Birmingham concerts for 2022 - the big gigs coming to the big venues

With the likes of Shawn Mendes and Alicia Keys coming to town, it’s time to book yourself a treat to see your favourite artist.

Birmingham is set to welcome some of the best artists in the world throughout 2022.

This year has already seen the likes of Stormzy, Sam Fender, and Tom Odell take to the stage in our city, and there’s much more to come in the next few months.

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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 and Symphony hall throughout the year.

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

Shawn Mendes, Resorts World Arena, April 27

At just 23, Shawn Mendes is one of the biggest solo artists in the world, with millions of adoring fans streaming his music.

Following on from his huge world tour Shawn Mendes: The Tour, which had a sold-out run at Utilita Arena Birmingham in 2019 and was also turned into a Netflix docufilm, Shawn is heading back on the road for 2022.

The UK leg of his tour kicks off in London, before heading to Birmingham, Glasglow and Sheffield, before coming to a close in Manchester.

Shawn released his fourth album, Wonder in 2020, a follow-up to his hugely successful self-titled third album. The Canadian shot to fame after posting cover songs on the social media platform, Vine.

He’s since scored two UK No.1 Singles and seven UK Top 10’s, as well as collaborating with names including Khalid and fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber.

André Rieu, Resorts World Arena, April 30 - May 1

Joined by the stunning Johann Strauss Orchestra, André Rieu is returning to Birmingham for three nights in 2022.

The famous Dutch Violinist, who’s known to many as the King of the Waltz, will be performing at Resorts World Arena from Saturday, April 30 until Sunday, May 1.

Having released countless albums over the years, André has conducted his way into the top 10 of the UK Album Charts on more than one occasion.

Debbie Harry, lead singer of Blondie. Photo: Jane Barlow.

Blondie, Utilita Arena Birmingham, May 7

Debbie Harrie and co are heading back on a huge tour which includes 10 dates in the UK next May.

One of the most iconic bands to emerge from America’s punk scene, Blondie will be performing at the Utilita Arena as part of their UK tour on Saturday, May 7.

After releasing the Plastic Letters album in 1978, Blondie became the band that had everyone talking, with a career that’s included six UK No.1 singles and two UK No.1 albums.

With a catalogue of tracks, this latest tour will see the whole band back together to perform a set-list packed with fan favourites.

Tickets to Blondie at Utilita Arena are available here

Martin Kemp, O2 Academy, May 7

Martin Kemp is stepping behind the decks in May to bring an ultimate 80s DJ set to venues across the country.

The former Spandau Ballet star will perform O2 Academy 2 on Saturday, May 7, as part of his Ultimate Back To The 80s DJ Set tour.

An unmissable evening for fans of 80s hits, the tour kicks off in Chester on November 18, before visiting Southampton and then Birmingham.

Gregory Porter, Resorts World Arena, May 11

American singer-songwriter Gregory Porter has gone from performing at bars and clubs in the streets of New York to travelling the world with his soulful voice, making him one of the most notable jazz singers in recent years.

Having made his debut appearance in the UK on Later... With Jools Holland, Gregory has become a favourite in the UK Official Album Charts, with all four of his albums reaching the top 10.

An absolute must-see if jazz music is your thing, Gregory is bringing his latest tour to Resorts World Arena on Wednesday, May 11. You can book tickets by clicking here.

Bryan Adams, Utilita Arena Birmingham, May 14

With a voice that’s filled homes across the world for more than three decades, Bryan Adams has dominated the music industry with his iconic rock songs.

Now, the Grammy Award-winner has a new world tour coming up in 2022, which includes a date at Birmingham’s Utilita Arena on Saturday, May 14.

Having sold more than 65m albums, Bryan Adams has crafted a legendary career for himself, that will soon see him release his 15th studio album, So Happy It Hurts.

Bryan Adams released his debut album in 1985, and went on to produce a collection of chart-topping hits including Summer of 69’, (Everything I Do) I Do It For You and Please Forgive Me.

Now a solo project for multi-talented Olly Alexander - whose performance in 'It's A Sin' was one of the television highlights of 2021 - Years & Years release third album 'Night Call' on January 21.

Years & Years, Resorts World Arena, May 21

Brit Award-winners Years & Years are heading out on another UK arena tour next May, which will see Olly Alexander perform at Resorts World Arena on Saturday, May 21 in support of the band’s upcoming album, Night Call.

Having performed at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight Festival and more, Years & Years released their No.1 debut album Communion in 2015, which was followed up three years down the line with Palo Santo.

Known for their catching pop songs including King, Desire and Shine, Years & Years have produced powerful lyrics penned by frontman, Olly Alexander, often focusing on the challenges of relationships and sexuality.

Kicking off in Brighton, The Night Call Tour will also visit Bournemouth, London, Dublin, Manchester and Glasgow. Click here to book tickets now.

Charli XCX, 02 Academy, Birmingham, May 18

Ionic global pop star, Charli XCX, has just announced CRASH, the highly-anticipated forthcoming album, due for release in March, and to go with it, a huge headline tour for May 2022 - including at Birmingham’s 02 in May.

The show takes place on Wednesday, May 18.

You can get tickets to the show, here.

Celine Dion

Celine Dion, Utilita Arena Birmingham, May 25 - 26

Having won the Eurovision Song Contest back in the 80s, French-Canadian singer, Celine Dion has gone on to become one of the most successful female solo artists.

Despite having to postpone her European tour dates due to the pandemic, Celine has got new dates in the diary for her UK fans, which will see the My Heart Will Go On star perform two nights at Birmingham’s Utilita Arean on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May.

Having performed to millions of people across the world, included residences in Las Vegas, this latest tour is sure to be an unmissable show for any Celine Dion fans.

You can get your tickets to Celine Dion at Utilita Arena here

Pet Shop Boys, Resorts World Arena, May 28

With a career spanning over 30 years, electronic duo Pet Shop Boys have established a hugely successful career in the music industry when they burst onto the scene with their smash-hit number one single, West End Girls.

Now, the duo is embarking on a huge tour that includes eight dates in England. They’ll perform at Resorts World Arena as a part of their Greatest Hits tour on Saturday, May 28.

Since making their debut in 1985, Pet Shop Boys have celebrated four No.1 singles and a No.1 album thanks to their unique sound that is synonymous with the 80s.

Pet Shop Boys

A-ha, Utilita Arena Birmingham, May 28

Speaking of the 80s, A-ha are also hitting the road to play their debut album, Hunting High And Low, to their fans across the UK.

Released in 1985, Hunting High and Low feature’s one of the band’s most iconic single, Take On Me, which peaked at No.2 in the UK Official Singles Charts.

Since its release, the video for Take On Me took six months to complete and has been streamed more than one billion times on YouTube. It’s one of the most memorable music videos of all time, as it blends pencil sketches alongside stop-motion to create something truly iconic.

A-ha will perform their debut album in full at Utilita Arena Birmingham Saturday, May 28. Click here to get tickets.

The Script, Utilita Arena Birmingham, June 3

Hailing from Dublin, The Script have charmed millions of fans since they released their debut self-titled album in 2008.

Thirteen years, seven chart-topping albums and a UK No.1 single later, The Script have announced a Greatest Hits tour that will bring them to Utilita Arena Birmingham on Friday, June 3.

Since releasing We Cry, The Script have paved their way to become one of Ireland’s most successful bands, with a host of hit singles including The Man Who Can’t Be Move, Rain, Hall Of Fame, Superheros - the list goes on.

Alicia Keys, Utilita Arena Birmingham, June 9

Yet another rescheduled tour is from American singer, Alicia Keys.

Trained as a classic pianist, Alicia Keys was spotted for her sheer talent at a very young age, singing to Columbia Records at just 15.

With nine studio albums under her belt, Keys has established herself as a truly gifted performer, with her singles including Fallin’ and Girl On Fire showcasing her very best work.

She’ll bring her latest tour, Alicia, to Utilita Arena Birmingham on Thursday, June 9. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Adam Lambert and Brian May perform onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement (Picture: Getty Images)

Queen & Adam Lambert, Utilita Arena Birmingham, June 11 - 12

Adam Lambert and Queen have become somewhat of an unstoppable team over the last few years. Despite the pandemic raining on their parade, they’re still ready and raring to bring their latest tour to Birmingham next June.

Dubbed as ‘loud, fun and unforgettable’, Queen and Adam Lambert will perform some of the band’s greatest hits together at Utilita Arena Birmingham on the weekend of June 11 and 12.

Kings of Leon, Resorts World Arena, June 13

Heading back to Birmingham for the first time in five years, American rockers Kings of Leon have a 10-date UK tour lined up for 2022.

Kicking off at Resorts World Arena on Monday, June 13, the tour will take Caleb, Nathan, Jared and Matthew to Leeds, Belfast, Newcastle, Glasgow, Newcastle and London, before coming to a close in Manchester.

The tour comes in support of the band’s upcoming album, When Your See Yourself, which is their first record since WALLS in 2016.

Having headlined Reading and Leeds and V Festival, Kings of Leon are best known for their singles Molly’s Chambers, Sex On Fire, Use Somebody and Supersoaker.

Billie Eilish stands next to James Bonds Aston Martin car at the No Time To Die World Premiere last month. Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby.

Billie Eilish, Utilita Arena Birmingham, June 15

Billie Eilish is taking the world by storm one step at a time.

At just 19, she’s recorded a No.1 James Bond song, won an impressive collection of prestigious awards, including two BRITs for Best Female International Artist and four Grammy Awards, and most recently become the youngest person set to headline Glastonbury.

Known for her hit singles Bad Guy, Everything I Wanted and Bury a Friend, 2022 will see Billie perform at arenas across the UK, with a date at Utilita Arena Birmingham on Wednesday, June 15 to support her latest album, Happier Than Ever.

She released her debut album Don’t Smile At Me in 2018, which was swiftly followed by the critically acclaimed When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go in 2019.

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.

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

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

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.

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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.

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.

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