Birmingham’s big sister comes to town

Can you name all the cities Birmingham’s twinned with? I could probably name one or two (Frankfurt springs to mind – if you’ve not been to the German Market at Christmas, you’re missing out!) Other cities include Johannesburg, Frankfurt, Milan, Lyon and, of all the places you’d never guess, Ramallah (intriguing choice, no?)… But Brum’s also been […]

Another Midlands landmark is lost to fire

A sight you won’t see again… Over 130 years of history was obliterated yesterday due to an horrendous fire which swept through the former  premises of Langley Maltings Brewery in Oldbury. The Express & Star reports that “More than 60 firefighters from stations across the Black Country and Birmingham battled through the night” after security […]

Reminder: Moseley Folk Festival this weekend

Just a quickie to remind you: the Moseley Folk Festival begins on Friday the 4th of September and runs over the course over the weekend. With a lineup including Beth Orton, Jethro Tull, Saint Etienne and El Perro del Mar (amongst many others), why aren’t you there already queueing up to get in? 😉

Handel’s Messiah at the Town Hall’s 175th birthday in October

I was recently reminded about this – on October the 3rd, the Town Hall is hosting a performance of Handel’s Messiah, which is also its official Birthday Concert. The piece will be performed by the Sixteen Choir and Orchestra along with what are billed as ‘world-class soloists’ (maybe we have to guess who they are? 😉 – Classic […]

About Brum Podcast: Episode 1 now out

Roll up, roll up – it’s the shiny new About Brum podcast, replete with delicious podcasty goodness and compatible with all half-decent media players and devices. The inaugural episode features Nick Booth of Podnosh and Birmingham Social Media Surgery fame! Also, Birmingham- or West Midlands-based band? Get your music featured on the next instalment… Contact […]

Second Flyover Show today

I got word recently from Clare Edwards of the second Flyover Show, taking place today underneath the Hockley Flyover. If you went to last year’s event and liked what you saw, you’re in for another treat this year… Amongst others, the lineup includes: Soweto Kinch, Birmingham saxophonist and rapper Linton Kwesi Johnson Bashy Andy Hamilton […]

New Birmingham Library Public Consultation almost complete

For those who were unaware, the Public Consultation for the planned £193m Birmingham Library  is halfway complete (it’s been running from the 20th of April and will end on the 22nd of May). This is the last opportunity the general public will have to voice their opinions – you can contribute yours, so get going – […]

[updated] ANPR camera rollout across Birmingham city centre commences

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have already noticed unmarked black gantries appearing in several areas of Birmingham over the past week or so. Some have already gone up in Digbeth, and from informal discussion with contractors installing the gantries today it appears that there are at least 10 more to go. Today (Monday), two gantries […]

Moseley Folk Festival lineup announcement coming soon…

For all folk lovers (and I know there’s a few of you out there, I’m partial to a little of it from time to time) TheTicketSellers just announced that they’ll be “releasing the full lineup at the Tunng & Tinariwen gig at the Rainbow Warehouse on Adderley Street, Digbeth on Saturday 28th March.” The festival […]

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