What’s on

Follow the latest what’s on in Birmingham news. Supplied by our guest writers, and press release contributors. From food & drink to live music, arts and culture to reviews and events.

New Films 30th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Nitram (15) For the follow-up to The True History Of The Kelly Gang,… Read more »

Fisherman’s Friends at The Alexandra Birmingham 13 to 17 September – principal casting announced

The producers of the world premiere production of FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL are delighted to announce principal cast members setting sail from 13 September 2022 at The… Read more »

New festival comes to Birmingham | Hot Sauce Society

Hot Sauce Society lands in Birmingham next month, bringing their inaugural Midlands festival to Digbeth’s iconic Custard Factory. The event will see over 25 independent hot sauce… Read more »

Walk For Wellbeing – Supporting The Hospitality Sector

Walk for Wellbeing (previously known as Walk for Calm) is officially launching on 29th June and is inviting the people of the hospitality industry to join its… Read more »

New Films 24th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Elvis (12A) As highly melodramatic as it is stylised, Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 25 June

Saturday at 2pm can only mean one thing… it’s the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List. Never mind Glastonbury, this week Jenn Hukins is fielding BRAND NEW music from the likes… Read more »

Coming to The Alexandra Birmingham – a week of wonderful one-nighters awaits

Coming to The Alexandra Birmingham – a week of wonderful one-nighters awaits

A week of wonderful one-nighters awaits, three must-see shows arriving at The Alexandra, Birmingham w/c 4 July 2022: THE SIMON AND GARFUNKEL STORY AT THE ALEXANDRA BIRMINGHAM… Read more »

The Big Birmingham Bake – NEW Commonwealth Games inspired baking theme for July revealed!

To celebrate the amazing summer of sport ahead of Birmingham this year, The Big Birmingham Bake, which offers fun, immersive baking experiences for all, has announced a… Read more »

O’Neill’s relaunch with a brand new look on Broad Street, Birmingham

Legendary Birmingham sports bar and live music venue, O’Neill’s on Broad Street, closed its doors at the end of May for a full refurbishment and is now… Read more »

Fashion Spies previews at Old Joint Stock Theatre before it goes up to the Edinburgh Fringe

A queer, choose-your-own, family adventure filled with deception, divas and catwalk crooks. At fashion weeks across the globe, expensive must-have items have been stolen, and every top-secret… Read more »

Uniquely Brummie welcome planned for competing athletes at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

To help provide a warm and uniquely Brummie welcome to this summer’s Commonwealth Games, a special ceremony will be performed by local students and Birmingham based theatre… Read more »

The Mousetrap at The Alexandra Birmingham from 31 October – casting announcement

Agatha Christie’s iconic thriller will arrive at The Alexandra Birmingham on Monday 31 October to Saturday 5 November 2022. Initial casting is announced for the 70th Anniversary… Read more »

Radical, accessible, queer sober dance parties set to empower and celebrate

Building on the historical significance of dancefloors as LGBTQ+ meeting places, MOBILISE takes the form of a silent disco allowing participants to disconnect from the immediate outside… Read more »

Burger Fest is back for 2022!

Slingin’ Burgers your way on the 16th July 2022 at Aston Hall in Birmingham. Get ready to wrap your mouth around some of the most exciting and… Read more »

Birmingham’s Biggest Wine Bar Announces It’s Opening Date

The latest addition to Paradise Birmingham’s food and drink scene, Vinoteca, has announced it will be opening its doors to the public on Monday 18th July. Located… Read more »

Tropea Reopens for Summer following refurb!

Tropea Reopens for Summer following refurb!

The restaurant are back with a new al fresco terrace and summer menu Italian restaurant Tropea are officially back open with a brand new summer menu following… Read more »

Crazy Pedro’s Digbeth Launch Party review

Crazy Pedro’s Digbeth Launch Party review

*re-written in a better mood (the previous review was written after having my work Instagram hacked). A recent invite to check out the new Crazy Pedro’s pizza… Read more »

KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar launches new afternoon tea

Award-winning KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar unveils a new afternoon tea menu with a Japanese twist. Launching on 20th June, the menu will feature a range of… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 18 June

Saturday at 2pm can only mean one thing… it’s the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List. Pete Steel is treating you once again to the best new music from around… Read more »

New Films 17th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Lightyear (PG) Quite possibly the first film to give a toy a backstory,… Read more »

South Pacific at The Alexandra Birmingham from 27 September to 1 October 2022

Jamie Wilson, Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Gavin Kalin are delighted to announce the full cast for the Sadler’s Wells season and UK and Ireland Tour of… Read more »

Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival Programme Launch

Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival Programme Launch

COME TO THE LAUNCH OF THE JAZZ FESTIVAL PROGRAMME AT HENRY’S BLUESHOUSE AT VELVET MUSIC ROOMS THIS TUESDAY 21st JUNE AT 7PM BE THE FIRST TO PICK… Read more »

Major new initiative tackling sexual violence in music venues and clubs launched

A new UK-wide initiative working with music venues, clubs and industry to tackle sexual violence through a framework of support, guidance and technology officially launched today. Safer… Read more »

Kings Heath coffee shop Pause launches brunch menu

Kings Heath coffee shop Pause launches brunch menu

Popular Kings Heath coffee shop, Pause, has launched a new light brunch menu after a successful opening month. Located in Kings Court (High Street) owners Farah Chaudry… Read more »

Top Ten Activities Families Can Enjoy at The Big Bang Fair Unlocked this June!

As The Big Bang Fair prepares to come to Birmingham’s NEC on Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 June, organisers have released a sneak peak of the top… Read more »

BEIJA FLO – Announces Birmingham Date + Reveals surreal video for “Waiting For The Sun”

BEIJA FLO is back with a spectacular new video for her latest single “Waiting for the Sun”.   The new visuals directed by Sam O’Leary (notable for his… Read more »

Guys and Dolls at The Alexandra Birmingham from 28 June to 2 July

Birmingham’s award-winning musical theatre company, BMOS, are excited to announce their forthcoming production of Guys & Dolls! A fantastic and funny musical story of gambling, luck and… Read more »

John Cale Reschedules UK Tour to October / November 2022

John Cale has announced the rescheduling of his upcoming UK tour – his first extended run of UK dates for over a decade – until October /… Read more »

19th July, Fiona Bevan and Adam Beattie at Kitchen Garden Cafe

19th July, Fiona Bevan and Adam Beattie at Kitchen Garden Cafe

Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Adam Beattie ‘Uplifting Reveries of Love’ (Mojo Magazine) and multi-platinum singer-songwriter Fiona Bevan ‘Startling odysseys’ (The Guardian) embark on a double headline tour of… Read more »

Dame Judi praises award winning play as it comes to Birmingham

Oscar winner and ‘national treasure’ Dame Judi Dench has congratulated a young theatre company for their award-winning production of George Bernard Shaw’s intimate comedy Village Wooing, and… Read more »

Birmingham 2022 Festival and Ikon launch Foreign Exchange temporary public artwork by Hew Locke

Launched today, Birmingham’s city-centre sculpture of Queen Victoria has been reimagined by acclaimed Guyanese-British artist Hew Locke. Presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival and commissioned by Ikon,… Read more »

The Rocky Horror Show at The Alexandra Birmingham from 27 March to 1 April 2023

Since it first opened in London in June 1973 at the Royal Court’s Theatre Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock ‘N’… Read more »

BEats, cafe and eatery by BMusic, charity responsible for Symphony Hall and Town Hall, to open in July

B:Eats, a daytime cafe and evening eatery created by BMusic, the music charity responsible for Symphony Hall and Town Hall, is due to open in July. Set… Read more »

Noughts & Crosses at The Alexandra Birmingham 15 to 19 November 2022 – on sale now

Pilot Theatre is delighted to announce that from September it will be touring their award-winning 2019 production of Sabrina Mahfouz’s exciting adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed young adult novel of first… Read more »

Crazy Pedro’s set to open doors at Custard Factory Friday 17th June

Crazy Pedro’s set to open doors at Custard Factory Friday 17th June

Crazy Pedro’s of the Liars Group is set to open its doors in The Courtyard, at The Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham on Friday 17th June. The… Read more »

Slice Of The Past Brought Back to Life! – Museum Transport Team Restore Rare 1950s Electric Bread Cart

Black Country Living Museum’s transport team has successfully restored a Pedestrian-controlled Electric Vehicle back to its former glory for use around its 26-acre site during its Festival… Read more »

The OFFICIAL Brum Radio A List – 11 June

Saturday at 2pm can only mean one thing… it’s the OFFICIAL Brum Radio A-List. Pete Steel takes you through the best of Brum and just beyond, including new… Read more »

New Films 10th June 2022 by Mike Davies

This column will review films both screening theatrically and/or on various streaming platforms. NEW Jurassic World: Dominion (12A) Touted as the final instalment in the saga that… Read more »

Diversity and the city The Creative Universe & The Old Rep to Showcase Black-led theatre during the Birmingham 2022 Festival

One of Birmingham’s leading black theatre organisations, The Creative Universe, has been selected to present artistic experiences across the UK’s second city this summer, as part of… Read more »

Andre Rieu today announces new UK & Ireland 2023 Tour

Violin Superstar André Rieu, who made classical music accessible to millions around the world and turned the waltz into an international sensation, has announced new UK &… Read more »

Best Music Festivals coming to Birmingham this Summer

Best Music Festivals coming to Birmingham this Summer

MADE FESTIVAL – SAT 30TH JULY 2022 The West Midlands’ biggest and best music and arts festival returns on Saturday 30th July for a huge 8th edition… Read more »

7th July, Australian ‘The Weeping Willows, Folk/Bluegrass/Americana at Kitchen Garden Cafe

James H Soars Media Services are promoting the Australian Folk/Bluegrass/Americana Duo, The Weeping Willows UK July Tour. 3 x CMAA ‘Golden Guitar’ and 2021 ‘Australian Folk Music’… Read more »

Summer Family Fun at MAC

Get ready for a jam-packed summer this year with Midlands Arts Centre. Our selection of events range from sing-a-long cinema screenings, to critically acclaimed live theatre to… Read more »

Peaky Blinders Nights return once more for 2022 at Black Country Living Museum!

Grab your flatcap and don your finest threads for a night of fun and revelry as you step into the smoky underworld of the 1920s at Black… Read more »

Fat Hippo Birmingham new restaurant opening for dine in on Friday 17th June – bookings now open!

Fat Hippo Birmingham new restaurant opening for dine in on Friday 17th June – bookings now open!

Fat Hippo, the independent UK restaurant group, has announced the opening date of their brand new restaurant in Birmingham city centre.The company, who specialise in ‘roll up your sleeves… Read more »

Andre Rieu concert series to be screened in cinemas across the West Midlands

Dust off those dancing shoes – after two long years, cinema’s biggest music event is back! Maestro André Rieu will present his brand-new summer concert, Happy Days… Read more »

Sport and Art combine in distinctive works full of imagination, insight and fun

As Birmingham and the West Midlands get ready for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Birmingham 2022 Festival is hosting a series of performances, films and visual… Read more »

Beth Orton – announces Birmingham dates (June / October) + New album ‘Weather Alive’

Beth Orton is very pleased to announce details of her seventh studio album, Weather Alive – set for release on 23rd September 2022.  It will be her first album… Read more »

NEC Group Arenas What’s On June 2022

UTILITA ARENA BIRMINGHAM AND RESORTS WORLD ARENA: WHAT’S ON, JUNE 2022 NB: tickets for this month’s shows are available via The Ticket Factory, the official box office… Read more »

Theatre Show at MAC In Our Skin Explores Lives of Gay Men in Birmingham & South Africa

Greg Homann: In Our Skin Fri 10 – Sat 11 June 2022 | Foyle Studio | 7pm | From £9 | 16+ A powerful verbatim-based theatre production… Read more »