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About

WELCOME TO THE NIGHT OWL

The Night Owl is The Midlands’ finest soul and retro club. An intimate live music venue set in the heart of Digbeth, the Creative Quarter of Birmingham.

Based on Lower Trinity Street in Digbeth, The Night Owl is the perfect club for any fan of music from days gone by. Taking its name from the Northern Soul song of the same name by Bobby Paris, The Night Owl was the first ever purpose built Northern Soul and Motown club, opening its doors in 2015.

Since its opening , The Night Owl has gone from strength the strength, expanding its music genres to include much loved retro genres spanning decades (as well as record collections!) Soul is and always will be at The Night Owl’s core, but music fans can expect Motown, ska, funk, disco, garage, psychedelia, rock and roll, Britpop, indie and more coming from tribute and live bands and respectful Birmingham DJs every week, both in the day and night.

THE VENUE

A sprung wooden dance-floor, designed by Stax Creations enables safe acrobatics of any type of dancing, from classic Northern Soul, to kicks and flips of 1970s hip hop, and disco moves and grooves at Soul train dance offs. The venue also features a modern spin on the vintage interiors and hand painted paisley murals on the walls and stage. The DJ booth is kitted out with both vinyl turntables and CDJs with the highest quality sound. 

MEET THE NIGHT OWLS

Clare Phillips

General Manager, 60s lover, house boat owner and odd mod


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Clare is the general manager of The Night Owl. She’s the “captain of the ship”, making sure the place is set for a wild weekend!

Out on the floor

Clare loves “any heartbreak soul or stompin’ 60s R&B banger” however a strong contender for her favourite is Billy Davis’ ‘Stanky Get Funky’!

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There’s too many incredible Night Owl events for Clare to choose from, however “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Special and A Christmas Gift For You have a special place in my heart.” Why does Clare love our little soul club so much? “The atmosphere. There’s nothing quite like it. A whole lotta love in that room!”

Jessie Scutts

Assistant Manager & Cocktail Maker Extraordinaire


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Jessie is all about the 60s and 70s rock n roll but will never turn away a good ol dose of punk and ska.

Out on the floor

“I will dance to literally anything but Mamas and Papas – California Dreamin’ gets us all crazy singing along. If I had to choose a favourite record it  would have to be The Doors – Peace Frog!”

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“I hear the cocktails are great”

Mazzy Snape

DJ, Promoter, Disco Referee & Soul Survivor


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Mazzy is a soul sister with a penchant for punk, new wave and alternative as well as a passion for all things disco. “My favourite gigs of all time include Iggy & The Stooges, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Sonics, Prince and David Bowie.”

Out on the Floor

Mazzys favourites are ‘Wrap it Up’ Sam & Dave, ‘Love is like an itching in my heart’ The Supremes and ‘Do you wanna funk?’ – Sylvester, ‘Controversy’ Prince, however she “couldn’t possibly pick one, I couldn’t sit still to any of these.”

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The atmosphere here is like nowhere else, everyone in there is a music fan there to dance, socialise and meet like-minded people.

Sophie Hack

Social Media and Events Assistant, Gig Goer, Disco Lover & Honorary Brummie


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Sophie grew up listening to soul, rock and roll and grunge, favourites have always been Bowie and The Cure. “However, over the last couple of years I’ve caught the disco bug and love dancing to the likes of Sylvester and Donna Summer at Le Freak on the last Friday of the month and you can usually catch me assisting with the dance off.”

Out on the Floor

Sophie’s favourite tune is ‘Give It To Me Baby’ – Rick James, “soon as I hear that bassline I’m straight on the dance floor.”

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“I fell in love with the place due to its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The staff are like a family and the bands/music played are completely unique. You’ll never find another place quite like it!”

Andy Marshall

Resident Dig? DJ and Soulin' creator


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Andy is a connoisseur of all types of music but soul, mod, ska and anything 60s “rock my world the most.” You can usually catch Andy DJing a mod or soul inspired Dig? Saturday night or at his own event Soulin’, featuring rare soul and funk with live percussion.

Out on the floor

When he’s behind the decks, Andy loves playing ‘I Want You To Be My Baby – Ellie Greenwich’ “this song always gets people up!”

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“I love the people who go, it’s always a good crowd. I love all the people connected who make it happen and make the club as good as it is!”

Sonny & Spare

Soul and mod DJ duo Jemma and Steve


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Sonny & Spare live and breathe Northern Soul: “we loved the Big Birmingham Soul Night at Birmingham Town Hall because we love Northern Soul, but Barefootin’ and Dig? Are great as they’re so eclectic.”

Out on the floor

When they’re not behind the decks, Sonny & Spare’s record of choice is ‘Sweeter Than The Day Before’ by The Valentino’s.

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“We had our engagement party there. All our family and friends came for it…. all of which are now converts. We love the crew at the Night Owl, they have made us feel so welcome. We’ve definitely made some really good mates there.”

Carla E Smith

Sugarfoot Stomp DJ and vintage lover


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Carla is part of Sugarfoot Stomp, a DJ collective who love anything from the 1920s to the 1960s, first introduced to The Night Owl in 2015, Carla has been DJing and dancing here ever since.

Out on the floor

Carla loves playing ‘Tall Skinny Papa’ by Sister Rosetta Tharpe when DJing, but loves dancing to ‘Inspector Norse’ by Todd Terje, “in fact I find it impossible not to!”

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“I like the fact that people want to dance and that it’s full of friendly faces.”

Tom Mason

Le Freak resident DJ and disco dad


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Resident DJ Tom Mason grew up in a music loving household with everything from Abba to Frank Zappa on mom and dad’s stereo before discovering funk, hip hop and house as a teenager – “when you realise all your favourite records are just old soul and disco samples that was the game changer for me and it’s been my passion ever since”

Out on the floor

Tom’s record of choice at the moment is ‘Dance Dance Dance’ by Marta Acuna but is always crate digging for the next discovery to play at Le Freak!

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“I Love everything about Le Freak… it’s just the right size and the crowd are always up for it and clued up on a wide variety of music. The Night Owl reminds me of when I first started going out dancing to soul music with a great family vibe full of lovely people.”

Shaun Patrick Hand

Resident DJ, FABRIK band member and artist manager


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“I love Stuff of all genres between 1976-1983. A lot of punk, post-punk, new wave, 2-tone, disco, reggae, early hip-hop, electronic… what people like Bowie and Eno were doing. It was such a creative, diverse time for music!”

Out on the floor

Shaun loves ‘Precious’ by The Jam – “You can’t get into it half-heartedly; it’s all-out, heads-down, on your own on the dance floor stuff.”

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Tell you what I thought was great, right, we were down there the first night. There was this cat dancing and he slipped over. Most places you’d have people laughing or whatever, but no-one laughed, someone helped him up and everyone carried on dancing. That’s the scene.”

Thomas 'T-Bird' Jones

Resident DJ, drummer for Swampmeat Family Band and hip hop lover


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“As a kid my Dad and Mom were music lovers so I was blessed with hearing lots of different styles.. Elvis was a big thing in our house along with Johnny Cash. My Dad was a professional Singer and Drummer so I heard him singing standards of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Chuck Berry and more. I picked up the love of Rock n Roll
through that and then he taught me to drum and from that many moons later Swampmeat was formed!”

Out On The Floor
It’s hard for T-Bird to pick one song, but he loves ‘The Champ’ by The Mohawks, ‘The Harvest’ by Bobby Darin and ‘Bossa Nova Baby’ by Elvis Presley as well as old school hip hop tracks.

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“I love the atmosphere in The Night Owl and the diversity of nights that are on…
from Tarantino to Kate Bush. It’s got it it all!”

Alan Green

Co-Owner, ``Mr Boogie Shoes``



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Alan started life as a bit of a rocker and ran bars which held regular Battle of the Bands competitions and now runs a boutique hotel in Cambodia.

Out on the Floor

“Can’t resist a bit of disco but ‘Soul Limbo’ by Booker T is a surefire way to get me on the dance floor.”

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“Hands down the best place in Birmingham to go to dance and meet nice people.”

Arith Liyanage

Co-Owner


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Arith loves all things soul, as well as a business man and a dad, Arith plays the clarinet in his spare time.

Out on the floor
‘Time’ by Edwin Starr is Arith’s go to track to get him on the dance floor!

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“Nice people dancing to great soul music – that’s all you need!”

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