Freeno and Olaf

The Modified Toy Orchestra performing at the Zemos98 festival in Seville, March 2007. via RussL

The Main Event

The Main Event is a mini-festival taking place this Saturday at the Custard Factory from 11am – 5pm. Orgaised by musician Shimm1 with his creative organisation ‘Zygo Battalion’ it features performances by Moorish Delta 7 and Taharka from Birmingham, The Ripps from Coventry and Midas from Stourbridge along with Shimm1 himself. More info on

Jazz Festival announced have news of the Birmingham Jazz Festival for this year with “150 performances taking place in some 60 venues including bars, hotels, clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, stores, concert halls, the city’s streets and squares” over the week of Friday 6th to Sunday 15th July with almost all the events free to the public. More … [Read more…]

Mr Silke

Mr Silke is one of those collective things that seems to pop out of nowhere and amaze you with its scale and ambition. Whether it lives up to its aims remains to be seen but whatever happens the side effects should be positive and interesting. This is taken from Creative Wolverhampton: From off the streets … [Read more…]

BASS Festival

The Bass Festival (British Art and Street Sounds) is a rather exciting sounding collection of black music events put together by Birmingham-based promoters (amongst other things) Punch. Running throughout the month of June there are 30 events taking place in venues across the West Midlands with a mission to take this music overground on it’s … [Read more…]

Music: Augustine

Letters from the South [audio:augustine_letters_south.mp3] Website (under construction at time of posting) MySpace Photo by Victor Kills Virginia

Fopp Award for New Music

Capsule brings us news of the Fopp Award for New Music, run by the PRS Foundation, which is currently taking applications from Central and Northern England. The Fopp Award for New Music will give up-and-coming acts a fantastic opportunity to get their material recorded, mixed, edited and mastered at a professional recording studio for free, … [Read more…]