Live Music in Birmingham
Known as generating some of the best musicians in the industry, Birmingham is a mecca for music enthusiasts. No matter what genre you bop along to, some of the best bars, pubs and clubs in Birmingham offer live music nearly every weekend. Whether you're head banging along in the birthplace of rock or simmering down to a glass of champagne alongside a piano accompaniment, there's something for everyone. Check out our recommendations for the best live music in Birmingham.
Last updated on 22nd September 2016
Perhaps one of the most renowned bars come club in Digbeth, The Rainbow have a whole calendar full of special events, live DJ sets and trendy gigs. Spread over a cellar bar, a warehouse, rooftop mezzanine and a pub venue, The Rainbow is primed for a range of live music in Birmingham.
Take a music-mad teleport mission back to the boogie-busting bygone decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s, as uplifting, live music lair The Night Owl wreaks retro in Digbeth. Focusing heavily on the old-school Motown and Northern Soul Movement, come expecting authentic, vintage vinyl on the decks, and an eclectic assortment of top tunes, from soul, disco jingles and funk to chilled-as reggae, ska and mod. A funky interior to match the buzzing vibes throughout, you'll club in groovy, retro comfort and embrace those oh so sweet, symphonic sounds of yester-decades.
Live music is something of a passion for the guys at The World Bar. They host a talented pianist twice a week, welcome emerging bands from around the Midlands and welcome a live band to the stage every Saturday. There’s also 40 craft beers to sample if that’s your thing, as well as a beautiful lakeside terrace.
Sometimes, it's all about the independents, and The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath are no exception. Hosts to UB40's first ever gig, this pub in Kings Heath have been making strides ever since, promising Birmingham's music loving punters a grand selection of local treats, festival after-parties and jaw dropping live shows.
If you like your music loud, your gigs feisty your metal black then The Asylum is the venue for you. Boasting high energy antics and even host to some of Downloads most raucous post-festival parties, this rock bar in Birmingham cling on to Birmingham's rock heritage with pride by boasting some of the best live alternative gigs in the city.
O2 is a name you know all too well and that could be for their affiliation with music. Another of Birmingham's great music venues, the O2 Academy in the city centre boast a somewhat indie status and even host their own alternative night, Propaganda, every Friday night in Birmingham.
Having just released her third single, entitled 'We Disappear', and with a debut album expected to be released in early 2017, Martha Ffion arrives in Birmingham this October as part of her UK-wide tour. With delicate vocals and a selection of great songs in her back pocket, you definitely won't be disappointed by this stunning songstress. Grab a drink, relax and unwind to the soulful sounds of Martha Ffion.
What with the master of music behind this Jewellery Quarter venture, it's no surprise that nearly every night is host to some of the best musicians in the country. Jools Holland is the man behind The Jam House and it's clear to see how his influence reigns over its enthusiasm for great shows and even greater music.
Leading the way for independent bars in Birmingham City Centre, The Sunflower Lounge is primed for intimate gigs. Just a hope skip and a jump away from New Street Station, The Sunflower Lounge frequently showcases the best local talent in this laid back venue. Also playing host to some top DJ nights in Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge is a must for gig goers looking to fish out the local talent.
These cool little digs just shy of Birmingham city centre are known for their alternative gigs and indie status. Head down to The Flapper's basement bar and you'll find an intimate live gig venue with a less than intimate sound system host to some of Birmingham finest up and coming musicians.
If you're looking for some of the biggest names in the music business at one of the biggest gig venues in Birmingham then The Institute in Digbeth has it all. Catering to over 1500 music lovers, this super venue in Birmingham's quirky Digbeth has seen them all. Will they be seeing you too?
Now here's where things get a little more refined. One of the most well known champagne and wine bars in Birmingham, Bar Epernay don't just treat their guest to fizzy delights. Head down the Bar Epernay at the weekends and there is sure to be a piano maestro to be found playing on their baby grand.