Culture in Birmingham – Music

With Birmingham as the culture hub of the Midlands, it comes as no surprise that music is paramount to the city! No matter what your musical taste, with Birmingham’s wide range of venues and events, there’s something for everyone to tap their feet and bop along to!

The Barclay Arena and O2 Academy are the places to go if you want to see your music-favourites play. Birmingham is a regular spot on many popular and well-known artists’ tour dates and these two arenas are often their choice of venue. As well as music performances, these arenas host everything from wrestling matches to tattoo conventions!

The Symphony Hall is held in high regard as one of the greatest concert halls of Europe and has received widespread public and critical acclaim ever since it opened in 1991. The beautiful building, both inside and out, hosts musical events throughout the year – including genres such as classical, jazz, blues, folk – as well as being a venue for dance performances and comedy showcases. Home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO for short) which performs around 130 concerts a year, covering all variations of music from classical to Bollywood! Even if you don’t fancy popping in for a show, The Symphony Hall has venue tours that the public can book onto, where you can choose to tour the grand Birmingham Town Hall as well.

For another great serving of musical culture, The Birmingham Hippodrome is home to countless musicals from old favourites to contemporary productions that the whole family can enjoy! If you’d prefer something with a touch more sophistication, the Welsh National Opera performs throughout the year – see childhood tales such as Peter Pan in a whole new way, as well as operas by your favourite classical composers. Plus, this venue is home to the Birmingham Royal Ballet so if you love a bit of twinkle-toes, be sure to book a show!