Birmingham Jazz Presents: Charlie Bates Sextet 7.45pm

After the success of his debut big band album, Charlie Bates has formed an exciting new sextet to play original new music and arrangements. His music has been labelled ‘impressive and inventive’ by the Guardian’s John Fordham and has been influenced by a variety of musicians, including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Hans Koller and Gwilym Simcock. £8/Members free/ £5 students. Tickets via or on the door

Sound of Soul Presents: Make It Reggae! 8pm-12am

Liven up your weekend with a head-nodding coach party’s worth of ska, roots, rocksteady and classic reggae, all 100% vinyl played with love from Sound of Soul. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

Little Borracho @ 1000 Trades 

Celebrated Birmingham eatery El Borracho de Oro return after last year’s stunning debut, moving in for the month under the stewardship of Birmingham’s hardest working restaurateur (discuss) Emma-Louise Yufera. Offering both El B favourites as well as new dishes created just for the residency a veritable panoply of moreish small plates will be on offer, including Butifarra Creole with green mojo, white asparagus salad and Piquillo pepper stuffed with morcilla and sweet shallots. Plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, plus sandwiches with a Spanish twist served at lunchtimes. And watch out for some Español musical additions to the experience on Wednesdays throughout the month. More details via


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

and every Wednesday during March

1000 Trades Presents: Richard Chapman 7–9pm

Hasten the summer into Birmingham by enjoying some classical Spanish guitar as the perfect accompaniment to your tapas. Free.


Launch Girl Code: A Digital Community 6–8pm in association with Apex eCommerce

Lauched to mark International Women’s Day, Girl Code is about creating a space for women to talk about their own experiences and struggles and more importantly how they have overcome these battles to succeed and achieve their desired goals. Join us for an evening of inspiring and truthful talks from women within different sectors of the digital industry. Free. More details and to register via Eventbrite

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Partikel 7.45pm

Partikel’s new album Counteraction documents their explorations into the more electronic side of music whilst maintaining their exciting and high-energy approach. And there’s a new sound in the mix with the addition of the great guitarist Ant Law. They were nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Ensemble of the Year’ alongside Phronesis and Binker and Moses. After years of extensive touring throughout the UK, Europe and China, Partikel have established themselves as ” one of the best and most consistent of contemporary British jazz groups”. This is a welcome return to Birmingham Jazz following their first appearance four years ago. £12.50/£10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via or on the door


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 may not 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


Photo Cafe 7–9pm

An 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. Free. More details via


Progressive Politics with Baroness Christine Crawley 7–9pm

The Brexit debate is hardening, and moving into a critical phase. Titled Brexit and Beyond: Britain’s Future as an Internationalist Nation the discussion will be led by Baroness Christine Crawley, a member of Labour’s front bench team in the House of Lords. Christine was one of the region’s first MEPs, and probably did more than anyone else to raise the profile of Europe and the European Union within Birmingham and the West Midlands. All welcome. More details and to register via Eventbrite

Birmingham Entrepreneurs Meet Up 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, Find out how to get investment and share hints and tips on starting a new business. Friendly and informal. Free. Register via

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Sirkis/Bialis International Quartet 7.45pm

With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, the music covers a wide range of influences including jazz, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern music. Expect soulful melodies, atmospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electro-acoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.The quartet`s latest album “Come To Me” was released 2014 at the London Jazz Festival and the band has been touring in the UK and Europe since. £12.50/£10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via or on the door


The Emma Press is Five Years Old 2–5pm

Join poetry imprint The Emma Press for the launch of their fiftieth book, the Anthology of Love, and celebrate being five years old with readings from poets including Carole Bromley, Catherine Olver, Cynthia Miller and Emma Press editor Rachel Piercey. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

1000 Trades Presents: Spaghetti Funktion 8pm–12am 

Selectors James Hollingworth and Tom Owen return for another instalment of their residency at 1000 Trades, playing a truly eclectic mix psychedelic-afro-house-disco-funk! Free. See Facebook events page for more details


‘Crafty Sip’ create-your-own social 2.30–5.30pm

Drawing inspiration from the DIY Bar in Portland, Oregon, Crafty Sip sessions are a fun way to spend a few hours ‘crafting’ with friends on a sociable level, allowing you to produce up to two mini creative projects – with two drinks included in the price. You will follow a step-by-step method sheet for making your projects, helping each other out with assistance from organiser Deborette Creative if needs. £35. Includes all materials, tuition as required and two alcoholic or soft drinks. See for more details and to book

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

First event 1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab 7.30–10pm

An evening of poetry, music and film, where artists pitch in with an exciting mix of original performances and fresh ideas. Tonight, music from The Trail of Thomas Love, songs from Kate Wells & Jess Webberley, the soundscapes of Tom Tebby & Mike Dring with synethesia drawing from Diggery; spoken word from Phil Thomson, John Wright and satirist Vincent Gould – and moving image from ESBÉ, with a rare outing for Sellotape Cinema. Fast paced, full of risk and revelation. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Joy Ellis Life on Land Tour 7.45pm

Joy is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Over the past year, she has been working on an original album entitled Life On Land. The album reflects her passion for jazz, a love of groove and dance music, her own classical roots as a pianist and the mournful, soulful aspects of being a singer-songwriter. Her singing has developed over many years interpreting the poetry of artists such as Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.£12.50/£10 members/ £5 students. Tickets via or on the door


1000 Trades Presents: Fixed Wheels Of Steel 8pm–12am

Not your average ‘meet the brewer event’… We welcome back Fixed Wheel head brewer Scott Povey to the decks-under-the-discoball, for another round of Fixed Wheels Of Steel – forget beer and food matching, this is beer and beat matching! Featuring a mini Fixed Wheel tap takeover to take you through. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

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 for details of this month’s theme and to register


Kamikaze Club Open Mic: Ep.7 7.30–10.30pm

The Kamikaze Club return for their sixth 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

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

Bannish Banarama, Kybosh Kylie and Erase Europe ….our monthly night full of proper music from the most underrated decade since the last one. Featuring the likes of Japan/ Talk Talk/ Scritti Politti/ Vissage/ Bauhaus/ Haircut 100/ King/ Depeche Mode/ Orange Juice/ The Chameleons/ China Crisis/ The The/ Aztec Camera/ The Associates/ The Cure/ Tom Tom Club/ Lotus Eaters/ Heaven 17/ New Order/ Prefab Sprout/ Talking Heads/ Altered Images/ The Teardrop Explodes/ Tears for Fears/ Art of Noise/ Simple Minds. Free. See Facebook events page for more details