Rise of Birmingham

Wed 2nd October 2013
Library of Birmingham
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The city’s music scene has been making an impressive impact on the national indie scene in recent years. Last year, NME celebrated the ‘Rise of Birmingham’ and the diverse indie music scene here. This night will see some performances from some of the best emerging bands in the region including:

Free School

Bringing the sunny Balearic sounds of summer and the icy kosmische sounds of winter, Free School are maximalist and minimalist all at once. But in a good way. The Birmingham duo signed to the internationally renowned Tirk label in 2011 and recently released their critically acclaimed LP ‘Tender Administration’, following two 12” EP releases and a string of remixes for the likes of Roots Manuva, Phil Oakey and Maps. wearefreeschool.com

Victories At Sea

Victories At Sea are an experimental three piece, citing influences as wide and diverse as Slowdive, Boards of Canada, and M83 through to more unadulterated alternatives such as Echo and The Bunnymen, New Order and mid 80s Cure. By using various electronics and drum loops live, their traditional set up is enveloped by resonating layers of sound cast against the backdrop of the city at night. victoriesatsea.co.uk


Noise quintet whose diverse influences blend to create a mash up of genres, creating a new sound that has something for every alternative pallet. “Heavy grooves and dark noise give a beautiful backdrop to the reverb drenched power vocals that melodically dance around the room. Big choruses and dangerously boisterous breakdowns make VICTOR a band to keep your eye one and a band that definitely deserve a breakthrough into the public eye.” – Counteract Magazine facebook.com/ victortheverbose

Youth Man

They generate an infectious energy during their intense live show as three individuals grapple with their instruments to whip up a reckless tornado of sound, flailing limbs and musical angst that is a feast for the senses.

“These riotous noise-makers bring a shambolic edge with their Pixies-influenced setup. This young three-piece encapsulate everything exciting about Birmingham music right now with frontwoman Kaila Whyte sporting a reputation for the raucous. “ Brum Notes