Monthly Archives: September 2007

Angel Row Gallery Closing Party this Saturday

After 16 years as Nottingham’s main contemporary art space Angel Row Gallery is closing to make way for the new Centre of Contemporary Art Nottingham (CCAN), which opens in 2008.

Ellie Harrison has been commissioned to make a special interactive work for the closing party to celebrate the 254 exhibitions which have taken place at the gallery over its lifetime. She has compiled a jukebox featuring all the #1 hits which coincide with the opening of each of these exhibitions.

The closing party also features a commission by Alexander Stevenson involving over 1000 cup cakes, which visitors can help themselves to!

Saturday 22 September 2007 / 1-4pm
Angel Row Gallery, Central Library Building, 3 Angel Row, Nottingham, NG1 6HP


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Free night out on Fused

Join us this Thursday for an unmissable musical and spoken word performance courtesy of PolarBear. Bar Academy Birmingham, Dale End, Birmingham, 20th September, 8pm.

FUSED will be teaming up with On Song to present an unmissable musical and spoken word performance courtesy of PolarBear, plus special guests John Berkavitch, RT, LCB, Evoke, Roxanne, Decifer, AFROBEAR and DJ Rossco Dubz.

We have free tickets for our readers so if you want to come just email your name and how many people you want to come along to:

We’ll drop you a line back to confirm.

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Binary Oppositions Launch Night

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Wednesday 26 September
VIVID 18.00-20.00
The Rainbow 20.00-late

VIVID and Fused Magazine will be hosting an evening to celebrate the launch of ‘Binary Oppositions’, an exciting international project curated by Matt Price. Featuring 10 of Birmingham’s contemporary artists and 20 musical and sonic arts acts the project takes the form of an exhibition, publication, album and a series of related events.

The evening marks the international launch of the Binary Oppositions album. Released by West Midlands-based independent record label Static Caravan, the album features 21 tracks ranging from music concrete to electronica, from post-rock to folk music. Artists and groups include Broadcast, Pram, Modified Toy Orchestra, Magnétophone, Mike in Mono, Micronormous, Seeland, Misty’s Big Adventure, doTb and Shady Bard.

The night also marks the launch of the Binary Oppositions publication, designed by Ben Javens with photography by Rory Buckland. It has been published, as with the album, in an edition of 500 copies and will be on sale during the evening.

The Binary Oppositions exhibition takes place at Citric Gallery in Brescia, northern Italy, from October 6, 2007, to January 3, 2008. The artists participating in the show are: Simon and Tom Bloor, Reuben Henry and Karen Kihlberg, Mike Johnston, Kate Pemberton, Juneau/Projects/ and Justin Wiggan and Oona Luras.

Following the drinks reception, album and publication launch at Vivid, the party continues at The Rainbow where there will be live performances by Micronormous and Mike in Mono, and a DJ set from doTb. | |

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Cold Rice Underground

Having just fully recovered from a cracking Cold Rice night on Friday a big thank you goes to the main host Mr Stevie Copter.

If you haven’t been to a Cold Rice then I don’t want to give too much away apart from saying it is a “rock n’ roll event operating primarily in Birmingham, England. We used to be monthly on a Sunday, then we moved to a weekly Saturday and now it’s just whenever the hell we feel like it. Garage trash, punk blues, rock & roll, rock & soul, electric, eclectic it’s all good…”

Now this wonderment, that takes place in a very secret location in Birmingham, isn’t open to just anyone – oh no! You have to be a fully fledged member of the Cold Rice community and if you wanna know what all the fun is about (and see Fused usually enjoying a tipple or two)  then see check out their myspace.

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BBC Radio 2, Janice Long Show featuring The Twang

BBC Radio 2, Janice Long Show featuring The Twang

Carling Academy 2 Birmingham
Monday 17th September 2007
£12.50 adv
Tickets are on sale now (2 per person max) Carling Academy Birmingham Box Office or / 0844 477 2000 (24hr)

The Twang will play an exclusive show in Birmingham as part of the ‘On Song Festival’ series on Monday 17th September. This intimate event is curated by BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long and is for just 500 fans!
For more details on the On Song Birmingham Festival including, workshops and seminars, gigs and showcases please visit:

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Feel The Heat

Fused was invited to Marketing Birmingham’s ‘Feel The Heat’ campaign launch at the Jam House last night.  Hosted by Adrian Goldberg the night had music from the CBSO and ballet from The Birmingham Royal Ballet Company (unfortunately I can’t comment on either as the music was a little quiet and I didn’t get a chance to see the ballet thanks to taller people infront of me blocking the way).

The official line on FEEL THE HEAT is: “The time is right for Birmingham to re-assert its cultural credentials. The city has the breadth, scale and quality of arts events to inspire residents and visitors alike, who can enjoy the arts offer all year round.”
“We’re going to put Birmingham’s cultural gems in the spotlight, just as we’re doing with our food, fashion and sport campaigns. With the support of the city’s arts organisations we’ll make the media, visitors and tourists sit up and take notice of who’s here, what’s here and why Birmingham is the hottest ticket for arts and culture.”

Obviously we’ve known that for years and FUSED has been championing and featuring the Birmingham Arts Scene over the past 7 years  but we were surprised by the people that weren’t in attendance for the launch including key figures that have helped shape the scene from roots level up.

The night was topped off by an ‘entertaining’ set from Ocean Colour Scene who were on decent enough form for their home crowd.

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St Paul’s Gallery exhibition

A big thank you to all at St Paul’s Gallery for a great night and the opening of the Karl Ferris exhibition. Along with a selection of our friends (Steve, Evelyne and Elliot Gerrard / Lara and Billy) we managed to get through a few glasses of wine and meet some nice new people – photographer Kirk Harrington and Gavin of

Along with the exhibition Donovan played live and there was also the images on show of a competition run by in which Fused photographer Steve Gerrard won with his images of Poppy & The Jezebels taken last winter for a Fused article.


You can see the exhibition until the 6th October and there is more information on the gallery’s website here.

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