Rave Music & The Growth of Birmingham’s EDM Nightlife

Digbeth, Birmingham in the UK is one of the leading locations across the country for EDM promotions and rave music. Digbeth holds its fame by being the first area of Birmingham to be settled in the 7th century.

Its routes bring on Black Sabbath (led by Ozzy Osbourne), Judas Priest and the lead singer of Led Zeppelin originated from the city. Other famous bands are The Streets, UB40 and Duran Duran.

Drum & Bass legend Goldie known for his ‘Timeless’ album lived in Birmingham for some years. He later dictated the scene as a DJ touring across the UK reaching stardom along the way.

Goldie recently hosted a set at the Commonwealth game’s closing ceremony.

Did You Know?

There are thousands of entertainment venues to hang out in Birmingham!

Did you know Digbeth has been rated as one of the top places to live in the country? Rave Music thrives off the venues Digbeth provides and has many close by bars on Broad Street to venture into beforehand.

As far as nightlife is concerned Digbeth, Birmingham has held some of the greatest promotions in the UK. Clubbers from all over the country enjoy lapping up the experience.

Birmingham’s Entertainment Quarter

Entertainment wise Birmingham, the second biggest city in the UK has stood its ground by hosting unique promotions for EDM. The biggest club on Birmingham’s Broad Street is known as Pryzm.

Although it represents mostly mainstream music its empowerment in EDM is firmly placed on its agenda. Digbeth nightclubs tend to host more underground Old Skool nights.

Digbeth is most definitely the place to be for rave music due to its location. It’s a stone’s throw away from all forms of transport in Birmingham and has the widest range of EDM clubs.

Birmingham’s Rave Music Scene 1988-1991

Rave Music & The Growth of Birmingham's EDM Nightlife
Rave Music 1988-1994
The Warehouse Days

It’s easy to understand the reason for raves being so popular in Birmingham with its residents feeling less freedom with the cost of living in a big city. It was ready for raves to hit its shores with plenty of love for the scene at a low cost.

The amazing story behind raves in Birmingham was its cultural prominence. People from all cultural backgrounds went to raves in Birmingham and all across the UK.

There were no cultural signs of racism which made it so successful. Even today’s ravers show enthusiasm for various cultures coming together as one.

The rave generation of 1988 – 1994 still exists in Birmingham even 30+ years on. Yes, we are a little older, however, Rave music has always been with us all this time.

Birmingham’s Crime Rate Decreased

Rave music changed how society was to uphold itself to join together as one family and dance the nights away. In some ways, that’s what the Criminal Justice Bill didn’t take into account, which is a shame.

Birmingham was a rough place to live until the rave scene arrived in 1988. it was an underground scene, taking place in warehouses all over Birmingham between 1988 -1994 when crime decreased.

Football hooliganism and general violence calmed down as more and more people went raving across Birmingham. People talked more about the DJs, the music and the friendly chit-chat.

It’s unfortunate that Birmingham has shown high crime rates recently. For that reason, therefore, it would be beneficial to unite once more as one family at raves. EDM has no real direction at the moment hence it’s time to put that right.

The Growth of EDM in Birmingham

Timeless was the first drum and bass album to achieve substantial mainstream success. Moving the genre from hardcore’s low-brow populism into more progressive musical territory.

Samples from across the board proved Goldie was taking EDM and hardcore into a new darker direction. Knowing he originated from Walsall, west midlands and later moved to Birmingham means we are proud of his EDM direction.

It is fair to say by Goldie’s background how much he took rave to the next level, furthermore, how it changed his life.

Digbeth has stayed in touch with EDM and the Old Skool rave scene by hosting nights from time to time for the masses. The rave nights are always a sellout with the best DJs from the scene.

PST in Digbeth has been a long-standing club hosting 90’s Old Skool nights along with hip hop and funk. It’s a great club for that retro feeling so it will have that feel-good factor that a rave provides.

The sheer amount of clubs in Birmingham playing EDM across the board opens up opportunities for DJs, furthermore for Clubbers too.

Birmingham’s House Music Venues

Birmingham has many famous EDM venues that played house tunes in the 90s across the city. Wobble and Crunch were pioneering dance nights at Branston’s nightclub.

The night was called wobble due to the dance floor vibrating sending you dancing from one side of the club to the other.

Attending Atomic Jam at the Q Club was as revelatory an experience as you could get in Brum during the ‘90s. It was an old church going back in time later to host some of the best nights solely for rave music.

Miss Moneypenny’s at bonds nightclub in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham was a famous super well-dressed expensive night out. The vibe was always great there with regular appearances from DJ Sasha and Paul Oakenfold.

Another house-orientated member of the scene, Tin Tins on Smallbrook Queensway attracted a big gay crowd and, as a result, it had one of the friendliest vibes in town.

The house tunes at Tin Tins were always top notch and the vibe was amazing and attracted people from all over the UK.

Birmingham, The Centre of England

Rave Music & The Growth of Birmingham's EDM Nightlife
The Bull Ring, Birmingham
Rave Music & The Growth of Birmingham's EDM Nightlife
The Birmingham Connection

Raving was fun, energetic and at times overwhelming but the euphoria that surrounded it suited (Brummies) Birmingham residents to the max. Other ravers liked Brummies and their friendly approach.

It is, therefore, said there couldn’t be a better match than a Burmmie raver. There were very few negative insults about the accent or the social aspect of living there. Brummies enlightened to EDM and followed it through the times.

Living in Birmingham meant being central to most raves in England not having to travel too far. Living in central England made life easier for travel and invites when visiting new friends.

The number of clubs in the past, present and those planned for the future tells a story. Birmingham is on the map and included in the history of some of the greatest EDM nights in the UK.

Think about the raves you have been to. When rave music was born there was always a Brummie there to tell a story.