From Black Sabbath to Frank Skinner, Birmingham has produced some of the biggest names in entertainment. But this isn’t a city to rest on its laurels! Birmingham continues to nurture the talent of tomorrow while enticing stand-out stars with its world-class venues. Whether you’re looking for music, comedy, theatre or dance, our guide will make sure you catch the best shows in town.
Formerly the National Indoor Arena (NIA), the Barclaycard Arena is a great space where you’ll find everything from international indoor athletics to live music acts. With room for up to 15,800, the Arena has played host to major events including Gladiators, WWF and annual gaming conventions.
The Genting Arena, previously known as the LG Arena, is part of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). Able to adapt to both large scale and more intimate events, this venue has hosted everything from X Factor auditions and daredevil stunts to international music stars and comedians.
Founded in 1886 as the Birmingham School of Music and now part of Birmingham City University, the Conservatoire offers live classical, jazz and experimental music from world-class musicians and talented students. Don’t miss your chance to see the stars of tomorrow perform!
Often called The Rep, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre is the oldest building based producing theatre company in the country. Consistently innovative, The Rep is known for its fantastic family musicals and plays at Christmas, which have included Raymond Brigg's The Snowman and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
Home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Hall is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world. But don’t be fooled, it’s not all classical. The Hall also plays host to rock stars, pop artists and comedians, as well as community events and graduation ceremonies.
The O2 Academy Birmingham is in fact three music venues in one. As well as pulling in audiences with its live shows, the Academy is also at the heart of the city’s nightlife with regular club nights including the UK’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll party, Propaganda.
Housed in the old Digbeth Civic Hall building and formerly known as the HMV Institute, the O2 Institute is one of Birmingham’s most popular spots for music and comedy. It’s made up of three venues of varying size so, whether you’re in the mood for a big show or an intimate gig, you’ll find it at the O2.
A stunning 1930s art deco auditorium makes the New Alexandra Theatre as much the star attraction as the shows it stages. With large scale West End productions, musicals, dramas and award winning comedians, such as Stewart Lee, there’s always something to see at the Alex.
Opening in 1994, the Birmingham Glee Club was the first dedicated comedy club outside of London. Want the chance to see the next big thing in comedy? You’ve come to the right place. From Peter Kay to Sarah Millican, the venue has seen sets by a number of comedians who have gone on to fill arenas.
Whether you want to stay in Birmingham’s city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Birmingham Airport and New Street Station, as well as the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and the Bullring.