Since its opening in 2003, The Actress & Bishop has become one of Brum’s most established live music venues. Situated in the heart of smart St Pauls Square in The Jewellery Quarter, you’ll find live music probably every night, whether as sort of open mic or professional band. The music you can expect to hear is varied, from experimental Indie to Rock covers, Ska to Rockabilly. Many Brummies frequent the Actress for supporting local musicians.
An intimate and beautifully decorated Italian restaurant with attentive staff: Locanta in the Jewellery Quarter near St. Pauls.
Cucina Rustica is fine Italian dining with the best ingredients. A really lovely authentic Italian restaurant, beautifully decorated and nestled in urban surroundings.
If you’re also up for some fancy drinks apart from Rock and Metal tunes, try Stirlings with nice decorated interior and stylish lounge areas.
80,000 annual Rock fans cannot be wrong: Download Festival is the most popular British Rock and Heavy Metal festival. Always hosting the real big names in music scene. About 40 miles away, at Donington Park.
For the really big gigs, Arena Birmingham is the right place. Also located very nice in the canalside area with loads of restaurant and bar options around.
If you are heading for a major artist’s gig, you may probably have tickets for O2 Academy. Hosting concerts nearly every night, this one is all about live music.
Independent music scene comes alive in the The Sunflower Lounge. DJs and live bands alike will promise best entertainment for tonight.
The Glee Birmingham is mostly about comedy performances, but also hosts live music shows on a regular basis, from Indie to Rock, and Pop music.
South of the inner city is The Hare and Hounds where UB40 once played a legendary concert. Now one of the most influential music venues in town.
One of the best options in Brum for vibrant live music atmosphere: The Asylum Venue. Always on the list are Punk, Rock, Heavy Metal, Grunge, or Indie.
The Digbeth Institute was originally built as a methodist congregational chapel at the turn of the 1900s. From 1955 on, it was used as a civic hall. It later became a music venue and has become an essential part of the Birmingham live music and club scene. Over the last 30 years this legendary venue has hosted numerous renowned bands.
Live music venue (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)