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Threshold Records

Threshold  Records was the name of a label and record shop started by The Moody Blues in the 1970s. They eventually opened five shops in Cobham, Andover, Chichester, Birmingham and Swindon.

The original Birmingham shop was on the Stratford Road before it relocated to the Bull Ring Shopping Centre some years later.

This picture is of the Moody’s in the shop in Birmingham with Bev Bevan lurking around!

The Millionaire

Hugely popular night club located on the corner of Hurst St and Smallbrook Queensway.

XL’s Nightclub

34 Auchinleck Square, Broad Street, Five Ways

Formally Faces Nightclub

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Rhubarb Radio

“Birmingham’s Premier Community Radio Station”

2008 Statement:
Back in June 2008, a small group of Birmingham-based bloggers got together, and discussed all sorts of web-related things over coffee. One thing that came out was the idea of pulling together podcasts, focussed mainly on the creative industries happening in the region, and the vibrant music scene. Then some bright spark said, “Why not turn it into an on-line radio station as well…” and here we are, some short time later.

The small group started their own blog, just to see who was interested in joining in, and the first meeting was set up. 14 people turned up, chatted, pushed ideas forwards, and suggested other people to join in. The 2nd meeting, 2 weeks later saw 28 people, the 3rd 31, and now (just 3+ months later) we have in excess of 50 members, a live radio studio, training & recording facilities, and a big kettle!

Based at The Custard Factory, amongst our membership group we have musicians & bands, designers, producers, printers, photographers, performers, marketing consultants, artists, teachers, dj’s, video artists, web specialists, community mentors, finance specialists, administrators, bloggers, carpenters, sculptors, electricians, dancers, engineers, actors, writers, students, and many more.

Rhubarb Radio CIC is now a constituted membership organisation that has been supported throughout its growth by Dynamics Community Arts, who specialise in developing and delivering cultural and regeneration initiatives across the West Midlands region.

Maybe Rhubarb Radio sounds like something you’d like to get involved in? There are plenty of opportunities available for volunteers- not everyone has to be a presenter, and there’s absolutely no age limit! Join the blog or drop us an email and come join the fun…


Presenters included…

Aaron & Jason
Alan Green
Amy & Tessa
Andrew Dubber
Anthony & Mark
Anton Debiage
Bernard Davis
Bobbie & Amy
Boogie Dave
Chris Beatz
Danny Smith
DJ Detox
Ernie O
Glitch DJs
Hannah Phillips
James MacLaren
John McTermot
Justin Eightball
Marc Reck
Maria Spears
Young S
Mary & Chris
Matt & Tom
Maxwell 45
Muz & Feva
Nick Shough
Olbi I
Ollie Lloyd
Rob Adams
Sammy Goulbourne
Shelley Roots
Teepee & Zee
Titchy B
Tom Alexander
Tom Belte

2013 Statement:
Based in Birmingham England, Rhubarb radio was a pioneer in community radio, it used to operate out of the old Custard factory media site up until November 2011. It produced a great Birmingham & West Midlands quality output of Local & International Music, community news and topics on Birmingham life and our proud history of Brum.

However, sometime around 3rd or 4th November 2011 someone broke into or somehow entered the Rhubarb Radio Studio and removed a large amount of essential equipment. In short, the station was unable to broadcast at all. Due to different financial reasons the original owners were unable to save the station, the interim owners were not aware that there were historic problems and the presenters and support staff rallied round to try and save what they could but with all the equipment gone it was an impossible task. So the Rhubarb radio station went off air. Shortly after the station domain name lapsed.

But by a quirk of fate some new entrepreneurial owners who really believed in what Rhubarb Radio stood for and what it meant to the Brum Music scene, managed to acquire it to ensure that it may have a fighting chance to re-launch if the right team could be re-assembled in the future.

So as a first step here we are, over the coming weeks/months we intend to provide as many links as possible to the original presenters and their work, plus keep you up to date on what is happening next.

Thank you for stopping by.

Porsche Club

A.K.A. Porsche Club 2000 was owned by Mr Von Reid.

Situated on Regents Park Road, Small Heath. B10 0QP

Gaelle Finley Archive

Gaelle Finley Archive

Gaelle Finley Archive

Gaelle Finley Archive

Renamed Fozzies

Renamed Regents Park Banqueting Hall

The Living Room

The Living Room in Birmingham opened on December 3rd 2001, utilising the entire top floor of Regency Wharf 2 on Broad Street. The Birmingham Living Room boasts spectacular views over the impressive skyline.

Victor Davies 2007 (Afro Gigolo Records)

Victor Davies 2007 (Afro Gigolo Records)

Sundays: Liquid Fusion with Bruce Q

Sundays: Liquid Fusion with Bruce Q

Refurbished April 2005

Snapshot August-October 2002:
Monday – Sara Coleman teams up with bass player Roger who adds some groove to her piano and vocal
Tuesday – Terry Butters, our very own Jools Holland plays his own blend of Boogie Woogie and Honky Tonk
Wednesday – Austin & Lee play classic Rock, Pop & Blues on piano and guitar
Thursday – Phil Sayer plays Blues, Boogie and a bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Friday – Austin and Lee play classic Rock, Pop & Blues on piano and guitar
Saturday – Phil Sayer plays Blues, Boogie and a bit of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Sunday – Sara Coleman plays classic and contemporary songs with a little bit of jazz

F C F Social Club

178 Soho Hill. B19 1AG (later called Club Paradise)

FCF social club in Soho Hill was owned by Faith & Confidence Business Agency, formerly Faith and Confidence Finance Ltd, hence the name FCF.
 The club opened in September 1971 and has participated in Handsworth carnival, having stalls and floats, and continuing their support when it became Birmingham carnival.

It also supported a cricket team called Continental who played regularly in Handsworth Park.
 Since its opening it had always kept up a celebration for Jamaican Independence day on August 6 and had hosted events for various charities including Jamaica Adult Education and Sickle Cell Anemia.

Club nights were on Friday.


“The music I used to enjoy listening to in the 70’s was Reggae.  The dance at the time was the Ska, and my friends and I all had very big Afro hairstyles.  I used to go dancing at the FCF Social Club, Handsworth or to the Crompton Public House,  Handsworth when they used to have a live artist playing.”

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival






World Unlimited

“Bringing you the best in International folk, roots and acoustic music artists to Birmingham and the West Midlands.”

There will be so much more to add to this page in the coming months….


Here is where World Unlimited were at on their 20th Anniversary back in 2009:

World Unlimited is a voluntary, not for profit, organisation formed in 1989 to bring the best in International roots artists to Birmingham and the West Midlands. The late Richard Wallace of Oxfam was one of the key players in setting up the organisation, Brian Parsons of Bongo Go was then engaged to produce the first events then Richard asked Graham Radley (who he had worked with on Oxfam/Anti Apartheid’s ‘Yiva’) to add his many years of music promoting experience to World Unlimited. Six events were held in the first year starting with an amazing Moseley Dance Centre show from Kanda Bongo Man and it is from that humble beginning that the organisation has grown to promote between 80 and 110 shows per year. Our aim is to present, via live performances, the best musicians from cultures worldwide as well as providing performance opportunities for UK based musicians including a focus on local artists.

Since 1989 World Unlimited has provided a valuable and significant contribution to the delivery and appreciation of global folk roots music throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands. We endeavour to continually develop the global roots music audience in the region for the benefit of all.

Organisations with whom we have worked during the last 20 years include:
Womad, African Promoters Network, The Irish Festival, Moseley Festival, Latin Promoters Network, Shambala Festival/Jibbering, Oxfam, Wychwood Festival, Medicine Bar, Birmingham International Music, Music Links, Moseley Folk Festival, Music Alliance and Wolverhampton Civic Hall venues.

Possibly the first Logo

Possibly the first Logo

We like to work in partnership with other organisations, venues, city councils etc as we can share our knowledge, develop audiences for marginalised music and link in to our own promotions. Our partnerships take shape in many different forms, we may for instance, work in an advisory capacity to bring our expertise into the planning of festivals and music events such as Birmingham City Council’s Big Splash event whereas our partnerships with new venues like Kitchen Garden Café are about developing and building new audiences for each venue and for World Unlimited.
We have always brought not only the established touring artists into the region but have championed and showcased new and emerging talent over the years. For instance, Birmingham Town Hall’s recent programme features many of the artists who World Unlimited have developed and grown an audience for year on year in Birmingham such as Seth Lakeman, Beth Nielson Chapman, Billy Bragg, Eliza Carthy and more. As these and many other artists are playing on bigger stages, World Unlimited is working to showcase current new and emerging artists.
Having built our performance events and workshops to up to 110 per year, World Unlimited have a significant list of events, too many to include here, and the following are highlights across the years, all artists are programmed by Graham Radley for

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World Unlimited:

1989 Kanda Bongo Man
1990 Olodum, Kaba Mane
1991 John Chibadura & The Tembo Bros. Angelique Kidjo,
1992 Roots, Strings & ‘Tings – – a partnership with Birmingham Town Hall to showcase local emerging artists. featuring Crucial Music, Afro-Bloc, Jamma, Conservatoire String Quartet Fire, Water & Rhythm – a live, open-air performance event in partnership with Brindley Place and B.C.C.
1993 Bhundu Boys, Global Jukebox with Transglobal Underground + Loop Guru + Zuvuya plus the concert for Nelson Mandela:co-organised by Graham Radley with with Refit music of this concert in honour of and attended by Nelson Mandela . The concert , at Symphony Hall was organised in 17 days and featured Aswad, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Hugh Masekela, Shikisha etc
1994 Oumou Sangare, FunDaMental. The Longest Day – a one day world music festival in B’ham Town Hall featuring both local and international artists.
1995 Que Club special with Blackalicious + Hustlers HC + Attica Blues + Stash:
Recording of Andy Kershaw Show : Positively Test Card + Eliza Carthy\Nancy Kerr + French Alligators + Abana
1996 Music Links – a one night event at Birminghams Que Club featuring Afro Manding Drumming Troupe + Thari + Olodum Banda Juvenil: Hukwe Zawose Trio + Wagogo Women’s Drum & Dance Ensemble,
1997 An artist showcase at Music Alliance’s annual conference: Pa Jobarteh & Kaira + Dhol Foundation + Heera Dancers: Miguel Poveda
1998 One World Project in collaboration with Oxfam, providing a platform for cross- genre, multi-cultural, Birmingham based artists: The Ananda Shankar Experience & State of Bengal: Natalie MacMaster
1999 Schools project with African Legacy: Rizwan & Muazzam Qawwali
2000 Splash! – over 80 different performances plus a workshop series for BCC/BBC across 12 stages: Tony Allen
2001 Drummers Of Burundi/Tananas/Chartwell Dutiro, partnership with Womad and Symphony Hall: Badmarsh & Shri
2002 Tashi Lhunpo Monks: Spirit – a music celebration to coincide with the Commonwealth Games programmed for BCC including Paul & Aidan O’Brien & Joe & Enda Molloy + Scanlon School Of Dance, Jazz Jamaica Allstars, Soweto Kinch, Drop The Box, Pritam Rhythm Tribe, Aashiq Al Rasool
2003 Changui De Guantanamo:Yat-Kha,
2004 Papa Noel’s Bana Congo: partnership with St Patrick’s Festival – Silver Bough plus Quelle Fromage
2005 Los De Abajo: Diaspora – partnership with Desert Groove & African & Caribbean Music Circuit -with Smadj special guest Amina & DJs Phil Meadley, Digital Bedouin & Una Musical Bruta
2006 Maurice El Medioni: Stella Chiweshe
2007 King Creosote with Pictish Trail: Nuru Kane
2008 Devon Sproule & Paul Curreri: Ska Cubano

In 2009 our 20th Anniversary year we will see the return of the amazing Kanda Bongo Man, a workshop series with Matimbah Kuadashe, a new bigger Music Room series for local artists including the Old Dance School, Lazy Lizards and Kings Of Spain. Other artists booked in include JTQ, Transglobal Underground, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset, Ben Taylor, Ruarri Joseph, the Handsome Family, Judith Owen and a special link with Symphony Hall’s Seth Lakeman show as Seth has kindly agreed to be World Unlimited’s patron during our 20th Anniversary series.

World Unlimited 1989-2009; 20years of musical adventures & still on a voyage of discovery.

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