To celebrate Independent Venues Week 2020, we’ve been choosing our favourite independent venues here in the UK’s second city!
The Sunflower Lounge
Great small basement venue with a reputation of putting on the best new bands – it’s where most touring bands cut their teeth in Birmingham. The bar is great too!
Hare & Hounds
Known for putting on the more left/alternative bands. Hare & Hounds’ promoters are ahead of the curve, with a good sound-system and good pub atmosphere downstairs.
Dead Wax Digbeth
I was a fan of the Brighton offering so was keen to check out this new venue ahead of it opening. Now putting on some top gigs and the ‘vinyl DJs only’ policy is a nice touch!
-Kris Tomkinson, Events & Guests Coordinator
The Night Owl
The Night Owl opened its doors in 2015, and it’s become a staple on Birmingham’s Music Scene, embracing the sounds and culture of all things Retro. If you’ve got the moves ‘Le Freak’ is the night for you, with DJ’s spinning Disco, Funk and Soul classics. If Britpop is more your thing, check out ‘DIG?’.
The team behind The Night Owl really know how to put on a night with carefully selected live acts, to compliment DJ’s. It’s even become a regular haunt for touring acts to throw an after party including Happy Mondays whenever they’re in town. With a sprung dancefloor, eccentric fashion and some of the best nights in town, The Night Owl is a strong contender for the title of Birmingham’s top venue.
The Castle & Falcon
A venue steeped in History and previously known as Ceol Castle. Since then it’s become a regular stop for touring acts from all over the globe, and a favourite amongst local promoters.
The front bar has kept many original features, and nods to its Irish heritage with open fire places, exposed beams and wooden flooring. This makes The Castle & Falcon a unique gig environment, it’s like stepping back into Birmingham history you can imagine seeing the infamous Peaky Blinders propping up the bar. The perfect setting for noisy Rock n Roll!
Home to Digbeth Dining Club, The Birmingham Music Awards Networking Nights and a staple in Birmingham’s night life, Mama Roux showcases some of the city’s top bands and entertainers, transforming the streets of Digbeth into New Orleans with its vibrant décor and voodoo lounge.
Genre clashes of Rock n Roll, Hip Hop, Jazz and House are what you can expect from this lively hang out. From midweek beats and eats to late night Saturdays with electronic night FACE relaunching this February, Mama Roux has become the mecca of Lower Trinity Street.
-Hayley Jordan, Local Application Experience Manager
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