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 24th February 2017
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.
You might think that the biggest selling point of Birmingham Bierkeller would be the long tables, traditional Bavarian outfits and huge steins of beer, but that’s only part of it. Step inside and soon you’ll be on your feet dancing to the amazing sounds of their live Oompah band!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The Authentic Bros are bringing their unique sound to Birmingham's SUKi10C this March. Born in Iran but having been raised in Birmingham, the international influences and stunning visual shows that accompany their performances really make their sets well worth seeing. Think heavy basslines, quavering melodies and, of course, dazzling visual effects.
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.
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.
The Heavy Beat Brass Band have cemented themselves as Birmingham's number 1 New Orleans brass band. This March, they take over the Hare and Hound for one night, playing all the songs from their new album. Dealing only in huge smiles and soulful sounds, the band will be supported by DJs from the Soul Food Project, who take over the decks after the performance and will be spinning tracks long into the early hours.