Fantastic to see the Birmingham music scene featured in the NME today. Anyone interested in music in the city will be aware of the buzz that’s around at the moment. And it’s not just about great up and coming bands such as The Carpels, Peace, Swim Deep, Jaws and numerous others, it’s also down to forward thinking venues such as The Rainbow, the Hare and Hounds and the Bulls Head, expert and influential media such as Brum Notes and Counteract and smart promoters such as Birmingham Promoters and The Catapult Club. Local labels such as One Beat Records, who are putting on an event at the mac on 22nd July showcasing some of the best local bands in the city, prove that there is a growing infrastructure to support great music in Birmingham. If a scene is characterised by people doing their own thing but also working together, for the benefit of all, then Brum really can stake a claim as the ‘hottest place in UK indie’ at the moment.
Artists interested in performing/showcasing their work at this year’s ArtsFest have until 10 a.m. on Monday 23rd April to apply. There’s no stage in Centenary Square this year, and, as usual, nobody gets paid or will have their expenses covered but…there’s potentially useful benefits promotion wise with everyone performing being allocated space on the website and in the event programme. There’s also the possibility of being able to perform in venues such as the Town Hall and the Symphony Hall, which could be a good experience for emerging artists. Performers also get the use of an ‘information stall’ on New Street to use as a base for distributing flyers and building up mail lists. Anyone who needs more information, please get in touch, particularly if it’s not an event you’ve been involved with before.
The event takes place in Birmingham on the 8th and 9th September 2012.