Super Sonic Kids Gigs!

Saturday 22nd January

Supersonic Kids Gig with Anna Palmer
Saturday 22 February 2020
Artefact, Stirchley

MORNING SHOW: 11.30 – 13.00 (SOLD OUT)

AFTERNOON SHOW: 14.00 – 15.30 (SOLD OUT)

Babes in Arms come free.

We encourage you to bring your own cushions to sit on.

Supersonic Kids Gigs are designed for families as a way of introducing children to experimental music – BIG sounds for little people! This gig takes place in Artefact – an artist-led, community-focused arts space in Stirchley, South Birmingham.

This event is led by Anna Palmer, an experimental songwriter, alt-rocker, pyscho-performer & sound artist. Woman of many guises, Anna is best known for her bewitching tones as vocalist & multi-instrumentalist in Birmingham’s beloved weirdo-pop band Dorcha.

Recommended for children under 10.
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Upcoming Spoken Word Events

Storyvibes: There's More Than One Way To Be Stoopid 

Alys Torrance & Chloe Bezer

and Jemima Hughes

"All the world is mad except me and thee and I’m none too
sure about thee."

Folktales are full of misfits, twits and holy fools. Embrace your inner idiot! Wonder when a door is not a door. Investigate why the dead chicken crossed the road. And, most importantly, unravel the riddle of who else is Else? These are stories that start with a laugh and end on the wild Other-side of life. Join Chloe Bezer (singer songwriter, ‘cellist and catastrophiser) and Alys Torrance (storyteller, clown and panicky optimist) on a madcap music-laced misadventure, just as soon as they’ve worked out how to jump into their trousers.

Alys Torrance also co-hosts StoryJam (with Lucy Lill) in South London.

There are a limited number of Open Mic performance slots available. Our slots are up to 8 minutes each. If you'd like to perform then please apply early via our email address:

Starts: 7:30pm
Pay £5 entry on the door at Artefact or via our Eventbrite link.
Free entry for our Open Mic performers

Upcoming Live Music 

Friday 14th February, 7.30-10.30pm

Artefact is very excited to invite one and all to the launch of a new album from Andrew Spakman AKA SAD MAN...

SAD MAN’s new album “The King of Beasts” is released on the 10th February 2020.

SAD MAN is composer and music producer Andrew Spackman. In the past 3 years SAD MAN has release 15 albums and over 150 tracks. Most recently he was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 DJ Nick Luscombe. (Creative Director - Musicity Global) to create a 15 minute piece for a large scale light installation that took place on NYE at Coventry Cathedral as a launch event for Coventry City of Culture 2021.

SAD MAN music has been played on BBC Radio 3 - Late Junction, BBC 6 Music - Stuart Maconie Freak Zone, Tom Robinson BBC Introducing Mix Tape, NTS Radio, Resonance FM, ZRadio, Rinse Radio France, Adventures in Sound and Music - The Wire Magazine, Zradio, New New World Radio, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM, Radio Free Matlock, Brum Radio - Sleeve Notes Sessions and Future FM.

His music has been reviewed in Electronic Sound Magazine, Monolith Cocktail music blog, Mojo Magazine and the Wire Magazine.

Andrew Spackman collaborated previously with Mark Springer from Rip Rig and Panic and has created remixes for Dorcha, Steeling Sheep, Vula Veil and the High Llamas.

Upcoming Reading Groups


Marxist Reading Group

Wednesday 19th February, 7-9pm.

Join BookMarx, our regular Marxist reading group. A friendly and welcoming group- all welcome!


For those who have read Marx before or for those who are interested in starting and for those who would like to hear and take part in analysis of Marx's writings.

Thursday 6th February, 7-9pm.

Join us for our regular speculative fiction and dystopian/ utopian literature book club: IS THIS TOMORROW?

Can Artefact help deliver your workshop, research project or community event?


Check out everything we can do here or contact us to discuss how we can help deliver your event.