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



dearly departed

These stunning posters have just been designed for us by the very talented David Hand for our forthcoming Shellac and Om shows which will take place in November. They form part of a series of artwork featuring sadly departed animals.


Dinos Chapman: one man in a rabbit’s suit

Culture 24 preview Dinos Chapman’s performance at Bring To Light 25th October, Rainbow Warehouse.

“Chapman has named Luftbobler after the bubbles in a Norwegian Aero bar. He’s outlining his plans ahead of Bring to Light, a three-day festival as part of the new Library of Birmingham’s inaugural programme where he’ll star alongside the likes of hyperactive South African dance act Shangaan Electro and Richard Dawson, a singer-songwriter whose Kids Gigs are designed to provide belly laughs for under-sevens at the city’s Symphony Hall.

“While you lot have been sunning yourself on beaches all summer, I’ve been locked in the basement toiling away making noisey stuff for your amusement,” he offers, when asked what wristband holders might expect.” Read the full article here

Weekend and day tickets are available from Read more

Listen to Dinos talk about his new musical project:


Discovery season – week four

All this week MortonUnderwood are in residence with their Sound Trolley. It is controlled through an accessible interface and features an optical sequencer at its core; triggering sound as the trolley is pushed around on floor patterns made from vinyl. These designs will determine what sound the trolley emits when it is maneuvered over them. It’s a playful vehicle of sonic delights, waiting to be driven by you.

If you enjoyed the 2arttoyguys’ Vintage Sci Fi residency last week, there’s a ‘Robots and Technology’ lunchtime talk by Nick Hoares of University of Birmingham 12.30-1.30pm.

If you missed the amazing Vegetable Quest workshop in the opening week, you can join Juneau Projects this Saturday at 2p to make your own veggie characters.

Read more about the Discovery season here


Bring To Light / day tickets on sale + Evil Blizzard

A weekend of diverse music, Bring To Light will celebrate the very best in new music and performance. A Supersonic Festival inspired weekend, Bring To Light’s varied programme will combine electronic music, folk, black metal, electro acoustic composition, hip hop and more.

A late additon to proceedings, we’re pleased to sneak one last act to add some raucous energy. Comprising four bassists, a singing drummer and a baby’s head theremin, Evil Blizzard are a live experience unlike any other. Mark E Smith notably commented that Evil Blizzard are “the future of music” – you can see for yourself by checking out this recent video footage:

Friday 25th October / 8pm-late/ Rainbow Warehouse, Digbeth

£15 day ticket

Shangaan Electro / Dinos Chapman / Sleaford Mods / Deafheaven / Hordes

Also on Friday, Shangaan Electro will lead FREE dance workshops, giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to learn the wildest Shangaan dance moves step by step.Two workshops will take at place 1pm and 3pmPlease email if you are interested in taking part.

Saturday 26th October / 3pm

– midnight /Library of Birmingham

£20 day ticket

Josephine Foster / Robedoor / High Wolf / Kogumaza / Richard Dawson / Zomes

There’ll also be a very special Kids Gig, aimed at children and their families on Saturday at 2pm at the Symphony Hall. This free event is aimed at the under 7s and features the inimitable Richard Dawson. Symphony Hall is situated very near to the Library of Birmingham, in Chamberlain Square. No need to book, just drop in.

Sunday 27th October / 2pm – 11pm / Library of Birmingham

£15 day ticket

Masaki Batoh / Clipping / Evil Blizzard / Sarah Angliss / The Delia Darlings / Laurence Hunt

The Paragon Hotel in Digbeth is within 5 minutes walking distance from the Rainbow and the Novotel on Broad St is near to the Library of Birmingham. Both venues are in walking distance from Birmingham’s main train station and the coach station.

Weekend tickets are still available for £40

Go to for more programme info.


MortonUnderwood present The Sound Trolley

The Discovery Pavilion is housing an amazing series of residences, with each creative setting up home in the bespoke space for only a week, so catch each residency while you can!

2arttoyguys spent last week making beautiful vintage sci fi models, and decorated the space all things retro science fiction, including a full size recreation of HG Wells’ Time Machine! Lot’s of people joined in, creating their own models from recycled materials.

This week you can explore The Sound Trolley, a collaborative effort between David Morton and Sam Underwood, it is a whimsical audio creature that contains an array of electronic and acoustic sounds. It is controlled through an accessible interface and features an optical sequencer at its core; triggering sound as the trolley is pushed around on floor patterns made from vinyl. These designs will determine what sound the trolley emits when it is manoeuvred over them. It’s a playful vehicle of sonic delights, waiting to be driven by you.

The best way to experience The Sound Trolley is by having a go. Drop in and try it out, or sign up for a workshop to explore its full potential. Be treated to an extremely fun installation from a wildly unorthodox pair of artists. In the words of Sam Underwood “It’s what humans do with it that really brings it alive.”