CRITICAL LIST: February’s Midlands Must Sees
Fill February with Fun! We’ve rounded up our top picks of events across Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Leicester this month!
Noughts and Crosses
1st – 16th February @ Derby Theatre
This gripping Romeo and Juliet story, based on the young adult novel by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz, is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.
1st February @ O2 Academy Birmingham
The soaring career of Enter Shikari continues, as they gear up for their longest headline run to date. ‘The Stop The Clocks’ tour is a chance to witness the award-winning alt-rock outfit in an intimate and direct setting, as they perform much of their accomplished fifth album, The Spark.
1st – 16th February @ birmingham rep
From Joe Penhall (Mindhunter, The Last King Of Scotland andThe Road), this Olivier Award-winning play is a darkly funny dissection of institutional racism and mental health in modern Britain.
2nd February @ O2 Academy Birmingham
13th february @ rock city nottingham
Indie icons, Kaiser Chiefs may have been holed up in the studio working on the follow-up to their 2016 album Stay Together, but they’ll resurface in early 2019 for a full headline tour. Performing tracks from across their extensive catalogue of work, they’ll continue their reign of being one of Britain’s most treasured bands.
2nd February @ Rock City Nottingham
Gorgon City have announced their upcoming UK & Ireland tour, with the duo set to play a series of locations nationwide following the release of ‘Escape’, their eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s ‘Sirens’ (over 70,000 UK copies sold).
2nd February @ nottingham playhouse
The story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, bare-knuckle fighter from a traveller background, who enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear.
3rd February @ O2 Academy Birmingham
Coming straight off the back of a triumphant set of UK tour dates, award-winning international pop-star, Hayley Kiyoko is already set for her live return. Supporting her debut album Expectations, which has propelled her into one of the most celebrated new artists in the pop landscape, these performances will place her at the forefront of the queer-pop movement.
the full monty
4th – 9th February @ theatre royal nottingham
25th february – 2nd march @ belgrade theatre coventry
This “chuffing brilliant” production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose, took the world by storm and has become one of Britain’s most successful shows. Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production has received standing ovations every night and won the prestigious UK Theatre Award.
matthew bourne’s swan lake
5th – 16th February @ birmingham hippodrome
Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) will create an exciting reimagining of the classic production.
strictly come dancing live
5th & 6th February @ motorpoint arena nottingham
The awesome foursome will join tour host and 2016 Strictly winner Ore Oduba, at some of the biggest entertainment venues across the UK. The live show will also be directed by Craig Revel Horwood and feature many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the current series of the award-winning BBC One show.
5th February @ O2 Academy leicester
2018 saw the highly-anticipated return of The Vaccines with their critically acclaimed fourth album, Combat Sports. Continuing to celebrate its success with further live dates, the band will cement their status as one of the most adored British bands of our generation.
Leicester Comedy Festival
6th – 24th February
Leicester’s iconic comedy festival returns once again for 2019 with a jam packed line-up with something for everybody!
8th & 9th February @ O2 Academy Birmingham
11th February @ Rock City Nottingham
Scottish synth-pop band, CHVRCHES will be kicking off 2019 with a substantial headline tour, following the acclaimed release of euphoric Top 10 album, Love Is Dead.
8th – 23rd February @ nottingham playhouse
Wonderland is the spirited and uplifting drama written by the daughter of a Nottinghamshire miner. Expect dark humour and tension in this 360° look at the events leading up to and during the miner’s strike.
the marley experience
8th February @ 2funky music cafe
Presenting ” The Marley Experience” The Ultimate Bob Marley Tribute Band Live & Direct from the Heart of the UK. Giving you all the Hits Classics & Sing along’s Like One Love, Three Little Birds, No Woman no Cry, Iron Lion Zion, I shot the sheriff, Get up Stand up and many many more……. Stay tuned for band info & feel free to like share & add your friends, family & colleagues to this Amazing Group that pays Tribute to the Master of Reggae Music…the Right Honorable Berhane Selassie better known as Mr Robert Nesta Marley aka Bob Marley.
flo & joan
9th February @ curve theatre leicester
Following a sell-out run of their critically acclaimed 2017 show The Kindness of Stranglers, musical comedy duo and sisters Flo & Joan are travelling the country with a new hour of their dark and witty songs.
12th February – 16th February @ Theatre Royal nottingham
Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
12th February – 16th February at Curve, Leicester
A British northern coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play featuring Frantic Assembly‘s celebrated physicality.
12TH -16TH February at The Alexandra Theatre
Fantasies come true – the hilarious and multi-award winning Avenue Q is back! Following a smash-hit run in 2014, the fur-lariously laugh-out-loud musical is back by popular demand.Catch-up with all your favourite (and unforgettable) characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues – like what do you do with a BA in English? How do you find your purpose? And is the internet really just for….nevermind.
10th february @ rescue rooms nottingham
12th February @ O2 institute Birmingham
Independent UK rapper, Chip, is hitting the road following the release of his fourth studio album, TEN10.
13th February @ O2 institute Birmingham
Multi-platinum rapper and one of the crossover stars of British music, Professor Green, has made his return to music with the Rag ’N’ Bone Man collaborative single, ‘Photographs’ and he’ll be debuting it, along with more new material, at a string of chaotic live shows.
19th February @ Rock City Nottingham
Two-time Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and EDM legend, Steve Aoki is back with the third instalment of his Neon Future series and this time he’s collaborated with some huge names, including South Korean supergroup, BTS, Blink-182 and Lady Antebellum. He’ll be bringing the genre-defying Neon Future III to life as he makes a welcomed return to the UK for a headline tour, so don’t miss one of today’s most successful American electro-house artists in action.
16th February @ resorts world arena
Winner of the American Music Awards Favourite Male Artist (Pop/Rock) and Favourite Album (Rap/Hip Hop), Post Malone is coming to Birmingham!
19th – 24th february @ birmingham rep
rsc’s romeo & juliet
19th – 23rd february @ theatre royal nottingham
The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change. Will this spark a revolution, or will division continue to tear through generations?
mayday parade & the wonder years
18th February @ O2 Academy Birmingham
21st february @ rock city nottingham
Mayday Parade and The Wonder Years are teaming up for a tour full of emo, pop-punk dreams. Having both released new albums in 2018, this’ll be fans’ chance to experience them both live in the same setting.
catfish and the bottlemen
19th February @ motorpoint arena nottingham
Pure electricity crackled across the fields of Britain and Europe this summer with Catfish and The Bottlemen’s pulse-quickening, headline festival performances and their own acclaimed open-air shows. Barely pausing for breath, the band announces that they’re staying on the move to maintain their unstoppable ascent with a 6-date UK and Ireland Tour planned for February 2019.
22nd February @ derby theatre
Following his 150 date, smash-hit tour, Lee Nelson comes to Derby for one night only! You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage for a special performance of his sensational Serious Joker stand-up show.
22nd February @ arena birmingham
Fatboy Slim is aiming to create the biggest dance floor turning Arena Birmingham into a unique night club experience. Imagine something unusual and completely different. Expect a big production, a revolving stage, rave ushers and a live smiley face experience. No seat in the house will be far away from the stage.
25th February @ O2 institute Birmingham
Brighton’s very own psychedelic riff-masters, Demob Happy, will deliver grunge vibes aplenty when they take their electrifying new album, Holy Doom on the road.
Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt
6th february @ alexandra theatre birmingham
23rd february @ curve theatre leicester
25th February @ royal concert hall nottingham
Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.
26th February @ O2 Academy Birmingham
2018’s pop prince, Troye Sivan is following the release of his critically acclaimed second album, Bloom, with his biggest headline UK tour to date. The Australian singer this year has picked up both an MTV Europe Music Award and Teen Choice Award, as well as being praised by everyone from Taylor Swift to Rolling Stone and Billboard, so don’t miss your chance to witness the star in action.
28th February @ Rock City Nottingham
Grime MC, Fredo, has announced the details of his highly anticipated debut album Third Avenue, and to celebrate he’s headed out on a full UK tour.
28th February @ nottingham playhouse
Out-Spoken, one of London’s premier nights for poetry and live music, is returning to Nottingham Playhouse again to showcase the best in UK poetry, spoken word and music.