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A New Music Venue And Club Is Opening In Birmingham This September

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

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Artists such as Bob Marley and Amy Winehouse have previously performed here.

As we start to see more live music events taking place, a brand new venue is arriving in Birmingham for you to celebrate its long-awaited return. Plus hopefully less lonely nights at home and instead more on the dancefloor with our mates.

The new entertainment space with a 3,500 capacity, now known as Forum Birmingham, has been transformed and plans to open its doors on September 3. Forum Birmingham will be welcoming world class DJs and live acts from across the live and electronic music spectrums making it a must-visit destination for your future nights out.

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Despite having witnessed some truly iconic moments in British music history, this storied building on Dale End, formerly known as The Ballroom, has remained dormant and decaying for a decade. But this year, the building is coming back to life as Global Venues has extensively renovated and modernised the space just as restrictions have been lifted.

The opening night will see performances from hometown hero Mike Skinner (The Streets), electronic music pioneer A Guy Called Gerald and Belgian producer-DJ Netsky. Plus there will be performances and DJ sets from a host of Birmingham and UK talent including new Forum residents Theo Kottis, Erol Alkan, Yung Singh, Shosh (24 Hour Garage Girls), Hammer, Barely Legal and Oneman.

Credit: Forum Birmingham

The venue’s Autumn/Winter programme from the Dale End cultural space features a dazzling line-up of globally-renowned artists and DJs including Andy C, Bicep, David Rodigan, Floating Points, Honey Dijon, Kerri Chandler, and Skream.

Billy Chauhan of Global Venues said, “Prior to the pandemic, a quarter of a million people in the West Midlands worked in the culture, media and night time industries and the relaunch of this historic venue in Birmingham will help to refuel this damaged part of our local economy. We’re also extremely passionate about preserving Birmingham’s musical heritage and our work culminates with Forum Birmingham.”
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Credit: Forum Birmingham
The building itself has hallowed walls and has been the site of some unforgettable moments in music. From its early days as The Ballroom, it evolved into the Top Rank Suite in the 1960s and 70s and hosted iconic acts like Bob Marley & The Wailers and The Clash. The venue will also be spruced up with cutting edge visuals provided by local DMX Productions – the production team behind stages at Glastonbury and Global Gathering amongst others – which will include high resolution LED screens, special FX and immersive lighting.
Forum has also given away 2000 tickets for their opening night; 1000 of them, plus a free pint each provided by Coors, have gone to the NHS, key workers and hospitality workers and 1000 have gone to people who have signed up to their mailing list. A very limited number of £15 guaranteed entry tickets are now available to purchase here.
Forum Birmingham, 52 – 54 Dale End, B4 7LS

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