Enkore + Blush + Matilda Gracia | Thu 5 Jan | Hare & Hounds | £4
Bilbao’s favourite rock son’s are bringing their melodic sunshine powered riffs to the Hare and Hounds as part of their first UK tour. Fiercely loyal to their Catalan identity they have become best selling artists in their Basque Country homeland with a powerful mix of heartfelt lyricism expressed through Xabi Hoo’s rousing chorus’ combined with the stomping energy of Urtzi Iza’s big big big guitar sound. Great live and their relentless enthusiasm will soon have you jumping up and down. Support comes from rising indie stars Blush and the dark lyrical beauty of Matilda Gracia. skiddletickets

*Sold out* Bowie: A Tribute | Sat 7 Jan | The Night Owl | £5
A stellar lineup of local bands and DJ’s will be performing at the Night Owl to pay tribute to the Thin White Duke. We’re expecting some incredible covers with such an eclectic array of talent. Our favourite Brummie noise makers Ghosts of Dead Airplanes headline along with the dreamy electronica of Flamingo Flame. Also playing are Me Me Detroit, The Mighty Young and loads more. Chicks Dig Jerks DJ’s will be spinning tunes spanning Bowie’s whole career. Glitter, games and prizes for the best costumes. www.facebook.com/

The Catastrophe Club Bowie Night | Sun 8 Jan | Kitchen Garden Cafe | £9
Fresh from the glorious return of the Catastrophe Club last year Micky Greaney returns to host another event, this time in honour of what would have been the great David Bowie’s 70th birthday. A fantastic lineup once again from the Catastrophe Club with some real big hitters of the local music scene. World Party’s ex Duran Duran legend Andy Wickett will be performing along with The Major Toms and several others, but we’re particularly excited to see what The Enigma String Quartet bring to a Bowie tribute. www.facebook.com/

Nik Turner’s New Space Ritual | Sun 8 Jan | The Robin 2 | £15
For several millennia Hawkwind have been the beating heart of the free festival movement. Appearing at the legendary 1971 Glastonbury festival, with a certain David Bowie, they became torch bearers for a movement that morphed into the New Age Travellers and for a brief period lit up the headlines until it was mercilessly crushed by the Thatcher government along with the miners, trade unions and any dissenting voices along the way. It’s apex was the annual Stonehenge solstice parties that were not complete without the Hawks hammering through a set of space rock classics. Nik Turner was there throughout. The enigmatic and wiry saxophonist lending his vocals, style, brass and all round pizzaz to the Hawkwind juggernaut. He brings his New Space Ritual to the Robin and along with it a raft of classic Hawkwind tunes, we’re expecting some Inner City Unit anthems too. Last time we saw Nik Turner was thirty years ago in the early hours in a field in Hay on Wye performing naked yoga. Watch out Bilston. Mothers Earth Experiment will provide noisy support. therobin

Thu 5 Jan - Sun 8 Jan
Giles Logan
Published on:
Wed 6 Jan 2016