New venue Forum Birmingham opening in 2021

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  • Formerly The Ballroom, the 3,500-capacity space has been shut since 2013.
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  • Birmingham is getting a new 3,500-capacity venue. Run by Global Venues, Forum Birmingham sits on the site formerly occupied by The Ballroom, O2 Academy and The Hummingbird. The building has been shut since 2013. Forum, which hopes to open later this year in line with the UK government's current roadmap, has been fitted with a new wooden-sprung dance floor, d&b audiotechnik soundsystem and state-of-the-art lights and visuals provided by DMX Productions, whose clients include Glastonbury Festival. "Prior to the pandemic, 250,000 in the West Midlands worked in the culture, media and night-time industries and the relaunch of this historic venue in Birmingham will help to refuel this damaged part of our local economy," says Global Venues' Billy Chauhan. "We're also extremely passionate about preserving Birmingham's musical heritage." In addition to major promoters such as AEG presents and Cream, Forum will host parties from local promoters like Leftfoot, Shadow City and Foliée. The first lineups will be revealed at the end of April. The building has a lot of musical history in Birmingham, counting Bob Marley & The Wailers, The Clash, Nirvana and Amy Winehouse among past guests. Head here for more info and to sign up for pre-sale tickets.