DHP reveals Birmingham venue location

George Akins

Promoter DHP Family has revealed the address of its next venue – in Birmingham.

The Nottingham-based owner and operator of live music and club venues has bought a freehold unit on John Bright Street, next to the redeveloped New Street Station and Grand Central Birmingham.

DHP Family owner George Akins said: “Birmingham is the UK’s second city, and has a rich musical heritage – but the city centre has lacked a characterful and creative venue for a long time. We believe with the revitalisation of the area around New Street Station that the time is right to create a place that the music fans of Birmingham will welcome.”

Plans are now being drawn up for a complete refurbishment of the premises – which has been operated as a bar previously – due for completion in 2018. Although the layout is still under discussion, the new venue will offer bar and food along with a full programme of live music and club nights.

Anton Lockwood, DHP’s director of promotions said: “We plan to use the skills and knowledge we’ve gained from award winning venues like Rock City, Oslo, Thekla and Rescue Rooms to deliver something exciting that echoes the DHP values and standards, but is also a unique experience to Birmingham.

“As part of this we will increase our focus on Birmingham as promoters, and will be investing in people and marketing in this key strategic region for us.”

The announcement of the new venue comes in the same year as DHP unveiled a complete transformation of two iconic London venues – Borderline in Soho and The Garage in Highbury.

The addition of the Birmingham premises brings the portfolio up to nine venues owned and operated by DHP Family across four cities.