CRITICAL LIST: The Best Events Happening Across the Midlands this January.
The festive season is well and truly over and the January blues are in full force but fear not… We’ve rounded up some of the best events across the Midlands this month so you can shake away those blues.
House of verse
13th january @ 2funkymusiccafe
House of Verse are back with a Hawaiian vengeance! So don’t let the January blues get you down, get your weary souls to the 2Funky Music Cafe for a night worth rotting for! Expect a spookily entertaining line up of variety acts as vibrant as the Hawaiian sunset itself followed by DJs so good they’ll make you dance til your dead!
14th January @ Genting Arena Birmingham
GRAMMY award winning and international rock superstars, Paramore, will be hitting the Genting Arena on Sunday 14th January.
From 2005’s gold-certified debut, “All We Know Is Falling”, through to 2013’s smash “Paramore”, the band has had a truly remarkable run of critically acclaimed albums and singles since coming together in 2004.
Leicester comedy festival gala preview show
16TH JANUARY @ DE MONTFORT HALL LEICESTER
The Gala Preview Show returns to De Montfort Hall to launch the annual Leicester Comedy Festival, 7 – 25 February. We are delighted that Ed Byrne (as seen on Mock The Week; “Byrne is at the top of his game” The Sunday Telegraph) will host the show and he will be joined by some of the best comedians around including:
Hare & Hounds Presents Craig Charles
19th january @ hare and hounds
Hare & Hounds welcomes the legendary Craig Charles, with support from Sam Redmore.
BMA Showcase and Masterclass Launch
20 January @ ACM Birmingham
Join Birmingham M live music and masterclasses, and meet the mentors at the Academy of Contemporary Music on Saturday 20th January.
Thoughout the day you can enjoy: Four exciting Birmingham-based artists/bands and masterclasses/performances from Ambassadors/Mentors including Skunk Anansie’s Martin ‘Ace’ Kent and Kieron Pepper (The Prodigy/Sleeper). Moving and shaking with music industry professionals, artists, songwriters, producers, managers, labels and media all joining forces to make incredible things happen for Birmingham Music.
Black Veil Brides & Asking Alexandria
23rd January @ o2 Academy Birmingham
Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria are finally coming together for the co-headline tour that fans have been dreaming of for years. With both bands releasing new albums this winter, this’ll be one of the earliest opportunities to catch the new material live, whilst enjoying an explosive performance from two of the greatest bands in modern rock.
Chris Rock Total Blackout Tour
23rd January @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
25th January @ Arena Birmingham
Grammy and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer Chris Rock has announced his hit comedy tour, The Total Blackout Tour.
Lauded by peers and critics alike, Chris Rock is one of our generation’s strongest comedic voices. As an actor, director, producer and writer he has created many pivotal pop culture moments. With a career spanning more than three decades, Chris Rock is a true icon whose star shines even brighter.
Shipwrecked: 90S/00S Throwback Party
24th January @ Popworld Derby
Top DJ’s playing 90s and 00s pop, guilty pleasures, dance anthems, smash hits, indie, rock and hip hop so whether all you Mr Brightside’s and Sugababes are crazy in love with the 00s or all you Common People and Wannabes want to jump around to the 90s. This is the party for you!
26TH JANUARY @ BOXXED BIRMINGHAM
Boxxed is transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with the top Drum & Bass DJS
THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE
26th JANUARY @ 2 FUNKY MUSIC CAFE
Recreating some of Prince’s finest and most memorable musical moments, this gig will take you back to his golden eighties era. Think ‘Little Red Corvette,’ ‘Let’s Go Crazy,’ ‘When Doves Cry’ and, of course, the mighty ‘Purple Rain’! The multi-talented Buzz D’Angelo takes on one of the greatest artists of all time, with breathtaking vocals, powerful guitar and a fabulous backing band. This performance is a must for dedicated Prince fans, as well as anyone who loves a bit of eighties nostalgia!
27th January @ BOXXED
The mighty Playaz Recordings returns to Birmingham with another killer line up for their first outing of 2018
Beat The Streets
28th January across Nottingham
Beat the Streets – the all-day music festival fundraiser in aid of the homeless – has secured a stellar line up of the biggest artists to come out of the city’s music scene in recent years.
Sleaford Mods, Ferocious Dog, The Invisible Orchestra, Lawnmower Deth, Rolo Tomassi, Kagoule and Eyre Llew have all come on board for the charity festival taking place on Sunday 28 January 2018 to raise vital funds to support homeless people in need.
AMBUSH: SLAVES DJ SET
30th JANUARY @ THE SHED
As part of Independent Venue Week, the mighty Slaves will be joining the Leicester venue for the evening on Tuesday 30th January! If you’re into alternative music and cheesy mash ups don’t just cut it anymore, take back your Tuesday.
Twisted Tongues: Something Wicked This Way Tongues
30 January @ tHe old bell hotel derby
Lurch on down to The Old Bell Hotel Derby in The Cathedral Quarter Derbyfor an evening of poetry, drinking and chatting. Watch Derby’s bardic talents strut their verbal stuff, or get behind the mic yourself and read us your own words.
£1 entry for students, £2 entry for everyone else
31st January @ Arena Birmingham
Lady Gaga will be back in Brum next year with her latest tour! Previously having to postpone her 2017 dates, we can now announce she will be back at Arena Birmingham on 31 January 2018.
31ST JANUARY @ 2FUNKY MUSIC CAFE
On 31st January GARAGE SKANK throw a party to celebrate the best in UK Garage and Bass, old and new. From Roll Deep to Royal T, Skepsis to So Solid, Fonti to Flava D and everything inbetween.
souljam – Return of the Disco
31ST JANUARY @ LAB11 Birmingham
The glitter ball will be out, the sounds of Sylvester, Chic and Donna Summer will be rolling and the good times will most definitely be happening on the dance floor!
Pop on something shiny, kick off the high heels and get ready for a night of unparalleled dancing to the very best in Funk, Soul and Disco…