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About

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 (Birmingham, Coventry, Worcester, Stafford) in various venues inc The Rainbow (RIP), Slade Rooms, O2 Institute, O2 Academy, Sunflower Lounge, The Flapper, Mama Rouxs, Hare & Hounds, Actress & Bishop, Red Rum, Marrs Bar, Castle & Falcon, Muthers) run various 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.

History of shows: 650+ shows in 4 years!

Testament, Ministry, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Yob, Melvins, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Spanish Love Songs, Moose Blood, SWMRS, Mushroomhead, INME, Boston Manor, Alien Ant Farm, Soil, Author & Punisher, Pallbearer, Insane Clown Posse, Defeater, Our Last Night, After The Burial, The Hell, Mom Jeans, Fozzy, Phil Anselmo, Static-X, Dope, Single Mothers, Psychostick, Weedeater, Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder, Agnostic Front, Thank You Scientist, Saint Vitus, Winterfylleth, Anaal Nathrakh, Stick To Your Guns, Boston Manor, Roam, Korpiklaani, Overkill, Truckfighters, The Ataris, King 810, Blues Pills, Amorphis, Kerbdog, Insomnium, Follakzoid, Madball, Dan Smith (Listener), Wand, Mutoid Man, Dorje, Heck, Hotel Books, The Wytches, He Is Legend, Skarlett Riot, Karma to Burn, Capsize, Bossk, Breed 77, Dog Fashion Disco, Sick Of It All, H2O, Napalm Death, Solstafir, WSTR, 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! Mushroomhead, Gouge Away, Despised Icon…