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After countless Saturday afternoon benefit gigs over the last two years, the Friends of Moseley Road Baths campaign group is staging its first evening concert, to be held this July at the Hare and Hounds. Campaigner Mark Gunton reports.

Supported by the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath and the Moseley Festival, the group is hoping this will be the first of many fundraising events to be held this year.

The monies raised so far have helped fund many activities including the Baths Centenary Celebration Tea Dance (attended by the then Lord Mayor, Randall Brew), free swimming days, seminars and a ‘Pool of Memories’ day for past swimmers to record their stories of when they used the pool and slipper baths.

The benefit concert will be held on Wednesday 1st July at the Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, starting at 7:30pm with appearances from three of the best unsigned bands in Birmingham – The Arcadian Kicks, The Heathers & The Amateurs. There will be stalls selling T-shirts, postcards and badges, the opportunity to sign a petition and the chance to become a member of the Friends group. Tickets are £5 on the door, with all proceeds going to the Friends.

Band Information

ARCADIAN KICKS: Fresh from their 2nd appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival, this local 5-piece has been attracting media attention since forming at school. Recording demos and non-stop gigging for local promoters has led to monthly club nights in the City centre and a growing fan base. This band can definitely be classed as ‘one to watch’.

THE HEATHERS: New lead singer, Rachel was found singing along to one of the bands songs at the Rainbow 444 club. Luckily for her, they were recruiting at the time, so she was the perfect match for their indie-pop sound. Her confidence and voice have grown to compliment the bands sublime melodies.

THE AMATEURS: One of Kerrang! Radio’s hot tips for 2009, this busy 4-piece has recently released a 3-track EP, which has led to an invite to play the Oxjam Stage at this year’s Leeds Festival.

DJ JEAN FRAUNZ: Also known as 10 Guitars, Jean programs his set thru’ his laptop and electric keyboard. Mesmerising, but brilliant.



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