FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER   

Halloween Disco Soundclash! : Downtempo Disco X Hot Piroski 8pm–2am

Disco down to the gates of hell that is Halloween (let’s face it…) with a Halloween not Halloween party to lift your spirits and your legs….

Down Tempo Disco welcomes Barcelona-dweller, studio owner and record label boss Robin Twelftree to dig his own grave in Birmingham for a festive night of electronic revelry tinged with sweet disco edits, heart-stopping deep house and hi tech jazz (Mad Mike style). Whether or not you turn into a pumpkin at midnight we’ll be grooving for another two hours more than usual J. Free. £28 for four courses. Please note: no admittance past midnight

SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Rugby World Cup Final England v South Africa 8.30-11am

We don’t normally show sport but sometimes make an exception…join us from 8.30am for the big one on our 100” screen, with bacon butties (and more) and plenty of coffee and beer to help you along. Free

1000 Trades Presents: Pigeonhole with Jon Harris 8pm–12am

Another edition of the Birmingham night revival featuring a whole range of music from different genres – some you will know and love, some you won’t know yet but will definitely love! It remains a strictly vinyl affair. The night will start slowly and build up from appreciative and curious head nodding to serious toe tapping and dancing! Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Angular Coding Meetup 6.30–8.30pm

Find about the latest news in the Angular ecosystem, share your ideas, help others and get help from the Angular community in and around Birmingham. Free. Register via meetup.com/Angular-Birmingham

Birmingham Amateur Brewers (BAB) 7–9pm

Whether you’re a seasoned brewer or have never set eyes on a grain of malt, this is an informal monthly meet-up for people to share their skills, knowledge – and beer! Free. More details and this month’s agenda via Facebook group

WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER

Chance & Counters @ 1000 Trades 7–10pm

The board game aficionados at Chance & Counters are bringing a fat stack of games to the upstairs room. Plus a dedicated “game guru” to help you pick up and learn something new, so you can spend more time playing and less time reading rulebooks. £2pp. More details via facebook.com/chanceandcounters

THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER
1000 Trades Networking Club hosted by Ian Gardner 4.30–6.30pm

Mingle with your neighbours and like-minded business people. All welcome. Free.  Register via Eventbrite

MMF/MPG Tribes Music Industry Networking Event 7.30–10.30pm

Join the Music Managers Forum, the Music Producers Guild and Birmingham’s local music community to grow your network. With attendees including managers, producers, artists, labels, accountants, lawyers, publishers and agents this will be a great opportunity to make new contacts. Featuring a guest unsigned, undiscovered artist on the night from the musical talent that the Midlands has to offer. Free. Book via Eventbrite. Music industry professionals only

FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Calum Gourlay Quartet 7.45pm

This is the premier of Calum Gourlay’s new project as a band leader. Having spent his musical career as a bass player for others, he is now venturing out into band leadership and writing. Bassist, Composer and Band Leader Calum Gourlay brings his brand-new quartet and first small band album to tour the UK in 2019; featuring music written especially for and inspired by the band members. This new quartet features pieces that became big band charts and some that didn’t! As well as some brand new music written for the tour.

Calum has had a residency at The Vortex Jazz Club since 2017 and writes at least one new piece a month. Interviewed in londonjazznews.comCalum said… “I find it much easier to arrange something for big band if there’s already a framework for it to fit around, as starting a big band piece from scratch is tough. So, every few months I try to organise a play with a quartet or trio of some people from the band and write some music just for them. If any of that works then I can scale it up for the big band. This group had a play together in June 2018 and it felt good.”. £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: The Yardbird Sessions 8pm–12am

Birmingham’s much-missed jazz and funk bar lives on….Ollie Lloyd brings the funky hybrid sounds of The Yardbird for the latest instalment of DJ sessions, digging deep into his record collection to create the trademark Yardbird sound of dusty deep funk, latin, dancefloor jazz and instrumental grooves! Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER

1000 Trades Presents: Eclectic Sessions 8pm–12am

A night celebrating the diverse nature of dance music. Featuring a mix of musical genres from classic house to chill out, via soul, jazz, hip-hop, funk, post-punk and broken beats. Featuring well known classics and modern unknowns from the likes of Salsoul/ Philadelphia International/ Compost Records/ K7/ Strictly Rhythm/ Acid Jazz/ Tru Thoughts/ Grand Central/ BBE/ Alice Russell/ Jazzanova/ Atjazz/ Quantic/ Kaytranada/ BB&Q/4 Hero/Ben Westbeech/Masters at Work/ Pete Rock/ Rae & Christian/ The Milk/ Donald Byrd/ Smoove & Turrell/ Chic/ The Pendletons/  Cameo/ Cymande/ SOS Band/ Children of Zeus/ Amp Fiddler/ Yazmin Lacey + many more. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER

Birmingham Entrepreneurs Meetup 6.30–9.30pm

Monthly opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs at different stages of business. Try out a new business idea in a safe and constructive environment. Free. Register via meetup.com/Birmingham-Entrepreneurs-Meetup-Group

Art Night 7–9pm

Looking for the perfect after-work activity, get creative and try something new? Then Art Night is for you. Whether you come alone or together with a group of friends – you can look forward to a great and unforgettable evening. In just a few hours, you’ll create your own artwork, guided by a local artist, with no existing skills necessary and all materials included. £34. Book via artnight.co.uk

WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER

Photo Cafe 7–9pm

Informal discussion and meet up that invites speakers and participants to discuss ideas, debate topics around contemporary photography issues and network with others. No prior knowledge needed and all welcome. Free. More details via facebook.com/PhotoCafeBirmingham

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER

Birmingham Freelancers Meetup 6–8pm

This meetup group is for freelancers, aspiring freelancers, side hustlers, or those who work from home in Birmingham and the West Mids. The aim is to get out of the house (or co-working space) and get together for relaxed networking, business insights, and co-working opportunities, meeting every second Thursday of the month. Free. More details and to register via meetup.com/Birmingham-Work-At-Home-Meetup

Christmas Card Making with Geronimo 6–8pm

Come craft up a storm and enjoy a festive drink whilst creating unique and alternative custom cards. An after work event, a rare chance to kick back and get creative. Learn how to apply metallic foils to your designs and add the wow factor to your artwork. Come away with up to 10 handmade cards. £10 + booking fee/ £5 + booking fee early bird. More details and to book via Eventbrite. All materials and tuition included

1000 Trades Presents: Leon C and his band 9–11pm

Leon C is an 18 year old folk singer songwriter with ten years of classical guitar training, with influences as diverse as Dylan to the Stones and Bach to Vaughan Williams. With support to acts such as Rory Mcleod and Hannah Scott and airplay on radio stations across the UK, Leon is a talent to watch out for.  Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 15 – SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Electric Dreams Festival Weekend

The musical lineage of jazz has always included mixing genres, crossing boundaries and making a creative shift in the art form – and often other forms too. This short festival picks up this theme and explores electric jazz, as opposed to acoustic, in new formations but with a glance back to the pioneers of electrified music. It will also give the opportunity for emerging talent to express themselves, including a group of French Students and the return of Swedish stars.

Daniel Karlsson Trio The Daniel Karlsson trio’s music is described as distinctive and extrovert, clearly influenced by 60s jazz, soul and pop but with a clear Nordic scent of EST. All the music is penned by Daniel Karlsson. The Trio have since their album debut Das Taxibåtin September 2013 established themselves as one of the most interesting constellations in Swedish and European jazz.

From Scratch Birmingham’s own heritage jazz band, which emerged out of the local hero’s’ legendary Andy Hamilton’s Blue Notes.  Led from the front by Mark Hamilton) and created by Guitarist Ralf DeCambre with Ray Brown on electric bass and Wayne Scott on drums. From Scratch has its own voice (they started again from scratch) playing an infectious mix of Electric Jazz, Blues, Ska and Reggae based tunes.

Fred Baker Trio Known mainly for his outstanding electric bass work, Fred appears in this Festival using his guitar synth. It’s been going down very well with a mixture of original material and special tribute set of Phil Millers’ pieces, from Robert Wyatt, Hatfield and the North, the duo Fred had with him and all the great Incahoots stuff. This trio brings together players that Fred has long admired.

EquinoxƎ EquinoxƎ is a Parisian band composed of 5 emerging talented musicians: These five musicians are from the prestigious CMDL Jazz School of Didier Lockwood, trained by the greatest French musicians. Bringing and transmitting Weather Report’s music, perpetuating musical and technological mixing, is Equinox’s challenge and goal. The formation is found around emblematic themes and forgotten, reworked and revisited, with the energy essential to this powerful musical universe.

Dave Ferris Organ Trio Originally from Cornwall, David is now resident in Birmingham, where he graduated from the Jazz Degree Course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; in Summer 2015.  In this set Dave brings his acclaimed recreation of the original organ trio formed by Jimmy Smith. Expect infectious tunes and the most enthusiastic players in Birmingham today.

Mo Foster & Friends Mo Foster is Bass Guitar and Band Leader, who after forming the seminal 70’s progressive jazz/rock group Affinity (managed as it happens by Ronnie Scott himself) his career blossomed. He brings to the 1000 Trades an exciting new sextet comprising six of the UK’s most sought after musicians, collectively celebrating the music of major jazz composers such as Gil Evans, Michael Gibbs, George Gershwin, John Lewis and Jaco Pastorius, in a programme of personal favourite

£30 weekend pass/£25 members/ £15.00 students.  Other options available. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER
1000 Trades Presents: Blue Dot Radio
8pm–12am

Birmingham based Blue Dot Radio have a proud reputation for entertaining listeners with the very finest selection of music, playing a selection of plays an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, neo-soul. jazz funk and reggae, pledging to put the “Jazz Your Razzmatazz and the “P in your Funk”. Headed by Curtis Armstrong and friends, they will be conjuring some well-crafted tunes to ease your way into the weekend. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER

1000 Trades Presents: Jazz in the House 8pm–1am

New regular jazz-infused deep house night at 1000 Trades celebrating all things jazzy-tinged and piano-laden from the 90s and 2000s archives. Expect to hear the likes of Blaze/ Masters at Work/ A Man Called Adam/ 95 North/ Soulboy/ Kevin Yost/ Ulysees/ Jon Cutler/ Mike Delgado/ St Germain/ Musical Expresion/ Kerri Chandler/ Nathen Haines/ Peven Everett/ John Ciafone/ DJ Gregory + many more with Scott Povey (Fixed Wheels of Steel) and DJ Stapes (1000 Trades). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER

Scrum Masters 7–9pm

Problem solving with Scrum Masters! An event for Scrum Masters or people who work with them, to exchange knowledge and figure out answers to common problems in scrum teams.  Everyone welcome. Free. More details and to register via meetup.com

MONDAY 18 NOVEMBER – WEDNESDAY 1 JANUARY
POSH @ 1000 Trades

Don’t f*ck with America. Well, we are. We’re talking 28 day aged beef patties and sexy sides to draw you in to the long evenings, including the ‘Rancher’ with spiced brisket, mozzarella sticks, caramelised onions and spring onion aioli, the ‘Jammin’ Chicken’ with crispy jerk, slaw, pineapple & rum sauce as well as the ‘Classic’ and ‘Hey Smokey’ loaded with charred aubergine, smoked tofu, whiskey dressing and soured beetroot. Everyone loves a burger.  More details via 1000trades.org.uk/food. Serving all day from Monday to Saturday

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

Kamikaze Club Open Mic 7.30–10.30pm

The Kamikaze Club return for another Open Mic comedy session. Fresh acts looking for a spot, as well as pros looking to shine up their material will be on hand to keep hilarity at a high. Free. More details via facebook.com/TheKamikazeClub

THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER
1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab 7.45–9.30pm

Closing out tonight’s Lab are two contrasting artistes – the singular voice of poet and academic, Derek Littlewood and the musical story-telling of Vincent Gould, aka Weird Messiah – both with a perfectly balanced and captivating command of language. Vincent is an Edinburgh Festival survivor and song writer and Derek is a senior lecturer in BCU’s School of English. Expect humour, pathos, theatre. Easing us into their individual sets will be Mal Dewhirst, playwright and regional laureate, short story writers Debbie Murphy and Wanda Pierpoint and the perfomance poet Ben Davis, all of whom will be carefully curated by multi-published author and festival director Anthony Poulton-Smith.  It’s worth noting that this seasoned, heady mixture of music and spoken word might well be interrupted by Open mic. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Kairos 4tet 7.45pm

Kairos 4Tet featuring Emilia Mårtensson.  After a 3 year hiatus MOBO Award winning Kairos 4Tet return to present their 4th album, delving deeper in to the art of song. Regarded as one of a kind – Kairos 4Tet bridge the gap between classic and contemporary; the jazz orbit and folk lineage; with ferocious grooves, searching improvisations and melodies that linger long after the music stops.

The band play the distinctive compositions of saxophonist Adam Waldmann, who has been described as “a young master in the making” by Time Out and a “precociously talented composer and player” by AllAboutJazz.com. As well as Parliamentary Jazz ‘Vocalist of the Year’ award winner Emilia Mårtensson, the band features Irish folk troubadour Marc O’Reilly.£12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER

Hair of the Dog ‘Pup Crawl’ From midday

Come and join us for the ultimate Birmingham day out  – with your dog! An organised tour of some of the best dog friendly pub venues in Birmingham. Included in the price is a limited edition t-shirt, offers on throughout the day, games and plenty of paw-rizes,pawsecco and snacks for the pooch, goodie bags. £15. More details and tickets via Eventbrite

1000 Trades Presents: Coughing Pigeon 8pm–12am

Join Coughing Fit and Pigeonhole head honchos George Bate and Jon Harris for a strictly vinyl night of curiosities take up the controls taking in everything from foot-tapping alternative, less travelled indie to 80s italo disco and 90s deep house. You can also listen to their show live on Brum Radio every Friday 6pm-8pm. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER
I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky 4–7pm

Monthly Sunday session with DJ Stig to see you through the last three day weekend for a while . Sunday roasts ‘til 5pm as usual. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

Sunday Jazz @ 1000 Trades 7–10pm

Sunday Jazz is back! A new monthly helping (last Sunday of every month) of the finest acts from across the Birmingham scene, presented by your host Chris Young. Followed by a jazz jam (all welcome). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Maker Monday 5.30–8.30pm

Ever wanted to create and develop the latest innovative art and technology applications, while collaborating with media experts and researchers at the same time? Maker Monday is that opportunity, designed as a monthly event focused on combining the expertise of individuals in both arts and technology in a collaborative space. There’s even free beer and food! Free. See facebook.com/makermonday for details of this month’s theme and to register

WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

OK Stop! Improvised Comedy 8pm

OK Stop! bring their unique improv comedy stylings to 1000 Trades. You shout out a title, they improvise a B-Movie – or whatever comes to mind! Think Whose Line Is It Anyway meets Have I Got News For You. Shows are fast-paced, interactive and unpredictable. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER

EP Launch SheBeat 7pm

SheBeat is a singer songwriter with perfect portions of hum-along, toe-tapping acoustic indie folk. Since 2013, two self-published EPs have been well-received by fans and are available on Spotify for streaming. Join this DIY artist performing live to launch of her latest release, with supporting acts to make a night of it. Free. More at www.shebeat.co.uk/ @shebeatmusic

THURSDAY 28 – SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER

Timothy Taylor Tap Takeover

One of our favourite breweries that we’ve never actually had on, until now. Established in Keighley in 1858, they have been producing really special, distinctive beers ever since using natural spring water. With a ‘meet the brewer’ on Thursday evening, we’ll be showcasing all six of their range over the four days including classic Yorkshire bitter Boltmaker, multi-award winning Landlord, new addition Knowle Spring, as well as Dark Mild, Ram Tam and Golden Best, three beers rarely seen out of Yorkshire.

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER
Birmingham Jazz Presents: Asaf Sirkis/Sylwia Bialis IQ 7.45pm

The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartetis a collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with an array of international jazz players, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas. With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, this band celebrates music from a wide range of influences: contemporary classical, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern music as well as a wide range of dynamics. £12.50/ £10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door) 

1000 Trades Presents: Pitch Control 8pm–12am

A night of deep, deeper and deepest from the world of upfront new electronic music; expect a journey through time and tempo. From lazy downtempo and easy grooves, to the slower pitched-down side of house and low-slung disco – all blended intricately to create a unique, understated funk which is impossible to resist. With DJ Matt Cottom (Pitch Control). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

NOW HAM – A Night of Credible 80s 8pm–12am

Bannish Banarama, Kybosh Kylie and Erase Europe ….our monthly night dedicated to proper music from the most underrated decade since the last one. Free. See Facebook events page for more details