Have you heard of The Oobleck? What began as a whisper only a few months ago is soon to build into a clamour as the venue, part of Alfie Bird’s many rooms becomes increasingly popular with both bands and the general public alike.
The venue – former home to the Custard Factory’s infamous Medicine Bar – is making waves in Birmingham as the new, go-to place for both up and coming and established bands to play. In recent weeks the venue has welcomed established acts such as Rose Windows and Tall Ships with forthcoming shows ranging from hardcore acts Deez Nuts and Backtrack to Turin Brakes, US rockers The Black Lipsand local favourites JAWS.
As well as drawing increasingly well-established acts, The Oobleck – in conjunction with its sister bar Alfie Bird’s (see if you can find the secret entrance to The Oobleck!) – supports up and coming acts through its club nights. Come Togetherbrings the lovers of indie, brit-pop, new wave and more together in one room to celebrate all things good in alternative music, and there is definitely no better way to do that but to showcase the best of the local scene. The 2nd August sees The Mighty Young, KIN and Dong Fang band together to form an eclectically noisy experience, whereas if we flash forward to 30th August, Chicks Dig Jerks bringsBroken Witt Rebels, Batsch and The Stirs for another off-the-wall night of blues, disco and fuzz!
Whilst gigs are the biggest deal, The Oobleck has a whole menagerie of events in store. First up is the mystical fun of Magic Door (hits the house on Friday – read more about it here), before 9th August has female arts collective ALTO bringing all of their creativity plus bands such as Bad Grammar, Drakelow and Antelope to make their noise, plus the folk of Louise Petit. Further down the line sees Break Thru present Calibre for a night of drum n bass and techno and Kazabian, a Kasabian tribute act that were part of our original Glastonbrummy line-up!
As you can see, The Oobleck is set to become a hub for music of all kinds over the forthcoming months, so if someone asks you if you’ve heard of The Oobleck, you can answer them with a pretentious ‘yes’!