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Saturday Lunchtimes, Wednesday Evenings at Bogarts:


Here’s a picture sent in by Chris Bates,  inside Bogarts New Years Eve 1979, and in the centre right is the box were the projector was for showing the occasional cartoon. Happy days sticking to the floor.

Thanks to Ian Hasell for sending this in to us. Ian was Walrus Gumboot’s Sound Engineer. Recorded at Bogarts.

Back Street Slide

Back Street Slide at The Railway

‘Back Street Slide’ at The Railway, Curzon Street.
Nigel Jones, Terry Biddulph, Trish Hathaway, Mark Stevens, Keith Jones & Dick Shaw.

The Roadhouse


THE ROADHOUSE showcases a range of signed and unsigned bands including tribute acts covering metal, rock, pop, acoustic, jazz, folk, reggae, ska, hardcore, blues, funk and r’n’b.

“The RoadHouse Club was first set up on an informal basis for local friends and music lovers after the closure and eventual demoltion of the nearby “Breedon Bar” – for many years the area`s leading music venue.

What had been just a bar in a sports centre was transformed into today’s GREAT venue. From very humble beginnings with decidedly sparse facilities and equipment, we have progressed steadily since 1999 to the stage now where The RoadHouse is widely regarded amongst both artistes and audiences as one of the best live venues in the Midlands.”

The Barrel Organ




Three Magpies Folk Club




The Three Magpies Folk Club, Hall Green, Birmingham. Later to become ‘The Maggies’.



Hamstead Social Club



Hamstead Social Club, Old Walsall Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B42 1HY.




Part of the Fewtrell empire of clubs and venues, Rebecca’s was located on Severn Street in the city centre, off John Bright St. It later became Boogies.

Spread over three floors, the rooms were called The Cabasa which was more of a cabaret room, then there was the Blue Soul room and the Sin Bin, down in the basement.



Hare And Hounds


The Nervous Kind, Hare And Hounds 2012 via Paul Harris

Situated in the South Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath, the Hare and Hounds has been around since 1820, but has stood in its present form since 1907.  This, along with the beautiful and unique Art Nouveau tiles that line the entry hall and staircase, is a major contributing factor to its current Grade II listed status.

Although playing host to local Birmingham legends UB4O’s first ever gig in 1979 (recently commemorated by a PRS Music Heritage award and plaque), it is only in the past 7 years that it’s really established itself as one of the most important and influential music venues in the country, playing a vital part in nurturing the city’s vibrant music and creative community.

The pub boasts two downstairs bars which host regular food evenings, a pub quiz and weekend DJs whilst the two upstairs venues feature live music & club nights spanning jazz, indie, funk, reggae, hip hop, soul, house, D’n’B & comedy most nights of the week.

“Eddies” / Edwards Rock Complex


Pearl Jam – Edwards 26 February 1992. via Clive Hetherington

Better known as Eddies, the Edwards Rock Complex (including “Edwards No.8”) was a huge part of Birmingham’s rock and goth scene. It was located on Lower Severn Street between New Street Station and The Mailbox. Originally part of Eddie Fewtrell’s group of clubs it is best remembered for the period from 1987 onwards when it became a purely rock and alternative music club compromising of two pubs/bars, a second club (“Edwards No.7”) located immediately beneath it, and another club named “Goldwyns” next door in an adjacent building.

In the late 80’s it was the heart of a thriving Rock complex, which comprised two pubs/bars, a second club (“Edwards No.7”) located immediately beneath it, and another club named “Goldwyns” next door in an adjacent building.


The club sadly burnt down a little after 1am on November 12th 2006. Following the fire a few temporary nights were arranged in a nearby pub Gosta Green, with an alternative longer-term residency then being established in The Newt pub. Edwards No8 changed its name to EDDIES and from until June 2014 was located on Gough Street. Following the sale of the building to a property developer, the club was closed without notice. Owner Colin Wall, with the help of over 20,000 Facebook fans found The Tunnel Club (Livery Street, Birmingham B3 1HL) allowed Eddies to rock the club from July 5th 2014.



Past gigs include:

Pearl Jam, Dogs D’Amour, Modulate, Enter Shikari, All About Eve, Angelspit, Apoptygma Berzerk, The Berzerker, Bikini Kill, Blaze Bayley, Bleed From Within, Blessed By A Broken Heart, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Cathedral, Code 64, Covenant, Cradle Of Filth, Cryptopsy, Dead Swans, Defeater, Die So Fluid, Discharge, Enter Shikari, Flymore, Furyon, GBH, Gothika, Honeycrack, Horrorpops, Inkubus Sukkubus Jake Lee, Leather Face, Lukin, March Violets, Melvins, Mercury Rev, Morbid Angel, Mudhoney, Napalm Death, Nirvana, Orange Goblin, Eden House, Powerquest, Prong, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Senser, Skindred, Smashing Pumpkins, Space Ritual, Spear Of Destiny, The Stone Roses, Therapy?, Vader, The Verve, Viatrophy, Weezer, Wrathchild, Dave McPherson, INME, VNV Nation & Combichrist.


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