The Rise of Birmingham

The NME said some nice things about this here city in an article called ‘The Rise of Birmingham’. It’s not online (that I can tell) but the good people of Troumaca have scanned it so you can have a read then dash down to your local newsagent to read quotes such as:

the city has quietly (and undisturbed) fostered a genuinely exciting DIY music scene


Brum can stake a claim as the hottest place in UK indie

The folks who got mentions are:

Here’s Pete Ashton’s post from the last time they wrote an article like this, with links to all the bands from back then.

While I’m embarking on this brief foray into musicland, here are a couple of videos. First up is one from Poppy & The Jezebels:

and here’s an advert for Friends of the Stars’ fried chicken seasoning:


  • Rob Strong
    posted Apr 19th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Starter for ten then – one band appears in both this week’s article and the old one scanned by Pete Ashton, under a different name and having lost one member.

    Any offers?

    I wonder how many other folks from bands that didn’t ‘make it’ after the previous article are still around playing in other bands? A fair few. I’ll wager.

  • James Kennedy
    posted Apr 20th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Nice one for taking the time to sort out all the links!