Birmingham and the West Midlands hold an association with Northern Soul which pre-dates the very term ‘Nothern Soul’, right from when local bands such as the Spencer Davis Group and early Robert Plant soul songs (way before Led Zeppelin) graced venues such as the Eagle on Hill Street in the mid 60s,they were imitating the soul sounds of America.
Soul and MOD music remained popular in Brum right up to the Soul Weekenders at the Power House nightclub. However, since this time the soul scene in Birmingham has been sporadic with little focus… Until now! The Midlands first purpose built Northern Soul & Motown Bar ‘The Night Owl’ now welcomes party goers from all over the UK.
The venue takes its name from a classic Northern Soul record ‘The Night Owl’ by Bobby Paris. Northern Soul isn’t just a type of music, it’s a way of life. The records, the dancing, the clothes, and the lifelong friends made. Richard Priest has adored Northern Soul since his teenage years in the 1970s; he became a regular at infamous all-nighter parties at legendary venues such as Wigan Casino. His dream has become a reality and now Soul fans across the UK can enjoy great knowledgeable DJs and occasional live bands at The Night Owl.
A sprung wooden dance-floor enables safe acrobatics of Northern Soul dancing. The venue also features a modern spin on the vintage interiors by Stax Creations. The DJ booth is kitted out with vinyl turntables and CDJs. At pure Northern Soul events a camera is positioned above the record decks and projects the label of the record that is playing onto the wall. The venue also benefits from the highest quality sound equipment.
For the £25 lifetime membership fee you get great membership exclusives such as a Limited Edition The Night Owl clothing patch on your first visit to the club (or via post for long distance members). As a VIP member you also get invited to at least 1 Members Only Night a year! You will also receive a Limited Edition 7 inch single of Bobby Paris’ The Night Owl/Tears On My Pillow (worth £10) completely free of charge.
Other great nights at The Night Owl include DJs playing psychedelia, funk and MOD from the regions finest DJs in their field. Digbeth has never had it so good!