ENCORE FOR BIRMINGHAM’S BUSKING BATTLES

City Social, Busking Battles

Following on from Birmingham’s Busking Battles’ introductory airing this summer, which amassed a reach of 1.5 million impressions on social media, the crowd has gone wild for another round and the bar has been set high. Partnering with City Social, the alternative Christmas market located under the Mailbox underpass, hopefuls will battle it out again this festive season.  Acclaimed for bringing music to the streets of the city and crowning Brum’s best busker, Busking Battles took place earlier this year – in partnership with Birmingham Updates – and saw talented musicians go head-to-head in a live performance competition. The concept

LOCAL RISING STAR FIRES UP THE STAGE AT THE BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW

This week, the BBC Good Food Show returns for Winter and this year Maribel’s head chef, Harvey Perttola will be taking to the stage. Aged just 24, Harvey is one of the youngest head chefs in the city and will join the impressive line-up of celebrity chefs and cookery experts headlining 2019’s show.   This week the BBC Good Food Show will take over the NEC for the Winter show; four days filled with fabulous food, delicious cooking and opportunities to meet world-famous chefs from across the globe. Taking to the Festive Kitchen stage next Thursday, Harvey will be serving up a game-inspired

THE FESTIVE MARKET SHOWCASING CITY’S INDEPENDENTS

City Social, Roastie Toastie, Birmingham Christmas Markets

Wild and chaotic, Christmas shopping is not for the faint-hearted. Tis’ the season for the high street to be hectic with festive shoppers; the big retailers going all out with Christmas cut-price deals and the online giants making all your festive favourites just a click away, but where are the independents? Meet the festive market proving that big isn’t always best, shining a light on Birmingham’s thriving independent retailers.  Birmingham’s very own festive hangout is back for 2019, City Social will transform Suffolk St Queensway underpass into a winter wonderland filled with festive cheer. With not a single bratwurst in sight,

ROASTIE TOASTIE SET FOR A TASTY RETURN AFTER LAST YEARS SUCCESS

City Social, Roastie Toastier

After a very successful debut last year, Roastie Toastie is returning to the City Social this winter. A traditional Sunday lunch upgraded to be enjoyed every single day, the Roastie Toastie is your nan’s roast slapped between two slices of toast.  Combining the nation’s most-loved dinner with everyone’s favourite quick dish, the Roastie Toastie became a City Social staple in 2018: a hit amongst many, the debut saw the team serve up 150 litres of Little Nan’s special gravy and over 1,000 roast potatoes! Complete with all the traditional veg and stuffing, this mouth-watering mountain is toasted a beautiful golden

CITY SOCIAL SET TO SHAKE UP THE CITY THIS CHRISTMAS

City Social Birmingham, Mailbox

Back and bigger than ever before, Birmingham’s favourite festive hang-out is preparing to take the city by storm this Christmas. Transforming Suffolk St Queensway underpass, City Social will bring together local independent traders, festive food, bars and live music, as well as a of festive cheer to the heart of the city centre.  Back for the third year running, City Social returns on 28 November and will run for five weeks until 21 December. The ultimate alternative to the traditional Christmas markets, the event will take up residence in the underpass located in front of the Mailbox, transforming the space with wooden

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN SHAKES UP LONGBRIDGE TOWN CENTRE

Halloween, Longbridge Town Centre, Colliers

Calling all witches, werewolves, and warlocks: something spooky is set to seize Longbridge Town Centre on 31 October and it wants you to join in! The Spooktacular Halloween event will be filled with franken-fun for all the family and, best of all, it’s completely free. From 3.30pm to 6.30pm, the town centre will be packed with Halloween activities, featuring tonnes of tricks and treats to get little ones in the spooky spirit. With a range of creepy craft workshops, including slippery slime and monster-mask making, pumpkin decorating, and spell-writing classes; through to spookifying stations to take your costume to the

BE AT ONE HALLOWEEN THRILLER CLASS

Be At One, Michael Jackson, Halloween in Birmingham

It’s close to midnight… Well – not quite but Be At One is partnering up with Elegant Entertainment and celebrating all things spooky this Halloween. Grisly ghouls from every tomb will gather together as we learn the official Michael Jackson thriller dance! From crotch grabbing, to moonwalking – we’ll learn some of the king of pop’s signature moves, and all taught from theatre star Sean Christopher – who just happened to play MJ himself in the West End hit ‘Thriller’. Sessions last 1 hour in which Sean will take you through the moves to the infamous thriller dance while you sip

GAME ON AS INSOMNIA RETURNS TO NEC NEXT YEAR

Insomnia, the UK’s largest gaming festival, is levelling up with a grand return next year, following its back-to-back success this year. Having welcomed over 45,000 eager players to the four-day-fests in both April and August, Insomnia has announced that it will return for more non-stop gaming early next year and this time, it’s expecting to welcome 60,000. Flocking to the NEC to answer the Call of Duty to Overwatch the gaming events, thousands played, bought, tested, and watched the latest games to their Kingdom Heart’s content. It’s not all just fun and games either, with serious prize money to be won! The record-number of attendees at

MALMAISON DRUMS UP AFTER WORK FUN WITH BANDEOKE

Bandeoke, Malmaison Birmingham, Karaoke Birmingham

Does ‘after-work drinks’ bring music to your ears? Nothing you love more than a karaoke night? Warm-up your vocal chords and head to Malmaison Birmingham on Thursday 10 October for an all-singing evening of ‘bandeoke’: karaoke with a live band. Malmaison is teaming up with Birmingham’s favourite musician group, Elegant Entertainment, for an evening of live performance with an interactive twist. The team is giving you the chance to take to the stage, steal the spotlight, and live out your wildest dreams as you sing some of your karaoke favourites.  Experience a night of karaoke like you’ve never seen before

LEVEL25 TAKES CITY TO NEW HIGH WITH THE GREATEST SHOW

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Level25 Birmingham

Birmingham’s most iconic restaurant held its first ever immersive dining experience when The Greatest Show took over the whole venue to wow guests in two sold out performances. Taking place at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill on Level 25, the all-singing-all-dancing themed dinner saw both families and party goers roll-up for an event like no other. Level25 was transformed into a big top complete with secret garden and fun fair which saw guests totally immersed into a magical, fantastical world. Greeted by a twisted black and white hypnotic circus the magic continued as guests became part of a technicolour