Rock Music in Birmingham

Known on the circuit as one of the birthplaces of Rock music in the UK, Birmingham is well aware of its riff-tastic heritage and promises a bustling rock scene amongst many other genres. Boasting everything from ultimate gig venues with over 2,000 capacity to intimate basement bars in Birmingham with hefty sound-systems, everyone from Metallica to Enter Shikari have graced these places. Check out our recommendations to check out some of the best Rock music in Birmingham. 


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One of Birmingham's biggest music venues, the O2 Academy Birmingham is renowned for globally sought after gigs nearly every night. Fitting the bill with an almost 3,000 person capacity, the O2 Academy Birmingham splits into three venues worth of great rock music and cracking club nights with pop punk Propaganda on the agenda every Friday. 

The Sunflower Lounge

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With Birmingham's finest Rock and Roll DJ's manning the decks every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night, it's no surprise that The Sunflower Lounge is such a pull to for the indie scene in Brum. From acoustic nights upstairs to intimate and bustling evenings at the downstairs venue, The Sunflower Lounge is a dapper music venue in Birmingham. 

The Hare and Hounds

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Did you know that The Hare and Hounds were the venue for UB40's first ever gig? Boasting star worthy status, The Hare and Hounds in King's Heath has a basement venue to envy some of the biggest Birmingham venues. From Jazz nights to local festivals, The Hare and Hounds are a cool and independent advocate for music in Birmingham.