Date announced for Snobs re-opening

Broad Street move for legendary Birmingham venue.

A launch date of Wednesday 13th March has been announced for the new Snobs nightclub on Birmingham’s ‘golden mile’ of Broad Street.

What is one of the city’s most famous and best-loved nightclubs will close its current premises on Smallbrook Queensway after a final night on Saturday 2nd March. It will then reopen just ten days later in Cumberland House at 200 Broad Street, bringing with it all 45 current staff and creating another 15 jobs.

The new venue will have a 1,450 audience capacity in what will be a downstairs bar and clubroom, with two club dance rooms upstairs.

The opening night on 13th March will feature a VIP launch event, followed by Snobs Wednesday, the famous student night. The regular indie and alt pop night Rehab Friday will follow on 15th March, with the city’s favourite alternative night out Loaded Saturday coming on 16th March.

Dozens of builders, floor specialists, plasterers and electricians are currently busy on a total refurbishment of what was formerly Velvet Music Rooms. The venue has been stripped down to its original brickwork with a new design by architects Tibbatts Abel now being created.

This involves the most up-to-date electronics and lighting, including 102 huge LED light boxes on the ceilings. There will also be up to 400 life-sized ‘Snobs faces’ coming out of the walls, recreating one of the club’s original design features.

Snobs, founded more than 50 years ago, has made the move because its current Smallbrook Queensway base has been put at risk as part of the city’s regeneration plans.

But Wayne Tracey, the owner of Snobs (pictured), explained how the move has resulted in a “fantastic opportunity” to relaunch the club using the latest 21st century designs and electronics.

Mr Tracey said: “The opening of the new Snobs on Broad Street will be a major landmark in the club’s history, making it Birmingham’s most modern and most popular dance venue.

“Our architects at Tibbatts Abel have done a magnificent job on the design and dozens of skilled workers are now putting in long hours every day of the week on the final fittings.

“We are thrilled to have such a great position of Broad Street to continue the great name, brand, reputation and nightlife that everyone in Birmingham knows as Snobs.

“All 45 staff are coming with us from the club’s old venue, and we will be creating around 15 new jobs because of longer opening hours due to more passing trade in the daytime.”

Mike Olley, general manager of Westside BID, said: “The new Snobs will quickly become the place to go to enjoy nightlife on Birmingham’s ‘golden mile’ of Broad Street.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Snobs, and having spoken to Wayne I know he’s looking forward to not only attracting all the club’s existing custom but also the area’s extra footfall.

“We have hundreds of conferences at the nearby ICC every year, top hotels in the area, and visitors looking for somewhere else to go after nights out at places like The Rep theatre and the Utilita Arena.”