National promoter DHP Family has big ambitions for the Birmingham music scene after snapping up a new venue in the city.
Speaking in the latest issue of Music Week, the firm’s promotions director Anton Lockwood said the city centre site - which previously operated as a bar - will have a capacity of around 400 and is likely to open in the second half of 2018.
“We pick cities where we think there’s a real opportunity to grow something,” said Lockwood. “Birmingham has great musical heritage, but has been underrepresented for a long time at this level.”
The venue has yet to be named, but will boast “food, a quality bar offer and a full programme of live music and club nights”, according to the company.
The acquisition increases DHP’s venue portfolio to nine, with Nottingham’s Rock City, Stealth, Bodega and Rescue Rooms, London’s The Garage, Oslo and Borderline, and Bristol’s Thekla, also under its control.