News: New club to launch in Birmingham, opening line-up announced

The interior of scru:club's Ephraim Room
The interior of scru:club's Ephraim Room

A brand new 1000 capacity electronic music venue located on an historic industrial site in Digbeth Birmingham is set to open in March 2017.

scru:club, housed in the three-storey former Ephraim Phillips factory in Bissell Street, launches on Friday 17 March with a headline show from London grime MC CASisDEAD, along with a line-up featuring performances from Birmingham’s Slick Don, Manchester collective LEVELZ and more.

The venue, which overlooks the River Rea, currently comprises of two spaces – the main Ephraim Room featuring a custom-built VOID Acoustics sound system and the second smaller Phillips Room.

300 metres of LED lighting illuminating both rooms, bespoke 3D mapped visuals projected onto the adjacent warehouse’s wall during events as well as work produced by local street artists are amongst promised additions to the development.

scru-club's Ephraim Room
scru-club’s Ephraim Room

The initial scru:club line-up includes the opening night as programmed by in-house promoters Continuum, a takeover by electronic label Night Slugs on Friday March 24th, bassline revival with Krudd, Marcus Nasty, The Heatwave and Zed Bias on Friday March 31st, plus a Swamp 81 and Exit Records label night on Friday April 7th.

The first in a resident series, featuring Mumdance, Shed, Andy Stott and Logos, takes place on Friday April 14th.

Further to the venue’s bass music heavy programme, a slew of house and techno DJs and producers are set to appear throughout March and April, including an eight-hour back-to-back set from Valentino Kanzyani, Barac and Priku on Saturday March 18th, Cocoon, Steve Bug and Tim Green on Saturday March 25th, Ultramajic’s Jimmy Edgar, Honey Dijon Magda on Saturday April 1st.

The scru:club ‘Season One’ line-up also features The Hacienda present an 808 State live show with DJ Pierre on Saturday April 8th, alongside a 12-hour Crew Love showcase with Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb, and Mandar, aka Lazare Hoche, Malin Genie and S. A. M. on Saturday April 22nd.

scru:club's VOID Acoustics sound system
scru:club’s VOID Acoustics sound system

Plans for the club, which has pledged to operate a strict no photography policy, also promise the addition of an indoor garden bar lined with vines and sky lights, to be followed by the conversion of an adjoining car park into an outdoor terrace, raising the capacity to 4000.

The building which houses scru:club is notable for its history as the former headquarters of company Ephraim Phillips Ltd, manufacturers of the ‘Phillips’ screw, between 1880 and 1990.

For further information, visit the scru:club official website

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