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The Prefects

In 1976 singer Robert Lloyd, with guitarist/drummer brothers Alan and Paul Apperley formed after an advert was placed by the Apperley brothers in the Birmingham Evening Mail. Unsuccessful applicants included Nikki Sudden and Frank Skinner. Lloyd also brought his friend and colleague from the band Church of England, Graham Blunt, into the band. They were Birmingham’s first punk group, and played their first gig on 12 March 1977 at a private party which ended in a police raid. At their first gig at a recognized venue (Rebecca’s in Birmingham) later that month they were bottled off stage after premiering their new song, “Birmingham’s a Shithole”.
The band were part of The Clash’s ‘White Riot Tour’ (playing on the bill of four shows), supported Buzzcocks, played with The Slits, The Fall, The Damned and many others. Paul Apperley left the band in February 1978, to be replaced briefly by Stephanie (of Manchester band Manicured Noise) and then Adrian Moran. Joe Crow also joined the band around this time. They recorded two sessions for the John Peel radio show in 1978 and 1979. The band acquired legendary status in the UK, partly because no records were released until the band had split up, and then, only one posthumous single (“Motions”/”Things”) on Rough Trade, which the band agreed to on the condition that Rough Trade record Lloyd’s new band The Nightingales. The band reformed for a few gigs in 2001, but only briefly. In November 2004 (following a semi-official retrospective, The Sound of Tomorrow on Rush Release) a retrospective compilation Amateur Wankers was released by New York City label Acute Records which, twenty five years after the group’s demise, garnered praise all over, from webzines to Rolling Stone. The interest was such that a Live in 1978 CD was also released on British label Caroline True in 2005. Their seven-second opus “I’ve Got V.D.” remained a favourite with John Peel.

Discography 

Singles 
“Motions” (1979) Rough Trade/Vindaloo
Peel Session EP (2001) Strange Fruit
Albums
The Prefects are Amateur Wankers (2004) Acute
Live 1978 – The Co-op Suite Birmingham (2006) Caroline True

John Peel Radio 1 sessions

August 1978:
Things In General
Escort Girls
Agony Column
The Bristol Road Leads to Dachau
January 1979:
Faults
Going Through the Motions
Barbarellas
Total Luck

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David Hirst has sent this great photo into the archive:

Taken at Eric’s Club in Liverpool supporting The Fall. I think it was taken sometime winter 1977/78. I was at Teacher Training College at the time and had cadged a lift up to Liverpool with them to see a mate. I didn’t go to the gig. The photo was taken by a guy called Brendan. Photo from left to right Paul Apperley, Robert Lloyd & Joe Crow.

Birmingham Town Hall

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Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert and meeting venue in Victoria Square England.
It was created as a home for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival established in 1784, the purpose of which was to raise funds for the General Hospital, after St Philip’s Church (later to become a Cathedral) became too small to hold the festival, and for public meetings.
Between 2002 and 2008, it was refurbished into a concert hall and is now used for performances as diverse as organ recitals, rock, pop and classical concerts and events such as graduation ceremonies for Aston University.
Joseph Hansom, of Hansom cab fame, and Edward Welch were chosen as the architects and they expressed that they expected the construction cost to be £8,000. Hill of London was hired to build the 6,000 pipe organ for £6,000.
Construction began on April 27, 1832 with an expected completion date of 1833. However, Hansom went bankrupt during construction, having tendered too low. The contractors were also losing money. Three guarantors donated money for the building;W. P. Lloyd, John Welch and Edward Tench.

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With the injection of this money, the building was successfully opened for the delayed Music Festival
on October 7,1834, despite the building still being unfinished.
During construction, on January 26, 1833, two workers were killed when a 70 foot crane constructed to install the roof trusses broke and the pulley block failed. John Heap died instantly and Win Badger died a few days later from his injuries. They were buried in St Philip’s churchyard and a memorial, consisting of a pillar base made by one of the workmen for the Town Hall,was dedicated to them. Architect Charles Edge was commissioned in 1835 to repair weaknesses to the design of the building.He was also commissioned for the extension of the building in 1837 and again in 1850. Built in brick, created in Selly Oak, and faced with Penmon Anglesey Marble presented to the town by Sir R. Bulkeley, proprietor of the Penmon quarries, the hall is modelled on the Temple of Castor and Pollux in Rome. Some limestone was used in its construction and fossils of plants and animals are visible. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the front arches were glazed to create an entrance foyer.

Charles Dickens gave public readings here to raise money for the Birmingham and Midland Institute, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius were both premiered.

Sir Arthur Sullivan’s “Overture di Ballo” was also premiered here in August 1870, as part of the Triennial Musical Festival
which commissioned new works for every season. The hall was the home venue for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1918 until 1991 when they moved to Symphony Hall.

In November 1880, the Hall was filled to capacity for a Birmingham public protest meeting in support of Revd.
Richard Enraght, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Bordesley, who was imprisoned in Warwick Prison under the Disraeli Government’s
Public Worship Regulation Act.

On August 9, 1902, the town hall, along with the council house, was illuminated in celebration of the coronation of King Edward VII.
It was illuminated again on June 22, 1911 for the coronation of King George V. In 1901, it was the scene of rioting on the occasion
of a visit by Lloyd George.

It featured prominently in the 1967 Peter Watkins film Privilege and doubled for the Royal Albert Hall in 1996s Brassed Off.

In 1937, as part of the celebrations for the Coronation of George VI, the Town Hall was regaled in the various Arms of the Lord of the Manor of Birmingham since 1166 and each column festooned with garlands. The pediment also had images of Britannia, supported by mermaids, which were sculpted by William Bloye. This decorative scheme for the Town Hall and the whole of the city
was devised by William Haywood, Secretary of The Birmingham Civic Society.

The Hall closed in 1996 for a £35 million refurbishment, undertaken by Wates Construction, that has seen the
Town Hall brought back to its original glory with its 6,000-pipe organ still in place.

The Hall was used for many pop shows, and unlike the Odeon and The Hippodrome, it tended to steer toward a headline acts and just
a couple of support acts.

Many great stars appeared here, in the 1960s and 1970s, such as
The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan

I saw many shows here, including,Traffic and Buffy Saint Marie.

Compiled by Keith Law

Ken Jones of Bright Eyes has sent an incredible list of gigs he attended at the Town Hall (and other venues) from 1964 to 1974, so a huge thanks to Ken.

1964

Saturday May 2nd : The American Folk, Blues & Gospel Caravan featuring Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davies, Cousin Joe Pleasants & Otis Span

1966

November : Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Incredible String Band (12th)

1968

January : Dave Dee, Dozy, Beak, Mick & Tich (26th)

February : Sam Gopal Dream (3rd), Plastic Penny (11th)

March : Simon Dupree & The Big Sound (8th), Fairport Convention (14th)
Manfred Mann, Moody Blues, Spencer Davis Group, Picadilly Line (13th)
A Mystical Pantomine with The Incredible String Band and their Dancers! (Saturday 16th)

May : Carl Perkins (13th) Blossom Toes (15th), Blonde On Blonde (16th)

July : Marmalade (12th)

August : The Frame (31st)

October : Incredible String Band (Friday 25th), The American Folk Blues Festival (Monday 28th)

November : Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera (24th) Chris Farlowe (23rd), Colosseum (29th), Mike Stuart Span (30th)

December : Gun (14th)

1969
February : Tyrannosaurus Rex, David Bowie mime artist, Vytas Serelis sitar rectal, John Peel catalyst (15th)

April : Pink Floyd & John Peel (Sunday, 27th) B.B. King, Fleetwood Mac, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Duster Bennett (28th)

May : John Mayall’s Blues Breakers (9th) Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, Clouds (Thursday 15th) The Mothers Of Invention (Friday 30th)

June : Led Zeppelin, Liverpool Scene, Blodwyn Pig (Friday 13th), Pink Floyd (20th)

October : Tom Paxton (Friday 3rd), Jethro Tull, Terry Reid, Savoy Brown (8th), Changes ‘69 : featuring Humble Pie & Their Friends incl. David Bowie (Friday 10th), Ravi Shankar (Monday 20th), Incredible String Band (24th)

November : Deep Purple (24th)

December : Delaney and Bonnie & Friends with Eric Clapton & George Harrison (3rd), Ten Years After, Blodwyn Pig, Stone The Crows (10th)

1970

January : Led Zeppelin (Wednesday 7th), Ginger Baker’s Airforce (Monday 12th), Al Stewart, Third Ear Band (Saturday 24th

February : Pink Floyd (11th), The Nice (25th)

March: Love, Colosseum (10th) Fotheringay, Nick Drake (16th)

April : Viv Stanshall’s Big Grunt, Tea & Symphony (1st), Keef Hartley Big Band (Thursday 9th), Roy Harper (10th), Jeff Beck (13th), Johnny Winter, Heavy Jelly, Stackridge (Wednesday 15th) Flock, Edgar Broughton Band (20th), Black Sabbath, Egg (21st)

May : Taj Mahal & Rare Bird (Friday 1st), The Spinners (Saturday 2nd), John Mayall featuring Duster Bennett (Tuesday 5th), Ten Years After, Matthews Southern Comfort, Writing On The Wall (Monday 11th), Deep Purple (16th), Family, Emily Muff (Wednesday 20th), Colosseum (22nd), Roy Harper, Strawbs (28th), Traffic, If (Friday 29th)

June : Soft Machine (11th), Edgar Broughton Band (Monday 15th), Pentangle (29th)

July : Barclay James Harvest (17th), Incredible String Band (Friday 24th)

September : Manfred Mann Chapter III, East Of Eden (12th), Groundhogs (22nd), Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, Tir Na Nog (Friday 25th)

October : The Pentangle (Saturday 3rd), Derek & The Dominoes (5th) Free, Mott The Hoople, If (Tuesday 6th), Tyrannosaurus Rex (not as T-Rex yet!) (Wednesday 14th), Emerson Lake & Palmer (Wednesday 21st), Van Der Graaf Generator (27th), Incredible String Band (31st)

November : Jack Bruce (10th), Fotheringay (13th), Al Stewart (21st), Family (27th)

December : Strawbs, Hard Meat (8th), Pink Floyd (18th) Mott The Hoople, Bronco, D.J. Andy Dunkley (Saturday 26th)

1971

January : Black Sabbath, Freedom, Curved Air (8th), Yes, Iron Butterfly, Dada (19th), Van Der Graff Generater, Lindisfarne, Genesis (Monday 25th), Faces (27th)

February : Alexis Korner, Karakorum (3rd), Deep Purple, Hardin-York (12th), T Rex (Tuesday 16th), Every Which Way, Rare Bird, Jackson Heights, Audience (Monday 22nd), Free, Amazing Blondel (Wednesday 24th)

March : Brinsley Schwarz, Eclection (13th), Atomic Rooster, Audience, Stray (20th), Van Der Graaf Generator, Dog That Bit People (27th)March : Yes, Jonathan Swift (9th), Incredible String Band nb. Malcolm Le Maistre debut (13th), Humble Pie, Comus (15th), Quintessence (Saturday 20th)

April : Electric Light Orchestra (5th), Emerson Lake & Palmer (9th), Steeleye Span, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre, Tir Na Nog (12th), Groundhogs, Mick Abrahams, Wild Turkey (13th), Strawbs (20th), Mott the Hoople, Bronco (Thursday 22nd)

May : Head Hands & Feet (12th), Faces (18th), Rory Gallagher (21st), King Crimson (Saturday 22nd), Marmalade (28th)

June : Wishbone Ash, Renaissance, Stackridge (18th), Curved Air, Marc Ellington, Mick Abrahams Band (Wednesday 23rd)

July : The Bronze Summer Outing : featuring Uriah Heep, Paladin (Friday 2nd), Quintessence (23rd)

October : John Mayall, Eggs Over Easy (5th) Incredible String Band (8th), Pink Floyd (Monday 11th), King Crimson (Wednesday 13th), Yes, Jonathan Swift (18th), Steeleye Span, Andy Roberts (19th), Supertramp (20th), Van Der Graaf Generator, Genesis, Bell+Arc, Lindisfarne (Wednesday 27th) The Pentangle (Saturday 30th)

November : Mott The Hoople, Peace (Monday 1st) T Rex (5th), Family (12th), Fairport Convention (Friday 19th), Groundhogs, Egg, Quicksand (Saturday 27th), Lindisfarne (Tuesday 30th)

December : Soft Machine (6th), Amazing Blondel, Sutherland Brothers, Claire Hamill (8th), Curved Air, Skid Row, Nick Pickett (17th), Ralph McTell (22nd) ,

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January : Trapeze, Brinsley Schwarz (7th), Procol Harum, Amazing Blondel (19th), Black Sabbath, Wild Turkey (24th, 25th), Wishbone Ash (Friday 28th) ,
Barclay James Harvest, Wonderwheel (21st), Dando Shaft (22nd)

February : Audience, Stackridge (1st), Free (2nd), Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack (10th), Third Ear Band (12th), Strawbs (15th), Hardin & York (22nd), Mungo Jerry (29th)

March : Roy Harper (3rd), Jethro Tull (6th), Rory Gallagher, Nazareth (8th), David Bowie (17th), Head Hands & Feet, Patto (22nd), Groundhogs (Monday 27th), Edgar Broughton Band (28th), Curved Air, Gary Moore Band (29th)

May : Hawkwind (12th)

October : Deep Purple (2nd), Jackson Heights, Magna Carta (6th), ELO (10th), Stone The Crows (15th), Steeleye Span, Amazing Blondel (Tuesday 17th), Kinks, Blackfoot Sue (18th), Ten Years After (28th)

November : The Pentangle, Clive Palmers C.O.B, Wizz Jones (Wednesday 1st), Nazareth (4th), Humble Pie (6th), Incredible String Band (10th), Focus, Fruupp (Monday 13th) , Groundhogs, Stray, Gentle Giant (17th), Slade, Thin Lizzy (19th), Ralph McTell, Natural Acoustic Band (20th), Wishbone Ash, Curtiss-Maldoon (Wednesday 29th),

December : Cat Stevens (2nd), Family (6th), King Crimson (Sunday 10th), Quintessence (22nd)

1973

January: Trapeze (12th), Badger (17th), Roberta Flack Friday (Friday 19th question date?), Roy Harper (23rd), Uriah Heep (26th), Al Stewart (27th)

February : Mott The Hoople, Sensational Alex Harvey Band (Monday 19th),
Magna Carta (3rd), Deep Purple, Nazareth (21st) , Can (Tuesday 27th)

March : The Strawbs (Friday 2nd), Procol Harum

April : Arthur Brown (21st)

May : Procol Harum (25th)

June : Captain Beefheart, Henry Cow (3rd) Edgar Broughton Band, Manchild (Monday 4th) Faust, Gong with Daevid Allen (Wednesday 13th) David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars (Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd) Fairport Convention, Kreeds (Saturday 23rd)

September : Family : A Farewell Tour (Wednesday 5th)

October : Faust, Henry Cow (5th) Incredible String Band (19th)

November : Al Stewart (Tuesday 13th) Groundhogs (21st) Mott The Hoople, Queen (Tuesday 27th)

1974

January : Argent (Friday 25th)

February : Ralph McTell (Monday 11th), Neil Sedaka (Tuesday 19th)

March : Incredible String Band (29th)

April : Gong, Hatfield & The North (24th)

September : Procol Harum (Wednesday 11th)

October : Lindisfarne (Saturday 26th)

November : The Spinners (Sunday 3rd), Queen (16th), Ralph McTell (Monday 18th), Captain Beefheart (18th) Bert Jansch (Tuesday 19th) Mott The Hoople, Sailor (27th)December : Rory Gallagher (Monday 16th)

Ron Brinsdon is a very active gig goer! Ron has sent in a bunch of ticket stubs from a range of venues and I’ll be adding these to the site in due course but I wanted to add the Town Hall gigs Ron saw to this page. I have to say that I’m pretty jealous of who Ron saw at the Town Hall. As always, please keep sending in your memories!

Syd Wall has an amazing archive of concert posters and other Birmingham music memorabilia and this is a poster of the Tyrannosaurus Rex gig of the 15th February 1969, with John Peel hosting and featuring a David Bowie mime artist. It’s a stunningly beautiful poster. If you know who designed it, or if you were there, we’d love to hear more! Thanks to Syd for sending in the picture.

 

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Uriah Heap onstage at Birmingham Town Hall, 26th January 1973.

Quads

Late 70s new wave band who were very popular in Birmingham and played by John Peel on his show, particularly this single, released on Big Bear Records in 1979 ‘There Must Be Thousands”.

The Nightingales

Nightingales are a British punk/alternative rock band formed in 1979 in Birmingham, England. The original members were Robert Lloyd on vocals, Joe Crow on guitar, Eamonn Duffy on bass and Paul Apperley on drums, all formerly of The Prefects. The band, before splitting up, played more sessions on John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show than any other band excluding The Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit.

The debut single, “Idiot Strength” was released in 1981 on Rough Trade Records, following which Crow and Duffy were replaced by Andy Lloyd and Nick Beales on guitars and Steve Hawkins on bass.

The band signed to Cherry Red Records and released three more singles before debut album “Pigs On Purpose” (Produced by Richard Strange) was issued in late 1982. John Nester replaced Hawkins on bass before next release, the “Urban Ospreys” single.
Pete Byrchmore replaced Beales (who went on to form Pig Bros) in time for second album, “Hysterics” (1983), Nester then departed to be replaced by Howard Jenner. The new line-up issued two singles in 1985. Further changes then ensued with Andy Lloyd and Paul Apperley leaving, to be replaced by Maria Smith and Ron Collins.
The group continued to release singles, record Peel sessions and tour northern Europe but after the third album, “In The Good Old Country Way”, the band split.

After the split, Maria and Pete formed The Capitols, later known as The Rotten Swines (Maria was also a member of Rumblefish), Ron Collins joined The Noseflutes, while Robert Lloyd formed a new band, Robert Lloyd & The New Four Seasons, who after a few releases on In Tape were signed by Virgin Records. Lloyd recorded one solo album for Virgin, “Me And My Mouth”.
Lloyd is currently active in the reformed Nightingales. Pete Byrchmore plays guitar for Goldblade, Gorgeous and the UK Subs. Eamonn Duffy plays bass for Dave Kusworth and Gorgeous. Joe Crow is currently performing solo, but in the process of getting a band together. Nick Beales is in Church Of Elvis, and Andy Lloyd is in Little Red Schoolhouse. Ron Collins is still making music in and around Birmingham.
Paul Apperley is now a firefighter. John Nester runs a successful fruit and veg business. Howard Jenner was last heard of working for Help The Aged. Maria Harvey (formerly Smith) still lives and works in Birmingham. Steve Hawkins whereabouts are unknown.

The Nightingales re-form

The band reunited in 2004 featuring mainstay/band leader Lloyd, original Prefects guitarist Alan Apperley, ex-Nightingales Byrchmore and Duffy, plus former PWEI drummer Robert “Fuzz” Townshend. This line-up released four 7-inch singles in 2004/5 before Townshend was replaced by Aaron Moore of Volcano The Bear.
Their first three albums were reissued in 2005.
Live appearances include radio sessions for Marc Riley’s Rocket Science on BBC 6 Music, John Kennedy’s XFM show, Terre T’s Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU (USA) and Another Nice Mess (NL) in addition to gigs around England.
The band also played American music festival South By Southwest in March 2005, alongside dates in Chicago and New York City. The band’s first American dates ever. Since then they have also played at the Klangbad festival in Germany, organised by Jochen Irmler of Faust, and undertaken a second US tour in March 2007.

After several line up changes since reforming, the group line-up settled as Robert Lloyd (vocals), Alan Apperley (guitar), ex-Pram drummer Daren Garratt, “teenage guitar sensation” Matt Wood, and Stephen ‘The Night’ Lowe (bass). For a brief July–August 2007 UK and European tour (including a return to the Klangbad Festival on August 4), Nick Blakey of the Boston, Massachusetts band The In Out substituted for Lowe on bass.
The Nightingales released their first studio album for 20 years in early October 2006; Out of True on Birmingham independent record label Iron Man Records. A new mini album, “What’s Not To Love?” was released by Caroline True Records on 30 April 2007.
In late 2007 Lowe left the band and was replaced by John Roberts.
After dates in New York and Boston in March 2008, the group traveled to Faust Studio, Scheer, Germany to record a new album for Jochen Irmler’s Klangbad label. During recording bassist John Roberts left the group. The band played dates in Germany, Switzerland and in Amsterdam, with Christy Edwards of Christy and Emily on bass. Teen Guitar Sensation Matt Wood left following these dates. As a parting gesture he created a life size chocolate replica of Robert Lloyd.
In June 2009, the Nightingales played a prestigious slot on the John Peel Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK.
The group is currently composed of Fliss Kitson on drums, Wood and Apperley on guitars, Andreas Schmid on bass and Lloyd on vocals.
Kitson’s Godfather is ‘Suggs’ of ‘Madness’ fame.

Discography
Albums
Pigs on Purpose (Cherry Red LP) 1982, CD reissue 2004
Hysterics (Ink/Red Flame LP) 1983, CD reissue (Cherry Red) 2005
In The Good Old Country Way (Vindaloo LP) 1986, CD reissue (Caroline True) 2005
Out of True (Iron Man CD) 2006
What’s Not To Love? (Caroline True CD) 2007
Insult To Injury (Klangbad CD) 2008
No Love Lost (Cooking Vinyl CD) 2012

Live
Live In Paris (Big Print CD) 2008
And Another Thing (Big Print CD) 2010
[edit]Compilations
Pillows & Prayers (Cherry Red LP) 1982-1983
Just The Job compilation (Vindaloo LP) 1984
What A Scream (1980–1986) compilation (Mau Mau/Demon CD) 1991
Pissed & Potless – The Definitive Nightingales Collection compilation (Cherry Red CD) 2001

Singles
“Idiot Strength” 1981 (Rough Trade/Vindaloo)
“Use Your Loaf” 1982 (Cherry Red)
“Paraffin Brain” 1982 (Cherry Red)
“Peel Session EP” 1982 (Cherry Red)
“Urban Osprey” 1983 (Cherry Red)
“Crafty Fag” 1983 (Ink/Red Flame)
“The Crunch EP” 1984 (Vindaloo)
“It’s a Cracker” 1985 (Vindaloo)
“What a Carry On EP” 1985 (Vindaloo)
“Peel Session EP” 1988 (Strange Fruit)
“Black Country” 2004 (Big Print)
“Workshy Wunderkind” 2004 (Big Print)
“EFL” (Sex And God Knows What)” 2004 (Big Print)
“Devil In The Detail” 2005 (Big Print)
“Let’s Think About Living” 2006 (Fake Product)

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Picture is a still from the BBC Arena programme featuring The Nightingales shot at the legendary Star Club, above the Communist Party bookshop in Essex St and features the equally legendary John Peel. The poster in question is for a gig at the Golden Eagle on Hill St with Legs Akimbo and Adrian Goldberg!

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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