Category Archives: News

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 […]

The Mrs Barbara Nice and Friends Podcast – with Friends of the Earth’s Karen Leach

Numero Sanco: The Mrs Barbara Nice and Friends Podcast – with Friends of the Earth’s Karen Leach Barbara’s back, and she doesn’t care if you’re in the middle of decorating a meeting room, she’s going to have you on her piggin’ podcast! This episode Barbara lures Karen Leach in from Birmingham Friends of the Earth […]

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 […]

The Mrs Barbara Nice and Friends Podcast with guest Stuart Goldsmith

For her first podcast of Series 2, Barbara Nice invited “Comedians Comedian” Stuart Goldsmith to producer Paul’s shed at Brum Radio and a great time they had recording her first podcast of 2019 THEN, disaster! The shed threw a fit and decided not to record the podcast, leading to a now legendary “missing podcast” that […]