Funky Lobster @1000 Trades 

We’re gonna need a bigger boat, because October is about to get epic when it come to fish. Our latest kitchen residency Funky Lobster, from talented Birmingham chef Craig Mkandla, is looking to the oceans and seas to bring a maritime menu of treasures to 1000 Trades. There’s a host of perfect pesce small plates, and don’t miss the Funky Lobster Tail, accompanied by a Saffron Dauphinoise. Traditionalists will enjoy the Haddock and hand cut chips, here to satisfy that Friday night craving almost every day of the week. He’s got us hooked. More details on our website.


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! This month we’ll be focussing on growing your own hops, with a presentation looking at what’s involved – and whether it’s worth it! Free. More details and this month’s agenda via Facebook group

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Kit Downes/James Banner/Jeff Williams + Ivo Neame/Jim Hart Duo 7.45pm

Two Pianists at the top of their game feature in this double bill. They both include musicians currently living in another European country. They will both play one long set, note the earlier than normal starting time. First up will be the classic piano trio, with James Banner with Kit Downes (Liam Noble) and Jeff Williams on drums. The second set will be a special duo project for Ivo Neame on Piano and Jim Hart on vibes and percussion. £12.50/£10 members/£5 students. Tickets via or on the door


1000 Trades goes to Stourbridge for Non-League Day 2017 

If there were an FC JQ, we’d be be big supporters of a neighbourhood football club. But just because FC JQ doesn’t exist, it doesn’t mean we aren’t going to get behind Non-League Day 2017. We’ll meet at the bar from midday on and leave the bar at 1.30pm for Stourbridge v Halesowen Town, two bastions of West Midlands football. The 3pm kick-off will give us plenty of time for pies, Bovril and Bathams. Join us for a footballing adventure in the Black Country!


‘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

Kamikaze Club Open Mic: Ep.4 7.30–10.30pm

The Kamikaze Club return for their fourth 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

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Mark Pringle International Quartet 7.45pm

Mark Pringle is a pianist and composer from the UK working in the fields of jazz and improvised music. He is a Yamaha Jazz Scholar, a Peter Whittingham Award winner and grateful recipient of a postgraduate study award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. In the UK he has performed at the Proms Late Series, Manchester Jazz Festival, The Vortex, Southbank Centre and for BBC Radio 3, as well as abroad at Dokkhuset, Trondheim; Salle Maurice Fleuret, Paris; Koncertkirken, Copenhagen; and A-Trane, Berlin. He was named in a list of musicians who made a big impression in 2015 by London Jazz News, and included in Jazzwise Magazine’s list of musicians to look out for in 2016. £12.50/£10 members/£5 students. Tickets via or on the door


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

Now with a regular monthly slot at 1000 Trades, Pigeonhole was a midweek night run by Jon Harris back in the 90s and the aim was, and still is, to play 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 nights start slowly and build up from appreciative and curious head nodding to some serious toe tapping and dancing! Free. See Facebook events page for more details.


1000 Trades Beer Launch and Rock & Roll Brewhouse Tap Takeover  From 6pm

Launch of the 1000 Trades ‘house beer’ brewed specially for us a mere 500 yards away at the Jewellery Quarter’s very own brewery. Brewmasters Lynn and Mark will be on hand for a ‘meet the brewer’ and the remaining taps will be given over to a some of Rock & Roll’s other fine beers including an exclusive. Free.


Progressive Politics 7–9pm

Progressive Politics is a monthly meet-up and discussion for all those interested in a progressive future, with regular guest speakers. This month will focus on the current party conference season, which may well be monumental. Can May survive or might she just struggle on even more wounded than before? Can Labour continue to show a united front as it begins to move forwards? And will the smaller parties begin to find their feet again? All welcome. Free. 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: Theo Travis Double Talk 7.45pm

Theo Travis is one of the leading tenor players on the British and international scene. His music ranges through jazz and progressive styles while being accessible and tuneful. The list of top names he has played and collaborated with is impressively extensive from Robert Fripp, Soft Machine Legacy and Gong to David Gilmour, Keith Tippett, Harold Budd, Steve Hillage and John Etheridge and his own band is outstanding. Born in Birmingham, he moved to London in 1992 where he soon established himself as one of the finest tenor sax players on the British jazz scene. He has led his own jazz quartet for over 20 years, recorded ten albums as leader, having composed, arranged and produced the material, and performed all over the UK as well as at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London over 75 times. £12.50/£10 members/£5 students. Tickets via or on the door


Fixed Wheels Of Steel: Exclusive Beer Launch and DJ Set 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! On the night Scott will also be launching a new Fixed Wheel beer which will be exclusively available here at 1000 Trades, before they inevitably touch down in venues around the Midlands in the following weeks. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky + Jazz//Roast All day

Three hours of funky music with the return of DJ Stig to chill out your Sunday after a hot 1000 Trades roast. Or: the perfect filling for your jazz sandwich (1–3pm live duo downstairs; jazz jam upstairs from 6pm). Free.

Prawn Cocktail  An Evening with Castro Spirits and Funky Lobster

Brought to you from one of the most traditional Greek distilleries in the Patras region, guests will discover the range of Castro spirits through exciting drinks pairings and introduction from brand ambassador Lucy Morton, whilst enjoying dinner from 1000 Trades kitchen residency, Funky Lobster. Tickets available on Eventbrite or at the bar.


In Vino Veritas #2: An Evening of Poetry and Wine 7–9pm

Join us for an evening of two of the best things, hosted by publisher Emma Wright with readings from Cynthia Miller (co-director of Verve Poetry Festival) and Richard O’Brien (editor at The Emma Press), interspersed with tutored tastings from Chris Connolly (Connolly’s Wine Merchants). Includes six wines, each accompanied by readings of 1-2 specially-chosen poems. £20/£15 earlybird. Tickets via Eventbrite or from the bar


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

dAudio Uncovered 7–10pm

Discover talented local musicians with an evening of original acoustic music with this fortnightly showcase. Free. More details via

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

Our monthly cornucopia of proper music from the most underrated decade since the last one. 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