Kids Gig photos

A very special Kids Gig during the Bring To Light weekend saw Richard Dawson perform to a huge crowd of kids and families at the Symphony Hall cafe. Thanks to Richard for coming along and playing ‘the most daunting gig of his career’, and to Sara Hamilton Baker for facilitating. Photos by Katja Ogrin.






For more Bring To Light photos go here


Discovery season – week nine

Last week was a fantastic week for the Discovery season with both Bring To Light and Box Of Light providing weird and wonderful sounds and visuals throughout the library, including a magnificent residency from Film Ficciones where artist Scott Johnson explored early techniques of creating moving image.

Girls Who Draw in the Pavilion. Photo by Gush Sohal.

For half term week Girls Who Draw are in residency with their Museum of Mythical Creatures. The museum is a collection of magical characters, fabulous beasts and imaginary beings inspired by myths, legends and folklore from around the world. Created by illustrators Girls Who Draw, they have painted, printed, cut, drawn and even sewn an array of imaginative artwork and unusual objects to inspire, intrigue and entertain visitors of all ages. Over the last few years Girls Who Draw has evolved from a small group into a larger network including both emerging and established illustrators.

Rhys Chatham

And this Saturday, a magnificent show in the Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre sees two giants of contemporary composition perform a UK exclusive collaboration. Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine first met in the late 60s in New York, at the end of 2012, they decided to revisit their collaboration. Support comes from Ex Easter Island Head’s large guitar ensemble, utilising an ensemble of experienced local musicians the piece sees an ensemble of guitarists playing modified ‘third bridge’ guitars from a unique graphic score to create a unique shimmering soundworld, rich in heavenly drones, overtones and repetition.

Tickets are available via



Bring To Light photos

Gnod performing at the library

Thanks to all who came to Bring To Light at the weekend. Our mini Supersonic was a huge success; so many great performances in a new setting.images by Katja Ogrin.

Dinos Chapman

Friday night was a messy start with Black Metal bands Hordes and Deafheaven. The line up then veered into many directions with a stellar performance from Sleaford Mods, an amazing audio visual set from Dinos Chapman and the grin inducing Shangaan Electro. Props to those in the audience who joined Shangaan on stage too!


Dinos Chapman

Sleaford Mods

Saturday and Sunday saw an array of weird and wonderful performances invade the Library of Birmingham, including deep drone from Robedoor, robotics and theremin from Sarah Angliss, the brain pulse music of Masaki Batoh and psychedlics from High Wolf.

Grumbling Fur

Richard Dawson

High Wolf





Milque & Muhle record stall

Laurence Hunt

Sarah Angliss

Masaki Batoh with his brain wave volunteer Lauren Barley

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Evil Blizzard

Evil Blizzard

You don’t need to wait long for more experimental music in the library, Rhys Chatham and Charlemagne Palestine perform a UK exclusive collaboration on Saturday 2nd November. Support comes from Ex Easter Island Head’s large guitar ensemble featuring members of Kogumaza.Tickets are available via


Sleaford Mods vid from Bring To Light + Sunday line up

Courtesy of HFT Media here is a video of Sleaford Mods performing on Friday night at Bring To Light.

Today will see performances from Sarah Angliss who mixes theremin, saw and electronics with an ensemble of strange automata , Delia Darlings pay sonic homage to pioneering composer Delia Derbyshire, Laurence Hunt explores the realm of sound via drums/percussion, Brain Pulse Music created by Japanese artist Masaki Batoh (Ghost), Clipping mix gangster rap, music concrete and harsh noise and we finish off the weekend with a live performance unlike any other by Evil Blizzard, comprising of four bassists, a singing drummer and a baby’s head theramin.
We kick off at 2pm – tickets are still available on the door.

Sunday 27 Oct

Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre doors 2.00
2.00         A celebration of the pioneering composer Delia Derbyshire
4.30         Laurence Hunt
5.30         Sarah Angliss
6.45         Masaki Batoh
8.15         Clipping
9.45         Evil Blizzard



Gnod at Bring To Light


Some good news and bad news. Sadly, due to personal circumstances Josephine Foster is no longer able to come

to Birmingham and her performance at Bring To Light is cancelled. We really hope to bring back over soon.

But Gnod have joined the bill and will play Saturday night in the Library. You can purchase tickets via

“Mainlining a torrent of psycho-delic, reverb drenched, doomsday motorik and improvised sounds is the master and mystery of Gnod. Audiences have come to expect bizarre humanoid toasting over cosmic synth eeriness pinned down with a combination of duelling deep-vein-thrombosis juggernaut riffs and heart-pounding beats. Gnod explore the possibilities of a big, awesome sound with an uncompromising aesthetic.

To date the band have releases with Not Not Fun (USA), Blackest Rainbow (UK). Tamed Records (France) and Rocket Recordings (UK) to name a few and are gaining a cult following on the live scene in grimy venues & dark club spaces all over Europe with their head-spinning, mind-bending, bowel-shaking live shows.”


Shangaan dance workshop – last chance to sign up!

Today is your last chance to sign up for the Shangaan dance workshop at 3pm on Friday 25th. It’s a unique opportunity to learn the wildest Shangaan moves, colourful costumes and hyper accelerated beats all included. Workshop participants can also take part in a free outdoor performance on Saturday 26th at the library’s amphitheatre.

No experience necessary, all ages and abilities welcome.Please email to register.


Bring To Light schedule

We know you enjoy a schedule so in order for you to plan the weekend ahead here are the times for Bring To Light.

Friday 25 Oct
3.00 Shangaan Electro dance workshop – Free but please book in advance
DanceXchange, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB

Rainbow Warehouse – doors  from 8pm

8.15          Hordes
9.00         Deafheaven
10.10        Sleaford Mods
11.10        Dinos Chapman
12.40       Shangaan Electro

Saturday 26 Oct
2.00 – 3.00 Kids Gig with Richard Dawson at Symphony Hall – Free no need to book

3.00 Shangaan Electro Amphitheatre Library of Birmingham free performance

Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre doors 4.00
4.20          Grumbling Fur
5.30          Richard Dawson
6.40          High Wolf
8.00          Robedoor
9.15          Josephine Foster
10.30        Kogumaza

11.30 – 2.00 after party Prince of Wales pub 85 Cambridge St, Birmingham, West Midlands

Sunday 27 Oct

Library of Birmingham Studio Theatre doors 2.00
2.00         A celebration of the pioneering composer Delia Derbyshire
4.30         Laurence Hunt
5.30         Sarah Angliss
6.45         Masaki Batoh
8.15         Clipping
9.45         Evil Blizzard

For further details about the line up see
Weekend and day tickets from theticketsellers

For advanced listening check our playlist


Kids Gig this Saturday with Richard Dawson

Last year’s Kids Gig featured Islaja and Flower/Corsano Duo

As part of Bring To Light, there’ll be a very special Kids Gig, a fantastic introduction to
experimental music, for children and their families on Saturday 26th October at 2pm at the Symphony Hall. This free event is aimed at the under 7s and features the inimitable Richard Dawson. There’s more family friendly activity on Saturday with a free performance by Shangaan Electro

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the dance phenomenon from South Africa, this takes place in the Library of Birminghams’ amphitheatre at 3pm.

No need to book, just drop in.