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:

INME, British Lion, Pallbearer, The Quireboys, Defeater, Our Last Night, Heavens Basement, The Hell, Single Mothers, Chuggaboom, Winterfylleth, Anaal Nathrakh, Truckfighters, Blues Pills, Kerbdog, Insomnium, Follakzoid, Dan Smith (Listener), Wand, Mutoid Man, Dorje. Heck, He Is Legend, Psychostick, Skarlett Riot, Karma to Burn, Capsize, Breed 77, Dog Fashion Disco, Hawk Eyes, Kagoule, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, 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.


Broken Teeth + Higher Power + Grove Street Families
These Minds & Catch Fire
Nasty + Aversions Crown + Malevolence + Vitja + Sand
Grumble Bee
Ice Nine Kills
The Skull
The Vintage Caravan + Dead Lord
Being As An Ocean + Burning Down Alaska + Capsize + Casey
Eskimo Callboy + Pallisades + Her Name In Blood
Onslaught, Beholder, Annihilated
Vader, Hate Eternal & Threat Signal
Soil + Saliva + Sons Of Texas
Roam, Like Pacific & Columbus
Boston Manor
Within The Ruins, Fit For An Autopsy, Last Ten Seconds Of Life & Phinehas
Beach Head + itoldyouiwouldeatyou
MC Lars + Mega Ran + Koo Koo Kanga Roo
The Quireboys – Unplugged in the UK
Galactic Empire
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats + Vodun
Hacktivist + Zoax + Bad Sign
Devil You Know + Westfield Massacre + Wearing Scars + Brutai


Registered Office

Surprise You’re Dead Music Ltd
114 Bradford Street
105 Kinvara Heights
B12 0ND