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What’s on in Birmingham this April

26th March 2018


Birmingham, the city that never sleeps. April is another jam-packed month of gigs in our new home, Birmingham. To help you in your quest to find the best things to do in the city, here are some of the best and coolest events Birmingham has to offer this month – including…

No Age
3rd April – Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

LA noise-rock duo No Age play a show at the Hare & Hounds in early April. Presented by local promoters This Is Tmrw, No Age are set to bring their latest frenetic release, ‘Snares Like a Haircut’, to Birmingham in a show that you won’t want to miss. Click here for tickets. 

George Ezra
4th April – O2 Academy

Following a few years off, George Ezra is back and will play the O2 Academy on 4th April! Touring in support of his second release, ‘Staying at Tamara’s’, expect to hear new tunes and all the old favourites too, like ‘Budapest’.

The Vaccines
7th April – O2 Academy

April seems to be peak touring period for those releasing new albums, as The Vaccines’ new one is out just in time for this show too! ‘Combat Sports’, released 30th March, is the band’s fourth studio album and new material is going down well with fans of the indie-rock band.

7th April – Muthers Studio, Digbeth

You should probably go to this show or you’ll regret it. Otherkin have been making some serious strides over the last 12 months, including a support slot with Guns n Roses at Slane Castle in Dublin. The Irish quartet are back on our side of the water this April for what is sure to be another energetic show of indie-grunge magnitude. Click here for tickets.

Let’s Eat Grandma
11th April – The Castle & Falcon, Balsall Heath

Speaking of bands picking up the pace, Let’s Eat Grandma are another great example of bands to catch while they’re still playing such small venues. This Norwich duo released their psych-pop debut album last year and have since received rapturous acclaim from the likes of BBC 6 Music, NME and The Guardian. Click here for tickets.

Everything Everything
12th April – O2 Academy

Originally scheduled for 3rd March, electro-indie quintet Everything Everything return to Birmingham on 12th April. Expect to hear songs from 2017’s ‘A Fever Dream’, which cites influence from as far afield as 80s electronica and R&B. The Beast from the East can’t stop them this time! Click here for tickets.

Lions of Dissent
14th April – The Sunflower Lounge

Local band Lions of Dissent have had quite the mysterious aura about them for some time, so it’s no surprise that their debut show last year sold out in advance and BBC 6 Music are already picking up on them. The Wolverhampton band play their first show in Birmingham on 14th April and their baggy psych-pop is sure to go down well with the Brummies. Click here for tickets.

Arcade Fire
15th April – Genting Arena

Eclectic as ever, Arcade Fire return to Birmingham on 15th April. Playing at the Genting Arena, the Montreal outfit are sure to bring plenty of flair as they showcase material from their latest album ‘Everything Now’ alongside their hefty back catalogue. We don’t envy trying to put together THAT setlist! Limited tickets available.

Nick J.D. Hodgson
15th April – The Actress & Bishop, Jewellery Quarter

Former Kaiser Chief now turned singer-songwriter, Nick J.D Hodgson plays an intimate show at the Actress & Bishop this month. Nick’s debut single ‘Suitable’ is a dreamy song worthy of any summer afternoon playlist. Click here for tickets.

Dua Lipa
17th April – Genting Arena

Dua Lipa has been on some journey. She was fairly unknown when she played the 120-capacity Sunflower Lounge just two years ago and now she finds herself headlining arenas and high up festival bills across Europe. Her video for ‘New Rules’ recently hit 1 billion views. Very limited availability.

The Streets
19th April – O2 Academy

It’s the comeback everyone’s been waiting for – Mike Skinner and The Streets. Unfortunately this show sold out within about 30 seconds of going on sale, but if you’ve got tickets, you’re in for one hell of a show. Local legend Mike Skinner hosts an official after party at Snobs for those who don’t have tickets for the gig.

Crazy Town
22nd April – The Asylum

US rap-rock band Crazy Town return to the UK for a run of shows that includes a date at The Asylum on 22nd April. That tune has been stuck in everyone’s head since about 2001. “Come my lady, come come my lady, you’re my butterfly, sugar, baby…” Click here for tickets.

23rd April – Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath

Canadian post-punk quartet Ought return to Birmingham on 23rd April in support of their February release, ‘Room Inside The World’. Heading to the Hare & Hounds to headline a This Is Tmrw presentation, Ought are known to put on a show. Click here for tickets.

24th April – O2 Academy2

Akala, one of the realest names in the game, plays Birmingham O2 Academy on 24th April. The English rapper, poet and political activist is best known for his track ‘Shakespeare’. Click here for tickets.

24th April – The Sunflower Lounge

Chester trio Peaness return to the Sunflower Lounge this month following their sold out show at the very same venue in March 2017. Expect melodic twee-pop from a band whose name you probably shouldn’t say out loud. Click here for tickets.

Plan B
27th April – O2 Academy

Ben Drew – AKA Plan B – is back in Birmingham at the end of the month as he tours in support of his latest release, ‘Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose’. Expect to hear tracks from throughout his versatile career, including ‘Ill Manors’ and ‘She Said’. Click here for tickets.

Ivory Wave
27th April – O2 Academy3

This local band channel the baggy element of Madchester and make it their own. They sell out pretty much every local show going, and this one looks like it’s heading in that direction too. Ivory Wave recently went on tour with The Twang and the only way is up for this lot. Click here for tickets.

Harry & The Howlers
27th April – The Sunflower Lounge

Last but not least, Harry & The Howlers is the full musical project of local singer-songwriter, Harry Jordan. Fans of ballsy, soulful rock ‘n’ roll will love this band as they return to play a show in their hometown for the first time since November. Get involved! Click here for tickets. 





Richard Franks

Richard Franks - Editor of Counteract Magazine. Counteract Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands.