Another great venue recently demolished. The West End Bar was situated on St Chads Island, just across the road from Snow Hill Station and around the corner from the Thistle Hotel.
This was a much vaunted place back in the 1980s and 1990s serving the soul, rare groove, funk and hip hop crowd downstairs while rockabillys and psychobillys congregated upstairs.
I’d like to hear about it’s past life as well as some of the dj’s and faces from its history.
As always, any memories you have of this place, photo’s, flyers and so on, please send them in!
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.
[info via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_Bar ]