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.



Maps & Guides

Maps & Guides for your visit.

Read More

Getting around

Getting around Birmingham couldn’t be easier...

Read More

What's on

Search for places, events & accommodation...

Read More

Festivals & events

Take a look at what’s on now and coming up here...

Read More


RT @custardfactory: Who loves the design for the Curzon Street Station?! We think it’s fab.@HS2ltd will be in our reception today between…

RT @DigbethDiner: The game has been changed. You asked for it, so here it is. The very first ‘Dogbeth Dining Club’. Sunday, 28th Octobe…

RT @IndependentBham: Tucked away down side streets, off the beaten path, Birmingham is full of wonderful independent hidden gems. Here's ou…

Sporting highlights

All sporting events

There’s always something, or someone, to cheer for here

Read More


Art Galleries

Birmingham’s art collection is as wide as it is impressive. 

Read More

Stage & Screen

From touring West End shows to showcasing local talent.

Read More


A huge arena tour or an intimate gig?  You’ll find it here.

Read More


Multiplexes, the UK’s oldest working cinema or art house cool?

Read More

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

A vibrant museum in the heart of the city with over 40 galleries.

Read More


A diverse range of dance groups and venues.

Read More

See More, Feel More

Come, stay and soak up the culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.

Read More


Plan the perfect shopping trip with full store, centre and brand directories.

Read More

Shopping centres

From the world-famous, 21st Century Bullring to the Victorian elegance of the Great Western Arcade.

Read More

Vibrant streets

Linking the centres are Birmingham’s bustling shopping streets, packed with major brands and boutique independents.

Read More


Don’t miss Birmingham’s amazing markets – whether it’s the 850-year old Bullring markets or the...

Read More

Jewellery Quarter

Home to more diamond rings, finishing touches and tokens of love than anywhere else in...

Read More

Getting Married in Birmingham

We have everything covered from the rings right up to the venue itself.

Read More