CRITICAL LIST: The Best Events Happening Across the Midlands this April
Spring has finally sprung and with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend hopping in and out of our lives early this year you may be searching for something to brighten up your April.
We’ve rounded up some of the best events across Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Derby this April.
Until 22nd April at Nottingham Playhouse
A new theatrical version of the multi-award-winning novel by Louis Sachar that went on to be a big screen smash-hit.
4th-29th April at Birmingham Hippodrome
This multi record-breaking production, acclaimed as “the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK” (Northern Echo), flies back for a return engagement complete with all the spectacle and magic that make this spellbinding show an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
Spell BMC Launch
5th April at Mama Roux’s, Digbeth
One of the cities favourite live music venues is hosting a new night called ‘SPELL BMC’. It promises to ‘bring spelling to the masses’ in a new style of night out. Organisers claim it’s like “an extremely wild pub quiz, meeting a 90’s TV gameshow, mixed in with a nerdy, traditional American spelling bee”. Get it? No, neither do we!
5th & 6th April at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
10th April at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
After a phenomenal year, Double Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation Gregory Porter returns to Symphony Hall for the first two night of his 2018 UK Tour.
Tickets: https://www.thsh.co.uk/event/gregory-porter-1 trch.co.uk/whats-on/gregory-porter/
An Officer & A Gentleman
6th-21st April at Curve Theatre, Leicester
The world premiere of a new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet! An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical is based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. Its feel-good soundtrack includes the hit song from the movie Up Where We Belong along with many 80’s classic anthems including Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Livin’ On A Prayer, Heart of Glass, Material Girl, Don’t Cry Out Loud, I Was Made for Lovin’ You and The Final Countdown.
6th April at Glee Club, Birmingham
Fresh from hosting Live at the Apollo and another total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dane Baptiste brings his third smash hit show on national tour. Original, provocative and exceptionally crafted, G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs) explores our worldwide pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure.
At One Presents Artwork
7th April at Dryden Street Social, Leicester
Only 2 events deep and At One is gaining a reputation as one of the Midlands go-to parties for fan’s of the brighter side of electronic music. With epic parties with Detroit Swindle & Horse Meat Disco done and dusted we move onto our biggest event yet with man of the moment and brand new BBC Radio 1 resident ARTWORK!!
Expect House, Disco, Techno, Garage… Or as the man himself puts it ‘As long as it’s got the funk its in!’.
7th April in Derby
Hosting an eclectic mix of big name headliners and emerging talent and with the aim of showcasing Derby as a respected and valued music destination.
Riscas, The Covasettes & The Rosadocs
7th April at The Sitwell Tavern, Derby
DPP Festival is proud to present Riscas, The Covasettes and The Rosadocs at another huge Sitwell show.
Headliners RISCAS make their Derby debut following sold out shows in Manchester, London and Birmingham, support slots with The Night Café and Pale Waves, and over one million Spotify streams on addictive debut ‘Panic Like Tom’!
On support duties are THE COVASETTES, who return to the Sitwell following a memorable sold out set at DPP Festival 2018, and THE ROSADOCS, fresh from supporting The Sherlocks and Louis Berry and selling out their first headline gig in a day.
15 years of Dirty Sanchez live – feat. Lee Dainton & Matthew Pritchard
8th April at O2 Academy Leicester
15 years on from the original Dirty Sanchez series, Matt Pritchard and Lee Dainton are hitting the road to share all the behind the scenes stories and secrets from the most successful and shocking show to air on MTV, whilst also answering your questions!
7th April at o2 Academy, Birmingham
10th April at Rock City, Notingham
Following a three-year hiatus, The Vaccines are back with new album Combat Sports and a headline tour to go with it. Known as one of the UK’s most-loved bands, this tour will be a true return to form for the indie-rock stars.
8Th April at Glee Club, Birmingham
Founded and run by top Birmingham comic Jo Enright (The Job Lot, Phoenix Nights, Lab Rats, Life’s Too Short), each show features the best established stand-ups and rising stars from the Midlands testing out their brand-spanking-new material.
8th April at O2 Academy Birmingham
Macklemore returns to the UK in support of his new album Gemini, his first solo record in over 10 years. This’ll be fans’ first opportunity to see the new material live, as well as hearing favourites from across the years, so don’t miss out!
10th April at Glee Club, Birmingham
11 April at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Halleloo!!! Shangela is bringing her brand new high energy and hilariously funny one woman comedy show to the UK
Tickets: https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/shangela/ &http://www.rescuerooms.com/gig-guide/2154/kitty-tray-shangela
10-14th April at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Romeo & Juliet meets Peaky Blinders in this gripping tale of crime and romance. Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal bring the dark underworld of Graham Greene’s classic novel Brighton Rock to the stage in this new adaptation by acclaimed writer Bryony Lavery.
Connections Festival 2018
10th – 14th April at Derby Theatre
Each year the National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.
260 youth theatre companies and over 5,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year. Ten companies will be selected to attend the National Theatre with their productions of plays by Alice Birch, Brad Birch, Chris Bush, In-Sook Chappell, Fiona Doyle, Phoebe Eclair-Powell, Natalie Mitchell, Barney Norris, Chinonyerem Odimba and Chris Thompson.
Down the Rabbit Hole
12th April at 2 Funky Music Cafe
Here’s a night dedicated to letting go. Five hours of Techno, funk and house put on at the venue 2Funky music cafe. The venue is being transformed for one night only for your entertainment. This Elrow inspired night has been created for your entertainment, leave inhibitions at the door and come explore….
12th April at O2 Academy Birmingham
With a Top 10 album, plus performances at both Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds this summer, it’s safe to say Everything Everything have had a monumental year. 2018 already looks set to be better though, with a huge UK tour that sees them playing their biggest headline shows to date!
Nowhere: Residents & Friends
14th April at Sub8ten, leicester
Nowhere is back at Sub8ten and with a fantastic line-up of the best house & techno DJs.
17th April at o2 Academy Birmingham
US heavyweights Trivium return to the UK in April, armed with blistering new album The Sin and the Sentence. Bringing metal newcomers Code Orange, Power Trip and Venom Prison along for the ride, this has the potential to be the gnarliest tour of the year.
17th April at Genting Arena, Birmingham
The incredible Dua Lipa has announced that she’ll be heading to Birmingham on 17th April with ‘The Self-titled Tour’!
This year saw her single ‘New Rules’ hold the #1 spot for two weeks, become gold certified and break 270,000,000 views with the official music video.
17th-21st April at Derby Theatre
Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
19TH April at o2 Academy Birmingham
Returning to the stage for the first time in seven years, Mike Skinner and The Streets will perform all their greatest hits for the ‘The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light’ UK tour in 2018.
16th April at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
20th April at O2 Institute Birmingham
With their debut EP Afrobbean (The Genre Definition), Birmingham based Lotto Boyzz have established themselves as one of the breakthrough acts of 2017. Catch them perform tracks such as ‘No Don’ when they headline O2 Institute Birmingham in April.
20th April at De Montfort Hall
This full nine piece live band delivers a non-stop, hit packed show spanning more than two hours! Complete with backing vocals, horn section, keys and of course Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince.
Absolute Bowie – 50 Years of Bowie
20th April at The Venue, Derby
Absolute Bowie are proud to present a brand new stage show “50 Years of Bowie”; a musical journey through the iconic singer’s ever changing personas and after a SOLD OUT show in 2017 the band return to The Venue, Derby.
20th April at Derby Arena
Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? In short, are we spoiled? Come and watch as Byrne takes this question, turns it upside down and shakes it until the funny falls out. Go on, spoil yourself.
20th April at Rock City, Nottingham
22nd April at O2 Institute Birmingham
After the success of debut single ‘Dancing On My Own’, singer Calum Scott will be heading out on a full headline UK tour in April to promote his highly anticipated debut album Only Human, which is set for release early 2018.
Huey Morgan’s NYC Block Party
21st April at Dryden Street Social
DJ, raconteur, author, producer, broadcaster and fun lovin’ criminal,Huey Morgan – a modern day rock’n’roll renaissance man – is many things to many people.
23rd April at Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
24th April at o2 Academy 2 Birmingham
Breaking new ground with a unique approach to hip hop in the form of theatrical storytelling, Akala will showcase his newly released Visions Comic Book EP with a full live performance and visual presentation, as well as playing songs from his acclaimed, decade-spanning back catalogue.
24th April at o2 Institute2 Birmingham
Following sold out headline shows earlier this year, Will Heard is back with funky electro-disco single ‘Falling 4 U’ and promises even more exciting music to follow in 2018. Don’t miss the chance to see him live as he showcases the new material on his upcoming UK tour.
Derren Brown: Underground
24th-28th April at Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Direct from the West End, the multi-award winning master of mind-control and psychological illusion returns to amaze, astonish and enthral audiences with his latest smash hit show.
Bringing together a collection of the very best of his work, Derren Brown: Underground promises a jaw-dropping experience of magical genius and epic showmanship not to be missed.
My Dad Wrote A Porno
25th April at Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Hear the hilarious My Dad Wrote A Porno live as the team behind the smash hit podcast bring their sell-out show to Symphony Hall.
What would you do if your dad wrote a dirty book? Ignore it? Not Jamie Morton. He reads it to the world. Along with his best mates James Cooper and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine, Jamie reads a ‘Lost Chapter’ from his dad’s notoriously brilliant Belinda Blinked saga.
26th April at Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s latest work is a spectacularly bold and ambitious new piece featuring 10 dancers and six musicians. Grand Finale is at once comic, bleak and beautiful, evoking a world at odds with itself, full of anarchic energy and violent comedy. Filtering this irrepressible spirit, Shechter creates a vision of a world in freefall: part gig, part dance, part theatre and wholly original.
26th April at Glee Club nottingham
Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, Shappi is on the road with her new sell out show.
Saved by the 90’s
27th April at 2 Funky Music Cafe
This one is for all you 90’s kids! We are going to Spice Up Your Life and take you back in time to a very special era that will make you feel Larger Than Life!
We will be Dancing In The Moonlight to the greatest 90’s hits (plus all those guilty pleasures you used to listen to in your mums car) Get ready to scream your heart out to all the anthems of our youth.
27th April at Echo Factory, Leicester
The long awaited Killah Priest Heavy Mental UK Tour – April 2018. The tour will span the major cities of UK where Priest will perform classic material from the groundbreaking Heavy Mental album mixed with new exclusive material.
25th April at Curve Theatre, Leicester
28th April at o2 Academy Birmingham
Having sold out his Coupla Cans Tour earlier this year in a matter of minutes, online sensation Mo Gilligan returns to the stage in 2018 due to popular demand. His comedy sketches have received praise from the likes of Stormzy and Drake and have seen him become one of the fastest rising stars of 2017.
21st April at Rock City, Nottingham
29th April at o2 Institute Birmingham
UK ragga metal legends Skindred will bring the force this coming April, as they embark on a huge headline tour to promote their upcoming seventh album, due for release in the same month.
29th April at 2 Funky Music Cafe
To launch Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018, Serendipity present the UK debut of 100% POP, an Afrofuturistic soundclash featuring Nora Chipaumire and DJ Atiyyah Kahn. Bringing dance and music together to celebrate International Dance Day.
100% Pop is inspired by model, singer and actor, Grace Jones. As iconic in pop culture as Patti Smith in punk culture, Grace Jones remains untethered to norms and thrives within the margins of polite society, she defiantly remains a legitimate pop star. Nora creates an imagined utopia drawing from the memories of a formless girl being shaped as she discovers Grace Jones amidst a changing political and social context; the fall of communism, the return of freedom, and the rise of music television.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
30th April at Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds soar into the slipstream of exhilarating new album, Who Built The Moon? to play a series of UK and Ireland arena dates.