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Where to start with Birmingham's musical history? It's the spiritual home of heavy metal, and not to mention its birthplace. The founding fathers of metal, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest hail from the second city, and the genre is named after the prevailing industry of the time - metalworks. Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi even managed to lose the ends of his fingers in an industrial accident and had to relearn how to play the guitar with rubber tips.

There are countless more we could list but honourable mentions go to Napalm Death and Godflesh, whilst ELO formed in Birmingham in the 1970s.

Birmingham’s music of the late 50s and 60s became known as Brum Beat - a counterpart to the Merseybeat of the Liverpool area. The first world famous band from this era was the Moody Blues. There were over 500 bands in the city at this time.

With loads of venue opportunities in Birmingham, the audio visual hire industry is very strong here - so no excuse for the next budding crop not to add their names! Some famous venues include Barbarella’s, Mothers and the Aston Studios.

Birmingham is also the birthplace of modern Bhangra and the centre of the UK’s Asian music industry. Balsall Heath was the place the genre first emerged, and is hence widely regarded as the capital of Bhangra music.

More recently, among the venues where you can see national and international music stars are the LG Arena, NIA, O2 Academy, Jam House, Glee Club and The Institute. The NIA is getting a £20.6 million refurbishment to keep it in the premier league of venues, competing to host major international shows.

Birmingham is a real hotspot for music talent and appreciation. If you need to hire anything musical, then you will be sure to find it in Birmingham.
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