Reviews & Features

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

PAPER BUOYS to release new single LIAA

PAPER BUOYS to release new single LIAA

Birmingham Indie Rockers, PAPER BUOYS, have announced details of their first release of 2020. LIAA (Love Is All Around) will be released on all major digital platforms… Read more »

The Bull’s Head Brum review

The Bull’s Head Brum review

Thinking of drinking on Broad Street always gives me a little shiver, it’s just not my thing and though I’m no bar snob, I’d always rather opt… Read more »

HOOPLA BLUE are set to unleash their debut album

HOOPLA BLUE are set to unleash their debut album ‘Pl(^)nted’ – pronounced ‘planted’ – an exhilarating 11-track record that sees the Birmingham outfit confront themes of identity… Read more »

Brooklyn’s Drag Royalty drops the red velvet curtain turning herself into the main object of art

Brooklyn’s Drag Royalty drops the red velvet curtain turning herself into the main object of art

Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9, Sasha Velour, steps into UK territory in red stilettos, serving her Smoke & Mirrors extravaganza for the first time to… Read more »

Lenovo Legion Launch Event Review, Purity Bar and Kitchen

Lenovo Legion Launch Event Review, Purity Bar and Kitchen

On a dry but chilly evening at the outset of March, my son (Alex) and I were very lucky enough to be able to head inside the… Read more »

Digbeth Community Come Together to Raise Over £750 For Local Youth Charity St. Basils

Digbeth Community Come Together to Raise Over £750 For Local Youth Charity St. Basils

Valentines weekend many Digbeth businesses joined forces to help raise money for local charity St Basils, with the ‘From Digbeth With Love’ campaign. St Basils, a charity… Read more »

Faustus: That Damned Woman review by Emilia Antoniadou

Faustus: That Damned Woman review by Emilia Antoniadou

A destiny signed by blood as hellfire longs for her never-ending torment. A Headlong and Lyric Hammersmith Theatre co-production in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre. After premiering… Read more »

Which were Birmingham’s biggest factories 100 years ago?

A lot can happen in 100 years. And the last 100 years has seen unbelievable technological and societal change, both in the UK and across the developed… Read more »

Dishoom Birmingham to open 1st April – bookings open 1st March

Dishoom Birmingham to open 1st April – bookings open 1st March

Dishoom Birmingham will open on 1st April 2020 at One Chamberlain Square (part of Paradise Birmingham), where it will enjoy the company of the city’s most beautiful… Read more »

Cirque Berserk! is back on the road with another exhilarating tour and some new acts to be performed!

A spectacular where traditional circus meets West End productions. Founded by Zippo in 2013, Cirque Berserk! is the biggest real circus made for theatre, appropriate for every… Read more »

The Indian Streatery Express review

The Indian Streatery Express review

I arrived a little early and figured (and hoped) the The Indian Streatery Express had a license as I really fancied a beer before eating. Lucky for… Read more »

Birmingham’s exotic hidden world

Birmingham’s exotic hidden world

There’s a hidden world beneath Birmingham’s bustling China Town – and it’s changing. Walk down the steps from the award-winning Wing Wah restaurant or its adjacent sister… Read more »

The Head of Steam menu review

The Head of Steam menu review

Prior to last week, my only taste of any food at The Head of Steam on Temple Street was a bit of pizza at my Christmas gathering,… Read more »

Kay Mellor’s Band of Gold at the Alexandra theatre review

Kay Mellor’s Band of Gold at the Alexandra theatre review

As a fan of the original tv show, which first aired back in March 1995, I was excited to hear that the world stage premier of the… Read more »

New ‘Actress Live’ Music Weekends in Jewellery Quarter

New ‘Actress Live’ Music Weekends in Jewellery Quarter

A trip to St Paul’s Square is never complete without a visit to the Actress & Bishop for a pint of Guinness and a bit of live… Read more »

Locals fire walk for breast cancer

A breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Haven, is asking local people from across the West Midlands to walk across fire to help raise funds and awareness of… Read more »

Gordon Ramsay hunts for UK’s most exciting and innovative new food and drink businesses

Have you got the next big food or drink idea? Gordon Ramsay is on the hunt for the UK’s most exciting and innovative new food and drink… Read more »

1917 Review – A slice of time, where the viewer becomes the third protagonist

1917 Review – A slice of time, where the viewer becomes the third protagonist

Oscar winning director, Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall, Spectre), returns to our screens with his new-born and highly acclaimed war epic, 1917. Historical War Films have always… Read more »

Discover Birmingham 2020 Genuine Panama gig review

Discover Birmingham 2020 Genuine Panama gig review

Last month Birmingham Promoters teamed up with BBC Introducing, MAS Records, Born Music and Counteract to bring together a series of live showcases from some of the… Read more »

Digbrew – Dough Pizza review

Digbrew – Dough Pizza review

Dig Brew Co. exists within a converted factory unit, which houses large vats full of delicious craft beer, served to thirsty punters from a full length bar… Read more »

Rainbow food feasts at the Plough by Rhiannon Simpson

Rainbow food feasts at the Plough by Rhiannon Simpson

I am ashamed to say as an adopted Brummie, finding me laying my roots here for the last 18 years but I had never been to The… Read more »

Dig Brew Co appoints new Head Brewer

Birmingham’s national-award-winning craft brewery and taproom Dig Brew Co has appointed a new Head Brewer. Andy Whyte, a University of Plymouth Masters graduate, will lead the brewing… Read more »

Rico Libre tapas review by Rachael Butler

Rico Libre tapas review by Rachael Butler

It has been quite some time since I visited the Custard Factory in Birmingham, in-fact the last time was many years ago when I was with a… Read more »

The Ruin Sunday Roast review

The Ruin Sunday Roast review

I have been a big fan of The Ruin in Digbeth since it re-opened as a pub back in 2016. The present building originally opened as a… Read more »

The Best Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean & Japanese Sushi Restaurants in Birmingham

Here at Grapevine, we thought we would round up some of the best East and South East Asian cuisine in Birmingham for you, so that you can… Read more »

Grade II listed Wolverhampton hotel turns green for Blue Monday

The Iconic Grade II listed Ramada Resort Park Hall Hotel in Wolverhampton has turned green this Blue Monday, as part of a region-wide-campaign to raise awareness around… 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 »

HOOPLA BLUE unleash new menacing single SA(SEA)LT

Out now via FOMA Birmingham’s Hoopla Blue have today revealed their new single ‘Sa(sea)lt’, pronounced as ‘sea within the salt’. ‘Sa(sea)lt’ – along with previous releases ‘Scour’… Read more »

Charles Dickens’ love of Birmingham and his first public readings of A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens visited Birmingham Town Hall to read his Christmas Carol to a couple of thousand people, eager to hear one of the most notable literary geniuses… Read more »

Stirchley – The New Night Out!

Excluding the city centre, Birmingham has a small yet burgeoning portfolio of cool areas, which are worthy of a night out. Most people will have either heard… Read more »

Winter Warmers from Helly Hansen

Winter Warmers from Helly Hansen

Clothes shopping in UK winters can be a bit of a challenge these days if you are after something a bit different. With a severe lack of… Read more »

Swampmeat Family Band Release Christmas Single ‘A Present For Me’

Swampmeat Family Band Release Christmas Single ‘A Present For Me’

The Birmingham based country punk band are donating proceeds to Crisis UK. Birmingham based country punk and Americana group Swampmeat Family Band are giving an extra special… Read more »

Peter Pan at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre review

Peter Pan at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre review

This Christmas sees the story of the ‘boy who wouldn’t grow up’ brought to The REP Theatre, reinvented with a 21st century twist. Directed by Liam Steel… Read more »

Sponsored places on therapeutic Children and Young People’s programme

Statistics state that approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime, and in many of these… Read more »

Saint Pauls House all-day menu review

Saint Pauls House all-day menu review

The St Paul’s and Jewellery Quarter district of Birmingham have always offered a more subdued eating experience than one usually encounters in the nearby busy city centre,… Read more »

Is Birmingham still The City of a Thousand Trades?

As the UK’s second city, Birmingham has certainly made a significant impact on Britain’s industrial and technological development over the past three centuries. Branded “the city of… Read more »

Oval’s Vision for Digbeth’s Future Development

Oval’s Vision for Digbeth’s Future Development

Oval, current owners of The Custard Factory, held an exhibition on 14th November 2019 on their vision for the future of large swathes of historic Digbeth. In… Read more »

Birmingham’s Unique Musical History From The Underground To The Mainstream + New Mousse T. remix

The UK is widely regarded as a pivotal tool in the Electronic industries positioning in the global scene. It has long been recognised for breaking new &… Read more »

An Award Winning Year for The Night Owl

An Award Winning Year for The Night Owl

Soul and retro club The Night Owl has celebrated a successful 2019 with multiple awards for their contributions to Birmingham’s ever evolving nightlife scene. These accolades come… Read more »

A Good Night’s Sleep in Bloc Hotel

A Good Night’s Sleep in Bloc Hotel

A recent Saturday night out in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to meet a mate posed the usual conundrum, do I catch the last train home at 10pm, or… Read more »

Medicine Bakery, Cafe and Gallery review

Medicine Bakery, Cafe and Gallery review

Birmingham has been going through almost immeasurable changes in recent years. With a huge increase in large commercial chain bars and restaurants entering the city centre, many… Read more »

The Best Fast Food Take Aways in Birmingham City Centre

The Best Fast Food Take Aways in Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham has a large, ethnically and culturally diverse population and that means it is home to some of the best cuisine and take-outs. With so much choice… Read more »

The Indian Streatery Bennetts Hill evening menu review

The Indian Streatery Bennetts Hill evening menu review

Last Friday, myself and a friend decided to dine out at local favourite, The Indian Streatery, on Bennett’s Hill in the city centre. This was my fourth… Read more »

Band Night and Boogie at The Night Owl review

Band Night and Boogie at The Night Owl review

The Night Owl has been drawing in punters from all over the UK since its conception in 2015. Having danced the night away on a few occasions,… Read more »

Permanent mural celebrating future icons in the Black community gets unveiled in Digbeth

Permanent mural celebrating future icons in the Black community gets unveiled in Digbeth

Bass Festival curators Aliyah Hasinah and Rtkal have taken this years festival to another level by curating the largest permanent mural in Birmingham, celebrating Future Black icons… Read more »

Gintleman Gin Masterclass review at Selfridges

Gintleman Gin Masterclass review at Selfridges

Last week I attended a night of informative and fun, Gin themed entertainment hosted by the Midlands leading Gin raconteur ‘The Gintleman’ aka Carl Hawkins. Whilst Carl’s… Read more »

Sabbra Cadabra and Henry’s Blueshouse review

Sabbra Cadabra and Henry’s Blueshouse review

When you have a hankering for some live music, and someone invites you to attend what is reported as one of the most authentic Black Sabbath tribute… Read more »

Raja Monkey Indian restaurant and takeaway review

Raja Monkey Indian restaurant and takeaway review

I have been looking forward to sampling Raja Monkey for some time. My biggest obstacle has been its location in Hall Green, which I always assumed was… Read more »

Pride and Prejudice Sort Of review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Pride and Prejudice Sort Of review at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Despite having spent many years studying English literature and the works of Jane Austen, I have never been a huge Austen enthusiast. Together, Blood of the Young,… Read more »

Ryan McMullan Concert Review & Interview

The Irish sweetheart returned to Birmingham on Wednesday the 9th, for a concert at Digbeth’s Mama Roux’s, supported by fellow musicians from back home, Conor Scott and… Read more »