News of two tasty little events – the second of which I’m particularly excited about. But first, to West Bromwich – and to a comedy competition!
The Public’s suffered from more than a little derision and criticism since it opened (“that big, hugely expensive building in the middle of West Brom which nobody bothers to go to” being heard when it first opened) but perhaps that’s being just a smidgen too cruel. It’s a good venue and exhibition space, receiving support and interest from people across the spectrum, and… Well, it’s nearby, isn’t it?
To their credit, the venue’s operators Sandwell City Council (plus exhibitors and event promoters) have continued to back the venue and their hard work (and cold hard cash) is paying dividends. Not only do we currently have the excellent Home of Metal exhibition – their Weekender, from the 1st to the 4th of September looks like a cracking little visit, particularly given we’re nestled in the very black heart of British Heavy Metal (home to the Heavy Metal Records record label no less!), there’s all kinds of fringe arts, culture and entertainment events on regular rotation.
Most recently, The Public’s announced a comedy showcase – culminating in ten comics being given ten minutes to perform in front of a heckling, drinking audience 😉 AND the winner taking home Â£100 in genu-wine Bank of England tenners. Pays the bar tab, if nothing else. The competition’s been called “Starter for Ten” – and also heralds the return (hurray!) of regular comedy nights at The Public into and through the autumn months. The winner of the competition gets to be the visiting comedians’ support gig – lesser men would be intimidated, but I KNOW there are some really funny comics in the Midlands. Perhaps I should get my arse over there to check this out.
Begin shameless quote from press release;
â€œThe Publicâ€™s comedy showcase is a great way to celebrate the outstanding talent the region has to offer and will provide amateur comics a fantastic opportunity to perform alongside touring comedians.â€
Linda Saunders, Managing Director of The Public
Comics wishing to enter the competition should email a promo video or links to online content to firstname.lastname@example.org, together with an application form available from www.thepublic.com [the direct link is http://www.thepublic.com/events/calling-all-budding-comedians — Chris].Â Deadline for entries is Friday 26 August 2011.Â For terms and conditions visit thepublic.com; for more info about events at The Public you can call 0121 533 7161.
Also, Soweto Kinch is back in town! 2011’s Flyover Show – the fourth instalment of what’s arguably one of the coolest urban gatherings in the Midlands – is going to be BIG. He’s only gone and booked some Wolverhampton unknown who goes by the name of “Goldie” to headline this year! Soweto explains:
How cool is that lineup! I’ll shamelessly quote from 69 Degrees, in case you haven’t already read:
Between Soho Road and Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, thereâ€™s the Hockley Flyover. Nothing too exciting about that, I bet youâ€™re thinking. But on 20th August, below this generic grey stretch of road, will be transformed into an arena of creativity and will play host to some of the most iconic contributors to Black British and Urban Culture.
Drum & Bass legend Goldie and MOBO award winning UK rapper Akala, among others, are set to continue to defy stereotypes, featuring alongside graffiti artists, comedy acts, and theatre and dance work next month.
The fourth year of the free event promises to be thought provoking, challenging and entertaining, whilst proving that communities associated with negative headlines can stage the highest of artistic expression.
The Flyover Show 2011 will be held from 12:30 â€“ 9pm on Saturday 20th August.
FLYER TIME! Click on it for the full-size version…
Given the weather we’ve already had this year it should be bloody brilliant. See you there then? 😀