The Night Owl brings Northern Soul and Disco to International Dance Festival

The soul and retro nightclub on Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, is known to host all night parties of eclectic dancing and is now proud to bring some of their best dancers to the biennial festival.

Over June 1st – June 3rd members of the public will have the chance to learn how to dance like the 1970’s Soul Train Contestants and spin like a true Northern Soul dancer during their Birmingham Dances Weekend.

Northern Soul

Three years ago, The Night Owl became known for championing the Northern Soul movement – hosting soul all-nighters where dancers would twist and flip to 1960s and 70s soul. Now is the chance for others to be part of the magic – as an original Wigan Casino dancer Robert ‘Nobby’ Pearce will host a Northern Soul Workshop on Sunday, June 3rd for even the most novice dancer to get involved.


The Night Owl is also known for its legendary disco dance offs at club night Le Freak. The monthly disco, funk and soul night has had eager dancers queueing around the block to strut their stuff and show off their moves for two years. Now, resident groovers and shakers Edmund Quigley and Tori Drew will be teaching dancers how to shake, spin, move and groove in the style of Soul Train on Saturday, June 2nd. The hit 1970s Television show inspired these legendary dance offs and is famous for its incredible dancers – who would show off their best moves to disco music.

Both dance classes will take centre stage on Victoria Square in Birmingham City Centre. The dance classes are free for all to enter. The Birmingham International Dance Festival takes place from Friday, June 1st until Sunday June 24th. More information can be found at