Author Archives: Reza Arabpour

A local lot at a local spot: Hott Date’s Easter all dayer

Sunday. My one day off. I took a much needed trip to check out the all-day Easter edition of Hott Date at The Castle and Falcon in Balsall Heath; the initial glow was a reminiscent meeting of old friends with good vibes. Basking in the spring-shine most hung out the back of the joint and […]

The Luciferous tones of The Bonfire Radicals

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of meeting up with Katie Stevens and Michelle Holloway of the Bonfire Radicals; Sat in Sorrento Lounge, Moseley, surrounded by the joint’s trade mark cluttered and majestic decor. They shared the low-down on their journey from student jammers at the prestigious Conservatoire, to leading the charge in […]

Saffiyah Khan, The Specials and the tale of Mike Horseman’s Organ

In early 2017, outside of Birmingham Central Library, a very frustrated fellah in the midst of a political protest managed to get himself into a stand off with Brum’s very own, Saffiyah Khan. As she displayed a charming and calming example of empathy (with a hint of fearless nonchalance) toward his angst, local press captured […]

Impressions of a Birmingham Poet: Matthew Edwards

An audience of fold-out chairs faced a projector screen and stage area. Musical instruments were poised and ready, as a classy, mature, after hours wine bar crowd rolled into the joint; Centrala, a semi industrial, whitewashed, minimalist unit at the back of Digbeth’s Minerva works estate. It had been a Birmingham minute since I’d seen […]

A Hoot at the Night Owl – Down in Digbeth for some Brain Food

I stuck to the multi-levelled chests of draws sandwiched together to make a bar at the back of the room. I was curious for a moment; what interactions lay past the solitary sofa and bongos, up the stairs, to an upper deck of the Night Owl? I guess there are inevitably scenes within scenes one […]