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Why You Need To Visit Birmingham

5th June 2017

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Birmingham – the UK’s second city – is on the up, with more creative people opting to move to Brum than ever. From its many miles of canals to the wonderful music scene and so much more, here are some reasons why you need to visit the city! Oh, if you hadn’t heard the news, we just happen to be opening a college in Birmingham…

Blakeley Hall, Yardley © Tony Hisgett Flickr

Photo : Tony Hisgett

Birmingham is home to a wonderful array of museums and galleries

Any major city wouldn’t be the same without a host of museums and galleries to get lost in and Birmingham is no different! Away from BMAG in the city centre you’ve also got Thinktank, the Birmingham Back to Backs, a number of listed buildings draped in history such as Aston Hall and Blakeley Hall and there’s even a pen museum in the Jewellery Quarter. Those after a history lesson are well and truly catered for here.

It’s also pretty great for a canalside stroll

Birmingham just so happens to be at the epicentre of a bustling canal network which connects the majority of the Midlands together. If you happen to be in the city centre you could take a walk from the Mailbox past Gas Street Basin and check out Brindleyplace, a busy area full of popular bars and restaurants.

There are SO many brilliant music venues….

Where do we start? Birmingham is home to a some of the best music venues in the country, ranging from 100 capacity and hitting 15,000+. Whether you’re after an intimate affair with the best rising stars at The Sunflower Lounge or Mama Roux’s – or it’s the world’s biggest stars at the Barclaycard Arena and Symphony Hall – Brum caters for all.

Mama Roux's by Tom Bird

Photo: Tom Bird

…Meaning you’ll never be without a gig

Birmingham is home to a range of wonderful local promoters such as Birmingham Promoters, This Is Tmrw, Leftfoot, Surprise You’re Dead and Capsule; all of which promote a steady array of local and international shows for most tastes.

Brum’s independent scene is great

If you’ve got an Independent Birmingham card you’ll know already, but Brum is one of the best cities in the country for its independent scene. Whether it’s bars, restaurants, food festivals, shops or venues, everything you could ever wish for is right on our doorstep. Pick up an Independent Birmingham card for your key to the city.

And there’s so much to explore in Digbeth

Often referred to as Birmingham’s creative quarter, Digbeth really is the place to be. From the creative hub that is the Custard Factory through to a number of venues such as The Night Owl and O2 Institute through to hidden arts spaces and studios like Centrala and Blotto, Digbeth is the heart and soul of all things creative in the city.

Including our brand new college!

Did we mention we’re opening our brand new state-of-the-art music college in Digbeth later this year?! We have a number of open days ongoing at the moment – check out the information here.

But overall, Brummies are just wonderful

With a unique sense of humour, a real passion and pride for their city and a rare, tight-knit community in what is quite frankly a massive city, Birmingham should be the next stop on your destination checklist.

 

Cover Photo : Miroslav Petrasko

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Richard Franks

Richard Franks - Editor of Counteract Magazine. Counteract Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to local music for Birmingham and the West Midlands.