Tickets for most Birmingham events can be purchased through entertainment megacorp TicketWeb (www.ticketweb.uk).

Gigs and events are listed at www.brumnotes.com.

Live Music

The Arena Birmingham, north of Brindley Pl, and the National Exhibition Centre Genting Arena, near Birmingham Airport, host stadium-fillers from the world of rock and pop.

Sport

Birmingham has three football (soccer) clubs within striking distance: Birmingham City Football Club, West Bromwich Albion ('West Brom') and, most famously, Aston Villa Football Club, who play at Villa Park.