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.”


Meet Victories At Sea

The next live show in the Discovery season sees some of Birmingham’s finest young talent perform in the library. At Rise of Birmingham on Wednesday 2nd October, you’ll see kraut/disco, noise rock, post punk and more.

Check out Victories At Sea, a three piece who have recently signed to Static Caravan. They’ve played support slots for Savages, Teeth of the Sea and Editors.

“I’m not entirely sure what but there’s definitely something in Birmingham’s waters lately as yet another promising new band emerges on to the circuit. Victories at Sea provide an enticingly refreshing outlook on the standardised Indie Popsters that are flying at us left, right and centre from the city. With brooding guitars shadowed by hauntingly dark percussion they prove to be a stark contrast to the crystallised pop we’re used to hearing from the current Midlands scene.”

Tickets are only £5 for four great bands – Free School / Victor / Youth Man / Victories At Sea. You can get them in advance via


Meet Josephine Foster

An enthralling songwriter and performer, Josephine Foster will bring a touch of class to the Bring To Light weekend. A multi instrumentalist, and former opera singer she creates contemporary folk, each record drawing inspiration from a different source, from traditional Spanish music to Emily Dickinson poetry.

Her new record I’m a Dreamer sees her reinterpreting old country music in her inimitable style. You can listen to the track ‘Sugarpie I’m Not The Same’ over at The Quietus.

Weekend tickets for Bring To Light are currently on sale for £40 via, the event also features Richard Dawson, Kogumaza, Zomes and many more. Read the full details here.


Say hello to Milque & Muhle!


From a new library, to a new record shop – Birmingham is really bucking the trends!

“Milque & Muhle is an independent record shop based in Birmingham’s Custard Factory. Coming from a combination of music and art backgrounds Milque & Muhle is the creation of Nathan Warner and Ellena Donlon, recognising Birmingham’s demand for a unique music outlet, they hope to be a place where people can find rare material and discover the new.

Milque & Muhle not only provides vinyl and cassette, covering all left field material from Punk/Hardcore, Metal/Doom through to Industrial, Jazz/Free Jazz, Psyche, Soundtracks and Experimental; You will also find music fanzines, comics, presses and occasional art prints. With due course Milque & Muhle hope to curate local gigs and music/art based events targeted towards curious audiences in Birmingham.”

Birmingham’s newest record shop will open on 21st September, from 10 am – 6 pm (located next door to the Custard Factory reception), followed by an evening of live music from Black Veins, Female Smell and Ghold with DJ sets from Nicholas Bullen, David Grindi and Scott Johnston held in Muther’s studio Digbeth from 8 pm, free admission.