Critical List: The Best Events Happening Across The Midlands This June
The madness of May is over and Summer is officially here and time to get your culture fix!
We’ve rounded up some of the best events across Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Derby this June.
1ST-16TH JUNE AT NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
Specially commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse, Shebeen invites you to a party you never knew existed. This world premiere by Nottingham writer, Mufaro Makubika, shines a light on a community under siege and the sacrifices made for love.
Tickets and more information: www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/shebeen/
Film & Comic Con Birmingham Collectormania 25
2ND & 3RD JUNE AT NEC BIRMINGHAM
Taking place on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd June 2018. The event is ideal for avid collectors of all ages, sports fans and fans of TV/Film. A chance to meet some iconic actors and legendary sports stars, and find a treasure or two amongst the many vendors of retro and popular merchandise.
A unique event for fans of pop culture and collectables!
Tickets and more information: www.thenec.co.uk/whats-on/collectormania/
Leicester Riverside Festival
2nd & 3rd June
Leicester Riverside Festival, now in its 21st year, returns on the first weekend in June. Spread over four areas this free two-day festival features fun on and off the water.
more information: www.visitleicester.info/whats-on/riverside-festival-p704771
2ND JUNE AT B5 ARENA BIRMINGHAM
The Carnival Magnifico extravaganza is back for a very special all day into night party of magnificent proportions in a superb new venue, the B5 Arena! More confetti, more glitter, more colour and more smiles than ever before…
Tickets and more information: www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/B5-Arena/Carnival-Magnifico-2018/13201437/
02.31 presents summer break festival
2ND JUNE AT lab11 BIRMINGHAM
Kick start your Summer with over 5 rooms of music at Birmingham’s Lab11.
Tickets and more information: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/LAB11/0231-pres-SUMMER-BREAK-FESTIVAL-SAT-JUNE-2nd-BIRMINGHAM/13192176/
2ND JUNE AT rescue rooms nottingham
Acclaimed Nottingham singer Saint Raymond (aka Callum Burrows) first came to prominence with his debut EP Escapade in 2013, which reached the Top 3 in the iTunes chart, along with his two 2014 EPs, Young Blood and Ghosts. See him live in his home town ths month.
Tickets and more information: www.rescuerooms.com/gig-guide/2215/saint-raymond
3RD JUNE AT O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM
Californian rapper G-Eazy will be returning to the UK for a run of shows in June. Armed with new album, The Beautiful & Damned, the shows will see him perform his most thrilling material to date.
Tickets and more information: academymusicgroup.com/o2academybirmingham/events/1094042/g-eazy-beautiful-damned-tour-tickets
3RD JUNE AT O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM
Chart-topping singer Camila Cabello will hit the road in June for the Never Be The Same Tour, her first as a solo artist. Following the immediate success of her self-titled debut album, this tour will be the perfect opportunity to see the songstress as she marks a huge moment in her career.
Tickets and more information: academymusicgroup.com/o2academybirmingham/events/1099218/camila-cabello-tickets
6th JUNE AT de montfort hall, leicester
James Bay is set to release his much anticipated second album, Electric Light in May, following up on his internationally acclaimed, multi-million selling, BRIT and Ivor-winning, triple Grammy nominated debut, Chaos & The Calm (2015). The release is accompanied by newly announced UK tour dates!
Tickets and more information: http://www.demontforthall.co.uk/events/events.php/2018/1943/james-bay/
SONIC YOUTH SLEPT ON MY FLOOR – AN EVENING WITH DAVE HASLAM
6TH JUNE AT town hall birmingham
Moseley-born music writer and Hacienda DJ, Dave Haslam unveils his autobiography ‘Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor: Music, Manchester & More’.
His new work, his memoirs, ‘Sonic Slept On My Floor’ features tales drawn from dozens of memorable encounters. Morrissey visits Haslam at home; Sonic Youth sleep on his floor; John Peel takes him to see Public Enemy; a drug dealer threatens to slit his throat. He interviews David Byrne, Kevin Rowland, Terry Hall, Neneh Cherry, and John Lydon. A few months after the Bataclan attack, he ends-up in Paris, biting a lesbian DJ on the arm in a club by the river Seine.
Tickets and more information: www.thsh.co.uk/event/sonic-youth-slept-on-my-floor-an-evening-with-dave-haslam
my dad wrote a porno
7TH JUNE AT royal concert hall
Hear the hilarious My Dad Wrote A Porno live as the team behind the smash hit podcast bring their sell-out show to the Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 7 June 2018.
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.
Tickets and more information: https://trch.co.uk/whats-on/dad-wrote-porno/
the bee project
8TH JUNE AT derby theatre
A show filled with movement, glitter and friendship. As the party continues, questions of responsibility are raised. You can hear the buzz in the bass. Don’t forget to hold the hand of a friend, when the music stops and the party ends.
Tickets and more information: www.derbytheatre.co.uk/book/12823
8TH JUNE AT O2 institute birmingham
Join Courtney Act as she covers all your favourites; she’ll be stripping some songs down and flipping others on their back to show you just how gender fluid and genre fluid a great song can be!
Tickets and more information: https://academymusicgroup.com/o2institutebirmingham/events/1091709/courtney-act-under-covers-tickets
Mo Gilligan AKA Mo the Comedian: Coupla Cans Tour
8TH JUNE 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.
Tickets and more information: academymusicgroup.com/o2academybirmingham/events/1065228/mo-gilligan-aka-mo-comedian-coupla-cans-tour-tickets
8TH – 10th JUNE AT donington park, derby
Retaining its title year after year as the only rock festival worth mentioning, Download Festival continues to hit all the right notes for true fans of rock music. Three days of heavy rock over five stages are what await the faithful who make the journey to the iconic location every year.
Tickets and more information: https://downloadfestival.co.uk/
9TH JUNE AT colwick country park, nottingham
An unmissable day of music, sunshine and partying amongst the idyllic surroundings of Nottingham’s oldest country park.
Tickets and more information: http://www.detonate1.co.uk/
comic con leicester
9TH & 10th JUNE AT athena leicester
Tickets and more information: www.comicconleicester.co.uk
dnbcity b’ham summer bbq w/ technimatic & satl
9th JUNE AT hawker yard BIRMINGHAM
Continuing on from their launch event with Hybrid Minds, DNBCity are proud to bring the next installment of their DNB BBQ series.
Tickets and more information: www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Hawker-Yard/DNBCity-Bham-Summer-BBQ-w-Technimatic–Satl-/13217556/
9TH JUNE AT BOXED BAR AND MUSIC VENUE, LEICESTER
From the creators of All About House & Full Moon Project, Krush Grrove are spreading their wings to the Midlands bringing their funky fresh ‘old to new’ house flavour to Leicester. Expect throwbacks in Deep House, Funky House, Soulful House, UK Garage & Bass this is where Lovers of Old Skool from London meet the Lovers of Old Skool in Leicester.
Tickets and more information:www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Leicester/Boxed-Bar-And-Music-Venue-/Krush-Groove-/13202613/
Nottingham Craft Beer Week 2018
9TH – 16TH June AT VARIOUS VENUES
The event will take place at bars and bottle shops around the city including Bunkers Hill, Canalhouse, Cock and Hoop, Crafty Crow, Embankment, Fox and Grapes, Kean’s Head, Linconshire Poacher, Malt Cross, Poppy and Pint, Southbank City, Stratford Haven , Yarn and more. The event aims to appeal to both novices and beer geeks.
Tickets and more information: https://www.nottinghamcraftbeer.co.uk/craft-beer-week/
Nottingham fun colour rush 2018
10TH June AT national water sports centre, nottingham
Nottingham Fun Colour Rush is back more colourful. Be prepared to get drenched in the Rainbow and Run, Walk or Dance the 5KM of Happiness.
Tickets and more information:www.facebook.com/events/2048010498813666/
presence x fleur
14TH JUNE AT bar eleven nottingham
After erupting out of Hogtown (Tamworth) Fleur has continued to take the Tech scene by storm. While representing Audio Rehab in Ibiza last year she has continued to grow and has been representing brands such as 02:31, Portal, Sankeys and many more. Not only has she been exploding in clubs she was the winner of the 2018 Hannah Wants DJ Search competition.
Tickets and more information: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Nottingham/Bar-Eleven/Presence-X-Fleur-/13221440/
WHO WE BE
14TH JUNE AT O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM
The hugely successful Spotify playlist, Who We Be returns with a live show this year for what’s set to be the hottest event in urban music. With an incredible line-up that includes, Jaykae, Mabel, MIST, Ms Banks, Sneakbo and Yungen, Who We Be promises to be a celebration of the best of urban music street sounds from the UK and beyond, all under one roof.
Tickets and more information: https://academymusicgroup.com/o2academybirmingham/events/1134784/who-we-be-tickets
14TH – 30TH JUNE AT NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE
Written by award-winning playwright James Fritz (Ross & Rachel, Parliament Square), LAVA rocks with raw emotion and sharp humour in this timely play about grief, masculinity and the power of expression.
Tickets and more information: www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/lava/
mayhem born slippy
15TH JUNE AT secret location, birmingham
Whether you’re a tech-head or into house vibes, we’ve cherry-picked some of the finest talent to keep it pumping all night long.
Mayhem is an inclusive joyful gathering of music lovers, dance addicts, and freedom believers, celebrating the night without stigma. Aiming to bring all genres of techno and house music to the Midlands, Mayhem throws unorthodox parties in atypical venues.
Tickets and more information: www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Secret-Location/Mayhem-Born-Slippy/13217783/
LIAM BAILEY/HARLEIGHBLU/SUNSET NEBULA AT SEE HERE NOTTINGHAM
16TH JUNE AT Former Neale’s Auction House, NOTTINGHAM
Nottingham’s finest talents team up as part of the ‘SEE HERE’ exhibition of contemporary arts.
Tickets and more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liam-bailey-harleighblu-sunset-nebula-at-see-here-nottingham-tickets-45800984979?aff=ebdssbcitybrowse
the rum festival
16TH JUNE AT derbyshire county cricket club
A new destination for our 2018 Tour, The Rum Festival is bringing live music, dancing, street food and over 100 different rums to Derbyshire Cricket Ground!
Tickets and more information: https://therumfestival.designmynight.com/5a2ad9adf60500310d37f9f6/the-rum-festival-derby
furthest from the sea
16TH JUNE AT cathedral quarter, derby
Derby’s annual free festival celebrating home-grown music, street theatre and all things creative, in and around the Cathedral Quarter.
Tickets and more information: www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/furthest-from-the-sea/
18TH JUNE AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM
WITNESS: The Tour is Katy’s first run since the sold-out, 151-date Prismatic World Tour, which concluded in 2015 and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “a show to damage retinas and blow minds.”
The tour follows the release of her new album, Witness. With Witness, Katy finds liberation, in the changes in her own life and in the world around her, delivering songs that inspire both thought and movement.
Tickets and more information: www.arenabham.co.uk/whats-on/katy-perry
20TH JUNE AT ARENA BIRMINGHAM
Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class over the course of a 20-year musical career.
This will be Kravitz’s first time in the UK since 2015 and it is set to be an irresistible show!
Tickets and more information: www.arenabham.co.uk/whats-on/lenny-kravitz
the steering wheel club
23rd june AT nightingale BIRMINGHAM
In 1998/99 Hand BagHouse / Speed Garage was the biggest sound in UK clubland & The Birmingham Underground scene was completely taken over by it.
Let’s all take a journey back to those days on Saturday 23rd June 2018
Tickets and more information: www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/Nightingale/The-Steering-Wheel-Club-/13162497/
colour me wednesday
24th june AT firebug, leicester
Colour Me Wednesday are a DIY anti-capitalist, queer, feminist, anti-TERF indie band fronted by the Doveton sisters.
Tickets and more information: www.seetickets.com/event/colour-me-wednesday/firebug/1223957
travis – the man who in concert
25th JUNE AT symphony hall, BIRMINGHAM
Following their triumphant headline show at On Blackheath Festival last September and due to popular demand, Travis, one of Britain’s best loved bands play their classic album The Man Who live in full. To date Travis have enjoyed two No.1 LPs, five Top Ten singles, two BRIT Awards and more than 8 million record sales in their illustrious career and released their latest critically acclaimed album Everything At Once in 2016.
Tickets and more information: www.thsh.co.uk/event/travis-the-man-who-in-concert
FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS
26TH JUNE AT GENTING ARENA
Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) will be headlining their first UK and Irish tour in over seven years.
The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” will showcase their new material in what will be a side-splitting evening of comedy.
Tickets and more information: www.gentingarena.co.uk/whats-on/flight-of-the-conchords?
Birmingham Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet
26TH-30TH JUNE AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
Love at first dance, forbidden passions, dangerous secrets and star-crossed fate combine in this exhilarating classic ballet. In the most famous love story ever told, a dangerous cocktail of arrogant youth, simmering tension and deadly feuds erupts, leaving two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts. From the balcony scene’s ecstatic pas de deux, exploring love in all its soaring wonder, to the lovers’ heart-breaking ends, Romeo and Juliet is dance at its most poignant and beautiful.
Tickets and more information: www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/birmingham-royal-ballet-romeo-juliet/
26TH JUNE – 1ST JULY AT theatre royal nottingham
Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk celebrates the 250th anniversary of the invention of Circus by bringing this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre.
Tickets and more information: https://trch.co.uk/whats-on/cirque-berserk/
Mischief Movie Night
26TH JUNE – 1ST JULY AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
Direct from a sold-out West End run and their return from six months on Broadway, Mischief Theatre, the multi award-winning company whose smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong has fast become a global phenomenon, are returning to their comedy improv roots with Mischief Movie Night, the improvised movie live on stage!
Tickets and more information: www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/mischief-movie-night/
RESCUE ROOMS GIN FESTIVAL 2018
29th june AT rescue rooms, nottingham
After the success of last summer’s Beer Festival, Rescue Rooms are upping their game and bringing you their first Rescue Rooms Gin & Food Festival on Friday 29th June featuring over 50 local and international gins.
Tickets and more information: http://www.rescuerooms.com/gig-guide/2228/rescue-rooms-gin-festival-2018
Nottingham Independents Festival
30th june AT Various locations, Nottingham city centre
Presented by It’s in Nottingham, this year’s Independents Festival will be filled to the brim with music, activities and entertainment in celebration of the great independent offer in Nottingham’s city centre
more information: https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/whats-on/nottingham-independents-festival-p689121
brunch’in & hip-hop leicester
30th june AT 2funky music cafe, leicester
The biggest daytimer party is on tour! Brunchin + Hip Hop Brum is coming to Leicester! It’s a boozy brunch with DJs playing hip hop songs from the classic era and some new style bangers, followed by pure club vibes! Brunch is the finest street food served by the creme of the crop rising Street Food heroes. Expect Jerk Chicken Wings, Jerk Burgers and a Carribean BBQ!