If you check out the listings for the Birmingham Heritage Week, you’ll see we have an event kicking off at 2pm on Sunday 11 September. This is a music themed walking tour of the Jewellery Quarter, led by Jez Collins, founder of the Birmingham Music Archive – with over 20 years of experience as a social and cultural entrepreneur in the creative, and particularly music, industries in Birmingham.
This two-hour walk will reveal some of the hidden stories, spaces and places of Birmingham’s music history and heritage in the Jewellery Quarter.
You’ll hear about The Krays being sent packing back to London and the infamous Battle of the Cedar Club. We’ll visit the site where Robert Plant would jam with touring bands and where a young David Bowie would suggest the formation of one the great Birmingham bands. We’ll follow in the footsteps of some of the giants of 60s music by visiting the site of Alex’s Pie Stand where bands would congregate to talk about the gigs they had just played across the UK.
And we’ll visit the site of ex-footballer Andy Gray’s old club that was at the centre of the New Romantic scene and hear about the glitz and glamour of the city’s legendary house clubs and nights of the 80s & 90s.
Join us as we delve into some of the lesser known histories of Birmingham’s rich and vibrant history. Tickets cost £5 and should be paid in cash on the day.