Need inspiration for a night out? Here are our top culture picks for the year ahead.
Bastille – Tuesday 29 January, O2 Academy
Ey, ey-oh, ey-oh, ey, ey-oh, ey-oh… Bastille haven’t ever quite returned to the heights they reached with their breakout song “Pompeii”, but they’ve been churning out solid pop-rock for years now and are a consistently great live experience.
Sandi Toksvig Live! – 1 & 2 February, Birmingham Hippodrome
The national treasure (or “National Trevor” as she calls herself in this one-woman show) brings her trademark wit and warmth to the Hippodrome Main House stage for two performances, in which she reflects on her life and career as a writer and TV personality. Audiences are promised “tall stories, fascinatingly funny facts, really silly jokes, a quick-fire Q&A and a quiz.”
CHVRCHES – Friday 8 February, O2 Academy
Electro-pop outfit CHVRCHES are back and kicking off the year with a new album, Love Is Dead, and a new tour, where they’ll be playing new tracks like “Get Out” and “Miracle” along with older anthems.
Troye Sivan: The Bloom Tour – Tuesday 26th February, O2 Academy
With its lush sounds and not-so-subtly sexy lyrics, Bloom was one of our favourite albums of 2018. Join Troye at the O2 where he’ll be performing songs of youthful lust and longing including “My My My!”, “Dance To This”, and of course the titular “Bloom”.
Jessie Cave: Sunrise – Saturday 9th March, Birmingham Hippodrome
She might still be best known by many as the actress who played Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films, but Cave has spent the last few years making a name for herself as an author and playwright. Her newest show, Sunrise, blends confessional comedy with performance art and chronicles the most relatable of experiences; getting back into dating after a bad breakup.
Busted – Friday 29th March, Resorts World Arena
This will be very important to a very specific subset of people… go back to the year 3000 and relive your teen crushes with the boys of Busted!
The Rocky Horror Show – 13th to 25th May, The Alexandra Theatre
Step into Dr Frank’n’Furter’s castle and do the Time Warp again! Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock opera returns to The Alex to bring its gender-bending, Transylvanian delights to audiences, this time starring Blue’s Duncan James as Dr Frank’n’Furter, A1’s Ben Adams as Brad, and musical theatre star Joanne Clifton as Janet.
The Color Purple – 16th to 20th July, Birmingham Hippodrome
Inspired by the Pulitzer-winning novel and Spielberg film of the same name, this stage musical tells the story of Celie, a young black woman living in rural Georgia, and the strength she finds through the women around her.
Little Miss Sunshine – 15th to 20th July, The Alexandra Theatre
When young Olive Hoover sets her heart on winning the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, her entire dysfunctional family pile into their rusty old camper van to make the long journey to California. Inspired by the award-winning movie which starred Steve Carell, Toni Colette and Abigail Breslin, this musical adaptation features new songs by William Finn.
Blood Brothers – 30th September to 12th October, Birmingham Hippodrome
Willy Russell’s beloved stage show returns to the Hippodrome in the autumn. The story of twin boys who are separated at birth, and the impact that one mother’s pained decision will have on all their lives, Blood Brothers has been dubbed the “standing ovation musical.”