If you’re looking for live music in the Midlands, bustling Birmingham always has something going on.

There are dozens of live music venues to choose from, ranging from two massive arenas to the O2 Academy to cosy pubs and bars. The biggest names in the industry are sure to play either the Resorts World Arena and Utilita Arena Birmingham or if you’re looking for something unique to the city, you might like to visit The O2 Institute. This local hotspot showcases the very best new music across its three venues with the largest having a capacity of 1,500.

Over the years, many bands have begun their lives in Birmingham, from rock and roll gods Black Sabbath led by the legendary Ozzy Osbourne, to Mike Skinner’s The Streets, 90s anthem kings Ocean Colour Scene and unlikely reggae outfit UB40 who have sold an incredible 70 million records worldwide. UB40 also made their  highly-anticipated return to Birmingham for a huge hometown show in 2017 as part of their eight-date Cities and Towns Tour.


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The Midlands city has seen some stand-out concerts over the last few years – none more so than the final ever gig from local boys Black Sabbath who called time on a career spanning almost 50 years in the city where it all began for them. The original line up played to a packed Genting Arena in Feb 2017, showering the crowd with confetti during the encore.

Birmingham was also the setting for an unforgettable concert from two-tone legends Madness, who played the then Barclaycard Arena in December 2016. Thirteen thousand fans enjoyed the combination of new songs and golden oldies.

In 2022 music enthusiasts looked forward to the likes of US rapper Machine Gun Kelly, house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia and legendary DJ Pete Tong at the Utilita Arena. Last year, the line-up of gigs on offer included Lizzo, Tom Grennan, Paramore, Iron Maiden, Shania Twain and of course, the legendary Peter Kay!

In 2024, gig goers can check out James Arthur, Jason Derulo, Simple Minds, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Take That, Olivia Rodrigo and many more.

For concert tickets in Birmingham, along with all the latest music news and gig announcements, keep your eyes on GetToTheFront.

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