Norman Jay to appear at new Midlands venue

Norman Jay to appear at new Midlands venue

Birmingham’s new super live-club and multipurpose venue CONCRETE opens its doors on Friday 1st February 2008.

Birmingham’s new super live-club and multipurpose venue CONCRETE opens its doors on Friday 1st February 2008.

The brainchild of Sharnita K Athwal, Andy Tatam and Manga CONCRETE is a 3,000 square feet multipurpose venue spread over two levels based in the Jewellery Quarter, Hockley, Birmingham. The venue morphs through the week from restaurant lounge bar to full on live music at the weekends, with strong club promoters, eclectic bands and internationally known artists appearing regularly.

The main level situated below The Big Peg, includes a live music venue, a 46-cover restaurant, two bars and two dance-floors, as well as numerous seating areas and a superb space for the corporate scene, while the entrance level above places a secondary seating area and a magnificent beer garden outside. The quarter-of-a-million development also includes the installation of a £50k KV2 sounds-system, the first to be ever used in the Midlands, spanking new lighting, contemporary interior, a bespoke light sculpture and furniture designed by Rodolfo Dordoni, Karim Rashid and Enea.

The food meanwhile is delightfully, mouth-wateringly British through and through. CONCRETE serves up a seasonal modern British fayre with locally sourced ingredients from 8.00am to 7.00pm. Breakfast, lunch and evening meals will be available from the Seasonal Menu as well as Sunday Roast with all the trimmings alongside, single serving bottled champagne, an innovative cocktail list, and a heavy wine list rounds everything off nicely.

Breaking new boundaries and raising the bar in Birmingham, CONCRETE also opens on weekends with Thursday to Saturday events programmed by London and Midlands A-list promoters. February kicks off with Utah Saints, A-Skillz, Diverted (Live), Mr No Hands and many others will join Ali B’s infamous night Air. Bigger than Barry promoters unite fashion, art and electro house at Cameltoe. The following Friday, creators of Shake Yer Booty hosts Shake Ya Leg, a showcase night for Birmingham’s finest artists and cultural producers of the region. DJs vs VJs are the name of the game for Project X as they present a one-off night called X-Lab:vl, whilst the last Friday of the month sees the arrival of CONCRETE’S in-house night featuring the very best in alternative sounds and special guests from every corner of the music community.

Starting on Thursday 7th, then fortnightly afterwards ex-Kerrang presenter Sean Scott (Galaxy) offers POPSCENE! an independent indi pop night featuring chart-topper Midas, Manchester based El Policia, West Midlands pop-punk band The Return and Kidnapper Bell


Saturday monthly’s include Bugz in the Attic, I.G Culture, Bruce Q and UpRoc will serve broken beats and Nu Jazz at Co-op. Norman Jay and guests take charge of CONCRETE presents… and Jim ‘Shaft’ Ryan and Jeff Jefferson and the fabulous Miss Moneypenny’s will bring a touch of international glamour and glitz to their night. Trip-hop, Break-beat and Hip-Hop is next on the agenda as DJ Vadim from Ninja Tunes headlines Soundcrash; completing the line-up. During the rest of the week the club is available for third party promoters and private events.

Musical genres vary from night to night, with progressive house, electro, broken beats, hip hop, electro, Nu Jazz, breakbeat indi, rock and world music. Live bands as well as comedy nights, film, spoken word and Visual Arts shows will also be programmed throughout the year.

CONCRETE’S grand opening party, happens on the Friday 1st February 2008 with breaks mainstays Ali B presents Air with Utah Saints, A-Skillz, Ali B, Diverted (Live), Mr No Hands and Janette Slack followed by Co-op on Saturday 2nd February featuring Bugz in the Attic, I.G Culture, Bruce Q, UpRoc and very special guests plus a live band.

CONCRETE. 120 Vyse Street. The Big Peg. Jewellery Quarter. Birmingham. B18 6NF
Tel: 0121 236 6446 Email: Web:
Venue & Club Enquires: 0121 212 9280
Opening Times:
Monday – Wednesday: 8.00am – 12.ooam
Thursday: 8.00am – 1.00am
Friday: 8.00am – 4.ooam
Saturday: 9.00am – 4.00am
Sunday: 11.00am til late.


Region: All
Press Tickets: Not Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
Press Tickets:
Name: Sharnita Athwal
Phone: 07968 366878.