Music

Some of the biggest names in music can be found in Birmingham at its various arenas and live music venues, with famous musicals and ballets round the corner at the famed Hippodrome

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Overview

Whether it's a chart-topping singer at Arena Birmingham, a gig at the Jam House or a majestic serenade from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham has a fantastic selection of venues for every genre of music.

There are pubs and bars located throughout Birmingham that specialise in live music from local, national and international bands. The Jam House in the Jewellery Quarter is especially renowned for hosting music from all eras.

Digbeth's Alfie Bird's recently celebrated it's first birthday after a year of new and upcoming bands on their stage - The Oobleck.

Not forgetting the annual music festivals including the International Jazz and Blues festival which brings together jazz fans and musicians from all over the world.

Key Facts

  • Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre has the highest annual attendance compared to any other single theatre in the UK
  • The Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival has been running annually for 52 years
  • The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra plays to over 36,000 people each year in locations all over the world

Live Music

Situated in the South Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath, the Hare and Hounds has established itself as one of the most important and influential music venues in the country, playing a vital part in nurturing the city’s vibrant music and creative community.

The Institute in Digbeth is synonymous in the development of British music, after a multi-million pound refurbishment which restored the buildings striking fascia and multi-roomed interior and period features, The Institute really is a venue the music lovers of Birmingham can be proud of.

Festivals & Events

Each year Birmingham sees more and more music festivals and events coming to the city.

The International Jazz and Blues festival is one of the biggest and most popular festivals, with the 2015 festival bringing together over 450 bands from all corners of the globe.

Other festivals include a range of experimental music at the Supersonic festival, The Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival, reggae at the Simmer Down festival and even folk at the Moseley Folk Festival to name just a few of the recurring events of the city.

Venues

Great names in the music industry need equally great stages to perform on and Birmingham has just that.

The Town Hall and Symphony Hall not only house the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, but also welcome famous musicians from classical, jazz and indie genres to their spotlights.

The O2 academy, The Institute, Genting Arena and Birmingham Arena also play host to some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Nightlife

A variety of venues offer lively music and vibrant meeting places throughout Birmingham.

Many independent pubs such as The Gentleman Scholar and The Victoria bring together a great selection of drinks and food with unique contemporary twists on the pub atmosphere.

Traditional pubs such as the Old Joint Stock offer a more laid-back feel for an after work tipple or pre-drink before a show at one of the top entertainment venues.

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