A brand new series of outdoor concerts is coming to Birmingham this summer!

Across various weekends over August and September, Digbeth Arena will host a stellar programme of artists, including Brian Wilson, James Arthur, Texas + Imelda May, Garbage and many more …  With each concert providing a different musical experience from a wide variety of genres, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Brian Wilson, a founding member of The Beach Boys, will be performing their iconic Pet Sounds album in full on Friday 24th August to open the Skyline Series in Birmingham with support coming from Turin Brakes. 

Adding to this already spectacular line-up, the Skyline Series have also unveiled a plethora of amazing support acts. Supporting James Arthur on 25th August will be JP Cooper and Scottish songstress Nina Nesbitt. 

On 1st September, Texas and Imelda May are joined by country superstars Ward Thomas for the only show not to take place at the new arena, this will be at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.  On 7th September, headliners The The will be joined by the Mercury Prize nominees Field Music. Alt-rockers Garbage will be supported by Newcastle quintet Maxïmo Park and Glasgow’s own Honeyblood on 8th September.

One of the event organisers, Mark Dennis of The MJR Group, shares why Birmingham is in need of a summer concert series like Skyline: “Being born and bred in the city, I noticed that there was a lack of live music concerts in dedicated open-air event spaces like there are in other cities”. He emphasized the convenience of getting to the Digbeth Arena, as Skyline “follows the shift away from seeing big-named acts in a muddy field at a festival that’s miles away. You can now see your favourite artists, basking in the summer’s glorious sunshine (hopefully!), without the need for an expensive weekend festival ticket or travelling miles away from the city to a festival site. Digbeth Arena is just a short jaunt from New Street Station”.

Previously part of the Rainbow venues, the Digbeth Arena has hosted many metropolitan festivals in the past, including Annie Mac Presents (2013), MADE Festival (2014-2017) and Chapter Festival (2014 - 2017). Recently acquired by The MJR Group (worldwide event promoters and venue operators), the Skyline Series is one of the first events to be held in this unique open air space in the heart of Birmingham. 

To compliment the array of musical talent, each night will feature a fantastic food village with plenty of local suppliers on hand to meet your culinary needs. Mark adds: “We are honoured and humbled to become part of the innovative and artistic hub that is Digbeth, Birmingham. We have already started developing great relationships with the business and creative community  here and look forward to what the future will bring.”

 

24-Aug-18 - Birmingham Digbeth Arena - Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Turin Brakes

25-Aug-18 - Birmingham Digbeth Arena - James Arthur, JP Cooper, Nina Nesbitt

1-Sep-18 - Birmingham Symphony Hall - Texas & Imelda May, Ward Thomas

7-Sep-18 - Birmingham Digbeth Arena - The The, Field Music

8-Sep-18 - Birmingham Digbeth Arena - Garbage, Maxïmo Park, Honeyblood

 

 

The Line Up

24th August – Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds – Birmingham Digbeth Arena

Brian Wilson is famous for being a founding member of The Beach Boys, as he wrote over 20 Top 40 hit singles for the group and produced their iconic Pet Sounds (1966) album. This summer, catch Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds in full at Birmingham’s Digbeth Arena on 24th August as part of the new Skyline Series.

 
25th August – James Arthur, JP Cooper and Nina Nesbitt - Birmingham Digbeth Arena

James Arthur is famous for winning the 9th series of The X Factor back in 2012, but since then he’s had a successful career beyond the show. His debut single, ‘Impossible’, reached No.1 on the UK Singles Chart. His self-titled debut album was released in 2013 and was followed by his sophomore album Back from the Edge in 2016. He embarked on a UK arena tour last November and is currently working on his third album, before heading out on tour for a number of summer shows. 

JP Cooper has been releasing music since 2012, but his career was kickstarted by appearing on the Jonas Blue single ‘Perfect Strangers’ in 2016, which was certified platinum in the UK. His single ‘September Song’ was also a commercial success, reaching No.7 on the UK Official Singles Chart and his debut album Raised Under Grey Skies was released last October. He was also featured on Craig David's latest album The Time Is Now on the song ‘Get Involved’. 

Nina Nesbitt is a Scottish singer-songwriter from Edinburgh. Her 2014 debut album Peroxide reached No.11 on the UK Albums Chart but she was unhappy with her Universal label contract and has since become an independent artist. She’s preparing to release her long-awaited sophomore album in 2018, following stellar singles ‘The Moments I'm Missing’, ‘The Best You Had’ and ‘Somebody Special'. 

1st September – Texas, Imelda May & Ward Thomas - Birmingham Digbeth Arena

Texas are formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1986. Their debut single ‘I Don't Want a Lover’ reached No.8 on the UK Singles Chart. They released their debut album Southside in 1989 and two more albums in the early 1990s and a comeback album in 1997 titled White on Blonde, which produced four top 10 UK hits. Their 9th studio album, Jump on Board was released last year to critical acclaim.

Irish musician Imelda May released her first album in 2003 titled No Turning Back, but her career truly began with her 2008 album Love Tattoo which reached No.1 in the Irish Album Charts. Her third album Mayhem reached No.1 in Ireland once again and No.7 in the UK. Since then, she’s released a further two albums: Tribal (2014) and last year’s Life Love Flesh Blood. 

Ward Thomas are the 22-year-old twins Lizzy and Catherine Ward Thomas from Hampshire, England. The country duo were barely out of their teens when they became stars with their 2014 debut album From Where We Stand. Their sophomore album Cartwheels marks a slight change of direction and sees them venturing into pop territory. It became the first country album to reach No.1 on the UK Albums Chart and has since achieved Silver status in the UK. 

 
7th September – The The & Field Music - Birmingham Digbeth Arena

The The are a post-punk band from London, formed in 1979. They’ve achieved 7 Top 40 singles and are famous for their sophomore album Infected (1986), as well as their Top Ten albums Mind Bomb (1989) and Dusk (1993). Last September, the band announced that they will be returning to the stage after a 17 year hiatus, for major performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy and The Troxy. 

Field Music formed in 2004 in Sunderland and consists of brothers David and Peter Brewis. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2005 and their 2012 album Plumb was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Their most recent albums Commontime (2016) and Open Here (2018) have received widespread critical acclaim.

 

8th September – Garbage, Maxïmo Park & Honeyblood - Birmingham Digbeth Arena

Garbage are an alt-rock band from Madison, WI, U.S who formed in 1993. Their self-titled debut album released in 1995 garnered mainstream success and since then, the band have sold over 17 million records.

Garbage are also famous for creating the theme to the 1999 James Bond film The World Is Not Enough. After going on hiatus in 2005, the band returned in 2010 and have some huge UK live dates lined up for 2018, including 2 Skyline Series shows in Bristol and Birmingham, 2 nights at Brixton Academy, and an appearance at Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival.

Maxïmo Park are a Newcastle alternative pop quintet consisting of Paul Smith (vocals), Duncan Lloyd (guitar), Lukas Wooller (keys), and Tom English (drums). In 2004, they released their debut 7" single ‘The Coast Is Always Changing/The Night I Lost My Head’, it attracted the attention of Warp Records, who signed them and released their next single ‘Apply Some Pressure’ in 2005. Their debut album A Certain Trigger followed later that year. After several more albums and a brief hiatus, the band returned in 2012 with The National Health, which was a very politicized album. On their 2014 album Too Much Information, they worked with Dave Okumu from The Invisible and David and Peter Brewis from Field Music. Maxïmo Park’s latest album Risk to Exist, was released last year and was supported by a full UK tour.

Honeyblood are a Scottish rock duo who formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014 and led to them securing support slots on stadium shows with Foo Fighters, as well as slots at major festivals including T in The Park and SXSW. Their sophomore album Babes Never Die was released in 2016 to critical acclaim, with NME giving it a 4-star review and stating that “Two years after their debut, Honeyblood have upped their anger and returned a dazzlingly fearsome act”.

Tickets are priced from £27.50 and are available at www.skyline-series.com. VIP tickets are also available, starting at £100.

 

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