New future for Birmingham’s Digbeth Arena as London bar group takes over

A London bar operator has signed a deal to take over an open-air entertainment venue in Birmingham.

Adventure Bar Group will operate the site previously occupied by Digbeth Arena, in Lower Trinity Street, where it plans to run a host of live events alongside a new food and drink offer.

It has now launched a recruitment drive for 50 staff ahead of a planned launch on April 12 when the next phase of the Government roadmap out of coronavirus lockdown commences.

The 15,000 sq ft venue, which is bounded by a group of striking railway viaduct arches, will have a capacity of 2,500 people and be called ‘Luna Springs’ as a nod to Birmingham’s famed membership and debating group The Lunar Society.

The company said the first phase of operations would enable 400 guests to attend with bottomless brunches, cocktails and live DJs on offer, ahead of a full opening during the summer.

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Future plans include live music, mass karaoke, mini festivals, televised large-screen sport, outdoor cinema and full-moon parties.

Adventure Bar Group runs a string of sites across the capital but also owns cocktail bar Tonight Josephine opposite Birmingham New Street station.

Co-founder Tom Kidd said: “We can’t wait to introduce Luna Springs to Birmingham.

“Our aim is to create a hub of experience from cocktails to the very best local street food vendors as well as musical talent and supporting local events and movements.

“We want to be a part of the fabric of the city and the must-visit venue this summer.”

Digbeth Arena was previously known as Rainbow Arena but its operator’s license was revoked by Birmingham City Council in November 2017.

The move followed the drug-related death of 19-year-old Birmingham City University student Michael Trueman after he attended a Halloween party at sister venue Rainbow Warehouse, also in Lower Trinity Street, a few weeks earlier.

Rainbow Arena was taken over and renamed in early 2018 by TEG/MJR, a Bristol-based live venue operator with sites across the UK.

They could not be reached for comment.

BusinessLive – West Midlands