Birmingham has produced some of the biggest musical acts in the UK and has a vibrant live music scene.
But the live music industry took a heavy hit during the Covid pandemic, with bars and clubs having to shut across the city. Yet the city’s venues are once again hosting huge acts, as well as brilliant local bands and artists.
Birmingham has consistently had an influential music scene - from Black Sabbath and UB40, Mike Skinner to JayKae, Brummies are proud of the city’s musical heritage, and live music is still a big part of Brum’s nightlife and culture.
And now, new research has shown that the number of live gigs in Birmingham has soared 183% this year alone - with instrumentalists/vocalists and DJs proving most popular in bars, clubs and restaurants - according to data revealed by live music marketplace GigPig.
Since January this year, more than 860 gigs have been performed in grassroots venues across the city via booking platform GigPig, showcasing the catalytic impact that the live music marketplace is having on artists and venues.
Michael Forster, CEO of GigPig, said: “Live music has the power to create a buzz in venues like nothing else. The broad mix of genres and artists booked in Birmingham shows there is a strong appetite for a range of music tastes, which means there is something for all venues to book and audiences to enjoy.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be the catalyst for a diverse range of artists being able to gig in their preferred locations - they are the lifeblood of our night time economy. We’re committed to revolutionising the music industry and supporting the hospitality sector. We can’t wait to see how the live music scene now evolves in Birmingham!”
So with live music bouncing back in a big way, we’ve decided to take a look at the most popular live music venues in Birmingham. Here are th 10 most popular according to Google reviews.