DHP to open Birmingham venue for drinks, food, clubbing and live music

DHP Family George Akins

Leading operator DHP Family is to create a new venue in Birmingham offering a bar and food alongside live music and club nights.

It has acquired the freehold of a Grade II-listed Victorian building, formerly Rosie O’Brien’s bar, in John Bright Street in the city centre next to the redeveloped New Street Station and Grand Central Birmingham.

Plans are now being drawn up for a complete refurbishment of the premises, due for completion in 2018. Although the layout is still under discussion, the new venue will feature a bar and food along with a full programme of live music and club nights.

DHP Family is behind leading live music destinations ranging from the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham and the Thekla in Bristol to Borderline in Soho and The Garage in Highbury, both in London.

DHP Family owner George Akins (pictured) said: “Birmingham is the UK’s second city and has a rich musical heritage, but the city centre has lacked a characterful and creative venue for a long time.

“We believe with the revitalisation of the area around New Street Station that the time is right to create a place that the music fans of Birmingham will welcome.”

DHP Family’s template has worked at other sites such as its Nordic-inspired venue Oslo in Hackney in London which is known for the good quality of its offering from gig-goers, clubbers, diners and drinkers.

It now operates nine venues including Stealth, The Bodega and Rock City in Nottingham and also runs Manchester Cathedral’s music programme. It is also a promoter and runs festivals.

The Rescue Rooms, which was one of the first DHP venues to offer the mix of food, bar and live entertainment, is shortly to mark its 15th anniversary.

Anton Lockwood, DHP’s director of promotions, said: “We plan to use the skills and knowledge we’ve gained from award-winning venues like Rock City, Oslo, Thekla and Rescue Rooms to deliver something exciting that echoes the DHP values and standards, but is also a unique experience to Birmingham.

“As part of this we will increase our focus on Birmingham as promoters, and will be investing in people and marketing in this key strategic region for us.”

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