The House of Beorma Archive

Building on their project The Festival of The Rea that took place at Supersonic Festival 2012, The Outcrowd Collective will turn the Pavilion into a museum of fictional and real archival material around ‘Beorma’ the chieftan of the Beormingas clan who are the first known Anglo-Saxon settlers and founders of Birmingham. Drawing on Benjamin Stone’s photographs of rural procession and folk celebrations – held in the Library of Birmingham’s archives – The Outcrowd will also present re-imagined celebrations and rituals to Beorma.

Visit The House of Beorma Archive at Library of Birmingham from Tuesday 8th October til Sunday 13th October.

Festival of the Rea from Lawrence Roper on Vimeo.

dance of the dun cow from Lawrence Roper on Vimeo.


Rise of Birmingham / video + photos

Thanks to all who came to the Rise of Birmingham show at the library last Wednesday. Such a great crowd, and four brilliant performances. Photos by Katja Ogrin.

Free School

Free School were joined on stage by three different vocalists, Greg Bird, Sigmund Frued and Tomlin Mystic

Victories at Sea


Youth Man

This is Tmrw DJ set

HTF Media created this video of the night…

The next music event at the library is Bring To Light 25-27 October- think of it as a mini Supersonic and a real celebration of new and adventurous music. Weekend and day tickets are available via and at Milque and Muhle record shop, Custard Factory, Birmingham.



Meet Deafheaven

Performing as part of Bring To Light on Friday 25th October, the mighty Deafheaven have a very urban take on black metal- making them a perfect soundtrack for a night in an industrial warehouse in Birmingham! The San Francisco-based group began as a two-piece with George Clarke and Kerry McCoy who recorded and self-released a demo album together. After a warm reception, Deafheaven recruited three new members and began to tour, and this is their first trip to the UK.

Terrorizer have previewed Bring To Light with an interview with lead singer George Clarke

what we do on stage is nothing but a physical manifestation of how we feel when we hear our songs.Read the full interview

Tickets for Bring To Light are available via


Discovery season – week five


Studio Myerscough are in residency and they’re on a mission to create a new typeface, with live contributions from you. Visit the Pavilion all this week, it’s totally free.

In addition Morag Myerscough will be presenting an instinctive journey through colours, patterns and her design practice at Volume, accompanied by fellow designer and collaborator Luke Morgan and his band The Highliners, creating a punk rock design performance! This will be headlined by Bill Drummond. Tickets available HERE

Tonight from 8pm, come see four amazing local bands at Rise of Birmingham. Tickets are £5 from Read more about Free School, Victories at Sea, Youth Man and Victor here.

Saturday 5th October 2pm and Sunday 6th October 11am
Laura Kate Chapman workshop, Middle Earth, Free
Join artist Laura Kate Chapman whose work takes inspiration historic Parker Collection of Children’s Books and Games, celebrating the tradition of hand drawn artistic methods.


Throughout the season you ca explore the library via the Discovery Trail, the trail includes the Theatre Jukebox, by Stand + Stare, an arcade-style cabinet that plays stories instead of records and allows you to choose the chapters you want. You can listen to accounts of imagined journeys and travel stories inspired by the Wingate Bett Transport Ticket collection. Wingate Henry Bett was the first president of the Transport Ticket Society and founder of the Electric Railways Society. He co authored Great British Tramway Networks with John C Gillham which became the bible of British tramways. His collection of transport tickets is one of the Library of Birmingham’s collections.

And at the end of the month, Capsule will be invading the library with a programme of experimental music. Very much a Supersonic Festival inspired weekend, Bring To Light features Josephine Foster, Dinos Chapman and Deafheaven as well a celebration of the work of Delia Derbyshire and a special Kids Gig with Richard Dawson. Read more or purchase tickets via


Sarah Farmer exhibition / University of Birmingham

Sarah has been working with the fossils and fauna in the university’s collections

Capsule have embarked upon a new partnership with the University of Birmingham, supporting an artist in residence to make and display work in response to the university’s fascinating and varied collections.

Sound artist Sarah Farmer has spent a number of months working and researching intensively at the Lapworth Museum of Geology  and the Winterbourne botanical collection. Farmer has explored the collections, spent time with the curators and staff, and has created a number of sound based works, as well as screenprints, in response to her time there.

Lapworth Museum of Geology

The exhibition will begin at Winterbourne on Thursday 24th October, her work will be on display in the Cactus House for two weeks, before moving to Lapworth Museum of Geology on Thursday 7th November until Sunday 24th November. Come and explore the university’s collections in a way you’d never imagined.

Winterbourne House & Garden / 10am – 4pm weekdays 11am – 4pm weekends /58 Edgbaston Park Road

Lapworth Museum / 9.00am – 5.00pm weekdays 12.00pm – 5.00pm weekends / Aston Webb building, Edgbaston Campus

This project is supported through Connected – a University of Birmingham Cultural Engagement initiative.


Meet clipping

Los Angeles noiserap trio, clipping will be making their first trip to the UK this October and will play Bring To Light on Sunday 27th October. Playing in support of their self-released debut ‘midcity’, audiences will also get a chance to hear some of clipping’s new material for their two upcoming 2014 releases on Sub Pop and Deathbomb Arc. Yes, they know about noise. But this is hip hop.

“The truth: Ladies and gentlemen, the first necessary album of 2013 is upon us.” – Guardian UK

You can also read an extensive preview of Bring To Light by Ideal Skate Supply in this month’s student edition of Brumnotes, 

Tickets for Bring To Light are £40 for three days of adventurous new music. You can also purchase limited day tickets via


Meet Youth Man

This Wednesday 2nd October, four brilliant bands from the region will invade the new Library of Birmingham. Free School combine the sunny Balearic sounds of summer and the icy kosmische sounds of winter, Victories at Sea cite influences as wide and diverse as Slowdive, Boards of Canada, and M83, Victor bring big choruses and dangerously boisterous breakdowns and here’s a brief intro to

Youth Man

“They generate an infectious energy during their intense live show as three individuals grapple with their instruments to whip up a reckless tornado of sound, flailing limbs and musical angst that is a feast for the senses.

“These riotous noise-makers bring a shambolic edge with their Pixies-influenced setup. This young three-piece encapsulate everything exciting about Birmingham music right now with frontwoman Kaila Whyte sporting a reputation for the raucous.” Brum Notes

Four bands for £5 – get your tickets via Doors are 8pm.


The Sound Trolley photos / return of the typography workshops

Huge thanks to MortonUnderwood and everyone who got involved with The Sound Trolley residency last week. Causing a right old racket in the Pavilion at the entrance to the Library of Birmingham, sounds were triggered as the trolley was pushed around on floor patterns made from vinyl – these designs determined what sound the trolley made. Images are by Katja Ogrin.

David Morton and Sam Underwood

As the trolley moved along the vinyl, different patterns triggered different sounds

Image by Gush Sohal

This week sees the return of Studio Myerscough’s typography workshops, come along to the Pavilion to join in designing a new typeface.

Juneau Projects’ returned at the weekend to deliver another Vegetable Quest workshop where families made vegetable people from plasticine.

And this Wednesday 2nd October at 8pm is Rise of Birmingham. Free School, Victories at Sea, Victor and Youth Man are four brilliant bands from the region, check em out for only a £5. Tickets are available from