We are delighted to announce that we have secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project about the Que Club. Over the next 12 months we’ll be recording oral histories, digitising photographs, flyers, posters and other ephemera associated with the venue. We’ll be holding some Ghost Gigs and creating and curating some pop up exhibitions, events and walks. To get involved contact [email protected]
Love Music? – Volunteers needed for Dance Music Culture Project
What do David Bowie, PJ Harvey, Blur, Carl Cox, Daft Punk, David Holmes, Atomic Jam, Flashback and House of God have in common? Answer, The Que Club!
Birmingham Music Archive C.I.C. and Viewfinder have recently been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to undertake a twelve month music history, heritage and culture project called In The Que.
The In the Que project focuses on the musical history, heritage and culture of the Que Club that was located in Birmingham’s Grade II* Methodist Central Hall from 1989-2017. The building has played host to musical icons such as David Bowie, Blur, PJ Harvey and Suede. But it is arguably better known as the home of the city’s dance and rave culture, home to seminal and legendary club nights such as Atomic Jam, Space Hopper, House of God, Miss Moneypennys and Flashback to name but a few. It was home to the BBC who broadcast shows from there and released a number of famous BBC Essential Mix recordings from DJs such as Carl Cox, Sasha and David Holmes. Daft Punk also recorded their 1997 Alive at the
Que album citing it as their favourite live performance from that years European tour.
As part of the project we will the record memories of people who played and raved at the Que Club and we’ll digitise, archive, share and exhibit the physical materials that document its history; photographs, posters, flyers and moving image recordings. We’ll host some ‘Ghost Gigs’ and are open to suggestions of what else we can do to celebrate the The Que Club.
And we need you to get involved!
We are seeking to recruit a number of highly motivated, talented and diverse individuals, with time, energy, and a keen interest in any or all of the following subjects; Birmingham, music, history, heritage and culture (all the better if you are into dance and rave culture!).
There are a number of roles available for volunteers and all roles will include training if needed.
This would be an excellent role for people wishing to gain experience in digital archiving, community archives, web development, arts administration, audience development, music history, heritage and culture, social history, social media strategy and event management or not-for-profit governance who are passionate about Birmingham and/or music and who want to recognise, celebrate, share and tell the world about our incredible but overlooked music heritage.
We are looking for candidates who possess one or more of the following attributes:
Hours will be a minimum 3 hours per week with some duties able to be done remotely. Responsibilities/tasks will be discussed on an individual basis.
HOW TO APPLY
If you would like to apply for any of the volunteer roles then please submit an email of interest to [email protected] or [email protected] using In The Que Volunteer in the subject line.
A seminal club, located in the Grade II listed Methodist Central Hall on Corporation St. The Que Club hosted live music but was perhaps better known for its dance and rave music culture.
Mastan Singh Heera: (born Mastan Singh Jeerh; May 10th 1947) is an England-based Punjabi folk singer. Born in Calcutta and raised in Jallandhar, studied in Sultanpur Lodhi Punjab. He commenced his singing career in primary school and continued in Khalsa College. His Ustad Ujagar Singh Malang (Punjab) along with Inderjeet Singh (Derby UK) Surinder Singh Saund (Birmingham) have taught him great versatility in his vocal range.
The first ever single released by Oriental Star Agency was in 1967/8 “SR101” with his band Anjan Group, recorded at the famous Zella Studios in Birmingham. This Single featured 2 Songs and featured Lekh Raj,
Jagdish Dadra & Mohinder Singh.
Further to his success, Mastan also won the First Ever Asian Song Contest in 1974 with his band “The Nadaans”, other accolades included Best Singer of the Year 1979.
Along his musical career, he has worked with the likes of Jandu Litranwala, Sukhbir Sandhu, H.S.Hami, N.S.Noor, Mohinder Sajan, Prakash Sathi, Chan Jandhalvi, Chan Singh Safri, Azad Jallandhuri, Shiv Bathlavi, Nandlal Noorpuri & K.S.Narula.
Mastan has had great success with his releases which Include:
Teri Husan Laye, Geets & Ghazals, Memories of Punjab, Modern songs of Punjab, Tohfa, Good As Gold and his religious release Satkar Karo Gurbani Da.
Mastan is a firm believer in keeping Punjabi music traditional and Classical, combining lyrics that suit all generations.