Birmingham’s historical link to heavy metal is well documented. Two of the scene’s pioneering bands Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin – who along with Deep Purple make up the ‘unholy trinity’ – have ties to the city. But trying to find somewhere to watch Birmingham’s heaviest groups in one place is harder than it should be.
The Asylum, Subside and Scruffy Murphy’s are all great for alternative music, of course, while one legendary pub might reopen soon too. But none quite satisfy our constant bloodlust for heaviest guitars, most thundering drums and ear-piercing vocals, however. That’s where The Devil’s Dog steps in.
Self-described as “Birmingham’s most brutal live-music-venue, bar, and hangout joint,” it will soon open in a derelict car showroom in Digbeth on Adderley Street. Expect the heaviest touring bands to head to Digbeth going forward. While it will likely become the new go-to venue for the best of Birmingham’s local talent.
In terms of an official opening, details are a little scant. The only gig listing we’ve unearthed is one for Siamese and Resolve on April 16. Head on over to The Devil’s Dog official website, however, where an ominous timer counts down to the “apocalypse” on February 24. With rumours persisting this will be a free gig for all locals to attend.
On top of hosting some of Britain’s most brutal bands, the 300-capactiy venue will also host club nights with some awesome DJs. While a menu made up of burgers, wings and Wychwood beer (the same served at Bloodstock) will make it Birmingham’s heaviest hangout spot for metal fans. The Devil’s Dog is at 148 Adderley Street, Deritend, B9 4ED.