Reviews & Features

Our reviews and ‘best of’ articles relating to music, food, art, shopping and more in and around Birmingham.

Brum Radio Takeover with Digbeth Dining Club Review

Photo: Jenn Hukins // Brum Radio Facebook Last Saturday I took to the streets of Digbeth to the Brum radio Takeover hosted by Four Eyes Events, Brum… Read more »

Zindiya Review by Nick Byng

My first introduction into Indian food was the humble Balti in the 1990s. My cousin would invite me up to Birmingham from darkest Herefordshire to sample the… Read more »

Birmingham has many large shopping centres which attract the usual high street clothing brands. Such stores can be found across the UK in most towns and cities,… Read more »

Sophie Hedderwick’s mesmerising exhibition

Karen could not help it, she was obliged to dance a few steps; and when she had once begun, her legs continued to dance. It seemed as… Read more »

You may have seen recently adverts for the Go Vegan World campaign popping up across the city. As a vegan myself, I was intrigued and wanted to… Read more »

The internationally talented pianist, Cédric Tiberghien, was joined with 4 musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) on the 3rd February and they put a… Read more »

Hyatt Regency Birmingham were invited to the 12th Wonders of Westside (WOW) Awards, run by Westside Bid, which took place on Sunday 29th January, 2017. The awards… Read more »

“I wondered why it was that places are so much lovelier when one is alone” – Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca Annette Pugh paints the places she visited… Read more »

Birmingham native King Shells returns with a new addition to the UK skyline following the smooth release of debut single ‘Flight Mode’. The 4 track EP is… Read more »

New hub for global street food, arts and culture at No21Digbeth

The opening launch was an overwhelming success, with hundreds of food loving fans flocking to a converted indoor Food Warehouse to enjoy fantastic Cocktails, Global Street food,… Read more »

No frills, no fanfare, indeed no encore. The band with possibly the most misleading moniker in the history of music shuffle on stage and within a few… Read more »

Cue the roar of jet engines, a prickle of excitement among the crowd and a stage suddenly looking very small as The Blue Aeroplanes land for action…. Read more »

With the New Year comes healthier lifestyle choices, but just because you’re on a diet, attempting to detox or trying a new fitness regime, does that really… Read more »

Nothing could brighten up your new year more than the stunning sounds of musical theatre sung by an exceptional cast at the Symphony Hall. Touring again, the… Read more »

In recent years Carl Köhler (1919 – 2006) has gained recognition, particularly for his psychologically charged portraits of distinguished writers, artists, composers and musicians. Bordering on abstraction,… Read more »

The Symphony Hall continued their Christmas season with an evening of classic songs from everybody’s favourite 70s band – ABBA. The four singers of the evening, Annie… Read more »

A fantastic show is coming to Symphony Hall. Marina Medvetskaya’s Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet will be performing Tchaikovsky’s classic Swan Lake on Saturday 7th January accompanied by… Read more »

The Birmingham Symphony Hall are renowned for their annual Christmas extravaganza. This year, White Christmas went down a hit with the spectacular concert that spanned across Christmas… Read more »

Bringing the festivities to Birmingham this Christmas, Jessica Hynes and the CBSO chorus and orchestra provide a glorious concert of classic Christmas carols, complete with humorous readings… Read more »

For many, a Christmas tree is a magical family tradition that brings joy to people’s lives over the festive period. This year, Grand Central has teamed up… Read more »

Grand Central inspires Secret Santa wish list

Struggling for Secret Santa ideas this year? Have you pulled a colleagues name out of the hat which you were really hoping you wouldn’t? Not to worry,… Read more »

The Man Behind The Map: Carl Lavia – aka Sketch – talks art and the city with Ruth Millington Carl Lavia is a masterful, self-taught artist on… Read more »

for-Wards is a large-scale, two-year project which will discover the sounds of Birmingham by working with composers and local communities. These sounds will then be used to… Read more »

Chaophraya Christmas Lunch Review

As part of Chaophraya’s Christmas Menu launch, I was invited along with a guest to sample their delicious selection of starters and mains (with the odd cocktail… Read more »

for-Wards is a large-scale, two-year project which will discover the sounds of Birmingham by working with composers and local communities. These sounds will then be used to… Read more »

Staying true to their reputation of commissioning some of the most original and authentic artists in the black music scene, Punch Records Kicked off their 11th BASS… Read more »

With the help of its customers, Jewellery Quarter’s very own Pasta Di Piazza has successfully raised £2000, which will be donated to the Italian Red Cross. At… Read more »

Queen of musical theatre brought a new UK tour titled “stripped back” to the Birmingham Symphony Hall this November. As probably the most respected lady in theatreland,… Read more »

Best cafés and coffee shops in Birmingham

Frosty mornings, numb fingertips and a murderous-caffeine deficiency all call for a steaming haven in a cardboard coffee cup. Now, I’m a student so I relate to… Read more »

Thanks to Flatpack for the invite to review Under The Shadow which will be available on Netflix. This horror from Iranian director Babak Anvari was a hit… Read more »