Birmingham concerts for 2022 - the big gigs coming to Utilita Arena, Resorts World Arena, O2 Academy & more

Some huge names are coming to Birmingham this year to Utilita Arena, Resorts World Arena, O2 Academy, O2 Institute, Symphony Hall and Town Hall

Birmingham has already hosted a number of huge names in 2022.

The likes of Stormzy, Sam Fender, Tom Odell and Queen and Adam Lambert have performed in our city this year, and there’s much more to come in the next few months.

From award-winning solo artists to legendary performers and rising stars you can take your pick from the best coming to O2 Academy, O2 Institute, Resorts World Arena, Utilita Area, Symphony Hall and Birmingham Town Hall throughout the year.

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    In addition, Symphony Hall has just launched a new cafe called B:Eats where you can enjoy live music for free thorughout the summer. More details here.

    Don’t miss out on these incredible gigs - take your pick from the list below and book your tickets now!

    The Kid LAROI, O2 Academy Birmingham, 17 July

    One of music’s most prominent new stars, The Kid LAROI, has headed out on his first-ever headlining tour and will visit Brum this summer.

    The Australian rapper and singer will be performing hits from each chapter of the RIAA certified Platinum and No.1 project, F*CK LOVE.

    It was nominated for Best Hip Hop Release at the 2020 ARIA Music Awards and broke into the top 10 of the UK’s albums chart.

    Laroi’s End of the World Tour is coming to Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Sunday, July 17, 2022.

    Tickets for the show can be purchased at www.academymusicgroup.com.

    Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer John Cale poses during a photo session in Los Angeles on September 15, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

    John Cale, Birmingham Town Hall, July 25

    The legendary co-founder of the Velvet Underground and highly acclaimed pianist and composer in his own right John Cale is coming to Birmingham next month.

    His willingness to experiment and constantly explore new styles ensures that his music remains vital.

    Cale will perform at the Town Hall on July 25.

    Tickets are available, here.

    Arcade Fire

    Arcade Fire, Utilita Arena, Birmingham September 2

    Arcade Fire’s will be touring their sixth album WE this year.

    WE’s release coincides with the announcement of Arcade Fire’s autumn world tour.

    The tour will see the return of the full production Arcade Fire “must-see live act” (Variety) experience to global stages, including at the Utilita Arena in September.

    Tickets are available, here.

    Bright Eyes, 02 Institute September 5

    Nine years since the release of their last album and Bright Eyes have officially returned with the promise of new material and an extensive world tour.

    They play in Birmingham later this year on September 5.

    Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit performs at Madison Square Garden on May 13, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

    Babuu Mann, 9 September, Utilita Arena

    Indian singer-songwriter, music director, actor and film producer, Babbu Maan is coming to town. Most of his artistic work focuses on Punjabi music and films. He is recognised as being among the biggest artists in Punjabi music.

    Babbu Maan

    Limp Bizkit, 11 September, 02 Birmingham

    Get ready for the mighty nu-metal icons Limp Bizkit, when Fred Durst and co. hit the UK for the first time since the release of 2021’s, sixth studio album, Still Sucks.

    The band will take to the stage at Birmingham’s 02 Academy on Sunday, 11 September.

    You can buy tickets for the show, here.

    Justin Hayward, Birmingham Town Hall, September 12

    Justin Hayward is an English musician, best known as singer, songwriter and guitarist in the Birmingham rock band The Moody Blues.

    The artist takes to the stage at the Town Hall in September.

    You can get tickets, here.

    Professor Green

    Professor Green, 02 Institute, 13 September

    Multi-platinum selling rapper Professor Green celebrates ten years since the release of his career-defining, second studio album, At Your Inconvenience.

    Firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music, Hackney born MC turned host and mental health activist Professor Green, AKA as Stephen Manderson, is an integral part of UK music, releasing two Top 3 albums and amassing a career tally of over 3 million combined sales in the UK alone.

    Get tickets, here.

    David Essex, Symphony Hall, September 15

    Internationally renowned singer, composer and actor David Essex OBE is back with his first UK tour in four years to play hits spanning his entire career.

    David first shot to fame when he auditioned for the London production of the musical Godspell,and was chosen for the role of Jesus. He received widespread rave reviews for his portrayal in London’s West End and won several major awards.

    Get tickets for his show in Birmingham, here.

    Comedian Joe Lycett in 2019 (Photo: Joe Maher/Getty Images)

    Joe Lycett, Utilita Arena, September 16 &17

    Birmingham-born comedian Joe Lycett is returning to his hometown for a show at the Utilita later this year.

    His first tour in years promises to be packed with more jokes, more comedy anecdotes and more inappropriate and arguably disturbing paintings, all in the hope of answering the age-old question: How do you Lycett? How do you Lycett?

    Grab tickets here.

    A1, Birmingham Town Hall, September 19

    Internationally successful pop group a1 scored several Number One hits across the globe, including two UK No. 1s within 9 weeks, with a cover of a-ha’s ‘Take On Me’, followed by the self-penned ‘Same Old Brand New You’.

    In 2018, following a 15 year hiatus, the band announced they were reforming.

    You can get tickets for their Birmingham show, here.

    Rupi Kaur, Birmingham Town Hall, September 20

    Hailed as the ‘Writer of the Decade’ by The New Republic - poet, artist, and performer Rupi Kaur has announced her World Tour for 2022. Rupi will be performing in 17 cities across the UK and Europe beginning on September 9th in Edinburgh.

    Performing new unpublished pieces, poems from her latest book ‘home body’ and greatest hits from her iconic books ‘milk and honey’ and ‘the sun and her flowers’ - Rupi Kaur is bringing a captivating performance to the world stage in an all-new spoken word poetry experience.

    She performs in Birmingham on September 20.

    Tickets for the show are available, here.

    George Ezra PIC: Adam Scarborough

    George Ezra, Utilita Arena Birmingham, September 22

    BRIT Award-winning, multi-platinum selling musician George Ezra announced his nationwide tour alongside the release of his albumn Gold Rush Kid.

    Ezra takes to the stage in Birmingham on September 22.

    Tickets for the show are available to buy, here.

    Andrea Bocelli, Utilita Arena Birmingham, September 24

    As the world’s most adored tenor, Andrea Bocelli is preparing to deliver what is sure to be a stunning night of music when he returns to Birmingham in 2022.

    His voice is one of the most iconic in modern opera, Andrea has been nominated for three Grammys and one Emmy Award, and won six Classic BRIT Awards.

    He’ll bring his latest tour to the Utilita Arena Birmingham on Saturday, September 14. Click here to get your tickets.

    Andrea Bocelli

    Ricky Ross, Birmingham Town Hall, October 2

    Ricky Ross, songwriter and lead singer for Deacon Blue, one of Scotland’s best loved and most successful bands, returns to the G Live stage in October 2022 as part of his solo tour in support of his brand new album, ‘Short Stories Vol 2’.

    With Ricky at the piano, he will be presenting songs from across his entire career and sharing stories from his forthcoming autobiography ‘Walking Back Home’.

    Grab tickets for the Town Hall show, here.

    Machine Gun Kelly, Utilita Arena Birmingham, October 4

    Machine Gun Kelly has announced his international Mainstream Sellout Tour -- a colossal 52 arena run across North America and Europe featuring an incredible roster of special guests including Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker, blackbear, Trippie Redd, WILLOW, iann dior, PVRIS and 44phantom on select dates.

    The actor and musician will take to the stage at the Utilita on October 4.

    Get tickets here.

    Swedish House Mafia, Utilita Arena Birmingham, October 8

    House supergroup Swedish House Mafia have announced a brand new tour that’s heading to the UK in October.

    Known for their singles including One (Your Name), Don’t You Worry Child and Miami 2 Ibiza, they’ve collaborated with some of the biggest names in music including Pharrell Williams and The Weeknd.

    Get your tickets to Swedish House Mafia at Utilita Arena here

    Robbie Williams, Resorts World Arena, October 15

    Robbie Williams is heading to Resorts World Arena this October.

    The Angels singer is going on tour to mark 25 years since he became a solo music artist.

    The tour, which includes two dates at London’s O2, will come shortly after the release of his new album, XXV.

    Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

    James Taylor, Resorts World Arena, October 14

    James Taylor’s European tour previously set to take place in February 2022 has been rescheduled, the new date for the Resorts World Arena, Birmingham show is Friday 14 October 2022.

    Previously purchased tickets will be honoured and fans are encouraged to hold onto their tickets.

    Get tickets for the show here.

    Aitch, 02 Academy, October 17

    Platinum-selling, BRIT-nominated Manchester rapper Aitch takes his debut album Close To Home on the road.

    It’s a record that captures a young artist on the verge of global superstardom, spreading his wings and displaying his ever-growing song-writing skills.

    Tickets are avilable to buy, here.

    File photo of Ian Brown performing: Ryan Phillips/PA Wire

    Ian Brown, 02 Academy, Birmingham, October 22

    Legendary Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown heads out on his first solo headline tour in over a decade.

    Following the break up of his band in 1996, Brown began a solo career, releasing seven studio albums, a greatest hits compilation, a remix album, an 11-disc box set titled Collection, and 19 singles.

    You can see him perform all the hits at the 02 on October 22.

    Get tickets here.

    Billy Idol, Resorts World Arena, 23 October

    The world’s favourite rebel Billy Idol has rescheduled The Roadside Tour 2022 with new dates now set for October 2022. All existing tickets are still valid for the revised dates.

    Billy will come to the UK with new music and a stack of timeless classics. For his first appearances in the UK since 2018, Billy will play 6 Arena shows with the rescheduled dates, including at Resorts World Arena on 23 October.

    Tickets are available, here.

    Comedian Kevin Bridges

    Kevin Bridges, Utilita Arena, 26 October & 9 November

    Don’t miss Scottish funny man Kevin Bridges with his hotly-anticipated new show, The Overdue Catch-Up coming to Utiltia Arena Birmingham in October and November 2022! With a career spanning 18 years Kevin Bridges already has the life experience of a man twice his age, helping him to hit the nail on the head with his shrewd outlook on the modern world. Don’t miss the chance to catch one of the most astute observational comedians around today at the top of his game.

    To get your tickets click here

    Paolo Nutini, 02 Academy, October 28

    Paolo Nutini is back with his fourth album, Last Night In The Bittersweet, a 70-minute epic that spans the distance from classic rock to post-punk to hypnotic Krautrock, in the process proving its value as his deepest, most varied, most accomplished, and ultimately most rewarding set so far.

    Tickets are available for his show at the 02.

    Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Utilita Arena, October 28

    Are you ready to be mesmerised by the romantic love songs of the 90s?

    The trio will be performing for the first time in the UK, on their Rewind Tour featuring unforgettable hit songs from the decade.

    To feel the love, you can get tickets here

    The Feeling, Symphony Hall, October 29

    The Feeling are well known for producing ultimate feel-good music. Ever since they released their stunning debut album, Twelve Stops Then Home, they’ve gone on to produce some truly delightful songs that have gone on to win them a prestigious Ivor Novello Award.

    As well as preparing to release their sixth studio album, the band was also heavily involved in the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, composed by Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of The Feeling.

    They’ll perform some of their most iconic songs, including Fill My Little World and I Love It When You Call alongside new material and tracks from the Jamie soundtrack when they head to Symphony Hall on Saturday, October 29.

    Kasabian, Utilita Arena Birmingham, November 4

    Kasabian are back heading to Utilita Arena Birmingham this November!

    The band have released ’CHEMICALS’, the third track from their highly-anticipated new album The Alchemist’s Euphoria, out August 5th on Columbia Records.

    A pulsating, guitar driven anthem and the last track the band recorded for the album, ‘CHEMICALS’ is an encompassing pop moment written by Serge Pizzorno and produced by Serge and Fraser T Smith, with mixing from Spike Stent.

    Tickets for their show in Birmingham can be purchased, here.

    Kendrick Lamar, Utilita Arena Birmingham, November 5

    Multi-Platinum, Grammy-award winning artist Kendrick Lamar, has achieved massive critical and cultural success since his debut album good kid, m.A.A.d city released in 2012.

    Since its release, Lamar has accumulated a staggering total of 14 Grammy wins, and became the first non-classical, non-jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album DAMN. Lamar’s latest album Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, was released in May 2022 immediately earning rave reviews.

    You can get tickets to his Birmingham show, online here.

    Biffy Clyro, Resorts World Arena, November 11

    Scottish heavyweight rockers Biffy Clyro have announced a “very special” eight dates in the UK and Ireland, following a European festival tour.

    The Glaswegian trio are expected to play some of their new songs from their ninth studio album, The Myth of the Happily Ever After, such as Dum Dum, a Hunger in Your Haunt or Tiny Indoor Fireworks.

    This will be the group’s first arena tour since 2019, with tickets to go on sale on June 24.

    N-Dubz, Utilita Arena, November 12

    Over a decade after going their separate ways, the hip hop group has announced they are coming back with a new single and a UK arena tour - including a show in Birmingham.

    The group have announced the tour following news that they will release a new single called ‘Charmer’ on 19 May.

    Tickets for the group’s show at the Utilita are available here.

    Free Radio Hits Live, Resorts World Arena, November 12

    Back again in 2022, Free Radio Hits Live is bringing another epic show featuring some of the Biggest Hits artists, to Birmingham.

    Rag N Bone Man, Anne Marie, KSI and Becky Hill were among the music artists performing at last year’s concert.

    For more information or tickets, go to the Resorts World site

    Kaiser Chiefs, Utilita Arena, November 18

    The multi-award-winning Kaiser Chiefs have announced a nationwide arena tour for November 2022 with live favourites The Fratellis and The Sherlocks.

    The Leeds five-piece are performing in Birmingham on November 18.

    Get tickets for the show here.

    Judy Collins, Birmingham Town Hall, 19 November

    In her 50-plus years in music, Judy Collins has always exhibited impeccable taste in songcraft.

    On her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, she curated a stunning collection featuring originals alongside songs by not-yet household names such as Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, and adventurous selections by Jacques Brel and Francesco Landini.

    She performs at Birmingham Town Hall on 19 November.

    Tickets are available, here.

    Florence Welch

    Florence and The Machine, Utilita Arena, November 24

    After her short run of intimate UK shows sold out within minutes of going on sale, Florence + the Machine has announced her album tour for November which will take place in the UK, France and Ireland.

    Tickets for her Utilita Arena show can be purchased here.

    Pete Tong, Utilita Arena, December 1

    Radio 1’s disc jockey Pete Tong is brining sounds of Ibiza to Birmingham this festive period.

    Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra will be putting their own spin on some of your party favourites as they go on tour with Pete Tong.

    To get tickets, you can visit Ticketmaster here.

    Scouting for Girls, 02 Birmingham, December 2

    Scouting for Girls are back to perform their biggest hits, best-loved songs and more! Throughout their career, the band have sold over two million albums, two million singles, garnered over 500 million streams, had four top ten singles and been nominated for four Brit Awards as well as an Ivor Novello.

    The indie three-piece take to the stage at the 02 on December 2.

    You can get tickets for the show, online

    Westlife announce UK tour - where they’re playing, and ticket details

    Westlife, Utilita Arena Birmingham, December 3

    After their record-breaking reunion tour in 2019, Westlife have announced that they’re heading back on a UK arena tour in December 2022.

    The Wildest Dreams Tour will see Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian perform some of their greatest pop hits including Uptown Girl, Flying Without Wings, World of Our Own and Swear It Again.

    The 37-date tour, which includes two nights at Wembley Stadium, will arrive at Utilita Arena Birmingham for one night on Saturday, December 3.

    Placebo, 02 Academy, 8 December

    Nine years on from the release of their last outing, Placebo are back with their long-awaited eighth studio album Never Let Me Go.

    After more than a quarter-century together and an unmistakable back catalogue, Placebo are great masters in cataloguing the human condition and are on fire once again.

    The Cure, Utilita Arena, 7 December

    One of the UK’s most popular groups, The Cure, are coming to Birmingham later this year.

    The band’s debut album was Three Imaginary Boys (1979) and this, along with several early singles, placed the band in the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the United Kingdom.

    Robert Smith and co perform at the Utilita on December 7.

    Tickets available here.

    Sir Rod Stewart onstage during the Platinum Party at the Palace in front of Buckingham Palace on June 04, 2022 in London, England (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    Rod Stewart, Utilita Arena Birmingham, December 9

    Sir Rod Stewart is heading out on tour once again in support of his 31st studio album.

    The Tears of Hercules is the follow-up record to 2019’s You’re In My Heart, which shot straight to the top of the UK album charts.

    Sir Rod’s 14-date tour will open at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham, with nights in London, Glasgow and Liverpool, before heading to Birmingham on Friday, December 9.

    Blue, Resorts World Arena, December 9

    Bluehave announced their new album Heart & Soul will be released on 9 September and confirm the rescheduled tour dates.

    The British four-piece, including all four original members - Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe - have been back together in the studio working on one of their best records yet.

    Tickets are available here.

    See The Vamps when their tenth anniversary tour comes to Nottingham in December.

    The Vamps, Utilita Arena, December 11

    The Somebody to You and Can We Dance boyband are coming to Birmingham to end their 10-year celebration tour.

    After gathering a whole host of Teen Choice accolades and two number one albums in the form of Wake Up and Meet the Vamps, the group took some time apart after five years together, but re-grouped during the pandemic to create a new album, Cherry Blossom.

    You can see Bradley, James, Connor and Tristan, when tickets go on sale here from July 1.

    UB40, Utilita Arena, December 18

    Local heroes UB40 are playing a huge hometown gig at the Utilita on December 18.

    The band has had more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart, and has also achieved considerable international success. They have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times.

    To get tickets, visit the Utilita Arena website, here.

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    Black Stone Cherry, Resorts World Arena, January 31, 2023

    The legendary Kentucky-based group Black Stone Cherry will hit the road in 2023 to play across multiple venues around the UK, with a gig scheduled for Brum.

    The tour will support their seventh studio album ‘The Human Condition, which was released in 2020 and debuted at No.1 on the UK rock albums chart.

    Well-loved UK rock band The Darkness will play alongside Black Stone Cherry.

    The band will play at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena next year on January 31.

    You can purchase tickets for the show through the Resorts World website.

    Panic! At the Disco, Utilita Arena, March 4, 2023

    American indie pop group Panic! At the Disco are setting sail on a world tour, with Birmingham as one of the stops.

    The Vegas group known for High Hopes and I Write Sins Not Tragedies, will come to England following the release of their new album Viva Las Vengeance.

    As they have not toured for two years, it is unsure what songs they can be expect to play.

    Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

    Andre Rieu, Resorts World Arena, April 15, 2023

    Dutch violin superstar Andre Rieu who makes classical music accessible, is coming to Birmingham next year.

    Promising to be a visual and audible treat with the musicians walking among the audience and donning lavish costumes, it is guaranteed to be a magical evening for the whole family.

    To book tickets, please visit the Resorts World website

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