play at city’s newest music destination – Craft beers from Beavertown, Laine Brew Co. and local breweries on offer all year round
A new Birmingham venue and ‘vinyl bar’ will open its doors to music fans this weekend with a huge four-day launch featuring 45 bands, musicians, artists and DJs from across Birmingham and the Midlands.
Dead Wax Digbeth hosts a series of specially curated free events running across its three spaces from Thursday 28 November to Sunday 1 December – including two all-dayers, late-night DJ sets, rare live performances and acoustic sets.
Some of Birmingham’s hottest live acts, including Swampmeat Family Band, Brain Food, Violet, RISCAS, The Empty Page and Wax Futures will take to the stages at the 120/230/100-capacity multi-room venue, formerly punk, rock, metal and alternative haunt The Wagon & Horses in the city’s creative quarter of Digbeth.
Fully transformed by Brighton’s Laine Pub Co, Dead Wax Digbeth features a renovated and expanded building incorporating live music spaces both upstairs (120 capacity) and outside in the ‘Duck Bath’ yard (230 capacity).
The main bar area (100 capacity) will present a craft beer offering from Beavertown and Laine Brew Co. alongside guest draft lines from local breweries including Dig Brew Co, plus a Dead Wax Pizza menu with fresh carnivore, vegetarian and vegan choices overseen by city food tastemaker Anthony Duffy.
Music fans and vinyl lovers will be encouraged to choose and play albums and singles from the bar’s large 4000 record collection as well as enjoy vinyl-only sets from a diverse line-up of DJs in a bright and vibrant setting in the heart of Digbeth designed and created by local artists.
A mural, curated by in-demand street artist Gent48 featuring influential Birmingham bands, musicians and DJs including Big Bear Records, Birmingham Promoters, Catapult Club, Chicks Dig Jerks, ColdRice, Die Das Der, Distorted Tapes, Iron Man Records, Punch Records, This Is Tmrw, and Sweat amongst others will complete the visual identity for this latest addition to the city’s live music landscape.
The launch comes as good news in light of a number of concerns around Birmingham’s music and pub mainstays with city-centre venues including The Flapper, Scruffy Murphy’s and the Eagle and Tun all under threat from closure due to redevelopment.
Leading city live music bookers Birmingham Promoters, KILLER WAVE, Sonic Gun, and DIE DAS DER have all leant their industry expertise and support to the new venture, managed by former Sunflower Lounge boss and recording artist Ben Drummond.
Speaking ahead of the opening, Drummond said, “Its an incredibly challenging time for venues and bars in the city and across the UK so we’re doubly thrilled to be bringing Dead Wax Digbeth to life this week with a team that has worked very hard to create a very special offering. We’re hugely grateful to all of the local creatives who’ve helped us put together a full and exciting launch weekend programme and we look forward to contributing to the city’s cultural fabric, live music offering and UK touring map over the coming months and years.”
“We need more positive thinking and especially well researched, well thought out, positive thinking. Running a Music Venue is not an easy task. Doing it yourself and taking risks is easy, but doing it properly and maintaining a music venue will be tough. By the looks of what I’ve seen so far, Dead Wax Digbeth stands a good chance of doing it properly and music and art will be stronger for it. Anyone who makes an effort to champion Live Music and Music on Vinyl gets my full support. I’m looking forward to seeing the place for myself. Music brings us all together. Here’s to hoping for a brighter future.” – Mark, Iron Man Records
20 DJs from a number of well-known city music brands will take part in the opening weekend, including Cherry Bomb, Distorted Tapes, Kaleidoscope, Night Owl, Sweat Club, and Takin’ Care of Business, whilst the live billing boasts 25 live acts drawn from Birmingham and the Midlands’ flourishing indie, psych, art-rock, acoustic, rhythm and blues, heavy, punk, soul, math and pop scenes.
Dead Wax Digbeth launch weekend listings
Dead Wax Digbeth Opening Night Party 1700 – 0300 Thursday 28 November 2019 Free
Main venue performances (1800 onwards) from:
Swampmeat Family Band The Good Water
Main bar vinyl DJ sets (1800 onwards) from:
Richard March (Bentley Rhythm Ace, Pop Will Eat Itself) & Daniel Finnemore – DJ set Cheese Dip (Sweat Club) Joel Webster (Killer Wave, PNKSLM Recordings)
Duck Bath outdoor stage DJ sets (1800 onwards) from:
Cherry Bomb (Elizabeth Ilsley & Jonny Murphy) Carlton Wainwright (Takin’ Care Of Business)
Killer Wave present Dead Wax Digbeth launch Friday
1800 – 0300 Friday 29 November 2019 Free
Main venue performances (1800 onwards) from:
Cherry Pickles Witch Fever Brain Food The Devil & Saint Joseph Elephant Peel
Main bar vinyl DJ sets (1800 onwards) from:
Selextorhood ‘T-Bird’ Thomas Jones (Takin’ Care Of Business) Mazzy Maryam Snape (The Night Owl)
Duck Bath outdoor stage DJ sets (1800 onwards) from:
Dizcoh Sonic Gun
Saturday Dead Wax Digbeth Launch Alldayer 1200 – 0300 Saturday 30 November 2019 Free
Main venue performances (1700 onwards) from
Violet RISCAS (DJ set) George Pannell Alex Ohm Faux Palms Boat To Row Cheap Thrills (DJ set)
Duck Bath outdoor stage DJ (1300 onwards) and live performances (1400 onwards) from
Paid in Full (DJ Wayne Lango) Issy Holmes Louise Woodley Jen North Paper Buoys (acoustic set) Alex Lleo Midge Esther Turner
Vinyl-only DJ sets in main bar (1200 onwards) from:
Weird Wax Kaleidoscope I Dig Your Wig (Dan Finnemore) Randy Billings (The International Submarine Club)
DIE DAS DER present a Dead Wax Digbeth launch event 1500-2200 Sunday 1 December 2019 Free
Main venue performances (1500 onwards) from:
The Empty Page WAX FUTURES Exotic Pets Modern Literature SUE Liars at the Witch Trial
Main bar DJ sets (1500 onwards) from:
Distorted Tapes Ollie/NC
Birmingham Promoters are an independent live music, events and gigs promotions company based in Digbeth, Birmingham. They have hosted a diverse array of artists including Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard, Jake Bugg, Editors, Bastille, Peace, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Skepta, Tinie Tempa, Royal Blood, Gabrielle Aplin, Tom Odell, The Staves, Nick Mulvey, The Fall, Metronomy, Sam Fender and much more.
Killer Wave has been putting on gigs and parties for seven years, pushing their brand of garage rock and psychedelia on stereos and promoting local, UK and worldwide live acts such as Black Lips, Shame, Sunflower Bean, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard to local favourites Black Mekon, Swampmeat, Mighty Young etc, working closely with PNKSLM records pushing parties all over the world.
DIE DAS DER
DIE DAS DER is a community of like-minded musicians, artists, bloggers, photographers, film-makers and journalists. They curate and organise events and aim to highlight Birmingham’s thriving underground music scene; assisting acts with exposure and encouraging mutual promotion, resource sharing and networking.
Laine Pub Co
Founded 23 years ago, with a single pub in Brighton, Laine Pub Co has grown to become one of the most innovative pub companies in the UK. With over 60 pubs in Brighton, London and Birmingham including some of the most creative experiential pub offerings in the industry, ranging from retro gaming to escape rooms, virtual reality, circus acts and immersive theatre, Laine is now at the forefront of the UK’s leisure sector. Taking its inspiration from the vibrant pub and beer scene in the city of Brighton and Hove, Laine Brew Co creates beer imbued with flavour, experimentation and good times. Its beers are unpasteurised and uncompromising, meaning more flavour and more love. With a focus on consistent, sessionable beers, 2×3 supported with market-leading design and POS, Laine creates highly individual and authentic craft beer which is accessible to all.
More than 2500 children will be performing in the first ever National Children’s Remembrance Concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on November 3rd 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the first World War.
Children from across the country will perform music, song and drama to commemorate and remember the tens of millions of civilians and combatants from across the world who died in that war including an estimated 540,000 children. The concert will pay homage to the women and non-combatants, and the many millions of animals that were killed in the conflict including nearly eight million horses and mules. Large screens will be used throughout.
There will be a choir of over 2000 children dressed so as to represent two giant poppies and an orchestra of 180 Young Musicians made up of members of the Birmingham Schools’ and Ealing Youth Orchestras.
The music, songs and associated images have been carefully selected and sequenced to tell the story of the war so as to extend factual knowledge and understanding of the war and to enhance empathy for all who were affected by it and its consequences. There will be moments of joy and moments of sadness, of emotion and reflection, of pathos and hope, and of remembrance and gratitude. It will be a concert for all and which commemorates and remembers all.
Concert Director and Founder Ron Dawson said:
“If the spirit and duty of remembrance is to endure it must be passed from generation to generation. The ambition of this children’s centenary concert is to renew that remembrance and our gratitude to those who lived, fought and died in that war a century ago.
It is important to remember all of those who were affected by World War I, whether they were combatants from anywhere in the world, their families, their children or their friends and neighbours. I hope this concert will change the way we commemorate remembrance forever and inspire an interest and understanding of remembrance in the next generation.
Whilst Remembrance Day has continued year upon year, the hope that the war would bring an end to all wars has still to be realised. If that hope is ever to be fulfilled it must be planted and nurtured within the hearts of everyone, but most importantly within the hearts of today’s children.”
Music will include Mars, Nimrod, Cavatina, Silent Night, Hymn to the Fallen and popular songs from the home front and the trenches. The concert climaxes with a mass singing of Lest we Forget, a song written and co-composed by Mr Dawson.
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Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 2nd October 2014
Present: Mark Badger, Michelle Dawes, Vix and her Mischiefs, Dan Joyce, Diane Wiltshire, Ferzana Alcram, Josh Herring, Raul Fermoselle, Harpreet Sohal, Richard Blades, Dennis gig promotion and management, Sunjay Kohli, Dave Taylor and a few latecomers…..
Apologies: Nicola Toms, Anthony Hughes
Raul – Has access to a good recording space for recording and the studio is available for free. Raul is Looking for local bands to come and record for free. raul explained it’s part of a educational project so no costs involved for bands but engineers and technicians are all students who will be working as part of their course and gaining experience working with real bands and musicians. If you are in a local band and would like to access the free recording facilities in exchange for giving students a chance to work on your music as part of their course in touch. The Studio is based in millennium point. Contact: Raul.email@example.com 07508037521
Harpreet: Engineer and producer looking for more bands to record. harpreet is based in Birmingham, the studio is based in Dudley. Recently harpreet has recorded the peoples orchestra. Contact Harpreet 07706955678 firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard – Stop Motion Animation. Richard has done corporate videos and work for writers and small businesses also training films and small commissions. He is looking for new work and is always interested in finding music to use and effects sounds which he often finds on the internet. if you are after a good stop motin animator get in touch. www.bladesanimation.co.uk email@example.com
SunJay.Kohli@Nubimagazine.com NUBI magazine The magazine has had 2 million hits on website in past few months The Writers are all students Many of them are from BCU, they create their own stories and put them up for them. if you are a local artist, film maker, musician or creative who would like exposure for your work, get in touch with Sunjay and he may be able to get some of the student writers to take an interest in your work. The platform has a huge readership so this may be an alternative route to finding promotion for your creative projects.
Vix and her Mischiefs The band have Recorded an EP with Gavin at Magic Garden Putting the record out through Artists without a Label Discussion followed with suggestions of online platforms, crowdfunding, press contacts. Suggestions about video and other ways to get the word out. Discussion of booking agents and other contacts. www.Vix.uk.com
Dennis – Gig promotion and management Dennis has a background in advertising and event management and is looking to set up gigs and music promotion actrivities in Birmingham. he is looking at venues from 200 capacity upwards. if you have any suggestions or ideas for dennis or if you are in a band and would like to be considered for future shows get in touch. Contact Dennis: firstname.lastname@example.org Dennis is looking for bands that play music in the general style of Amercana, Alt country, Alternative rock Discussion followed about Tower of Song and The Roadhouse, also The Bullshead, and the Dark Horse in moseley
Dan: Works with 16-25 year olds, runs workshops for young people and looking to match young people with work experience. Access to Music Exhibition takes place on 22nd October. Dan is looking for people to talk to young people about what they do, why they do it and where in the hope of inspiring some of the young people he works with to choose a career that may involve music or music related activities. Dannyj@foyer.net The exhibition will be at Access to Music College at Fazeley studios, Birmingham. If anyone wants to come and talk, set up a stall, talk to young people get in touch
Nicola Toms: looking for some help to spread the word about a project she is working on. There are some wonderful volunteer opportunities on offer. Our Big Gig EXTRA Birmingham needs you! Love music? Want to shape future events across Birmingham. If you are looking for some fantastic music industry experience then this could be the project for you. We are looking for a team of volunteers to plan and deliver several large scale music events in communities across the city. Volunteers will be invited to attend a residential training course delivered by industry experts. The Birmingham team will be led by an experienced project manager and given funding to curate and execute some amazing musical experiences.
Diane – Artist and Creative Director at Nottingham University Looking at interviewing musicians as part of an artistic project that is looking at the relationship beween music and emotion. Diane.email@example.com http://sentimentart.tumblr.com Diane Wiltshire Artist on Facebook Funded by Horizon Digital arts and the arts council. Get in touch with Diane if you are a musician and would like to participate in her project.
Ferzana Setting up a consultancy to help connect birmingham artists and musicians. The project is still in an early stage but she will be back with more detail to share with the group.
Josh – Based at the Conservatoire, Plays in a band called Steady Hands Josh has done some recordings, got website discussions about getting his music out discussion followed as Josh is looking for advice and guidance. www.steadyhandsmusic.co.uk
Birmingham City Sessions They record and film bands and its free as part of a student education programme. if you want to get involved with your band or music project contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 27th March 2014
Mark Sampson, Morgan Gleave aka Ruke, Fonzi Neutron, Debra Undarumhi, Otis Gordon, Nykolas Godwin, Joshua Spritz Visionnaire, Adrian Kimberline, Hugh McGuiness, Richard Blades, Anneliese Grand Chapel Studio Recording Studio, Sue Nicholls, Sarah Ann Cromwell Diva Gigs, Anthony Hughes, Richard,
Apologies: Clare Edwards
Screen Image Network – Anthony Hughes:
Looking to talk to people for collaboration, music and screen. The Screen Image network will be joining Birmingham Music Network for meetings this year to encourage networking between Screen Image Network and Music Network contributors.
Sarah Ann Cromwell – Diva Gigs: A Week in the life of a Diva!
Britain’s first award winning Comedic Operatic Cabaret Diva Gigs: A Week in the Life of a Diva, is an unforgettable romp into the operatic world of Birmingham Conservatoire trained Soprano and comedian: Sarah-Ann Cromwell. “Diva Gigs, a show about opera, is enjoyable even for people who would shudder at the thought of it.” (Broadway Baby) Described as hilarious, charming, brilliant, unusual and vivacious Sarah-Ann’s lung busting voice, funny stories and expert characterisations provide a family friendly “show for all ages and nationalities, for the posh and the proudly working-class and proves that both music and laughter are pretty much universal.” Diva Gigs is an unforgettable musical performance which dispels any myth that opera is exclusively posh!
TIME OUT LONDON
Diva Gigs is far from a gimmicky show: it’s simply a pleasure, partly because of the quality of Cromwell’s voice but also because of her enormous charm, engaging humour and relaxed manner. 4 ? TIME OUT LONDON
A highly enjoyable evening of music, hosted by possibly the most down-to-earth diva 4 ? FringeGuru
Birmingham Music Network Meeting – 27th February 2014
Yaz Alexander – Singer in Jazz and Reggae Ian Bourne – singer songwriter Gary Davies – guitarist from Skullfox Tony Guice – delivers music workshops in youth centres and does gig promotions Matt Davis – Musicians – Popular Music Practice Sue Nicolls – Works Tour manages Steve Poults Sarah Ann Cromwell – Comedic Opera – Diva Gigs Matt Fisher- Giraffe Audio – supply studio equipment Nick Romluc – Giraffe Audio Anthony Hughes – Screen Image Network/University of Birmingham Michael Bickerton – BCU email@example.com Clare Edwards – Freelance Producer
Apologies: Mark Badger
Sue Nicholls – Birmingham Opera Company are looking for a space for their next opera – they need a very large empty space in Birmingham that they haven’t used before – but they have used a lot of places! Any good ideas post them here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/11136136266/?fref=ts
Yaz Alexander – Dome Club – has a blow up Dome that can be used for creative purposes. They would like to find a home for it within Birmingham for local creative people to use it. Does anyone know any venues that could house it? For more information www.domeclub.co.uk
Giraffe Audio have a launch event week with lots of suppliers doing demonstrations etc 31st March – 4th April – more news on their website coming soon so look out for updates – www.giraffeaudio.com
Gary Davies – Skullfox have done some Birmingham City Sessions at BCU and they have made 5 videos and they are being released on Youtube over 5 consecutive Saturdays. This is something other bands can apply to take part in but it is oversubscribed. Follow each video here https://twitter.com/SkullFox
Yaz Alexander is working with the Drum to to develop a new platform for local artists called the Simmer Down Lounge to feature music of black origin – more information coming soon here – http://www.the-drum.org.uk
There was then a general discussion about platforms for artists in Birmingham and how artists network and gain the right contacts. There was also a discussion about the differences between the scenes in Birmingham, London and Manchester.
Michael Bickerton from BCU talked about how BCU students are making TV programmes and are looking for content and how local artists can take advantage of this to prepare for actual TV appearances. To offer content email Diane Kemp – firstname.lastname@example.org. Also if you want to have a pop promo made for your band email Michael – email@example.com
Clare Edwards promoted a project that is looking for people to take part – Crowd Out – On 8 June 2014 – 1000 individuals will give the world premiere performances of Crowd Out, David Lang’s new piece for 1000 voices, at Millennium Point. BCMG is holding a Crowd Out discovery workshop from 7.30-9pm on Thursday 13 March 2014 at CBSO Centre, for those interested in being one of the 1000. For more information – http://www.bcmg.org.uk/whats-on/insight-events-2013-14/crowd-out-discovery-workshop-2/