Anyone with a love of music will undoubtedly appreciate some live tunes every now and again, with intimate venues and massive arenas drawing in fans of various genres, all over the country. While you will find various sized venues across England, you can guarantee a plethora of music venues in Birmingham, with the city’s music scene being second to none.

From its LG Arena, which attracts the world-renowned bands and artists including Black Stone Cherry (October 30th), Robbie Williams (5 & 6th July) and Andrea Bocelli (21st November), to the smaller music venues where home-grown talent can showcase their stuff, including The Glee Club in the city’s Chinese Quarter, you’ll be spoilt with a choice of music venues in Birmingham to enjoy some music, up close and personal.

Book yourself into some affordable accommodation at and plan a night of debauchery at the hands of some good old beats and rhythms, before heading back to the comfort of your hotel room for a good night’s sleep! You can keep an eye on what’s upcoming at the various venues online, but if you’d like to have more of an idea about which venues play what, here’s a quick breakdown for you.

LG Arena

You will find all manner of live music acts performing on the LG Arena stage, as well as other forms of live entertainment including comedy, theatre and other stage performances. Following the recent rebranding and renovation, the arena is even better than ever before and, with a capacity of over 14,000, it attracts some of the biggest names in showbiz.


Future gigs include Robbie Williams, Dolly Parton and Ed Sheeran – check out the website for ticket prices and availability.

The O2 Academy

From its first home on the site of the Rank Ballroom to its current home where the Dome nightclub once was, the O2 Academy has showcased various bands and artists over the years, including the rock maestros, Muse. You will often find a continuously impressive line-up of live entertainment here, with plenty of stellar bands expected to play at this Bristol Street venue over the coming months.

Town Hall

While it’s not always used as a live music venue, there have been some superb names on its stage over the years, while the nearby Symphony Hall offers up a range of classical, folk, jazz and pop sensations, including Burt Bacharach in July and Lisa Stansfield, in September.


The Glee Club

It may be better known on the comedy circuit, but the Glee Club in the Chinese Quarter of the city has also hosted its fair share of music gigs over the years including Supergrass and Adele. Plus, if there’s no live music scheduled here during your visit, you can almost guarantee plenty of laughs at one of its comedy nights.

Which venue and artiste you choose will depend on personal taste but Birmingham boasts an impressive and diverse music scene that is begging to be explored by visitors, and locals, alike. If you’re heading for the city over the coming months, be sure to check out the listings before you travel, and use an evening to catch some live music that will leave you tapping your feet to the beat.