Reviews & Features

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

Birmingham and the West Midlands is so often emitted from documentaries, and national news features, when it comes to music scenes or people of influence. Perhaps this… Read more »

All Vegan Eatery makes debut in Brum

After months of anticipation, Birmingham has become the home of a vegan-friendly, sugar free eatery – the first of its kind in the city. Last weekend, Natural… Read more »

One Love: The Bob Marley Musical Review by Victoria Roberts

If, like me, you would think that a musical about Bob Marley surely can’t possibly be of much substance, you couldn’t be further from the truth. This… Read more »

The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel & Cocktail Lounge are delighted to announce that Toby Heap, their youngest Bartender competed this week in The Ysabel Regina Fusion Competition held… Read more »

Photo: Duncan and Robin Campbell from UB40 meet staff and volunteers during a visit to Acorns in Birmingham. Picture by Matt Campbell. Birmingham music legends UB40 recently… Read more »

A Spanish gold mine in the heart of Edgbaston, Birmingham, El Borracho de Oro is full of delicious food, exquisite décor, and brilliant staff. The restaurant’s owner,… Read more »

Wednesday’s at The Plough Harborne have a new springtime menu effortlessly called Boca Grande Taco, which is available all day until 9.30pm. With a simple five-option menu… Read more »

The Old Crown is Birmingham pub royalty; it has been quenching the thirst of locals since 1368. And for good reason. The interior is cosy, packed with… Read more »

Although it may come as a surprise to some, Birmingham has a selection of fantastic cinemas that are easy to get to and hard to leave. Are… Read more »

Everyone claims that, as the second largest city in the UK, Birmingham is a key spot to visit if you’re travelling around the country. And as a… Read more »

The world’s largest family history show Who Do You Think You Are? Live will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham this April (6-8) for its 11th… Read more »

Boca Grande Taco review, The Plough Harborne (part 1)

Birmingham has really changed over the last twenty years. Once a clubbing mecca of the Midlands, these days the city is better known for its culinary offerings…. Read more »

Local charity Birmingham PHAB Camps are searching for children and volunteers from 1967 to celebrate their 50th birthday. Birmingham PHAB Camps turns 50 this year, and is… Read more »

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 Indian Street Food Restaurant Review

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 »

10 Composers, 30 Musicians, 40 Community Groups, 10 Local Performances.  2 years, 1 Spectacular Performance for-Wards is an ambitious two-year city-wide music project creating original musical compositions… Read more »

Pasta di Piazza celebrates 21st anniversary by giving away hundreds of bags of pasta in Birmingham City Centre which people can redeem for a free meal! September… Read more »

September 2016: – This weekend will mark one year since the launch of Grand Central – Birmingham’s most talked about shopping centre. To celebrate the first birthday,… Read more »

This month marks the first-year milestone for Grand Central; one of Birmingham’s most talked about developments in decades, which introduced a number of premium brands that the… Read more »

Alchemy Arrives in Heart of Brum

Popular bar and restaurant brand, The Alchemist, took over the home of the iconic Bullring Bull in Birmingham last week, as they prepare to make their debut… Read more »

British summers can be unpredictable at the best of times but all the more reason to know the best sun traps and where to dart when the… Read more »

Flatpack & Dudley Zoological Gardens open-air cinema

On Saturday evening, Dudley Zoological Gardens joined forces with Flatpack: Assemble to transform Dudley Castle into an open-air cinema for one night only. Over 600 people attended… Read more »

Bar + Block restaurant review

Bar + Block is a modern yet homely restaurant in the heart of Brum’s business district. I had heard good things about the food, so a chance… Read more »

Birmingham is experiencing unprecedented times with regards to its food scene. Dine Birmingham and their food festivals, whisky and wine tasting at fab locations such as Loki… Read more »

Aria Restaurant review by Amy Stutz

Located inside the luxurious Hyatt hotel, situated on Broad Street in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, is the Aria restaurant. Serving high-quality cuisine in a contemporary… Read more »

Debut EP from Delta ∆utumn released by Flood Studio

∆utumn, the self-titled debut EP from rising live UK act Delta ∆utumn released by Flood Studio, is available now on iTunes and streaming platforms. Smashing hip hop,… Read more »

Charter Brands, best-known for creating Langley’s No. 8 Gin, has announced its first permanent venture into the world of hospitality. The spirits specialist has chosen Birmingham’s Great… Read more »

For our latest Q&A session we catch up with local DJ and producer Morais Vibes. Morais DJs at the Bureau bar on Colmore Row in Birmingham city… Read more »

It had been some time since I had visited a Carluccio’s and appreciated the invitation to the new restaurant in Grand Central. We received a warm welcome… Read more »

Six Birmingham athletes will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the longest weight-training workout to help raise £100,000 for Birmingham Children Hospital’s Star Appeal. The… Read more »

To celebrate Deafblind Awareness Week, the Park Regis Hotel in Birmingham will host a photographic showcase of Sense’s work in sport. A supporter of Sense’s TouchBase Pears… Read more »

Rofuto Japanese Restaurant Review

There are various sushi restaurants dotted around Birmingham, the most famous locally being Sushi Passion. However, the addition of Rofuto which is situated on top of Park… Read more »

2016 sees the national awareness week focus on how men can beat stress – which is particularly pertinent with figures revealed from The Health & Safety Executive,… Read more »

The Botanist Review by Amy Stutz

Tucked away in central Birmingham is an absolute gem of a restaurant, the Botanist is located on Temple Street and Birmingham are lucky enough to hold one… Read more »

Best Tapas Restaurants in Birmingham

Being a picky eater can be hard sometimes; like, when you go to a restaurant, what do you go for? It’s a big commitment to pick just… Read more »

The fun filled animal-tastic Pet Show is making its return to Stoneleigh Park this summer for its fourth consecutive year. The show promises to give adults and… Read more »

This month, as part of the school curriculum, Enabling Enterprise has enlisted Birmingham’s Grand Central to help children and young people turn their lesson objectives into real… Read more »

Best Places to Eat in Grand Central!

It’s not easy to squeeze in a lunch break, but it’s often necessary for our health and sanity. That’s why Grand Central’s restaurants and cafes have a… Read more »

Live Music Weekends at The Big Bull’s Head!

The Big Bull’s Head joins just a small list of public houses in Birmingham that can offer a little bit of everything! Situated in the heart of… Read more »

Comedian Hal Cruttenden is currently touring the UK after returning from Australia with his new tour. Sally W-Jones caught up with him to chat about shocking comedy,… Read more »

Grand Central are running a nice little competition right now. Its national smile month in May, and they want people to share the moments which have made… Read more »

Nick Drake celebrated in Two Local Festivals

Nick Drake is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. His Contemporary folk songs only really became popular after his death, but… Read more »

We’re giving away a pair of tickets for the brilliant Way To Blue: The Songs Of Nick Drake live music event at Symphony Hall Thursday 12th May…. Read more »

Be At One’s Five A Day Cocktails

As the summer is approaching and a number of us are getting ‘beach body ready’ it’s refreshing to hear that the new Be At One cocktail bar,… Read more »

Birmingham’s continued renaissance in food, arts, music and culture means that there are more people visiting the city and region than ever before. There are many great… Read more »

El Borracho Exclusive Tasting Review

Emma Yufera-Ruiz, has a lot to celebrate this year, having successfully opened her 4th authentic Spanish restaurant in 6 years, this time in the upmarket area of… Read more »

UK electro-pop duo Field Harmonics release their second album ‘Corners’ on Friday 20 May 2016 via Wayside and Woodland Recordings. The collection of nine expansive and immersive… Read more »

The opportunity recently arose to review the Amala Spa & Club situated beneath the Hyatt Regency Hotel, so I gave it a whirl. Amala is an urban… Read more »

For our latest exclusive Q&A, Sam Redmore of Freestyle, has caught up with legendary DJ Andy Smith (who many will recognise from his work with Portishead), ahead… Read more »

With all the brand new developments going on in Brum, there comes new business, whether that be retail, food & drink, leisure or accommodation. All this needs… Read more »

Actress & Bishop Refit & Lou Woodley Q&A

Situated in the heart of St Pauls Square in The Jewellery Quarter, The Actress & Bishop opened in 2003 and has since become one of the city’s… Read more »

Trainspotting, In Your Face Theatre Company’s take on Irvine Welsh’s iconic story of the highs and lows of heroin addiction in late 1980s Leith in Edinburgh. When… Read more »

Exciting news comes to us on the grapevine about a brand new cocktail bar which may be situated on the top of Birmingham’s BT Tower offering spectacular… Read more »

Every other Thursday local promoters ‘Killer Wave’ take over One Trick Pony Club in Moseley. The music is always good, with bands ranging from psychedelic indie to… Read more »

When the moon hitting your eye looks like a big pizza pie, that’s probably your body telling you that you need a slice – or, more realistically,… Read more »

Together for the first time and ready to take the roof off! Stand by for the stand-up comedy event of the year as Double Sony Award winner… Read more »

Night & Day Markets Review & Adam Regan Interview

Last weekend, Seasonal Markets and Leftfoot joined forces to bring The Night & Day Markets to Digbeth. This two day festival witessed a bespoke banquet of music,… Read more »

The Lord Clifden Sunday Roast Review

I’ve been exceedingly aware of The Lord Clifden’s reputation for good food for many years, way before the onset of sharp-witted food bloggers and self proclaimed foodologists… Read more »

Try the Chi Kitchen Mother’s Day Menu Chi Kitchen is a Chinese and Pan-Asian restaurant located in Debenhams, The Bullring. Chi represents energy, health and balance in… Read more »

Exclusive Joe ‘Independent Birmingham’ Interview

In our last Q&A session we spoke with Adam Regan on his endeavours in dance music, and a successful interview it was too. With over 160 social… Read more »

El Borracho De Oro Tapas Restaurant Review by Ken Byng

You wait years for a decent Tapas restaurant and then several come along at once… Birmingham diners in search of some Hispanic cuisine in the city centre… Read more »

As soon as Harry Jordan got to the microphone, we were immediately taken in by her personable aura. The Ort Cafe audience tonight is a well behaved… Read more »

Grapevine Reviewer Lee Endres has recently returned to the West Midlands from Brighton where he wrote for a local what’s on guide. There’s much more to Lee… Read more »

Exclusive Adam Regan ‘Leftfoot and Hare & Hounds’ Interview

So our first interview for 2016 and it’s a good one! Many people will know or have been to a Leftfoot event, if not you will most… Read more »

A Radio Love Affair ft 1972 Brum Soul Radio Broadcast

Here’s a little bit about my own love affair with radio, featuring an interview from local soul DJ legend Mickey Nold (and a radio show from 1972… Read more »

Chicks Dig Jerks radio show have outdone themselves with tonight’s line up. The Christmas party is to celebrate that they have a new show on Brumradio.com, and… Read more »

Chris Wiggin ‘Canoodle’ Street Food Interview

Welcome to our special Christmas edition of Grapevine Q&A. We are ending the year with a fab interview, Chris Wiggin from Canoodle Catering and a regular at… Read more »

There’s an excitable hustle at the Sunflower Lounge tonight as Jump The Shark are the first to take to the stage. They start the night off with… Read more »

The Clothes Show Live 2015 review by Jaspreet Thiara

It has been a week since the biggest fashion event in Birmingham. The Clothes Show that takes place every year, ran from Friday 4th to the 8th… Read more »

Richard P J Lambert: Local analogue photographer Interview by Kate Hook

Richard P J Lambert is a analogue photographer from Birmingham, who produces visually stunning and elegant imagery from his home town to his travels around the world…. Read more »

Jump The Shark’s latest release clearly demonstrates the band’s ability to mix rock and infectious pop. The Wolverhampton four piece confidently step out of the shadows to… Read more »

MeMe Detroit new single review by Lee Endres

Birmingham based MeMe Detroit has released a new single A Point Of You. It will be the second single release from forthcoming album ‘Live To Love You’ll… Read more »

Richard Dorfmeister/Steve Cobby to DJ at Hare & Hounds + Exclusive Interviews

This Saturday (14th Nov) Leftfoot will be welcoming Richard Dorfmeister and Steve Cobby to the Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath. In the world of electronic music Richard… Read more »

**THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED** (Congratulations to Gaynor from Wythall, Birmingham). Grapevine Birmingham has teamed up with The Clothes Show in association with Alcatel Onetouch to offer… Read more »

Video Exclusive: MeMe Detroit New Single ‘A Point Of You’

We are delighted to be the first to get our mits on Birmingham based MeMe Detroit‘s brand new video for new single A Point Of You, out Friday… Read more »

Swim Deep – O2 Institute review by Sabrina Fung

I was enjoying my usual coffee and chill time in Faculty few weeks ago, when one of the barista’s put on a very dreamy playlist, it sounded… Read more »

Grand Central opening & Andy Street Interview

It has been nearly two weeks since attending the pre-launch media breakfast on Thursday 24th September 2015, for the Grand Central Birmingham opening & John Lewis Ribbon-cutting…. Read more »

Deep inside me, and I bet you too, is a well of creative genius, just waiting to be discovered. All I need is to find the right… Read more »

Featured Image: Ahmed Ahmed (left) with Birmingham Indepedent Food Fair 2014 sponsors Hello Ahmed, this is the second in our interview series for Grapevine Birmingham, the first… Read more »

Alternative eating choices seem to be pretty much the in thing nowadays; even Beyonce had a (short) go at cutting out all animal products from her diet…. Read more »

Bistro 1847 is a pretty trendy looking place, white painted wall panelling, grey chairs and white tables, and little corked flasks that you might last have seen… Read more »

Freestyle & Soul Food Project are delighted to be teaming up and bringing The Reflex, one of the world’s top remixers and producers, to the Hare &… Read more »

The recent closure of the Yarbird live music venue has left a huge void in Birmingham city centre. Many people into jazz, funk, soul and acoustic are… Read more »

For many, the festive season can be an extremely lonely and difficult time. We all go through ups and downs and there will be many people struggling… Read more »

Birmingham has a long tradition of vintage clothes shops, from the Oasis Indoor Markets to the Rag Market and many independent stores dotted around the city. These… Read more »

The Longbridge Light Festival that took place at the end of October might, perhaps, not be the last one. At least that was the idea; the plan… Read more »

Earlier this month it was Selfridges Christmas Press Launch and what’s in store this festive season is something so special and magnifique, Destination Christmas is definitely something… Read more »

Welcome to our greatest competition yet! Grapevine Birmingham is combining two fantastic prizes for two very lucky winners in November. You could win 2 free tickets to… Read more »

Many record shops have graced the streets of Birmingham since the popularity of the gramopohone, always catering for the latest music trend. Whether it be indie, pop,… Read more »

Local Graffiti Art fan ‘Rob Dann’ recently attended the City of Colours Street Art Festival in Digbeth and covered the story on behalf of Grapevine Birmingham. Big… Read more »

J. R. R. Tolkien is best known for his fantasy trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The books became immensely popular in the 1960s and have remained… Read more »

Built in 1872, the ornately Victorian No. 16 Grosvenor Road, today, sits unassumingly in the middle of a Perry Barr street. However, sat amid the fascinating mish mash… Read more »

Birmingham has transformed itself into an exciting dining destination over the past few decades. From the city’s invention of the Balti in the 1990’s, to presently more… Read more »

Win tickets to watch Jesca Hoop at the Glee Club

If you don’t already know who Jesca Hoop is you may want to find out now, because we’re giving away two free tickets to watch this brilliant… Read more »

We like a competition at Grapevine Birmingham and here’s one for the film buffs out there. We’re giving away 4x pairs of cinema tickets to 4 lucky… Read more »

Win Two Free Tickets to Watch Joy Division “Reworked” Tour

If you love New Order, there’s a good chance you’ll love their first incarnation ‘Joy Division’. This seminal late 70s  post-punk band from Salford were responsible for some… Read more »

Our First Birthday

Grapevine Birmingham was first registered as a domain name on the 12th February 2012, the site was then launched in April with content gradually being added over… Read more »

Grapevine Birmingham has been a long time in the making. The aim of the site is to create a platform for independent shops, music events, restaurants and… Read more »