Southside is home to some of the biggest and best entertainment venues in Midlands, from the Glee Club to Birmingham Hippodrome. And alongside award-winning comedy and arts venues, you’ll also find some live music hotspots, including intimate stages at The Sunflower Lounge and some of music biggest names in the industry at the O2 Academy.

With Discover Birmingham landing at The Sunflower Lounge this month, the O2 Academy has released a highly-enviable roster of artists set to perform in Southside to kick start the year. We’ve picked out a few highlights for the first quarter of 2020 below – there’s something to suit all tastes.

Bombay Bicycle Club – Friday 31 January

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Indie-rocker veterans, Bombay Bicycle Club, are back with a new album for the new decade and a tour to pair with it. Expect the classics plus brand new material.

Kano – Friday 14 February

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Whether you classify Kano as Grime, UK Hip Hop or something totally different, he’s certified royalty, whatever the genre. His late-2019 album ‘Hoodies All Summer’ tackled some hard-hitting topics yet still gained daytime radio play across all mainstream stations. Playing only his second gig in Birmingham in four years, this is the perfect Valentine’s gift for Kano fans.

Example – Saturday 29 February

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To mark the rare leap year day, universally loved electro-pop singer and rapper Example is in Southside to perform his “longest ever” live set. From club bangers to heartfelt ballads, it’s a unique show for a very unique day.

Supergrass – Tuesday 3 & Wednesday 4 March

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They might not identify as young anymore, but we’re fairly certain they still run green and they are definitely more than alright. The 90s rockers are back for a new decade, pumping on the Southside stage for two nights this March. Having reformed last summer after a nine year hiatus, ticket holders will be in for a blast of nostalgia from arguably Britain’s strongest era of music.

Blossoms – Friday 27 March

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Surprisingly, the first rule of 70s rock club wasn’t actually you do not talk about 70s rock club. It was grow your hair, look cool and make amazing music. And whilst Blossoms aren’t making classic 70s rock music, they’re certainly allowed a membership based on the aforementioned criteria. The Charlemagne musicians are back in the second city for their third album release on the fourth Friday of the month – it’s the loudest way in the city to see in spring.

To see all the gigs coming to the O2 Academy this year and to grab tickets to all of them, click here.