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 the massive Genting Arena to the O2 Academy to cosy pubs and bars. The biggest names in the industry are sure to play either the Genting Arena or the Barclaycard Arena or if you’re looking for something unique to the city, you might like to visit The Institute. This local hotspot showcases the very best new music across its three venues with the largest having a capacity of 1,500. Another unique alternative is nightclub Rainbow Venues, a series of 11 industrial spaces in the creative heart of Birmingham which has hosted acts including The Haunting and The Vamps.
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 will be returning to Birmingham to play a concert in their hometown later this year. Their eight-date Cities and Towns Tour sees them stop off at the Genting Arena on 15 December 2017.
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Another world-famous act set to grace the Genting Arena stage this year is Sir Elton John who returns to Birmingham on 7 June as part of his worldwide Wonderful Crazy Night Tour. This will be the 36th time Sir Elton has played in Birmingham!
Other concerts to keep an eye out for include Irish band The Cranberries who will play Colston Hall on 22 May, featuring a string quartet as part of their greatest hits tour.
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 Barclaycard Arena in December 2016. Thirteen thousand fans enjoyed the combination of new songs and golden oldies.
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