8 things you (probably) didn’t know about The Roadhouse
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In honour of Independent Venue Week (25-31 Jan), we asked one of Birmingham’s most loved (and last remaining) independent live music locations, The Roadhouse, to share some fond memories and fun facts about the popular venue and its past gigs.

Here owner Zoe Godber shares eight titbits you’ve probably never heard about The Roadhouse before.

1. It’s the last of its kind

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“The Roadhouse is now the only independent, small to medium sized, pure through and through live music venue left in Birmingham. Luckily there are plenty of other establishments that host live music but they are pubs or clubs first and foremost. Tom Martin’s Tower Of Song is the only thing close but capacity is very small.”

2. The Roadhouse used to be a sweet place (literally)

“Before it was a venue, the building is well known to have been an indoor cricket centre. However, not many are aware that before this – way back when – it was used to store chocolate for Cadburys who are only round the corner from us.”

3. Yes, they’ve played here…

“… everyone from Joanne Shaw Taylor (who was once a regular at our open mic) to Joe Elliott from Def Leppard. Robert Plant’s grandson also frequents our open mic.”

4. The Roadhouse is thirsty for new blood

“We have our own Music Academy open to all levels – aged from 7 years right up to 105. A unique offering whereby you get one on one tuition within the environment of a live music venue.”

5. A different kind of ‘action’ sometimes happens here

“We also use the venue for alternative revenue streams such as location filming. BBC series Doctors has often been filmed here for all their bar and club scenes.”

6. TV talent scouts have been known to hang out at The Roadhouse

“Talent scouts from various stations like Thames TV often come to our open mic night on the lookout for potential applicants for shows like Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor.”

7. It’s not graffiti, it’s art

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“The graffiti in the main gig room was done by artist Tony Graffiti who is well known in the world of graf and can often be found painting in Digbeth.”

8. We’ve got festival fever

“Most locals are aware that The Roadhouse is associated with a couple of the big festivals but not many people know that we are actually linked to eight different festivals around the UK.”

Visit The Roadhouse: Wharfside Leisure Complex, Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, B30 3DZ

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