Those of you that know me well will know that over the last few years, The Night Owl in Digbeth has been one of my very favourite places to spend an evening. Or daytime in some cases. We’ve strutted our funky stuff at Le Freak. Donned our best Tarantino themed outfits for Halloween. Got all hot and sweaty dancing to mod and ska bands. And bopped away with Ma and Pa Lee at last years British Beat Bank Holiday. Then of course, there’s the Northern Soul. Mr Fletche and I have attended two Night Owl Big Birmingham Soul Events at Birmingham Town Hall and watched as some of the most unlikely dancers have taken to the floor to display a nimble turn or shuffle. The Night Owl is in fact responsible for me bugging every wedding and birthday party DJ for northern soul.
On Saturday 11th July, The Night Owl celebrates it’s 5th birthday “virtually” via Twitch. And they’ve teamed up with another beloved organisation who are also celebrating. Yes, it’s the NHS, they’re turning 72, and they’re having a big all day birthday party. They can’t promise jelly and ice-cream, but they can promise live music, DJ sets and lots and lots of dancing. And there will be a Northern Soul & Mod DJ Set from Anthony Flavin, star of the recent BBC documentary “Our Lives: Soul Boy”. You can catch that here if you haven’t already seen it.
All money raised will go to the UHB, the official charity of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital. The Night Owl & NHS Joint Birthday Shindig will stream on www.twitch.com and on JustGiving on Saturday, July 11th from 12pm at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nightowlnhs.
Music venues such at The Night Owl have suffered greatly during the COVID-19 Lockdown. And even when restrictions on entertainment are lifted, small venues like this one are going to have to adapt greatly to make this a safe environment. In fact, if you have a spare tenner – and not all of us have in these tough times – please consider donating to the Night Owl – #SaveOurVenues crowdfunder. Or purchase a ticket to one of their upcoming events. We’ve got our fingers crossed that Pulp’d goes ahead in November.
See you on the dancefloor, be it in your kitchen, your garden or your bedroom. And hopefully, in the not too distant future, we’ll be back at The Night Owl itself.
Press release, photos and and video from Bread Birmingham.