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Birmingham’s Town Hall re-opens in October after a £35 million revamp with a two-week festival celebrating the city’s past and current musical achievements.

Among the highlights are a collaboration between local indie stars The Guillemots and the CBSO on October 11, and an evening with legendary rare groove DJ Gilles Peterson (October 10).

Showing the eclectic side of the revamped venue, there’ll be an Irish Night (14 October), an evening of Ballroom Dancing (October 9) and a performance by local jazz-hop legend Soweto Kinch celebrating the forgotten history of black British musicians from the 18th and 19th centuries (October 13).

The opening concert on October 4 sees a performance of Quincy Jones' “Messiah: A soulful Celebration (local lass Ruby Turner in attendance), followed on October 5 with a Brum Rocks fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital, featuring the likes of Robert Plant, Bev Bevan and Tony Iommi.

Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but your best chance of getting one for any of the opening events is to join the mailing list at

To see Pete Millington’s gallery of Town hall pics, click here

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