Category Archives: Upcoming

Win 2 Tickets to see First Aid Kit, Goodnight Lenin and Mr. Bones & The Dreamers

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit play The Hare and Hounds on Thursday 15th July and the kind hearted souls at Birmingham Promoters (in association with Miss Perry) have given Blue Whale Studios two tickets to give away so a couple of  you lovely readers can get in gratis. Plus Goodnight Lenin and Mr Bones and the Dreamers are supporting, completing a very tasty line up indeed.

In the comment box below just tell us what the nastiest accident you’ve had that required medical attention and the person with the most toe curlingly gruesome experience, will get themselves two tickets to help them through the traumatic ordeal.

If, like me, you’re an unlucky sod and don’t win the coveted prize, tickets are £5 via the cheaplist, just email with your full name.

Good luck!


@Counteract Magazine Presents… @SeaFieldsUK, @TheScholars and @SpeechFewapy DJs @HareAndHounds

The relentless Richard Franks is promoting the first Counteract Magazine showcase at The Hare on Hounds featuring Sea Fields and The Scholars with tunes from the Speech Fewapy rascals on Thursday 15th July.

Tickets are just £2 advance from Ticket Sellers here. Those who attend this showcase will get money off August 12th’s showcase featuring the hotly tipped Minnaars and the ferocious Hold Your Horse Is.

Please be aware that Cake will be available at this event. Sounds like a lot of fun doesn’t it? If you want to be part of the summer of death.

Go to the newly refurbished the latest music news and reviews.

Off The Cuff @TheFlapperBrum Tickets On Sale

Off The Cuff Festival 23-25 July

Tickets for the three day Off The Cuff Festival at The Flapper are now available form

With the line up boasting of the likes of 35 Seconds, Pulled Apart by Horses, Dead Lights, Tubelord, Adebisi Shank, Chapel Club, Malpas, Boat to Row , &U&I – the new band from the remnants of Blakfish and a debut show from the much talked about Victories at Sea, the event promises to be outstanding value for money at only £18 for a three day ticket.

For more information, got to

The Best Band of the Noughties, 35 Seconds, Return @ThisisTmrw 12th July


The greatest Birmingham band of the last decade as voted for by readers of The Blue Whale Blog return to play at The Hare and Hounds for This is Tomorrow on 12th July.

35 Seconds support the hotly tipped Toro Y Moi with help from Of Pandas and People featuring ex members of Hero Machine, Alex ‘The King Singh’ McIntyre and Tom ‘Grease Boy’ Rees.

A free 35 Seconds Mix CD is available to the first 30 people through the door.

More info can be found on Facebook here.

Win 2 Tickets to Future of The Left / Sabotage Left / Circus Town @ The Rainbow

Angry noise punks Future of The Left are coming to tear The Rainbow a new one this Thursday (3rd June) with help from Sabotage Left and Circus Town. The lovely folk at Birmingham Promoters have given Blue Whale Studios two tickets to offer as a fantabulous prize.

Future of the Left is an alternative rock band which formed in 2005 in Cardiff, Wales. They consist of Andy “Falco” Falkous (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Kelson Mathias (bass, vocals) and Jack Eggelstone (drums). Falkous and Eggelstone are former members of mclusky and Mathias is a former member of Jarcrew.

Welsh trio mclusky was one of the bright spots in the British indie scene’s post-Britpop hangover, forming in 1999 and releasing three appealingly noisy albums before splitting in January 2005. During the same period, Welsh electro-punks Jarcrew released two albums before also splitting in early 2005, reportedly due to the drummer finding religion.

While mclusky bassist Jon Chapple went off to form Shooting At Unarmed Men, the trio’s remaining members, singer/guitarist Andrew Falkous and drummer Jack Egglestone, hooked up with Jarcrew singer and keyboardist Kelson Mathias and bassist Hywel Evans. Evans soon left to start his own group, so with Mathias moving over to bass (and after experimenting with a variety of tongue-in-cheek names) the remaining trio debuted as Future Of The Left in autumn 2006.

Remaining with mclusky’s label Too Pure, Future of the Left made their debut with the double A-side Fingers Become Thumbs / The Lord Hates A Coward in January 2007. Two more singles followed: adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood and Small Bones Small Bodies; and the album Curses was released in September 2007. Falkous’s trademark abrasive guitar riffs and vocals remained in evidence, but also added to the mix were keyboards: an old Roland synth plugged through a guitar amp in most cases, but also acoustic piano on album closer The Contrarian.

Amidst constant touring, a stopgap live album last night i saved her from vampires was released in 2008.

March 2009 saw a new single on 4AD, The Hope That House Built, and second studio album Travels With Myself And Another was released in June.

To win the tickets for yourself – just answer the question below:

What two bands previous bands were the members of Future of The Left in?

Answers in the comment box below. It’s not that hard really, the answer is in the biog above.

In the likely event of there being more than one correct answer, we will draw the winners name out of a hat.

Good luck!!!

‘Always heavy, always melodic’ An Interview with Overproof Sound System

The Hare and Hounds plays host to a special gig on Saturday 1st May; Leftfoot is celebrating its 10th anniversary by welcoming Overproof Sound System back to the stage. Despite being based in Birmingham, this band rarely play on home turf, and have received most of their successes in countries like Croatia, Germany, Poland, NZ and Oz, where they continue to play to huge crowds and headline festival circuits with their uplifting blend of dancey, electronic leftfield dub, featuring vocalists Messenger Douglas and Juggla. Shelley Atkinson caught up caught up with Brian Nordoff, aka Jah Grizzly, Overproof’s producer ahead of the gig and asked for the lowdown.

Sum Overproof up in ten words or less…
Jah Grizzly: “Uplifting, beat driven,rootsy, dancy, conscious dub, laced with positivity.”

What 10 tunes would you pick as your “desert island” playlist?

Johnny Osborne –  “Truth and Rights”
Marvin Gaye –  “Mercy Mercy Me”
Wailing Souls –  “Kingdom rise Kingdom Fall”
Erykah Badu –  “On and On”
Smog –  “Rock Bottom Riser”
Laura Marlin –  “Darkness Descends”
A girl called Lauren “Stuck” – Various Productions Dubstep mix
Bob Marley –  “Natural Mystic”
Dennis Brown – “General”
Messenger Douglas –  “Perilous Time”

Describe the new album and a typical Overproof live set:

“The new album takes its influences from Roots, Dub, afrobeat, Hip Hop and R and B. Always heavy; always melodic. The set live is usually a shock for those who have never seen it. Although billed as a sound system the show is more like watching a band, lots of energy, plenty of passion. Messenger Douglas sings like an angel and Juggla comes across like he should be in Nirvana. Always turns into one big party, its enough to make the dreads mosh!”

Overproof Sound System

Plans for 2010?

“We are releasing the new album, ‘Pull It Up’. We also plan to tour as much as possible and record some new material. A tour of South America is also in the pipeline and we hope to get noticed more in the UK, as we play abroad much more often than on home turf.”

What’s your view of the Birmingham music scene, and where do you fit in?
“We have been connected with the Birmingham reggae scene for a long time working with bands like Cornerstone, Afrikan Star, Steele Pulse in the early days right up to now. We have been recording material for Friendly Fire Band and have produced an album for Brummie crew XOVA who have a single called ‘Our Generation’, out at the moment (love this tune!). We have mixed an album for UB40 and have produced an album for Jimmy Brown and Earl Falkner from UB40, under the name of Dub Specimen. Through a Birmingham show called Roots DeVille we hooked up with Fat Freddy’s Drop, which brought about a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Also, we have known Adam Regan for years, through various projects, so its great to be part of the Leftfoot 10th Anniversary.
The Birmingham scene is healthy- it always has been- not just for urban music but for all genres. Like most northern towns it needs more media attention. But it won’t be stopped.”

How do you see the bigger picture of the music industry?
“We would love people to occasionally pay for downloads. We understand the whole get it for nothing thing but maybe when people are feeling flush they could support an underground artist before everything falls into the hands of the majors and the only way to make music is to be involved with them.”

Adam Regan, co-founder of Leftfoot and long standing Overproof supporter, will also be DJing, along with Jam Jah and Maxwell 33 for what is set to be a legedary party. Blendstate’s Liam d’Authreau will also be in attendance, completing this celebration with a visual trip down memory lane…VJing and mixing photos from the last 10 years of G Corp and Leftfoot. The event will also be streamed live on Rhubarb Radio, complete with band interviews, a word from The Hare and Hounds’ Adam Regan, and chats with the crowd.

Tickets £5 in advance from The Ticket Sellers

Blue Whale Acoustic Session @CreatedinBrum Shop Saturday 24th April @ 2pm

The kind folks at the awesome Created in Birmingham Shop in the Bull Ring (opposite the Apple Store) are hosting Malpas, Boat to Row and Ace Bushy Striptease as an afternoon appetiser to the evening show at The Rainbow.

This free event is completely free and won’t cost you any money for the free live music that is being staged for no charge whatsoever at a price of zero pounds.

Then at 7pm we join forces with We Love Brum to put on a right old knees up at The Rainbow featuring the aforementioned bands as well as headliners, Is I Cinema.

Rhubarb Radio will be streaming the gig as well as live visuals being provided by the awesome Leon Trimble which may or may not look like this.

Blue Whale Studios and We Love Brum Presents….

At The Rainbow on Saturday 24th April at 7pm for only two bloomin’ quid!


“Built up with the dexterity of a matchstick modeller and the power of a traction engine” – The Fly

Is I Cinema

“It’s bookish, filmic, poetic and geeky but above all Is I Cinema are a triumphant tragedy, sounding the death knell of trad rock.” – The Fly

Boat To Row

“The fluent acoustic pickings and wholesome honesty of his sound are like a safety blanket wrapped round you as you curl up on the sofa watching an episode of Bagpuss.” The Blue Whale Blog

Ace Bushy Striptease

“They sound sort of like early Pavement sneaking into My Bloody Valentine’s lock-up with cute shouty bits and some token girly singer trying to hold onto her dignity amidst all the pseudo-pubescent chaos.” Greg Bird for The Blue Whale Blog

Plus DJ sets from This is Tomorrow that may or may not sound anything like this mix below:

Sungazer by thisistomorrowuk

See the Facebook event here.

Bookmark and Share