Birmingham music venue still Jam-ming 15 years on
As Andy Warhol once mused, everyone has a shot at 15 minutes of fame in the music industry - yet Birmingham’s premier music venue is this month celebrating 15 years of hitting the right notes.
The Jam House - situated in St Paul’s Square - is toasting the milestone after seeing more than 1 million people pass through its doors since Jools Holland tinkled the ivories on its opening night in 1999.
A firm favourite with city partygoers, the Georgian venue has seen more than 2,000 acts perform, including the likes of Westlife, Snow Patrol, Robert Plant and Beverley Knight. Whilst similar venues have failed to stand the test of time, The Jam House has retained its status as the region’s favoured music hotspot thanks to a combination of high quality entertainment and food - a mix which continues to attract customers of all ages.
John Bunce, general manager at The Jam House, said:
When I arrived in Birmingham there were a handful of venues where you could hear live music in an intimate setting. Getting up close to those headline acts is, obviously, a big attraction for fans, which is why I think we became so popular.
Our offering appeals to both professionals enjoying a post-work drink and to the likes of an 80-year-old lady who recently celebrated her birthday by dancing until midnight. That is what all of our customers have in common - their love of good music and the knowledge that they can relax and have a good time with us.
As well as the established names which have put Birmingham on the map as a destination for quality live music, The Jam House remains dedicated to showcasing local upcoming talent and, rather than resting on its laurels, is tuning up for another 15 years of live music.
Music fans have taken The Jam House to their hearts and we’re grateful for their continued support over the years, especially as other music venues in the city haven’t been so fortunate and had to close
said Bunce, who is celebrating 10 years at the helm of the venue.
Going forward, we’re aiming to promote local talent as well as bring some of the more famous acts to Birmingham. We programme regular acoustic nights which showcase the finest local up-and-coming talent but also have the likes of Martha Reeves performing next week. It’s a delicate balancing act, but one that has served us well for over a decade so far.
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