Inner City Live: Birmingham has announced homegrown indie legends, The Twang, will join Johnny Marr and The Coral, in support of Doves, at a one-off, all-day event at Perry Park on Sunday 28th July.
The Twang garnered a loyal following on the local scene before breaking out to national success and remain hugely popular in the West Midlands. The Brummie indie-rockers are sure to draw the crowds to Perry Park – one of Birmingham’s best green spaces and home for the 2022 Commonwealth Games – alongside headliners Doves, who return for a handful of key dates this summer after a9-year hiatus, with Inner City: Birmingham the only chance to catch them in the West Midlands. The addition of The Twang to a line up of Doves, Johnny Marr, the founding member of The Smiths, and Liverpool hit-makers, The Coral, delivers an unmissable line up as part of a wonderful all-day festival of live music (1pm – 9.30pm), tasty street food, cocktail bars, funfair ride and more. Tickets are on sale now from just £39.50 + b/f from www.innercitylive.co.uk/birmingham
The Twang were formed by singer Phil Etheridge and bassist Jon Watkins after they studied music tech together at Kidderminster college in 2004. Guitarist Stu Hartland joined in 2005 and the band quickly won a reputation for raucous and eventful gigs. Their local following grew until B-unique Records (home to Kaiser Chiefs, The Automatic and The Ordinary Boys) signed them up in 2007. Within months they had their first NME cover and were being hailed as ‘Britain’s Best New Band’. Their debut single ‘Wide Awake’ hit #15 and was followed by ‘Either Way’ which crashed into the top 10 at #8. Their debut album ‘Love It When I Feel Like This’ was swiftly released and was a massive hit, reaching #3. From there on, The Twang became one of Birmingham’s biggest musical exports, performing sold out shows across the country, including Brixton Academy and a headline slot on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury. To date they have released a further three studio albums including top 20 hit ‘Jewellery Quarter’, named after the area of Birmingham in which they were living. A new album ‘If Confronted Just Go Mad’ is scheduled for release in November 2019, and The Twang will no doubt treat the Inner City Live crowds to a few upfront tracks.
Inner City Live can be trusted to put on a memorable event with previous artists featured in the series including the likes of The Stranglers, The Flaming Lips, Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, The Levellers, Orbital and more. Inner City Live: Birmingham continues to deliver an experience of the highest quality; beautiful green surroundings of Perry Park, the best local street food, bars and cocktails, and of course, four of the UK’s best loved acts, overflowing with talent and ready to entertain. All day long, from 1pm to 9.30pm, Inner City Live brings a festival atmosphere to the doorstep of Birmingham for an unforgettable celebration of live music. For all the latest news, tickets and updates, visit www.innercitylive.co.uk/birmingham.