What's on in Birmingham: Upcoming Concerts and Events in 2023

What's on in Birmingham: Upcoming Concerts and Events in 2023

Birmingham is a city bursting with cultural events, and this year's concert and show lineup is no exception. From international pop stars to intimate indie gigs, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you're a fan of rock, pop, or something in between, you'll find plenty of major concerts and shows to choose from in Birmingham. Keep reading for a rundown of some of the most highly anticipated events coming to the city in the coming months.

Indie Gigs in Birmingham

Florence + The Machine

Led by the dynamic and captivating vocals of Florence Welch, Florence + the Machine have released a number of successful albums over the years, including ‘Lungs’, Ceremonials’, and ‘High As Hope’. This acclaimed English indie rock band is a must-see event for fans of all ages.


Yungblud's anarchic fusion of rock and pop tackles important social issues and has gained a devoted fan base. Raring to tear up every stage with high-energy performances of such hits as ‘I Love You, Will You Marry Me’ and ‘Medication’, a Yungblud show is not one to be missed.


Suede, the iconic Britpop band, have cemented their place in the annals of music history with hits like ‘Animal’ and ‘Beautiful Ones’. Fans can expect a nostalgic and electric performance from lead singer Brett Anderson and the rest of the band, as they showcase their timeless sound and songwriting.

Badly Drawn Boy

Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough), the Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter, continues to captivate audiences with his soulful lyrics and heartfelt performances. His latest album, Banana Skin Shoes, received praise for its vulnerability and honesty, and fans can expect a similar level of emotion during Gough’s latest string of live shows.

Belle & Sebastian

Belle & Sebastian, the Scottish indie pop band, have released a steady stream of beloved albums and singles since they debuted in the 90s. Indie-pop gems like ‘The Boy With the Arab Strap’ and ‘I'm a Cuckoo’, along with some lesser-known tracks from their extensive back-catalog, are bound to surprise and delight die-hard fans and newcomers to the band alike.

Rock Concerts in Birmingham

Black Stone Cherry and The Darkness

Black Stone Cherry and The Darkness are touring the UK as co-headliners this year.

Black Stone Cherry’s bluesy, guitar-driven sound has the south written all over it, giving their hits ‘Lonely Train' and 'Me and Mary Jane' a bonafide Kentucky vibe.

The Darkness, a glam rock band from the UK, are known for their over-the-top stage presence and conquering the UK’s airwaves in 2003 with 'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' and 'Christmas Tim (Don’t Let the Bells End)'.

This is sure to be a night of high-energy rock and roll that you won't want to miss.

Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco, the Las Vegas-based rock band fronted by Brendon Urie, are back with their highly anticipated ‘Viva Las Vengeance’ tour. Hits such as ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’, ‘High Hopes’, and ‘Say Amen (Saturday Night)’ have helped Panic! At The Disco become mainstays on the music scene thanks to their catchy and theatrical brand of pop rock.

Don Broco

Don Broco, the British rock band, have made a name for themselves mixing alternative, pop-rock, and electronic elements in their music, as well as delivering visually striking live shows filled with dynamic lighting, stage production and plenty of crowd interaction. Hit songs like ‘Everybody’ and ‘Technology’ have stood the test of time, while Don Broco’s latest material shows the band's development and growth.


American rock icons KISS, known for their larger-than-life stage persona and hit songs such as ‘Rock and Roll All Nite’ and ‘I Was Made For Lovin' You’, have hit the road for the final time (again!). Get ready for an unforgettable night of classic rock anthems, fire, pyrotechnics and theatrical costumes, as well as what promises to be the band's final performance in Birmingham.

Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls, the American rock band, bring hit singles, such as ‘Iris’ and ‘Black Balloon’, to life with their melodic and introspective sound. The band have continued to release a steady stream of albums since they first hit it big, which have each been warmly received by their loyal fanbase - so there may be a few surprises in their setlist, given their extensive, yet solid, back-catalogue.

Pop Concerts in Birmingham

Lewis Capaldi

On 26th January, Lewis Capaldi will be bringing his emotive and soulful brand of pop to the Utilita Arena in Birmingham.

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi has gained worldwide fame, hitting the big time with the emotive ballads ‘Someone You Loved’ and ‘Before You Go’ and gaining legions of social media followers thanks to his down-to-earth persona. Come for the laughs, stay for the tears.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Following on from her instant classic ‘Call Me Maybe’ in 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen has gained a reputation for her irrepressible good vibes and unforgettable pop hooks. Other popular songs such as ‘I Really Like You’ and ‘Run Away with Me’ are sure to put a smile on the face of everyone within earshot.

Sam Smith

Thanks to their soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics on such mega-hits as ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’, Sam Smith has become one of the most successful and influential pop artists of their generation. Number Ones aside, listen out for some newer material which showcases Smith’s continued growth as an artist.

Michael Bublé

Canadian crooner Michael Bublé has become one of the most successful and beloved performers in recent history, with his irresistible velvet vocals and hit songs such as ‘Haven't Met You Yet’ and ‘Home’ making him a household name. If the gorgeous voice and smooth, jazz-infused pop music weren’t enough already, Bublé's signature sense of humour and easy stage manner will make each date a night to treasure forever.

Elton John

Still standing over five decades into his career, the ‘Rocket Man’ himself, Britain’s own Elton John, has become one of the most enduring and beloved performers of all time. Aside from churning out hit after hit, from ‘Tiny Dancer’ to ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’, Elton never fails to disappoint fans with his elaborate costumes and extravagant stage production. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness a living legend in person.

Metal Gigs in Birmingham

Dream Theater

Throwing everything from classical, jazz, and progressive rock into the melting pot on such tracks as ‘Pull Me Under’, ‘Another Day’, and ‘The Dance of Eternity’, critics and fans alike can’t wait to hear what renowned progressive metal band Dream Theater will do next. This genre-defying, boundary-pushing band guarantees you an evening to remember.

Bullet for My Valentine

Exploding onto the scene with debut album ‘the Poison’, no mid-to-late noughties metal playlist would be complete without ‘Tears Don’t Fall’, ‘All The Things I Hate’, or indeed any of Bullet for My Valentine’s offerings. Bullet fans, both old and new, will be delighted to hear that the Welsh metalcore band’s riffs haven’t become any less heavy over the past decade or two!

Napalm Death

The legendary British grindcore band Napalm Death have become synonymous with the extreme metal genre, influencing countless other bands along the way. Strap yourself in for an evening of relentless music and intense onstage performances that is sure to be seared into your memory.

Ozzy Osbourne

During his 5-plus decade tenure as the ‘Prince of Darkness’, Ozzy Osbourne has become one of the most recognizable figures - as well as one of the most distinctive voices - in heavy metal. A set packed with classic Black Sabbath hits like ‘Paranoid’ alongside some of Osbourne's solo material like ‘Crazy Train’ is bound to have fans gathering in their masses to enjoy the music and the mayhem.

Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden have marched on through the past four decades and out the other side without putting so much as a foot wrong, becoming one of heavy metal’s most enduring and revered live acts. Get ready to bang both your head and your fists furiously along to the likes of ‘The Trooper’ and ‘Number of the Beast’, as well as some lesser-known but equally enjoyable tracks - and, as always, keep an eye out for Eddie!

Comedy Shows in Birmingham

Jim Jefferies

No hot-button topic, however controversial, is off limits for Australian comedian and political commentator Jim Jefferies. Whether he’s tackling politics, millennials, or gun control, fans can rest assured that it will be done so in a way that is both thought-provoking and hilarious.

Kevin Hart

In addition to his Hollywood film career, Kevin Hart’s stand-up specials such as ‘Laugh at My Pain’ and ‘Irresponsible’ have helped him cement himself as one of the most successful and influential comedians of his generation. Hart’s second-to-none storytelling and crowd work skills promise to amount to a night of nonstop laughs.

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s ‘Parenting Hell Live’

Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe, two of the UK's most beloved comedians, have teamed up for their latest tour, ‘Parenting Hell Live’. The show appeals to parents and non-parents alike, as Beckett and Widdicombe share their personal experiences and perspectives on the ups and downs of parenthood with their characteristic wit and humour.

Tom Segura

American comedian Tom Segura has gained notoriety among comedy fans for his observational, no-holds-barred style, as seen in his Netflix specials ‘Completely Normal’ and ‘Disgraceful’, as well as his hit podcast, ‘Your Mom's House’. As this hilarious comedian enters the second decade of his career, he continues to prove himself to be one to watch - again and again.

Jon Richardson

Known for his dry wit and observational humour, comedian and television personality Jon Richardson has gained a devoted following and critical acclaim for his stand-up performances and panel show appearances. He’s just as funny onstage as he is onscreen - but you’ll see that for yourself.