The Institute

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Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Renamed from HMV Institute in early 2013.

The Digbeth Institute was originally built as a methodist congregational chapel at the turn of the 1900’s. Designed by Arthur Harrison, it was officially opened on January 16, 1908 by the wife of the Pastor of Carrs Lane Church, John Henry Jowett, as an institutional church attached to Carr’s Lane Congregational Church.

People known to have made speeches at the Digbeth Institute iinclude Neville Chamberlain, Henry Usborne, Florence L. Barclay and Herbert Hensley Henson.

In 1955, it was bought by Birmingham City Council and was used as a civic hall. It later became a music venue and over the last 30 years plus it has been an essential part of the Birmingham Live Music and Club scene until its untimely closure in 2008. This legendary venue has hosted bands like Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, The Human League, Arctic Monkeys and The Cure over the years.

It has been synonymous in the development of the British rave music and drum & bass scene, was the original home of Godskitchen and has played host to famous club nights such as Atomic Jam, Uproar, Slinky, Sundissential, Athletico, Ramshackle, Insurrection, Inukshuk, Atomic Jam and Panic. Many influential hip hop artists have also performed at Digbeth Institute including Redman and Keith Murray.

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78 Digbeth
Birmingham B5 6DY
United Kingdom
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0121 643 0428

Upcoming Events

Thursday 25 February 2016
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Fun Lovin' CriminalsConcert
The Institute
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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