Surprise You’re Dead Music is an alternative independent promotions company. Set up in 2014 by Director Ian Shaw for his love of Rock, Metal, Punk, Hardcore and every genre in between.

Ian has been in live music since 2003, putting on shows, running live music venues, involved in Record Label PR, Booking Agent and many other roles.

As Surprise You’re Dead Music, we promote live music across the midlands in various venues inc The Rainbow, Slade Rooms, O2 Institute, O2 Academy, Sunflower Lounge and The Flapper, run 3 live music venues around the UK, supply reps for other promotions companies, and get involved in Marketing and PR for national promotions companies within the Midlands and beyond.

If you’re interested in what we can offer as a venue, promoter or a band contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

History of shows: 250+ shows in 2 years!

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Yob, Melvins, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Moose Blood, SWMRS, Mushroomhead, INME, British Lion, Alien Ant Farm, Soil, Pallbearer, The Quireboys, Defeater, Our Last Night, Heavens Basement, The Hell, Fozzy, Single Mothers, Psychostick, Weedeater, Chuggaboom, Winterfylleth, Anaal Nathrakh, Stick To Your Guns, Boston Manor, Roam, Korpiklaani, Overkill, Truckfighters, Blues Pills, Amorphis, Kerbdog, Insomnium, Follakzoid, Dan Smith (Listener), Wand, Mutoid Man, Dorje. Heck, Hotel Books, The Wytches, He Is Legend, Psychostick, Skarlett Riot, Karma to Burn, Capsize, Bossk, Breed 77, Dog Fashion Disco, Sick Of It All, Hawk Eyes, Kagoule, Solstafir, WSTR, Ramming Speed, Johnny Craig, The Dear Hunter, Eskimo Callboy, Press To Meco, Acid Mothers Temple, Caspian, Closure In Moscow, The Red Paintings, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Vintage Caravan, Earth, Purling Hiss, Nothing, ’68, Astroid Boys, Being As An Ocean, Dead!…


Borders + Faces Of Eve
Petrol Girls
Russian Circles + Cloakroom
Armored Saint
SYDM Showcase: Beaumont
Hundredth + Landscapes + Silent Planet
Eat Me
Lay Siege
Havok + Warbringer + Gorod + Exmortus
Jesse Lawson (Ex-Sleeping With Sirens)
Big Business + Whores
Holding Absence
Nathan Gray Collective
The Ghost Riders In The Sky & WACO
Freeze The Atlantic, Templeton Pek & The Decoy
Twelve Foot Ninja
Louise Distras
Blood Red Throne
(Hed) P.E
The Winter Passing
Muncie Girls
Deafheaven + Youth Code
Black Spiders
Darkest Hour + Venom Prison
Death Remains
Beans On Toast
Napalm Death
Create To Inspire
Beans On Toast
He Is Legend
Bossk & OHHMS
Youth Killed It
Within Destruction
Black Orchid Empire
Insane Clown Posse & Mushroomhead


Registered Office

Surprise You’re Dead Music Ltd
Zellig 227
Gibb Street
B9 4AA