This quirky little indie bar matches a magnificent alternative soundtrack with a regular program of live gigs and DJ nights.
Pianist Jools Holland was the brains behind this moody, smart-casual music venue (dress accordingly). Acts range from jazz big bands to famous soul crooners. Over 21s only.
Birmingham's leading venue for big-name rockers and tribute bands as well as up-and-coming talent.
Tickets for most Birmingham events can be purchased through the entertainment megacorp TicketWeb.
The giant National Exhibition Centre Arena, near Birmingham International Airport off the M42, hosts major rock and pop acts (as well as trade fairs).
Aston Villa Football Club's 19th-century Villa Park is one of the country's largest stadiums. Behind-the-scenes tours (10.30am, 1pm and 3pm Monday to Saturday by reservation) include the dressing rooms, tunnel and p…
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's official home is the ultramodern Symphony Hall. Shows also take place in the handsome auditorium at the Town Hall.
Plays host to an improbable variety of sports and acts – ranging from indoor rowing, athletics and ice skating to artists such as Oasis and Coldplay, as well as comedian Peter Kay.
Founded more than a century ago, today 'the Rep' has three performance spaces – the Main House; the more experimental Door; and a 300-seat studio theatre presenting edgy drama and musicals, with an emphasis on conte…
Hosts the Birmingham Royal Ballet.