Arctic Lake | Wed 20 Jun | Sunflower Lounge | £6
It’s probably been said enough times already, but London trio Arctic Lake sound exactly how their name implies: it’s slow moving, deliberate, glittering and beautiful pop – not dissimilar to the grandiose restraint of London Grammar. In the Sunflower Lounge, we imagine it’ll be spellbinding. seetickets.com
Mamas Gun | Thu 21 Jun | The Jam House | £5
Mamas Gun set a pretty high bar choosing that album title as their name, but their soulful, Mayfield grooves and Beach Boys harmonies pretty much pull it off – they’d sound right at home alongside kindred retro-modern spirits like Childhood and Michael Kiwanuka – and there’s no denying those pure-Motown melodies. jamhouse.com
My Bloody Valentine | Fri 22 Jun | O2 Institute | £28.50
You might forgive My Bloody Valentine fans for being sceptical about getting new material, given the 22-year wait before 2013’s (admittedly great) ‘mbv’ – but here we are: rumours abound, and Kevin Shields and co. are back touring. You’d be a fool to miss the grand masters of shoegaze at work: but please, for the love of your future sanity, bring earplugs… seetickets.com
Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam, Sunset Cinema Club, Yr Poetry + more | Fri 22 Jun | The Flapper | £8
In case you haven’t heard, the Flapper – one of Brum’s finest music dives for many a year – is closing down: so guerrilla noisemakers Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam have gathered a cracking line-up of local talent to celebrate the place before the doors shut. seetickets.com
Supersonic Festival | Fri 22 – Sun 24 Jun | £20-80
Supersonic is an infamous weekend of music, film, exhibitions and workshops curated by a team of fearless (and freaky) tastemakers. From the driving industrial techno of Gazelle Twin, to FAKA’s electro-pop and the Ex’s free punk explosion: offbeat talent and experimental hard-hitters for everyone (well, maybe not everyone). See our full preview here.
Lady Sanity, Mondo Royale + more | Sat 23 Jun | Lightwoods Park | FREE
And if crazy experimentalism isn’t your bag so much, Bearwood Shuffle returns to Lightwoods Park with a free afternoon of music and food – featuring some poptastic local talent, from Lady Sanity’s on-point hip-hop, to Mondo Royale’s upbeat ABBAthon vibes, low-key up-and-comers Hunger Moon and more.
Photo: Gazelle Twin by Tash Tung
Published on: Sun 20 May 2018