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All-night shows recalls the '60s and '70s
Northern Soul returns to Birmingham Town Hall on April 15, 2017. The city centre venue has joined forces with Birmingham club The Night Owl, based in Lower Trinity Street, for an all-night event featuring DJs Colin Curtis, PEP, Sonny & Spare, Kev Richie, Josh Pye and Richard Priest.
Soulful: DJ Colin Curtis
Starting at 9pm and finishing around 4am, The Big Birmingham Soul Night harks back to the famous Town Hall soul nights of the '60s and '70s. The Town Hall boasts a wooden floor, perfect for Northern Soul and Mod-style dancing, and an elegant balcony for those who prefer to just relax and enjoy the dancing below.
There will also be a smaller second room of music with decks manned by The Night Owl's resident DJs. It will have its own bar and seating, as well as record buying and selling.
The headline DJ is Colin Curtis, who began operating the turntables in the late 1960s at the Crystal Lake Ballroom and the Golden Torch in Stoke-on-Trent, and later Blackpool Mecca. He is often cited as being one of the most important tastemakers of black music in the UK. On April 15 Colin will be playing vinyl Northern Soul classics from his Torch days.
Tastemaker: Colin Curtis
Chris Proctor, Programme Manager at Town Hall/ Symphony Hall, says: "We are really excited to join forces with The Night Owl in what we know will be an unmissable night. Town Hall was purpose built for Midland audiences to enjoy and dance to music, with the likes of Led Zeppelin and David Bowie having graced the stage for incredibly high energy standing performances. It will be fantastic to have a taste of that again at Town Hall. With the ever growing popularity of soul events in the city, The Big Birmingham Soul Night is likely to sell out.''
Richard Priest, from The Night Owl, adds: "We are delighted to be working with Birmingham Town Hall, it reminds me of the places I used to go to as a teenager. With the large main hall and wooden floor it really fits the ethos of the Northern Soul scene. The soul fans are going to love it!''