Birmingham's esteemed Supersonic Festival of challenging and downright weird music celebrates its fifth year on July 13 and 14 and we can now bring you the line-up for the bash at the Custard Factory. Don't worry if most of these names mean nothing, they're all top-drawer turns.
Big breath then and welcome Mogwai, Zeni Geva, Om, Jazkamer, Kid 606, Wolf Eyes, Otto Von Schirach, Chrome Hoof, Oxbow (duo), Shit & Shine, Pharaoh Overlord, Modified Toy Orchestra, Tunng, Voice Of The Seven Woods, Drop The Lime, Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses, Kling Klang, Serafina Steer, Migrant, Bee Stung Lips, Bela Emerson, PCM, Monarch and more acts to be announced.
Supersonic features three stages, exhibitions, a symposium, films and cake. A two-day festival pass costs only #35 (Friday night ticket: #10, Saturday ticket: #30). Info from www.capsule.org.uk.
A couple of weeks ago, we revealed the line-up to this year's Big Chill Festival in Eastnor, near Malvern. That was actually the first block of names to be released and I couldn't help thinking that it was a bit second division.
However, a new set of names has just been released and it makes the three day bash over the first week of August a much more exciting proposition.
Amongst the latest bunch are: Mika, Isaac Hayes, Low, Ty, Richie Havens and Ulrich Schnauss. There's more to come too so watch this space. Booking details from www.bigchill.net.
You can tell that summer's a-coming now that the Mac has released its Sounds In The Round programme. The annual series of gigs in the arts centre's outdoor arena are proper hoedowns of gargantuan proportions.
Pick of the bunch is on Saturday, June 9, with Homefires, featuring Nina Nastasia, Richard Swift, Adem and Elysian Quartet. Birmingham's own Ruby Turner will play on June 15 and inspired nu-folk double bill of James Yorkston and Alasdair Roberts will be hushed and reverent a week later.
You could do worse than make the trek to Bonds in Tamworth tomorrow night for an intriguing evening hosted by The A+E line, a duo creating a post-pop experimental mishmash of rock and spoken word.
The A+E Line sound roams freely before settling on dangerously catchy. The handsome duo also write and star in their own films including the award-winning Mother’s Eyes.
A+E’s live performances are as much a feast for the eyes as for the ears. Experimentation with explosions, hats and projecktors make an A+E gig a curio to recall on those future cold winter evenings when gathered around the fireplace... Find out more at myspace.com/aeline
Digbeth's Barfly has just announced a new weekly Friday night club night, the improbably named Frog.
It's part of a franchise that regularly packs out London's Mean Fiddler and has the repatation of being indie music's trendiest gathering. The London night has seen bands such as The View, The Fratellis, Bloc Party, Klaxons, Jamie T, We Are Scientists and Larrikin Love gracing the stage and a big surprise name is promised for the launch on April 27. More info from barflyclub.com.
Following on from the huge success of the last series, Channel 4 music show Transmission With T-Mobile is back for 2007, and what a series it’s set to be.
Steve Jones and Lauren Laverne will present the highly anticipated second series, bringing you the best in new and established music talent, as well as interviews with the hottest celebrities in town.
The fourth show in the 12 week series will be filmed at the Custard Factory in Birmingham on April 5 and you could be there.
It will be aired on April 13 at 11:30pm on Channel 4 and will see live performances from Bloc Party, The Enemy and Klaxons as well as interviews with celebrity guests.
* We have five pairs of tickets to give away to the first ones who send us an email at email@example.com. Entrants must be over 18. Prize Terms and conditions can be found by visiting www.t-mobile.co.uk/music
Don't forget to visit the Overheard blog for additional snippets from the local music scene.