CRITICAL LIST: May’s Midlands Must-Sees!
Summer is on the way and with two Bank Holiday weekends to enjoy this month is set to be a scorcher!
We’ve rounded up our top events in the Midlands this May.
Coral Dolphin of EVIDENCE DANCE COMPANY photo by Ayodele Casel
Launching each year on 29 April to celebrate International Dance Day, LDIF brings diversity to the forefront in dance with a 10-day festival showcasing new work from local emerging talent to internationally acclaimed companies.
Inspired by Migrant Media’s banned cult documentary films Injustice and Who Polices the Police?, Custody draws on the real life experiences of families who have suffered from police injustice and from police stop and searches experienced by creator Urbain Wolf himself.
The Vamps are one of the most successful British bands, achieving a huge amount of success and acclaim all over the globe.
SoulJam, the original touring Funk, Soul & Disco party, bringing the boogie to the masses since 2012 is back in just a few weeks’ time!
If you’ve still not made it down, SoulJam is a fun filled, packed out party celebrating the very best in funky sounds with the friendliest crowds of dancers around up and down the UK!
The European stage première of Khaled Hosseini’s spiritual sequel to The Kite Runner.
Expect explosive dance battles on an outdoor stage, high-energy workshops, and live music and DJ sets from legendary names in the international Hip-Hop scene. Some of the best graffiti artists and writers around will also liven up the streets of Southside with brand new designs.
Crazy P kick off the first leg of their ‘Age Of The Ego’ live album tour with a very special Nottingham homecoming show in the intimate surroundings of The Brickworks.
This year Amusement 13 group embarks on a new journey, along with that comes the new ‘House & Techno series’. In which we will bring some of the best and biggest stars of the genre to the second city though out 2019.
One of the worlds hottest House DJ duo’s Defected’s very own, Amine Edge & Dance are coming through to blow the roof off this place on 3rd May.
The Official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour returns with an all new production for 2019! Mission leader Michelle Visage takes voyagers on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens including Aquaria, Kameron Michaels, Asia O’Hara, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls and Monét X Change!’
The Night Owl Presents Disco Brunch
4th May @ The Night Owl
Your ticket includes unlimited beer/Prosecco/rum punch for the first hour AND soul food from House of Hen – think fried chicken & sides- veggie option available of course!
In his armoury, Jamie Lawson holds an international hit single, a Number One album, an Ivor Novello Award, 238 million combined digital streams, 28 million YouTube views, and a huge social media following. As the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, his single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ became a hit around the world, selling over a million copies worldwide.
Joining, Ellie Goulding, James Arthur, Zara Larsson, The Vamps, Tom Walker, Mabel, Lewis Capaldi and HRVY are all set to perform this time at Free Radio Hits Live at Arena Birmingham!
EM-Con, the largest film and television convention in the East Midlands, will be returning in 2019 and has already announced the first names to be joining the festivities.
Set across ten stages dotted around Leicester, Handmade Festival 2019 is set to be even bigger with brilliant acts already confirmed and more to be announced soon.
Andy’s success and status as a festival main stage headliner and DJ who guarantees sell-out roadblocks are driven by a phenomenal work ethic and the kind of tour schedule that makes rock bands look like part-timers.
A very special “adult only” evening of music, art, science, fashion and food, that will be dedicated to celebrating the Dark Side of the Force, with maybe a hint of Rebellion!
2019 will see Olly return as a coach on The Voice and also embark on a 16 date UK arena tour
Following the popular and critically acclaimed adaptation of Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, imitating the dog turn their attention to Joseph Conrad’s extraordinarily influential novel, Heart of Darkness.
Star of Live At The Apollo, Live From The BBC, Mock The Week, Roast Battle and Live From The Comedy Store Suzi Ruffell takes her sell-out and critically acclaimed show Nocturnal on tour this Spring.
Multi-platinum-selling pop innovator, Marina, returns with her fourth full-length, LOVE+FEAR. A record split into two eight-song collections, it’s as lush, vibrant and powerful as you’d expect. To coincide with its release, she’ll be taking to the road for a host of live shows across the UK.
Following a hectic year of touring and becoming one of the hottest new names in the industry, BRITs Critics’ Choice winner, Sam Fender launched into 2019 with new single, ‘Play God’. A taste of what’s to come from his debut full-length, he’ll also be performing it, and many other favourites, on his upcoming headline tour.
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet
13th – 18th May @ CURVE THEATRE, LEICESTER
Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together…
Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’s gonna be Kaneing Birmingham with his brand-new stand-up show.
Find The Right Words
15th May @ Upstairs at the Western, Leicester
Created and compered by Jess Green, Find the Right Words is now firmly established as one of Leicester’s best spoken word and rap nights.
This year’s search for excellence in Birmingham music will culminate in the prestigious Birmingham Music Awards ceremony on Thursday 16th May at Trinity Street’s stunning new live music venue, The Mill Digbeth. This event is the only city-based awards to exclusively celebrate music achievement and will reward the best of Birmingham’s musicians and contributors to the music business.
Foil, Arms and Hog return to the UK with their best show yet. With over 100 million hits on YouTube, Foil, Arms and Hog are best known for their online videos, but their live show is what they are most proud of.
RENAISSANCE: SOLOMUN + GUESTS
17TH MILL @ THE MILL, DIGBETH
Renaissance Birmingham Part II: Hot on the heels of Dixon’s headline appearance, Renaissance bring Solomun to Birmingham for the first time since his legendary terrace set at Lab 11. This special club appearance is a rare break from his usual circuit of festivals and large-scale events.
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Ministry of Sound – The Annual Classical
18th May @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham
The greatest dance compilations of all-time hit the stage with your favourite dance tracks re-orchestrated, re-imagined, re-lived.
bring the paint
20th – 26th May @ cultural quarter, leicester
World renowned artists from America, Australia, Tahiti, Mexico, Germany, France, Greece and the UK are transforming Leicester city centre with world-class mural paintings.
Charged with Kay’s trademark intense athletic dance theatre, 10 Soldiers explores how the human body – with both fragility and incredible inner strength – remains on the frontline of war.
Hilarious, cheeky and uproariously entertaining, with a cast of 11 hugely talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is the musical like no other.
Following a critically-acclaimed West End run, Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam is embarking on a UK Tour. It’s New Year in Rotterdam, and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one named Adrian.
One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bit of it and it wasn’t very nice so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin and then later on I ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because I was drunk and it was absolutely delicious. It was 4am. I then changed the name of a WhatsApp I was a part of to COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 because I had been thinking a lot about how 1999 was the best year of my life and also about how much I hate myself sometimes. The next day I was asked to name my new show. Come along.
Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian.
Bearded Theory is an award-winning festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall in South Derbyshire.
Sting & Shaggy are heading out on tour to perform songs from their Grammy award winning collaborative album 44/867, alongside their greatest hits.
Now in its sixth year, Festival2Funky will be an awesome celebration of Black Music and arts, running from 24-26 May 2019 across 3 venues.Three days of live music, clubnights, DJ’s, industry panel, workshops and dancers will include a variety of high profile artists.
RITA ORA UK Tour 2019
Pop icon Rita Ora has announced her first ever headline arena tour, in support of her long-awaited second album Phoenix
2018’s biggest-selling UK debut act of the year, Anne-Marie, has today announced a nationwide UK and Ireland tour for May and June 2019.
YouTube superstars, KSI and Randolph take to stages to perform new music and iconic hits on their New Age tour.
Over the years, Estelle has released her 2008 hit single, ‘American Boy’, collaborated with the likes of Kanye West, will.i.am, John Legend and many more whilst continually bending genres by mixing R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip hop and dance. Her latest offering, Lovers Rock, combines reggae and afro swing and you’ll be able to see most of it live – as well as the biggest hits from her career.
Staycationing this summer and worried about missing all the beach-beats? Searching for a unique dining experience with the wow-factor right here in Brum? Look no further! The party-pros at Elegant Entertainment and Higher House have got you covered with Skyline Symphonica: a 25-piece orchestra takeover of Level 25 at The Cube, playing Ibiza club classics matched to an unrivaled three-course menu.
Dot To Dot will also continue its proud tradition of giving up & coming artists a platform to shine across the greatest venues of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham.
For this special touring version of the show, Deborah will be joined by some of your favourite comedians, guests and musicians from the podcast for a celebration of how far we’ve come, and a conversation about what remains to be done. Expect laughs, excitement, tears and spectacle as only The Guilty Feminist can provide.