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Ace Studios

Recording and rehearsal studios at 107 Glover St, Digbeth and run by S.Bain M. Hoult

Mercat Cross

Semi legendary pub/venue on Bradford St in the Digbeth area of the city. Renowned as the place where all the market traders/workers went drinking so it was always open at 4 am any day of the week. It could be quite lively!

Send us gigs you saw there and any photos, memorabilia!

Derek Eynon has sent in this picture of Stormer playing at the Mercat in 1981.

Old Crown

Birmingham’s oldest pub, sited in Digbeth. The Old Crown had live music, mainly jazz upstairs.

The Medicine Bar


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John Peel live on Air from the Medicine Bar in 2001.


The Medicine Bar in Birmingham, England started as a collaboration in the 1990s between the London Medicine bar and local hip hop DJ ‘Simon Fat Head’, who began his career at the legendary ‘Brothers and Sisters’ at the ‘Coast to Coast’ club on Broad Street.

The bar is in the Custard Factory in Digbeth, and has hosted many techno, acid jazz, funk and hip hop events.

Substance (which evolved out of Amplified) is the longest running hip hop night in the bar, with DJs Roc1, Magoo, Chris Reid (also from Scratch in London) and MC Mad Flow. It has brought hip hop acts including Afrika Bambaata, De La Soul and Jeru the Damaja to Birmingham.

Leftfoot is the bar’s main funk and soul night which is part run by ex Rockers Hi-Fi DJ Dick and Adam Regan (who now owns the Bull’s Head bar in the birmingham suburb of Moseley). Leftfoot hosts many large acid Jazz type events with appearances from Gilles Peterson to Mr Scruff. Both nights feature live acts.

Other events to take place at the bar include breakdance and graffiti art shows.

For a short period in 2006/07, the Medicine Bar hosted the Birmingham leg of Club NME.


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