What’s On in Birmingham: May 2022

A round-up of gigs, shows and more bringing visitors to Birmingham this spring

BIRMINGHAM 2022 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

National Trust: A Town Ringed by Blossom
Locations across the city and online

As part of its national Blossom campaign, the National Trust presents blossom ‘installations’ in unexpected places this spring, and a planting programme will bring this ‘ring of blossom’ to life by planting blossoming trees with partners and communities across the city.

Ceremony: Pop comes to Campus
University of Birmingham Music and Concerts
Until 28 October, 9am- 7pm
Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

This exhibition reveals and celebrates the University’s role in local and international music culture, using unearthed posters, photographs and archive material. 

From City of Empire to City of Diversity: A Visual Journey
Sampad South Asian Arts, Library of Birmingham and University of Birmingham
Until 18 June
The Gallery, Level 3, Library of Birmingham

Take a visual journey in this exhibition to discover how Birmingham moved from being City of Empire to City of Diversity – from 1889 to the present day. How the make-up of the city’s population changed is shown through images drawn from the Library of Birmingham’s important photographic collections.

A Celebration of Birmingham City Transport Buses
Transport Museum Wythall
Until October

Transport Museum Wythall present a new exhibition for 2022 celebrating the life and times of Birmingham City Transport buses. The city owned and operated most of the buses in Birmingham until 1969, each proudly wearing the coat-of-arms on the distinguished colours of dark blue and cream.

A BSL Community Chorus – Your Love Lifts Me Up
Cedar Church
Until 30 September
Various locations

There are over 5,000 Deaf children in the West Midlands and 32 million worldwide. For the Birmingham 2022 Festival, local artist collective Friends Of Cedar Church have worked with staff and pupils of Longwill School For Deaf Children to ambitiously orchestrate and provide an uplifting community song to celebrate British Sign Language (BSL) as a major language in Birmingham, a City of Languages, and across the world. The aim is to empower Deaf children by teaching signing through singing across whole communities.

WHAT’S ON AT BIRMINGHAM PERFORMANCE VENUES

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

May 3-14

Mamma Mia!

May 16-21

Waitress

May 22,23

Oi Frog & Friends!

May 24-28

Oi Frog & Friends! / Magic Goes Wrong

UTILITA ARENA

May 1

Arjit Singh

May 7

Blondie

May 14

Bryan Adams

May 17

Russell Peters – Act Your Age World Tour

May 22

Whitesnake, Foreigner & Europe

May 25, 26

Celine Dion

May 28

A-Ha

TOWN HALL

May 2

Claudia Winkleman: Behind the Fringe

May 4

John Shuttleworth

May 5

Table Manners with Jessie & Lennie Ware

May 7

Maithili Thakur: Live in Concert

May 8

Rumer

May 10

Kae Tempest: Special Guest Shungudzo

May 14

Peter Doherty

May 15

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis

May 17

Flatpack Presents: Joe Lycett’s Curiosities with Shaun Keaveny

May 18

The Robert Cray Band

May 20

Paul Merton: Impro Chums

May 21

Todrick Hall

May 22

Lunchtime Organ Concert with Thomas Trotter

May 22

Tony Christie: Avenues & Alleyways – The Greatest Hits Tour

May 27

The Unthanks

May 28

Milos Karadaglic: Homage to Segovia

May 29

An Evening with Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene: Special Guests Si Connelly & Pete Williams

May 30

Emeli Sandé: Brighter Days Tour

Joe Lycett appears at Birmingham Town Hall as part of the Flatpack Festival

SYMPHONY HALL

May 2

Spiritualized

May 4

CBSO 2021/22 Kazuki Yamada: Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony

May 5

Trixie Mattel: Grown Up

May 6

Joe Satriani

May 8

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals 2022

May 9

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

May 11,12

CBSO 2021/22 Gabriela Montero: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto

May 14

The Music of Zimmer vs Williams

May 15

Travis

May 17

The Shires

May 18

John Barrowman

May 19

Sandi Toksvig Live! The National Trevor Tour

May 20

Dirty Dancing in Concert

May 24

The Overtones UK Tour 2021

May 21

Omid Djalili

May 22

An Evening with The Hollies – 60th Anniversary tour 2022

May 27

CBSO 2021/22: History of Soul

May 28

Bianca Del Rio: Special Guest Mary Mac

May 31

Dionne Warwick – She’s Back: One Last Time Tour 2020

THE ALEXANDRA

May 1

Chris Ramsey

May 2-7

Cluedo

May 6-June 10

Coffee, Cake & Cadenzas

May 8

Walk Right Back – The Everly Brothers Story

May 15

One Night at the VE Day Proms

May 16-21

The Play That Goes Wrong

May 23

The Good, The Bad and the Rugby Live

May 24

TalkSPORT Tours

May 25

Calling Planet Earth

May 26

Craig Revel Horwood

May 27

The Guilty Feminist

May 28

The Good, The Bad and the Rugby Live

RESORTS WORLD ARENA

May 1

André Rieu

May 4

Tool

May 11

Gregory Porter

May 13

Jeff Dunham

May 21

Years & Years

May 26

David Gray

May 27

Thunder

May 28

Pet Shop Boys

NEC

May 6,7

Volunteer Expo Live

May 13-15

The Baby Show

Bodypower Expo