Creative Republic seeks Ambassador

Creative Republic “is the new representative body for the creative and cultural industries in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Created by members of the industry it seeks to promote the wealth of creative excellence within Birmingham’s cultural sector. Its membership will be open to all people working in the creative and cultural industries in the … [Read more…]


Laura, the Silver Footed Gig Slut Enthusiast, has spun off her invaluable gig guide to its own blog, The Tuesday Listings, updated every week with MySpace, etc links for every band. Friends of the Stars have started a podcast. It’s as much a music and ramble show as about the band themselves but probably tells … [Read more…]

Spotted Dog update

Previously… Keep Digbeth Vibrant is a new site set up, I believe, by a resident of the infamous Abacus building next to the Spotted Dog. Digbeth is renowned in Birmingham, the Midlands region and throughout the world a diverse and vibrant area encompassing a unique mix of industry, entertainment and residential developments. Part of the … [Read more…]


Island Bar has a new music night . Friday Night Live starts this week (27th) with Sabotage Left, Fillmore Gears & The Drowners. As well as this weekly event, Sunset Cinema Club, who are a band rather than a club, will be running their, um, club – Tropical Hotdog Night – on the first Friday … [Read more…]

4Talent Awards

The deadline for the 4Talent Awards (previously known as Creative Class) is on August 1st. The 4Talent Awards are all about new talent. They are: Completely free to enter. Open to anyone unstoppably creative… …provided you’re under 30 on 31/12/07. Tipped for great things, a Top 20 will be whittled down by an expert panel … [Read more…]

Podcasting News

Recordings of the last two Pub Conversations (previously blogged here) have been added to their podcast, being a chat between Ryan Gander and Bedwyr Williams and another between Becky Shaw and Steven Eastwood. I attended the latter and found it to be very good brain food so I recommend giving them a listen. Gary Dring … [Read more…]


Blogger Hydragenic waxes lyrical about the Editors album cover. “I draw your attention to the brooding, ominous colouring, the minimal stateliness of the typeface and the spectral, otherworldly image of the gasometer, the delicacy of its filigree structure contrasting with its vast industrial blankness.” Congrats to Steve and Evelyne Gerrard on the birth of their … [Read more…]

The Machine Is Us

I’ve noticed this blog gets a bit of a traffic spike on Fridays which is not too surprising as nobody wants to work on Fridays. Well, some people do. They’re the ones who make up the other traffic spike on Mondays I guess. So given there might be a number of hangovers about after the … [Read more…]