The live music drought is over for the people of Birmingham! After seven months of gigs being banned due to the closure of hundreds of music venues in the city back in March, tickets are now on sale for live concerts this month and next.
A range of local musicians from across the West Midlands will be performing throughout October, November and December at The Dead Wax on Adderley Street in Digbeth.
Artists such as Kioko, The Chasers, Hunger Moon & many more will be taking to the stage to entertain the people of Birmingham.
To help abide by government rules following the virus, measures have been put in place to ensure that attendees are kept safe.
A limited amount of people will be allowed to attend, with social distancing set to be in place throughout the night. This will be done by introducing tables of two, with a 2-metre distance between separate guests.
The time of the music events have been pushed forward as a result of the new curfew restrictions that have been put in place.
Samantha Daly, spokesperson for Birmingham Promoters comments on how great it is to welcome back live music to Birmingham.
“It’s great to be having live music back in Birmingham! It will certainly be very different, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction and we have chosen acts for this series of events that will suit the seated vibes well.
“All events will be seated and are limited to a capacity of 60 people. These are split into tables of 2, 4 and 6, which are all socially distanced.”Samantha Daly, Birmingham Promoters
Jon Brown, Lead Guitarist for reggae influenced band KIOKO tells us how exciting it is to be performing again after life in lockdown.
“We’re very excited to be back gigging again. As a gigging live band, we would regularly be away on the road touring or (this time of year especially) be playing festivals. Having that disrupted has been challenging to say the least.
“One thing you can do in lockdown is write music, and technology is at a point where it is possible to work remotely. Having seemingly infinite time, and a constant stream of topics to write about, we have all been working on material.”Jon Brown, KIOKO
The music industry has suffered greatly due to a ban on large gatherings, as millions of people worldwide attend concerts annually resulting in a loss of income for the industry.
This has impacted local artists the hardest as they are heavily dependent on performances for their income.
Details of each act and dates are as follows:
- Hunger Moon – Sunday 4th October 2020
- Tony Macalpine – Monday 5th October 2020
- KIOKO – Saturday 10th October 2020
- The Jack Fletcher band – Saturday 17th October 2020
- Among the Echoes – Saturday 14th November 2020
- The Good Water – Saturday 5th December 2020
- Indian Queena – Sunday 6th December 2020
The likely success of these events could pave the way for more to return in the future.