Music has this incredible ability to make us really feel.

It can stir up a whole range of emotions, remind us of a person or a place, or how we felt on the day we first heard our favourite song. Music is filled with nostalgia, the same way a family photo album is. And that is what makes music so special. No matter what genre of music you listen to, it can make you feel entirely alone and lost in your thoughts, or it can make you feel united through a mutual love.

At Independent Birmingham, we like to encourage everyone to support all aspects of Birmingham’s indie scene, and that includes the music. Birmingham has a vibrant musical heritage, giving rise to some of the biggest names in the business (Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, ELO, Mike Skinner and UB40 – to name but a few). But every band has to start somewhere, and these big names all start off as up-and-coming bands at some point. Birmingham is a hot bed of talent and has so many amazing new bands on the scene that it’s worth checking them out now, and who knows where they’ll end up!

Whilst huge arena tours are great, some of the more special experiences are to be had in those smaller, intimate venues where you can feel the atmosphere and get up close and personal with the stars of the show. One such venue, well known to all you music loving Brummies, is Hare and Hounds. An icon of the Birmingham music scene, this pub and live music venue is well known across the city for putting on some of the best acts from Birmingham and the UK.


This October, Hare and Hounds are hosting a very special festival weekend, All Years Leaving 2017. Presented by This Is Tmrw, All Years Leaving is now in its fifth year and this Autumn, the festival returns with its most eclectic line up yet. A host of internationally-acclaimed bands are set to play this intimate festival, alongside some local favourites.

Saturday 21 October will see Spring King as the headline act, having smashed the festival circuit all summer. Saturday’s line up also includes: The Wytches, Pins, The Orielles, Swampmeat Family Band (who some of you may have seen rocking the stage at the IB Festival at Aston Hall in September), Hers, and local band Terror Watts.

Sunday’s sounds kick off with ‘kraut-rock’ from Matters, include another local favourite, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam, along with the punk rock sounds of Downtown Boys, Diet CIG, Priests (who are all the way from Washington DC) and Traams. Headlining on Sunday are Idles, bringing the volume with some heavy post-punk.

So if you’re a music fan and you’re looking to rock out this October, look no further than All Years Leaving.



When: 21-22 October

Where: Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath

Tickets: cost just £16 for a day or £28 for the weekend, and are available to purchase here