Music lovers will know how fantastic an experience a live concert can be. Listening to your favourite albums at home is one thing, but seeing your idols on stage is a whole different ball game. The Midlands city of Birmingham is always oozing with gigs from all music genres and this summer/autumn is no different. If you’re travelling from outside the city, or want to make an evening of it, Birmingham hotels from Travelodge can provide you with quality and comfort at amazing value.
In September, pop over to the Symphony Hall to spend an evening with Dave Stewart – one half of the incredibly successful group, the Eurythmics. If you’re in the vicinity on the 15th September, be sure to book tickets to see The Cult on the Birmingham leg of their tour – playing at the O2 Academy with support from gothic rock band, The Mission and post-punk rockers, Killing Joke. The Cult developed a dedicated following in the 1980s with their post punk singles, such as ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ and broke America in the late ‘80s with some heavier tunes, including ‘Love Removal Machine’. They’ll be sure to put on a great show this September – be sure to go and check them out.
As autumn arrives, the music scene really picks up in the Midlands city. Top indie rockers, Bloc Party, fronted by Kele Okereke, are at the O2 Academy on the 15th October. For tickets, call the venue directly. Pop punkers, Bowling for Soup, well known for the Grammy award-winning song, “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” in 2003, are also at the Academy on the 24th October. If you’re after a musical night filled with fun, this is it. The English singer-songwriter and acoustic genius, Newton Faulkner plays at the academy on the 18th October. His first album released in 2007, Hand Built by Robots, reached double platinum and his new album, Write it on your Skin, reached number 1 in the UK album charts. If acoustic music and rhythmic guitar is your bag, this is the gig for you.
November sees a huge array of spectacular bands going on tour. We have the stadium rockers, Europe, giving their latest rendition of “A Final Countdown” among other well known hits to the O2 Academy on the 21st November, followed by The Levellers on the 23rd. Influenced by punk and traditional English music, these guys always fill the venues and are well worth watching at least once. The classical superstar, Andrea Bocelli, is playing at the LG Arena in the NEC on the 10th November. The Italian tenor will be sure to provide an emotional evening with his awe inspiring voice and incredible personality. If metal music is more up your street, two industrial metal veterans will be playing at the NIA on the 29th November; none other than the multi-talented Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson will be performing on their nationwide “Twins of Evil” tour and are not to be missed.
Whatever music you’re into, Birmingham is home to a huge number of venues that play host to music all over the genres and guarantee an awesome night for you and your mates.
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