It’s actually a little tricky to find out about local music around the city, I find. This is the stuff I know about, feel free to add other stuff in the comments.
Surge Music takes a wider, Midlands-wide view of things, with articles and lists of gigs, bands and venues.
Cul-de-Sac turned out to be a false dawn for this sort of thing, but may come back one day.
Birmingham Live is the obvious choice here – someone from their ranks of volunteer reviewers and photographers will be at a gig in Birmingham pretty much every evening. Steve Gerrard organises this one (Lee Allen and I have also chipped in occasionally).
The Hearing Aid is a blog by someone called The Baron who goes to an impressive number of local gigs.
The Birmingham Mail do gig reviews too.
The Birmingham Music Network meets monthly at the Department of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (T.E.E.) at Millennium Point. Their website has a good range of resources too.
I’m on shakier ground here – which radio shows promote local talent There’s Brumcast on Rhubarb Radio and Introducing on BBC WM. I don’t know enough about the shows on New Style Radio, Aston FM or any others.
Are there any Birmingham-based mp3 blogs worth talking about?
Let me know in the comments. Just to be clear, we’re not looking for bands/venues/promoters to plug themselves but if that’s you, where do you look to get featured?
Oh, and see also Birmingham listings.
(pic – The Editors by Steve Gerrard from the opening night of the new Academy)