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!…


Car Bomb & Circuit Of Suns
Trash Boat + Broadside + Homebound
Winterfylleth + Wiegedood + Necronautical
SWMRS + The Regrettes
The Picturebooks
Thy Art Is Murder + After The Burial + Oceano + Justice For The Damned
Stray From The Path, Obey The Brave, Capsize & Renounced
Uneven Structure & Voyager
sleepmakeswaves, The Physics House Band & Vasudeva
Still Remains, Carcer City & Wars
Acid Mothers Temple
Slaves (US)
Fozzy, Hardcore Superstar, Madame Mayhem + The Last Band
Intervals, Polyphia & Nick Johnston
The Toasters
Cradle Of Filth
Bury Tomorrow
Our Last Night + The Colour Morale + New Volume
Agnostic Front
Decapitated, King Parrot, Venom Prison & Thy Disease
Nasty + Cold Hard Truth
Deaf Havana
The Meteors
Insane Clown Posse & Mushroomhead
Wonk Unit
Santa Cruz
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Alien Ant Farm, Soil & Local H


Registered Office

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