Coming to the Hare & Hounds

Because groups of guitars are on the way out.

The Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath has released details of their upcoming events. Highlights include:

Friday 6th April – Kevin Rowland (DJ set)

Leader of the iconic Dexys Midnight Runners, Kevin Rowland’s musical genius has made him a highly respected and in-demand DJ. Playing for adoring audiences at clubs and festivals across the UK throughout the years, Kevin has also compiled the Made to Measure compilation for Motown. Bringing the unmistakable no-holds-barred emotional attitude wthat makes Dexy’s live performances so special, Kevin’s DJ sets are unique.

Tuesday 17th April – Shame

This London-based five-piece began as school boys. From the outset, Shame built the band up from a foundation of DIY ethos while citing The Fall and Wire among its biggest musical influences. Utilizing both the grit and sincerity of that musical background, Shame carved out a niche in the South London music scene and then barreled fearlessly into the angular, thrashing post-punk that would go on to make up Songs of Praise, their Dead Oceans debut. This show sold out way in advance, so unfortunately there are no tickets left.

Saturday 7th April – Horse Meat Disco

Horse Meat Disco began in a basement in London’s Chinatown where co-founders James Hillard and Jim Stanton created a safe queer space for the disenfranchised disco citizens of London. Inspired by the halcyon days of New York nightlife including Mancuso’s Loft, The Paradise Garage, Nicky Siano’s Gallery and late lamented DJ Adam Goldstone, all four resident DJs Luke Howard, Severino, Jim Stanton and James Hillard have built a reputation for their fantastic parties and high quality disco sets. It’s the queer party for everyone; homos and heteros, club kids, bears, fashionistas, naturists, guerilla drag queens and ladies who munch.

Monday 16th April – Goat Girl

Goat Girl head up an emerging set of groups from South London who have been inspired by the burgeoning local scene there. A classic sketch by the late great comedian Bill Hicks inspired their band name. With a lo-fi grunge sound that’s roomy and deliberate, there’s not one noise out of place, no word too many. Instead, they run on lean basslines, wiry melodies and a tight band dynamic that shifts and slides around plaintive vocals.

Tuesday 17th April – Just Jack

Jack Allsopp aka Just Jack, first emerged in 2003 with his critically acclaimed debut album, The Outer Marker. Released on small independent labe, Rolled Gold – under the guidance of Cathal Smyth from Madness – the album showcased what would become Jack’s trademark sharp lyricism over laid-back beats. His mainstream breakthrough came in 2007 with the album Overtones, featuring the Ivor Novello-nominated hit Starz In Their Eyes. Now Jack returns with his fourth album, What We Did Today. Full of earworm melodies and insightful lyrics, the record tell stories of childhood crushes, failing marriages, dealing with kids when hungover, and being strip-searched at a festival. This show is fully sold out.

Friday 20 April – DJ Yoda History of Hip-Hop Set

DJ Yoda is a multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, headlining festivals and clubs around the world. No typical club DJ, his interests lie in finding fresh and unique ways to bring turntables out of the club and getting involved in bespoke collaborations. All tickets are sold out.

Friday 27th April – MoodFix Presents Dan Shake b2b Henry Wu

Dan Shake’s unique blend of disco, house, funk and whatever takes his fancy is just something you can’t find anywhere else. Ever since his breakout release on Moodymann’s Mahogani Music in 2014 Dan has built a reputation for his incredibly detailed and versatile sets which are guaranteed to get you moving! Drawing from his intricate knowledge of jazz, funk and house music Henry Wu creates raw and energetic sets.

Sunday 29 April – LMHR Tour with Kioko and Daddy G (DJ Set)

Kioko are a group of like-minded, multicultural musicians who have embarked on a journey to bring people their own brand of pop. They pride themselves on writing accessible, head bopping tunes, but also take pride in the fact that their music is sociologically and politically relevant to today’s ever-changing society. Also performing is Daddy G! From his early days as a sound system DJ to world domination with Massive Attack, DJ and producer Grant Marshall, AKA Daddy G’s sets blaze a trail through the full gamut of influences that have elevated Massive Attack into one of the most unique, captivating and successful acts of modern music.

Tickets and more information here