CRITICAL LIST: October’s Midlands Must Sees

CRITICAL LIST: October's Midlands Must Sees

Autumn is in full swing and spooky happenings are just around the corner. Just becuase Summer has lest us does not mean the fun had to stop.

We’ve rounded up some of the best events across Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Derby this October!

we’ll live and die in these towns
until 20th October @ belgrade theatre, coventry

We’ll Live and Die in These Towns is a gritty and compelling new musical drama driven by the adrenaline-rush energy and working class poetry of songs from The Enemy’s number one debut album.

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Pale Waves
1st October @ Rock City, Nottingham

After a series of acclaimed single releases, including ‘Kiss’ and ‘The Tide’, goth-pop quartet, Pale Waves will play their biggest headline shows to date this autumn and prove why they’ve become the hottest band of 2018.

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Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE. 15-12-2009

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
2nd-6th October @ Curve, Leicester

Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.

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lord of the tings: opening party
2nd October @ trade, nottingham

Fresh off the back of their sold out Carnival special in London with MR EAZI, MIXPAK & HOT WUK, Lord of the Tings journey to the Midlands for their Nottingham debut!

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4th October @ Nottingham Playhouse

One of London’s premier nights for poetry and live music is coming to Nottingham Playhouse for a special National Poetry Day performance.

Out-Spoken invites the UK’s leading poets, rappers and musicians to share their art at a monthly showcase. This special gig will celebrate National Poetry Day 2018, featuring local poets and musicians alongside acts from across the country.

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Harry & Chris Save the World
5th October @ The Y Theatre, Leicester

Harry  and  Chris  are  the  hottest  comedy-rap-jazz  duo  out  there.  They  might  also  be  the  only  one. Their  songs  range  from  panda  repopulation  to  coming  of  age  to  Robot  Wars,  and  they  bring  love  and  laughter  to  a  world  that  needs  both  more  than  ever.

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2018 has been an amazing year so far for everyone involved with the upcoming student run Birmingham club night, Disko Haus. Specialising in techno, house and disco, blending the old and the new, the night has been a massive success in the West Midlands region and they are currently looking to expand further around Great Britain and beyond.


oliva tweest
5TH & 6th OCTOBER @ belgrade theatre, coventry

Spectacular new Afrobeats musical Oliva Tweest follows the ambitious dreams of London hustler and club-promoter Tobi, as he navigates comedic and sometimes explosive clashes with women, family tradition, and his reawakened conscience.


open minds presents: frankee
5TH OCTOBER @ 2funky music cafe

Open Minds are extremely excited to announce that they are bringing Frankee from Ram Records to Leicester, along with a special guest who is yet to be announced!

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clubland live
6TH OCTOBER @ o2 academy, leicester

The mighty Clubland make their debut in Leicester at the iconic O2 Academy!


Come As You Are Festival
12th – 14th October @ Derby Theatre

Come As You Are festival will celebrate and interrogate all the world’s issues regarding female,male, between and beyond. It’s not going to be pretty – but it might just be beautiful

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8th & 9th October @ Curve Leicester

Inspired by the first man in America to plead Insanity as his defence, award-winning writer Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts examine the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism.

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War Horse
10th October – 3rd November @ Birmingham Hippodrome

Following eight record-breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over seven million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse returns to Birmingham Hippodrome this October.

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One Man Stranger Things: A Parody
7th October @ Derby Theatre
12th & 13th October at Curve, Leicester
27th October @ Town Hall, Birmingham

Talented Canadian actor Charles Ross single-handedly recreates season one of the Netflix sensation; all the characters, dialogue, special effects, music & eggos in one superb, upside-down show.

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Becky Hill
12TH October @ O2 Institute Birmingham
13th October @ Rescue Rooms Nottingham

After a handful of hugely successful collaborations with the likes of Wilkinson and Rudimental, Becky Hill is finally ready to step into her own spotlight and is doing so with a headline show.

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Shakespeare in Love
16th – 20th October @ Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Adapted by Lee Hall for a triumphant West End run, this epic Elizabethan extravaganza is exuberant, witty, funny, and a beautiful homage to love, art, and theatre itself.

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Jorja Smith
13th October @ O2 Academy Birmingham
14th October @ Rock City, Nottingham

The BRITS Critics Choice winner, Jorja Smith is heading out on her biggest UK tour to date this October. Following the huge success of single, ‘Let Me Down’ with Stormzy and with glowing live reviews across the board, it looks like 2018 is going to be an almighty year for the songstress.

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sunday service meets fuzed
14th October @ the hair dog, derby

This is a 12hr all-dayer event on a Sunday, just like the old days!

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Abandoman: Pirate Radio
16th October at The Cookie, Leicester
17th October at Glee, Birmingham

Ireland’s finest hip-hop musical comedian is back on tour with his biggest show to date.  Using his trademark blend of audience interaction and razor-sharp improvisation, Rob will take you on a magical journey, transforming the audience’s likes, loathes and daydreams into hit songs and captivating tales.

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9th October @ Rock City Nottingham
19th October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

English rock outfit, Editors, are returning live to showcase their powerfully honest new album, Violence. Band frontman Tom Smith uses the word “brutal” to describe the album accidentally, but organically created for a people seeking an escape from modern world issues.

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17th October @ Rock City, Nottingham
22nd October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

BRIT-Award winning collective, Rudimental will be embarking on their first headline tour in two years this October. With two genre-defying albums to their name and recent single ‘These Days’ going platinum, the group continue to prove why they’re one of the UK’s greatest exports.

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Tom Grennan
19th October @ O2 Academy Leicester
23rd October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

After a hugely successful sold out tour earlier this year, indie-soul newcomer Tom Grennan will be playing some of his biggest headline shows to date in support of his debut album, Lighting Matches.

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may-we-go-round? presented by the hiccup project
18th October @ deda, derby

Critically acclaimed show ‘May-We-Go-Round?’ is brought to us by the exceptional, multiaward winning company The Hiccup Project. ‘May-We-Go-Round?’ opens a window into the hilarious highs and heart breaking lows of Chess and Cristina’s romantic encounters that most of us can inevitably relate too.

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down the rabbit hole
18th October @ 2funky music cafe, leicester
Calling all Techno, Funk and House fans, we welcome you to venture down the rabbit hole, Alice in Wonderland and Elrow inspired night.
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Nottingham Beer & Cider Festival
17th-20th October @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

The Motorpoint Arena Nottingham will host the annual Robin Hood Nottingham Beer & Cider Festival in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

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Felicity Ward
3rd October @ Derby Theatre
19th October @ Glee, Birmingham

Now with her very her own Netflix special and her own Radio 4 series Appisodes, the regular co-host of the popular The Guilty Feminist Podcast brings a good old-fashioned, straight up night of stand-up to the nation… with enough weirdness to keep it interesting.

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: The Music of Star Wars
20th October @ Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Prepare for the arrival of Star Wars Episode 9 with this spectacular telling of The Star Wars Saga through the iconic music of John Williams. Michael Seal conducts the world renowned City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a galaxy of the movies’ greatest scores.

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the bunker presents: latmun
20th October @ university of derby

The Bunker is one of Derby’s longest running house music events.

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Emma Blackery
21st October @ O2 Institute Birmingham

Emma Blackery is a pop star on the rise. Catapulted to international fame last year after her music was used in the iPhone X launch, she went on to sell out O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and recently released the sassy anthem, ‘Dirt’. Armed with even more new music, she’s now set for an extensive headline tour this autumn.

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24th October @ De Montfort Hall

alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium , their records have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed more than one billion times.

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Heels of Hell
24th October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

After four sold out shows in the UK last year, the Heels Of Hell tour is back by popular demand for 2018! Starring the fabulous Sharon Needles and Alaska, with many more to be announced, this’ll be one of the most glamorous nights of the year.

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Kacey Musgraves
26th October @ Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
28th October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Kacey Musgraves will embark on the Oh, What A World: Tour in support of her highly-anticipated fourth studio album Golden Hour.

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Fickle Friends
26th October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

British indie-pop sensation Fickle Friends are set for an incredible performance fresh off of the release of You Are Someone Else, an album that effortlessly puts sound to the uncertainties and joys that come with growing up a millennial. Now, after multiple sellout shows and amazing festival performances, the band is ready to take on their biggest tour yet.

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29th October @ Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

The future of pop has one new superstar-in-waiting. Raye is a 19-year-old South Londoner who has release two stellar EP’s, a monstrous single in the shape of I,U, Us’ co-written with Charli XCX, a writing credit on Charli’s  ‘After The Afterparty’, a collaboration with Nas on the soundtrack ‘The Birth Of A Nation’, and a collaboration with Stefflon Don.

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Black Eyed Peas
29th October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

One of the most exciting, dynamic and most commercially successful groups of all time, The Black Eyed Peas, are back and they’re embarking on a headline tour for the first time in eight years.

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2nd October @ Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
10th october @ Belgrade theatre, coventry
31st October @ De Montfort Hall, Leicester

Following their world tour, Flawless are back in the UK performing bigger and jaw-dropping routines than ever before! Stars of the smash-hit movies Street Dance 3D 1 and 2 and two-time winners of the World Dance Championships, Flawless came to the fore on TV’s Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago and their popularity has continued to rise ever since.

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The Lovely Bones
30th October – 10th November @ Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The REP brings the best-selling novel to the stage for the very first time. Susie Salmon is just like any other young girl. She wants to be beautiful, adores her charm bracelet and has a crush on a boy from school. There’s one big difference though – Susie is dead.

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Bugzy Malone
26th October @ O2 Academy Birmingham

Following his sold out ‘King of the North’ shows last year Manchester grime icon Bugzy Malone has announced a huge UK tour for October/November 2018. The ‘B. Inspired’ tour is the biggest headline tour to date by any grime artist and will see him perform to a total of 38,000+ people.

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