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 such as Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys, or The Cure.
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With a history dating back well over half a century, The Diskery is really worth a visit if you are a music enthusiast. CDs, DVDs, or vinyl - they even have cassetes to offer. You’ll mostly find older stuff including Classical, Swing, and Jazz but that gives the store its unique atmosphere. The staff is really competent and sometimes you are even offered a cup of tea when chatting with them about music and artists. Don’t forget to check the back part of the store, it’s a haven for music lovers.
Swordfish Records is a favourite haunt for those who love proper music from Indie and Alternative to Punk and Metal. They stock new and used vinyl and CD’s with classic collectibles. In-store appearances have included The Kooks, Razorlight, Mark Ronson, Duran Duran, and Lenny Kravitz.
This Birmingham born and bred family business is not only offering great wines and premium spirits but also hold a special soft spot for craft beer. Constantly changing the range of kegs, cans, and bottles as well as their food. Wherever possible, the latter has been locally sourced. The selection of cheese, meat, pies, and pasties is a nice one. An independent, relaxed bar just off the usual city centre bars.
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.
Fancy some live music? The Actress & Bishop is probably a good choice on virtually every night. Also strongly supporting local acts from Birmingham and around.
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.