Reviews & Features

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

Freemium services in Birmingham

Freemium services are a great way to get started with a particular hobby or career by testing the water first. It’s always going to be a risk… Read more »

83 year old abseils Custard Factory for Parkinson’s UK

83 year old abseils Custard Factory for Parkinson’s UK

Daring fundraisers in Birmingham abseiled down the city’s iconic Custard Factory on 5 June, raising an incredible £11,000 for Parkinson’s UK.  Among the 26 people who took… Read more »

Bodega Cantina Review 2021

Bodega Cantina Review 2021

Bodega Cantina was one of the first independent bars and restaurants to open in Birmingham city centre during the city’s cuisine renaissance. The owners, Bitters N Twisted… Read more »

MeetspaceVR Gaming Arena Review

MeetspaceVR Gaming Arena Review

As a home computer gamer of the 1980s, i’ve seen a lot of change over the years, i was an avid C64 gamer and wasted way too… Read more »

Local school gets behind six-year-old with childhood dementia for MPS Society’s Wear it Blue Day

Penny Mills, 6, from Stafford, suffers from rare genetic disease Sanfilippo syndrome which has already caused her to forget the words she used to know and will… Read more »

Trio of Award Wins for Round Midnight Ltd.

Trio of Award Wins for Round Midnight Ltd.

Round Midnight Ltd, the Birmingham based theatre group, has won a trio of awards, and been shortlisted for a further award for its virtual reality (VR) offering…. Read more »

Midlands lads smash 5K a day to fight homelessness

Midlands lads smash 5K a day to fight homelessness

Could you run 5k?  But could you run 5k, every day for the entire month of April?  Well, I certainly couldn’t but that is what two lads… Read more »

meetspaceVR Birmingham Arena returns 17th May 2021!

meetspaceVR Birmingham Arena returns 17th May 2021!

meetspaceVR Birmingham Arena is now the biggest VR Park in Europe at over 15,000 sq ft. Having opened two weeks before lock down the team are ready to… Read more »

Online Scratch Cards in the UK

Traditionally, scratchcards or instant lottery cards are small paper cards with plastic coatings to protect pins, numbers, images or prizes. The plastic is scratched off to reveal… Read more »

The Best Burgers in Birmingham – And a Short History of The Hamburger

Birmingham’s culinary finesse has traveled a long way since Cliff Richard’s Brumburger Duet with Debbie Watling in 1973 on Take Me High – click here to watch)…. Read more »

Best Places To Go For Food and Drink in The Jewellery Quarter!

The Jewellery Quarter is home to over 700 jewellers and independent retailers, with a thriving food and drink scene the district has an incredible history, from the… Read more »

The Best Street Food Places in Birmingham

Birmingham’s street food has come a long way since Alex’s Pie Stand of the city’s 60s Brumbeat era. Let’s not forget that infamous Indian street food cuisine… Read more »

The Best Indian Restaurants and Balti Houses in Birmingham

Birmingham has its fair share of Indian Restaurants, Desi Pubs and Baltis. In fact, it’s claimed the humble Balti was invented here, or at least made popular… Read more »

The Delights of Digbeth – a Big Brummie Night Out!

The delights of Digbeth have been covered in just about every national news paper around the globe – however, it’s hard to keep up with all the… Read more »

The Best Beer Gardens in Birmingham

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 »

West Midlands reaction to HM Treasury FinTech review

West Midlands reaction to HM Treasury FinTech review

An independent review has set out a plan for the UK to retain its global leadership in fintech by helping the country’s financial technology firms to scale… Read more »

2 new HE colleges to open in Birmingham this year

The BIMM group is opening two new colleges in Birmingham this year to meet the spectacular demand for industry-ready graduates in the creative sector. Screen and Film… Read more »

Accelerating the West Midlands’ tech revolution in professional services

Generating £27.8 billion gross value added annually, and employing more than 360,000 people, the West Midlands is the UK’s largest centre for business, professional and financial services… Read more »

New year, new hires at Pearl Comms

Midlands PR firm Pearl Comms has kicked off 2021 with the appointment of two new hires to its growing team. The B2B corporate comms specialist has welcomed… Read more »

Locked Up In Lockdown by Adam (kjw) Kyron

“Locked up in lock down” is a journey we will go on and look into the effects of the quarantine / lockdown from a different perspective. The… Read more »

Outdoors at The Kingsway – Q & A with Eddie OCallaghan

As a Christmas Special, we decided to catch up with local groover and shaker Eddie OCallaghan for a quick interview on his recent hotspot creation down at… Read more »

24-hour walk challenge to raise funds for disabled seven-year-old’s trike

A Cardiff woman completed a 26-hour walking challenge to help raise funds for her friend’s seven-year-old son this weekend – the equivalent of walking from Everest base… Read more »

Christmas Gift Ideas from Ikon Gallery

Please support Ikon this Christmas and choose from our wide range of books, prints, stationery and gifts. Ikon is a charity and all purchases help fund the… Read more »

Latest industry data on how UK music can recover from Covid and Brexit

A leading music industry academic has welcomed the findings of UK Music’s Music By Numbers report and calls for UK Government and industry to work together to… Read more »

Get in the festive spirit with a virtual Christmas concert featuring West Midlands musicians for Parkinson’s UK

A virtual Christmas concert featuring a host of festive performances will raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.  ‘An Evening of Christmas Melodies’, will take place on Zoom… Read more »

100 mile run to honour 11-year-old Alfie Baugh who raised £6,000 for a stranger

100 mile run to honour 11-year-old Alfie Baugh who raised £6,000 for a stranger

Leon Thompson, aged 7 from Codsall, lives with cerebral palsy, global development delay and sensory processing issues as well as being non-verbal. He lives with his mum… Read more »

Midlands Dad and Colleagues take on Movember for three-year- son

Midlands Dad and Colleagues take on Movember for three-year- son

A Codsall Dad and his colleagues are growing moustaches this month to help raise £50,000 for surgery and aftercare for his three-year-old son. Nick England, 41, and… Read more »

The Cure frontman Robert Smith donates piece of original art to Heart Research UK auction

Iconic rock frontman Robert Smith has donated a piece of original artwork to Heart Research UK’s anonymous heART project, raising money for vital medical research. The Cure… Read more »

Louise Woodley of The Actress & Bishop Wing Walk for Charity Interview

Louise Woodley of The Actress & Bishop Wing Walk for Charity Interview

Hello Louise, I understand you have recently completed a wing walk for charity which involved being tossed around attached to the outside of a light aircraft hundreds… Read more »

10 of The Best New Restaurants in Birmingham

It’s been a difficult year for the hospitality industry, with many businesses closing their doors so it’s especially exciting to hear of new restaurants opening and doing… Read more »

Flamin’ Patties Ladypool Rd Review Sept 2020

Flamin’ Patties Ladypool Rd Review Sept 2020

Brum is home to some of the best burgers in the UK, that is a fact no one can argue with. From Original Patty Men to Indico‘s… Read more »

Dishoom Birmingham full review

Dishoom Birmingham full review

Dishoom arrived in Birmingham with terrible timing, just as lockdown was taking place, the grand launch had to be postponed. In fact, some were questioning whether the… Read more »

Digbeth Dining Club Take-Over Digbeth Arena August Bank Holiday 2020 review

Digbeth Dining Club Take-Over Digbeth Arena August Bank Holiday 2020 review

Last August Bank Holiday, myself and three guests made a bee-line for the Digbeth Dining Club take-over of Digbeth Arena. Digbeth Dining Club started out life in… Read more »

Rule of six could sound death knell for many in live music sector – academic and industry experts

Further restrictions around social gatherings alongside new requirements for night-time economy businesses could sound the death knell for an already under threat live music venues, clubs and… Read more »

The Floodgate Digbeth Review

The Floodgate Digbeth Review

I’d been looking forward to checking out The Floodgate in Digbeth for quite some time, so the August Ban Holiday seemed a perfect opportunity to do just… Read more »

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema – Details and September screenings

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema – Details and September screenings

Friendly Neighbourhood Cinema brings cinema back to Kings Heath’s historic The Kingsway for the first time since its  closure in 1979. Hosted by new event space Kings… Read more »

Local currency launched in Birmingham to support independent businesses

Parity is a local currency and marketplace that allows business-owners in Birmingham to trade without cash. Parity is an alternative to the pound entrepreneurs can use to… Read more »

Prestigious university status awarded to Professor Julian Lloyd Webber in recognition of his successful tenure at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Julian Lloyd Webber will step down from his role as Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire next month, following a five-year period during which time he has… Read more »

Alpha Works continues to lift community from afar

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the wildcard of the year, affecting businesses across all sectors. However, despite the distance, flexible office space Alpha Works, has ensured that… Read more »

COVID-19: Live Music Stars in Plea for Government Help for £4.5bn Sector

• Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Dua Lipa, Sir Paul McCartney, Skepta, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Sam Smith, Sir Rod Stewart, Liam Gallagher, Florence… Read more »

Letter to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden

Dear Secretary of State, UK live music has been one of the UK’s biggest social, cultural, and economic successes of the past decade. From world-famous festivals to… Read more »

Why Live Music is instrumental to the recovery of the hospitality industry!

Three months in and it is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the impact that COVID-19 has had on the music industry. Since the UK went into lockdown,… Read more »

CitySocializer invites Birmingham locals to Afternoon at the Races virtual Zoom event

CitySocializer invites Birmingham locals to Afternoon at the Races virtual Zoom event

Afternoon at the Races hosted on Zoom on the site CitySocializer, and just £3 to attend, is perfect for those of us who aren’t ready to go outside… Read more »

RIP George Floyd – A Message From Henry’s Blueshouse

Out of deference and respect to the memory of George Floyd and to share in the horror and disgust of all right-minded people, we’ve decided to join with… Read more »

How A Couple Of Brummies Gave Birth To The World Wide Web!

Birmingham has been the birthplace of some pretty incredible inventions, from the first cotton spinning mill, to perfection and advancement of the steam engine, to the invention… Read more »

How a Birmingham University Honorary Doctor Changed the Internet Forever

Clifford Cocks is a mathematician and cryptographer who developed a form of cybersecurity protection that has become the basis of almost every transaction online. Some people argue… Read more »

From 49’ers, West End Bar & Notes to The Night Owl, Hare & Hounds & Attic Brew Co. – A Vinyl Journey by Jools Belgium

From 49’ers, West End Bar & Notes to The Night Owl, Hare & Hounds & Attic Brew Co. – A Vinyl Journey by Jools Belgium

Jools Belgium, better known to friends and family as Steve, has been milling around on the Brum music scene since the 1970s. We asked Steve to take… Read more »

Birmingham’s Oldest Pub launches online store during Covid-19

Birmingham’s Oldest Pub launches online store during Covid-19

Birmingham’s oldest and award winning pub The Old Crown has launched an online shop, to bring some of the best in Birmingham to your doorstep during Covid-19…. Read more »

All Greek Authentic Street Food Emerge From Lockdown with Takeaways

Situated in the very heart of the city, All Greek Street Food has been perfectly placed to tentatively re emerge from Pandemic lockdown. Larisa and team opened… Read more »

Indico Evolves During Lockdown!

Indico represents the fast moving front-line in Birmingham’s culinary status both nationally and internationally. Their colourful take on boutique fine-casual Indian Street food & Cocktails has been… Read more »