were launched in the city. 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With a capacity of 1,725 people, rising to 2,495, it was billed as "the most spectacular discotheque in the world.". Birmingham in the late 1980s and early 1990s had a thriving hard rock and alternative music scene. As Led Zeppelin might say, it’s been a long time since it rocked and rolled. The building had a long history as a nightspot but will join the many that have vanished into hazy memories. My friends ushered me to the bar and offered me a drink – what would I have, I’d never had one before? It closed its Paradise Circus Queensway venue in April 2014 and moved to a new home in Smallsbrook Queensway. The Bier Keller eventually moved next door to Goldwyn’s/The Foundry (see below) where it attracted a more mainstream crowd. . At the time, the ‘Indie’ and ‘Goth’ scene were large – although unbeknown to me at that point – and the incredibly dark room was full of people in makeup, with spiked and dyed black hair and a multitude of fashions that were largely alien to me, mixed with the more traditional long-haired ‘heavy metal’ fans and punks. General manager Mac Kulasceza is pictured in the club in December 1983. A week or so later my band friends invited me out again and introduced me to the delights of the Costermonger at the back of the Oasis Market and Mr Bill’s which at that time was on Needless Alley off New Street and was, once more, an incredibly eye-opening experience. The music is great. We already have this email. I also ended up working at Edward’s No.8 – among others – and so spent a lot of time around Mr Fewtrell’s establishments (Goldwyn’s, Paramount, Boogies and Edward’s Nos. The Dome closed in January 1994 for a £2 million refit and relaunched in March that year as Dome II, with an even bigger capacity of 2,850. As Duran Duran's John Taylor once said: "It's sad but clubs are transitional places, they're not museums. Going through the doors and down the stairs and into the club I was greeted with a completely life-changing and eye-opening experience. The Powerhouse in Hurst Street. It has been running for more than 40 years. In 1987, though, it turned to the dark side and became a very successful rock and alternative music venue, attracting coachloads of leather-clad pilgrims from all over the country and hosting gigs from the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine. During the later part of the 70s, Rebecca's became the more disco-flavoured Boogies, until the venue was bought from Mr Fewtrell when he sold all his clubs to Ansells in 1989. As he turned to apologise (they were a nice crowd) it turned out to be my history teacher who grumbled “alright Andrew, f*cking great song this” and threw himself back into the throng . Originally a ‘trendy’ club owned by club impresario Eddie Fewtrell (of whom more will be written elsewhere) this club became the focal point for my youthful nightlife experience and the hub of my social life for a number of years. In that short time, it was the venue where Pink Floyd recorded half of Ummagumma and Steve Winwood's band Traffic made their debut. At the start of the 80s, the Locarno was reinvented as the Powerhouse and became one of the main nightspots in Birmingham, with various nights catering to all crowds and music tastes. When Eddie Fewtrell opened Goldwyn’s in the late 1980s, the original plan was to offer an upmarket cabaret experience for a more discerning clientele. 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In 1984, the Top Rank Suite in Dale End was revamped as The Hummingbird, which turned into the Birmingham Academy, then the Carling Academy and most recently The Ballroom, which shut in 2013. In truth, its clientèle was a veritable smorgasbord of alternative subcultures, including rockers, punks, psychobillies, crusties and even the occasional shoe-gazing indie kid. The Carling Academy moved out of that site to a new home in Bristol Street and was rebranded as what is now the 02 Academy Birmingham when mobile phone company 02 became the new sponsor. Originally established to expand the range of gay nightlife in the city, Tin Tins attracted acts included two appearances by a then-unknown Take That, who were seen stuffing socks down their cycling shorts before appearing on stage. Eddie Fewtrell (r) with 'Smokey' Joe Frazer at the opening of Birmingham nightclub Barbarella's. Rock band Traffic formed in 1967 after Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Davie Mason had regularly jammed together at the Elbow Room. You may also recall the Top Rank Suite at the Rank Ballroom in Dale End. Remember the Cedar Club, Dome, Locarno, Millionaire, Pagoda Park, Powerhouse and The Night Out? 7 and 8 ) and had a whale of a time and met many top bands and celebrities, along with many interesting people during my time there and it is a period I look back on with great fondness. Déjà vu! Debenhams may be a leading retailer stocking the latest fashions from some of the world’s leading designers, but it could never compete with the vast collection of leather bikers’ jackets at 49ers.