A new 3,500 capacity music venue is being launched in Birmingham in the summer.
The building formerly known as The Hummingbird has been transformed into a new entertainment venue – called Forum Birmingham – and is ready to welcome world-class DJs and other live acts.
The historic Dale End site has lain dormant and decaying for around a decade.
The building initially launched as The Ballroom in the 1960’s before evolving into the Top Rank Suite which hosted iconic acts like Bob Marley & The Wailers and The Clash.
In the 1980’s it became The Hummingbird and played host to Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Beastie Boys before it closed its doors in 1994.
The venue later had a spell as Carling Academy Birmingham in the 2000’s with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran taking to the stage.
Now – following a huge renovation project – Global Venues is set to reopen the venue ahead of lockdown easing in late summer.
Billy Chauhan, of Global Venues, said: “Prior to the pandemic, a quarter of a million people in the West Midlands worked in the culture, media and night time industries and the relaunch of this historic venue in Birmingham will help to refuel this damaged part of our local economy.
“We’re also extremely passionate about preserving Birmingham’s musical heritage and our work culminates with Forum Birmingham.”
The huge renovation project has included the restoration of the original woven wooden sprung dance floor and the addition of new polished concrete floors, a steel mezzanine and a new sound system.
A number of national promoters have already been confirmed and are working on their first events, with full line-ups expected to be revealed at the end of the month.
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Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), has welcomed the news of the venue’s reopening.
He said: “The club scene is a huge part of British culture and heritage spanning decades. We need to preserve it so that future generations can share the experience and pursue careers and opportunities within this sector for years to come.
“At the moment our clubs are fighting to survive during the pandemic so it’s really inspirational that Forum Birmingham will reopen saving a cultural institution in the city and giving the local industry a much needed shot of confidence.”