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Sun 08 February

Sherry Sunday - Inspired by Blue Note Records

Enjoy the music of soul- & jazz singer Sherry Dyanne and a delicious brunch. That’s Sherry Sunday in BIRD.

For this edition, Sherry Dyanne will sing music from her album ‘Sing me a Song’ and music from world’s renowned jazz label Blue Note Records.

Sun 10 May

BIRD presents Ambrose Akinmusire

On Sunday, the 10th of May Ambrose Akinmusire will be performing at BIRD. The American trumpet player was on stage with artists like Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and earned several awards, including the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Paul Acket Award.

Thu 25 December

Concert Frank Mc Comb

Like many other successful soul singers are the musical roots of gospel. Frank learned from the local gospel at a very young age at a young age to play the piano and he developed his now world famous soul voice.

Sat 20 December


Are you in a festive mood or seeking refuge from it? The last VROOOM of the year will put you into that invigorating state of limbo before you surrender to the obligations. With: delicate solo guitar stuff from Xavier Dubois, bloodcurdling improv by Shackle and a drum/dance duet by the iDIOTS Philipp Ernsting and Charlotte Goesaert.

Fri 02 January

Re:Freshed Presents: Efe Erdem

Rotterdam has a very inventive and creative pop scene, which opens the doors to other genres. Re: Freshed Orchestra forms the centerpiece. This consists of highly talented musicians with different backgrounds, ranging from pop to jazz and classical. They share a passion for great music. Controlled chaos has become an orchestra arise where Rotterdam stands proud.

Sun 14 December

Textuur #31

Noiserock, grindcore and other Soothing Sunday Sounds with GUERILLA TOSS (US/ Infinity Cat, NNA Tapes), DROPPINGS (Smikkelbaard) and GEWOON FUCKING RAGGEN.

Thu 18 December

010Sessie: Gravel Town & Bregje Sanne Lacourt

Every month RAAF and the PopUnie organise the 010Sessions. It’s the place where Rotterdam bases musicians can take the stage.

This edition Graveltown and Sanne Lacourt make us proud to live in Rotterdam with their Rotterdam sounds!

Fri 19 December

Roots & Cultures 39 l Christmas Special

The music and producer-students from the Albeda College present themselves during two showcases every month.

Sat 13 December

Daybreak Fest 2.0

Crawlback Bookings & Worm present: Daybreak Fest 2.0

After the success of the Daybreak Fest in may 2014 it’s time for part two! With bands like Meet the Storm, A Devastating Truth, Distant & the Slaughter.

Fri 05 December

An ode to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton

For the program of December 5th Bregje Sanne Lacourt has brought 4 friends songwriters (who all just had a release or who ‘s coming soon) together. Their shared love for Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton will be the theme of the evening.

Fri 05 December


The continuation of the unique event series for original pop culture made on German soil. In previous years cult acts like PALAIS SCHAUMBURG, BODENSTÄNDIG 2000, DER PLAN and ECHO KRANK all found their way to ‘Ein Abend In WORM’! With kind support from Goethe-Institut Niederlande.

Sat 13 December

DJ Night at ROOM

DJ Vertigo invited DJ Yollu for you! He is Finish but living in Amsterdam and together they will start your weekend in the cosiest living room of Rotterdam!

Fri 12 December

Akasha Field at Hostel ROOM

Akasha Field was born out of an early connection between the two lead singers and songwriters Joeran Rosenmoller en Dain Sida van den Dool. Akasha Field is now recording their first album which will be released in 2015.
The 12th of December you can already enjoy their music in the cosiest living room of Rotterdam!

Sun 14 December

MiMa #34: Asuna (jp) + Nora Mulder & Roger Smal Duo (nl) + Spring Makers (010)

Weird sounds.

Fri 28 November

AKOM Ensemble presents MADE IN ROTTERDAM

Akom Ensemble, a Rotterdam-based classical contemporary group of musicians, has been chosen to perform along with Artvark Saxophone Quintet and the Re:Freshed orchestra for this special series of concerts at the De Doelen Venue in Rotterdam. During the “Made in Rotterdam” program, the audience will be immersed in ‘atmosphere intimacy of a club with the quality of a concert hall’.    

Sat 13 December

Spasmodique & Black Horse Society

Route du Nord presents a special, one off show by Rotterdam’s underground kings of the 80’s Spasmodique, supported by Black Horse Society.

Fri 28 November

PopUp 010 #7 (1 year Anniversary) at Aloha Bar

PopUp 010 is Rotterdams first and only pop-up pop venue. (Semi) acoustic gigs in unexpected locations such as churches, warehouses and galleries.

Fri 21 November

Order of the Emperor + I Saw the Deep (metal)

Premium hard rock and heavy sci-fi rock from Dutch bands.

Sun 07 December

Music Matters Award 2014

On December 7th the Music Matters Award of 2014 will be held at Theater Zuidplein. The line up varies from soul to hiphop to Indian and sing-songwriter music. Ten finalistswill battle for the title of musical ambassador of Rotterdam and a price to the value of 10.000 euro.

Sun 14 December

Nishe Presents… Shirma Rouse

Rotterdam’s soulstress Nishe performed at BIRD with the release of her first solo-album: ‘The New Me’. She was so pleased with the performance, that she’ll host her own The Breakfast Club, bi-monthly. Every time she’ll introduce a new guest. This Sunday afternoon, Soul Singer: Shirma Rouse will be attending.