Day of the Dead and Tangerine Dream; Gigbeth/Digbeth UK

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The predominantly Mexican festival Day of the Dead or  El Dia De Los Muertos will be celebrated in Los Angeles on November 1st at the historic  Hollywood Forever Cemetary. The festival is held to welcome back deceased loved ones for a bit of a party here on earth. I’d recommend going before dusk so you can still see all of the beautifully designed altars featuring photos or jewellery of the departed as well as traditional items such marigolds and sugar skulls…you may also want to view the final resting place of Rudolph Valentino, John Huston, Jayne Mansfield or Johnny Ramone.

Some of the performers at this years Day of the Dead include 
La Santa Cecilia & The Mockingbirds – also known as Los Cenzontles.

For a treat for the eyes and ears be sure to see a performance by Javier Yxayotl.  The show uses traditional instruments and stunning costumes of ancient Mexico.

Entrance is a mere $5 bucks and kids under 10 get in for free - which is a great deal given the range of entertainment on offer.

From Hollywood to Birmingham for Gigbeth which gets is name from the area in which it is held – Digbeth – a historically industrial area of Birmingham known for its production of Typhoo Tea and Birds Custard – two items very close to this girls heart . Gigbeth features conferences and gigs at various venues around town– artists on the bill include The Guillemots, The Young Knives and The Getaways as well lots of new local bands

The German group Tangerine Dream put Krautrock on the musical map in the 70’s, has 3 live dates this November - one in the US at UCLA’s Royce Hall, where they will perform for the first time in a decade celebrating their 40th anniversary. According to the Tangerine Dream website its going to be a very special show as most of the music has never been performed live before!