Music Venues in Birmingham

Music Venues in Birmingham

Here at Guitar Lessons Solihull, we think there is nothing better than going to see a great band live. You can certainly learn a great deal from watching how the pros play the guitar on stage, so whether it is an up and coming local band or international rock legends if they are coming to Birmingham they will probably play at one of these venues. In no order...

O2 Academy Birmingham

O2 Academy Birmingham is one of Birmingham's foremost gig venues, with the likes of the Used, the Editors, the Streets and Ocean Colour Scene, as well as many others, rocking audiences. The venue renamed in 2008 and relocated in 2009 to the current 16-18 Bristol Street residence has three stages, The Academy 3 holding 269 people perfect for young local bands starting out, The Academy 2 holding up to 600 ideal for big local bands and The Academy One which has a capacity of over 3000. The Academy One has played host to some of the biggest international acts drawn to Birmingham and is an awesome night out. Top venue.

Hare and Hounds

Hare and Hounds is well known by locals as one of the best places to go and watch up and coming local bands. It is also a fantastic place to start your gigging career as UB40 did in the Hare and Hounds in 1979. Artists like Kate Nash, Basement Jaxx, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Band of Skulls have all learned their trade on this famous stage if you want to see the bands that will become internationally famous in a few years head to this venue.

HMV Institute

HMV Institute located at 78 Digbeth High Street with an audience capacity of just under 3,000 is an old style music venue that has been newly renovated as of 2010. With artists like B.O.B, We Are The Ocean, Fyfe Dangerfield and Ned's Atomic Dustbin performing at the HMV Institute it is one of Birmingham's most important venues. Keep your eye on who is playing here as they will are the up and coming national and international bands.

The Drum

The Drum is Birmingham's top venue for hip-hop, rap and r&b. With New York artist Immortal Technique, one of the rawest rappers every produced, gracing their stage in October 2012 it is clear that The Drum can provide the quality of music that will excite and entertain Birmingham audiences. Certainly an up and coming venue, but one well worth keeping your eye on if you like rap and hip-hop.

LG Arena

LG Arena hosts some of the biggest national and international artists that tour the UK. Performances from Paramore, Eric Clapton, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Coldplay and The Madness among others have captivated audiences in the sold-out venue. The 12,000 seater venue, located within the former NEC Arena, is well worth checking out as it is a truly fantastic music venue.


The NIA, comparable to the LG Arena, is another music venue that hosts the best bands in the business - the likes of Nickleback, Slash, Evanescence and The Black Keys are scheduled to perform in 2012 to sold-out crowds. All guitarist should keep an eye on which bands are playing at the NIA as you can learn so much from going to watch artists such as Slash rip through their guitar solos. With great lineups almost guaranteed it is a top music venue.

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Photography: Christian Bertrand

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