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!…


Cellar Darling
Skarlett Riot, Fahran & Sister Shotgun
Familiar Spirit + Lastelle
Cute Is What We Aim For + The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus + Saywecanfly
MC Lars, Mega Ran & Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Stand Atlantic
Burning Rain ft Doug Aldrich & Keith St John
Long Beach Dub Allstars & Jaya The Cat
Author & Punisher
Big Spring
Wonk Unit
Saint Vitus + Dopelord
Jaye Jayle
The Dirty Youth
The Picturebooks
Can’t Swim
Spanish Love Songs & Pkew Pkew Pkew
Death Blooms
Rings Of Saturn, Nekrogoblikon, Mental Cruelty, Left To The Wolves & Harbinger
Brujeria, Venomous Concept, Aggression & Sangree
A Loss For Words
Fit For An Autopsy, Venom Prison, Vulvodynia & Justice For The Damned
Cult Leader & Birds In Row
Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals
Carach Angren
Lincoln Durham
Evil Scarecrow


Registered Office

Surprise You’re Dead Music Ltd
Zellig 304
Gibb Street
B9 4AA