Birmingham Music Tours is the first dedicated music tour company to celebrate the rich music culture of the city of Birmingham.
The UK’s second largest city is the birthplace of international superstars and local heroes from all genres of music; Black Sabbath, Duran Duran, Steel Pulse, Traffic, Jeff Lynne & Electric Light Orchestra, UB40, Judas Priest, Stevie Winwood, Robert Plant and John Bonham, The Moody Blues, Wassifa Soundsystem, Ocean Colour Scene, The Beat , Joan Armatrading, Napalm Death, Roy Wood & The Move, Musical Youth, Achanak, Apache Indian, Lady Leshuur, The Streets, Laura Mvula, Nick Drake, Soweto Kinch, Fine Young Cannibals and Andy Hamilton are just a handful to name.Birmingham Music Tours (a sister company of the Birmingham Music Archive founded by Jez Collins in 2008) offers curated and bespoke walking and bus tours across Birmingham. Music lovers are transported in BMT’s unique 8-seat people carrier – specially imported from Japan – featuring luxury seats and air conditioning. An impressive in-car entertainment system provides an audio and visual soundtrack as we journey through the city’s music attractions.
Birmingham born Jez developed a passion for music early and has spent 30 years experiencing, close-up, the varied and vibrant local music scenes. As an academic at Birmingham City University he now researches and lectures on popular music history and heritage. He also founded and runs Birmingham Music Archive, produces a fortnightly Birmingham centric show for Brum Radio, co-conceived and curated the exhibition ‘Is There Anyone Out There?’ Documenting Birmingham’s Alternative Music Scene 1986-1990’ and co-exec produced the film ‘Made in Birmingham: Reggae, Punk, Bhangra’.
Drawing on his broad knowledge of Birmingham and its musical culture, Jez has devised a number of tours that take in much of the city and most of its legendary musicians and musical landmarks. The driving tours will include trips to:
- The home of Ozzy Osbourne and the streets where Black Sabbath started out, the leisure centre where they rehearsed the first two albums and the venues where they originally played.
- The house where reggae legends Steel Pulse rehearsed and the pub where they first performed.
- Handsworth and the home of Bhangra.
- The club where David Bowie helped form one of the world’s biggest groups
- Mothers, the club voted the best rock club in the world and where Pink Floyd recorded Ummagumma.
Legendary clubs where bands such as The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and UB40 started out.
- Barbarellas, the home of Punk in Birmingham
- The site of The Rum Runner, home of Duran Duran and the New Romantic Movement.
As we navigate through the city, you’ll hear the soundtrack of Birmingham, watch interviews and archive footage from our film Made in Birmingham, and hear exclusive live recordings from some of the giants of popular music playing in Birmingham.