A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the National Vintage Awards that took place at the stunning Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham. The awards were presented by The Vintage Directory and the evening was full of glitz and glamour, which made me feel like I had stepped back in time to the eras of the 1940s and the 1950s! It was a really good opportunity for me to go out and network with such fascinating people who have businesses and companies that are centred around vintage fashion goods.
I got a free glass of bubbly, there was a sit down high tea, cakes and sweet treats for the guests. There was also some spectacular musical performances by Miss Cherry Bomb, Lianna Hayes and male quartet Puttin’ On The Blitz who went on to win Best Musical Performer. Lola Lamour was simply fabulous as the award’s presenter as she provided comicality and musical performances in the intervals which really hyped up the audience. People and contenders had travelled from all over the country to attend the awards and it was good to see independent and vintage fashion businesses as well as performers, models and bloggers supported by such a classy awards ceremony; they really deserved it.
A special thank you goes to Kate Molloy of The Vintage Directory for letting me get involved in the event, it is much appreciated!
To see pictures, interviews and the winners of the night you can visit http://thenationalvintageawards.co.uk/ .
Broken Witt Rebels played yet another amazing intimate gig at The Sunflower Lounge on Saturday 29th March; this band never fail in providing an explosive and intense set that truly pleases their fans and always leaves you wanting more by the end of the night.
The set list included Gimme Your Soul, All Worn Out, Call Out The Sun and the classic Witchcraft Women to name a few; also some new tracks such as Cloud My Day, Shake Me Down and Bottom Of The Hill. Every song they played was just fantastic and the night finished with Only I, which personally was my favourite of the evening.
If you’re in Birmingham I highly recommend that you go to one of their gigs in future, good music and a great night out! If you want more info on the band and future gig dates, give them a follow on Twitter- @Brokenwittrebel or like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BrokenWittRebelsUK?fref=ts.
Broken Witt Rebels played a gig at The Institute in Digbeth on Saturday 25th January and it was absolutely incredible. It also marked the launch for their EP This Town Belongs To Me and there was a good turnout of support for the band.
The Rebels gave a very energetic and mesmerising performance with a combination of soulful blues and edgy urban rock; frontman Danny Core hyped up the crowd as well as guitarist James Tranter playing the guitar with his teeth. The set list included Witchcraft Women, Call Out The Sun, Gimme Your Soul, Cloud My Day, Shake Me Down as well as All Worn Out and a brilliant finale with the powerful new single Only I.
The Two ‘n’ Eights who played before BWR were also amazing and it’s great to see bands from the West Midlands gaining recognition.
The Rebels will be playing in London at The Old Blue Last on Tuesday 4th February.
Forming late 2012 FOES’ sound is something of an update on the much-rocked-out-to sound of bands like Mudhoney and Nirvana but is firmly in the garage rock spectrum. Make no mistake though, their sound is all their own and very British, with driving melodies and Tommy Kearns’ unique vocals.
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Birmingham band Broken Witt Rebels played an amazing gig at The Victoria on Saturday 7th December and as usual I was not disappointed! It was the highlight of my weekend back at home and if you really like going to live gigs, I highly recommend that you go to see the Broken Witt Rebels because they are amazing!
The band played some new tracks which I had not heard before so this was very refreshing and exciting such as their new single Only I and Cloud My Day; of course they played previous releases such as the brilliant All Worn Out and Call Out The Sun. They always provide a very exciting, electric and energised performance which really boosts your mood; their music is raw yet edgy and I feel really proud that such good talent is arising from Birmingham.
Their EP This Town Belongs To Me is available to download from the 22nd December 2013 on iTunes and Amazon, check it out here:
The next gig will take place on Saturday 25th January at the Institute in Digbeth and I’m already looking forward to it.
Up The Rebels!
With just over a month until Christmas, why not see what’s going on in Birmingham for the festive season and even New Year!
The famous German Market is currently in the city where you can go and try some tasty traditional German food, as well as warming up with a hot Glühwein- or known to us as mulled wine. There is also plenty of things ideal for a quirky Christmas gift including jewellery, crafts, clothing and decorations. Also don’t forget to try the lovely German beer!
Birmingham is also the ideal place to start your Christmas shopping (if you haven’t yet…like myself), there is not only the Bullring but also the High Street where you will find the Pavilions and if you are looking for designer names then head to Selfridges and The Mailbox. If you are planning a special gift for your loved one or relatives then the Jewellery Quarter has some amazing shops where you can purchase items by local and independent retailers.
There are also parties and club nights for New Years Eve at Gatecrasher which starts from 9pm and lasts until 6am, tickets range from £25-£70, The Tower Ballroom in Edgbaston and raves at The Q Club and Institute.
To find out more about what’s going on in Birmingham simply head to http://christmas.visitbirmingham.com/. If you are a fan of independent stores and culture then it’s worth following @IndependentBham to see what is happening over the festivities.
Birmingham band Broken Witt Rebels played a fantastic gig at the Sunflower Lounge on Saturday 2nd November! I was determined to go and watch them live and had travelled from my temporary home in Lincoln to see them!
I’ve been following the Rebels since I found out about them, their music is original and it makes me even more proud of Birmingham. It was also a pleasure to meet them on Saturday and I loved how grounded and down to earth they are.
The set was energetic and the whole time just seemed like a complete adrenaline rush; they played All Worn Out, Witchcraft Women, Call Out The Sun, Running Like The Tide as well as their upcoming single Only I. The band have also announced that they have an EP coming out called This Town Belongs To Me.
If you would like to find out more information then follow them on twitter @Brokenwittrebel and also make sure you like them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Broken-Witt-Rebels/179227392408?fref=ts.
Be sure to have a free date in your diary on Saturday 2nd November, because Blaenavon, Broken Witt Rebels and Lovats will be performing live at the Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham. If you love live gigs and alternative/indie music then come along, because tickets are only £4 in advance and it’s a chance to support and discover new bands which are local to the area.
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You have to be over 18 to attend and it starts at 7:30pm so there is plenty of time to get there beforehand; for more information about the bands which are performing you can go to the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1420589431498031/ and tickets are available to book here: https://birminghampromoters.ticketabc.com/events/blaenavon/
Hope to see you there!
It’s that time of year again when Halloween is just around the corner so what a better way to spend it right in the heart of Birmingham. There are many spooky goings on taking place across the city, some of which are perfect for all ages- ideal for a family day out to mark the 31st October and to keep the kids entertained!
From the 29th-31st October there will be a Halloween Trail at Stoneleigh Abbey, in Kenilworth where visitors can learn about the history as well as listening to tales which involve murder, something that will definitely send a chill down the spine. Tickets cost £18 per person and it is advisable to book in advance; this event is not suitable for children under 16.
If you enjoy Ghost Walks then the Midlands Discovery Tour is the ideal event for you, which is from the 31st October- 1st November. It’s a chance for people to see what Birmingham is like if they have not visited before and also be entertained at the same time by ghostly tales. The 1st November will include a graveyard walk and will focus on burial sites around the city, including two cemeteries in the Jewellery Quarter.
From the 26th Oct- 3rd November there will be Spook-tacular event at Cadbury World. There is a line up of activities available including a fancy dress competition for children and the staff at the event will also be dressed up. Visitors can look forward to entertainment and also some unusual yet tasty food including Sludge Casserole and Witch’s Broth. There is also the opportunity to buy some chocolate goodies and novelty items from the world’s biggest Cadbury Shop!
For more information about spooky events in Birmingham and the West Midlands go to http://visitbirmingham.com/what-to-do/festivals-events/halloween-in-birmingham/
Having a passion for music and being from Birmingham myself it’s always a pleasure to find out about bands that are emerging and looking to gain recognition in the world of music. We have seen some of the country’s most successful bands start their careers in the West Midlands with Black Sabbath being one of the most well known as well as Duran Duran, Ocean Colour Scene, The Moody Blues and The Editors!
I’ve recently come across new talent of the West Midlands such as New Killer Shoes, Minimum and Broken Witt Rebels who all have their own unique sound and also show that the music scene across the city continues to grow and develop since the days of Black Sabbath. The latest band I’ve been following are Broken Witt Rebels who originate from Castle Vale and their new single includes ‘Call Out The Sun’ which sounds very psychedelic and has a classic rock influence; you can watch the video below and also be sure to check out their debut single ‘All Worn Out’. I have to say I really like their music, I’ve been listening to both songs a lot and Birmingham is continually being put on the map of quality music with emerging bands such as Broken Witt Rebels which makes me proud to be a Brummie!
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The band will be playing a local gig at the Farnborough Road Playing Fields at the Castle Vale Festival, which is taking place this week on Friday 20th September so it’s worth checking them out! On the 28th September they will be supporting The View at Coventry Kasbah, tickets for this are £5 so if you’re in the area go and support them.
Keep up to date by following them on Twitter: @Brokenwittrebel and liking their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Broken-Witt-Rebels/179227392408?fref=ts to see what up and coming gigs they are playing.
Also if you’re a supporter of all things independent such as business’ and music, then check out @IndependentBham on Twitter because they mention some awesome venues which supports local music across the West Midlands.