ABOUT THIS VENUE
The Digbeth Institute was originally built as a methodist congregational chapel at the turn of the 1900’s. Designed by Arthur Harrison, it was officially opened on January 16, 1908 by the wife of the Pastor of Carrs Lane Church, John Henry Jowett, as an institutional church attached to Carr's Lane Congregational Church.
People known to have made speeches at the Digbeth Institute include Neville Chamberlain, Henry Usborne, Florence L. Barclay and Herbert Hensley Henson.
In 1955, it was bought by Birmingham City Council and was used as a civic hall. It later became a music venue and over the last 30 years plus it has been an essential part of the Birmingham Live Music and Club scene until its untimely closure in 2008. This legendary venue has hosted bands like Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, the Human League, Arctic Monkeys and The Cure over the years.
It has been synonymous in the development of the British rave music and drum & bass scene, was the original home of Godskitchen and has played host to famous club nights such as Atomic Jam, Uproar, Slinky, Sundissential, Athletico, Ramshackle, Insurrection, Inukshuk, Atomic Jam and Panic. Many influential hip hop artists have also performed at Digbeth Institute including Redman and Keith Murray.
The venue was purchased by the MAMA Group and re-opened in late September 2010 as the hmv Institute after a multi-million pound refurbishment which restored the buildings striking fascia, multi-roomed interior and period features.
It has three main areas, the 600 capacity Library area (formerly The Barfly) the 1,500 capacity Institute area, the top floor venue The Temple which will take 300 people, and a separate VIP area.
MAMA Group hope to give the music lovers of the West Midlands a venue they can be truly proud of.
Address: HMV Institute
78 Digbeth High Street,
There are a number of bus routes passing the venue, please visit www.networkwestmidlands.com for further details or phone 0121 200 2787.
Nearest train stations are Moor Street or New Street Station, both a short walk away from the venue.
On-street parking available or Bullring has 3 dedicated car parks offering over 3,000 car parking spaces.
24 hour car parking facilities at Edgbaston Street
Bullring Centre centre car park open until midmight
Moor Street car park open until 10pm Mon-Sat (8pm Sun)
Disabled and parent & child parking spaces
A bright, secure, CCTV and patrol controlled environment
Car Park Information
Moor Street Car Park
Monday - Saturday 7.30am - 10pm
Sunday 9am - 8pm
Centre Car Park
Monday - Saturday: 7am - Midnight
Sunday: 8am - Midnight
Edgbaston Street Car Park
Open 24hrs all year round.
The hmv Institute takes the needs of disabled customers very seriously and actively encourages people of all abilities to attend the events scheduled at their venue.
Though built at the turn of the 1900’s, the building has been modernized to allow wheelchair access via front of house (please note there is no backstage disabled access). Due to Health and Safety Assessments, we regret the number of wheelchairs that we can admit to the building is limited.
In order to ensure that all disabled patrons to the hmv Institute are adequately catered for, we request that in advance of ticket purchase all disabled customers contact the venue to explain the nature of the disability. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 631 5538. The telephone line opens at 11am and closes at 5pm and operates Monday to Friday. Please do not call outside of these hours as you will be asked to call back. Please note that no other query can be dealt with on this number.
On the evening of an event, we do advise disabled customers to arrive at the venue 15 minutes prior to doors, ideally accompanied by a companion over 18 years old who will be admitted free of charge.
The free companion ticket is available to patrons who are registered disabled. Both the ticket to be paid for and the free companion ticket needs to be booked in advance. Please email email@example.com for specific requests, enquiries or comments regarding access/personal needs and a member of our team will endeavour to accommodate such requirements.