Head North: Paranoid Revolution
On this comprehensive tour we travel to site of the legendary Mothers Club, voted best rock club in the world, where John Peel was the resident DJ and Pink Floyd recorded Ummagumma. We’ll see the studio where John Bonham was first heard unleashing his power on the drums and where the FX for Thunderbirds and Fireball XL5 were created. We’ll travel into Aston and visit the four streets where Heavy Metal was born: visiting the house Ozzy Osbourne grew up in; the schools he went to, where he met Tony Iommi; the leisure centre where Black Sabbath rehearsed their first two albums.We’ll head into the capital of Reggae, Handsworth, visiting the site of Steel Pulse’s first rehearsal space, the pub where they played their first gigs and where they would document the social strife of the 80s.
We’ll travel down the Soho Rd, the centre of Bhangra and arguably the most fertile area of music making in the country! We’ll head back into the city centre, passing by venues such as the legendary Cedar Club, Holy City Zoo, the Top Rank/Hummingbird and The Que Club before finishing at The Crown Pub, one of the most important sites of music history in the world.
Head South: Punk’s New Romantics
On this tour we will visit the venues and sites that were instrumental to Punk in Brum and then became the focal point of the New Romantic movement and produced one of the biggest bands in the world, Duran Duran.
We’ll begin by visiting the site of the squat where Girls on Film and Rio would be written and rehearsed, but not by Duran Duran!
We’ll travel into Balsall Heath, passing the home of UK Techno Network Records and the famous Moseley School of Art, home to ex students Roy Wood, Christine McVie, UB40 and other notable Brummies. We’ll head into Moseley and Kings Heath to visit the house where one of the UK’s great albums was recorded, the venue where legend has it Morrissey first declared that was how he wanted to be known, John Taylor’s Saturday job place of work and the venue where UB40 played their first ever gig.
Heading back to the City Centre we’ll pass the site of Joy Division’s last ever gig and Dexys Midnight Runners’ squat before visiting the site of two seminal clubs: Barbarellas and The Rum Runner, home to Duran Duran, UB40, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Beat!
If you have a particular musical interest and specifics things you’d like to visit or find out more about, get in touch! We’ll happily work with you to devise your own bespoke music tour of Birmingham.