New owners at The Anchor Inn

You may recall that a few months ago we wrote about The Anchor looking for a new owner, well, Julian Rose-Gibbs is he! [Pictured right]

Julian recently purchased the lease for The Anchor from legendary Digbeth landlord Gerry Keane, and is all set for putting his stamp on the nationally-recognised and Grade-II listed CAMRA award-winning pub.

Having years of experience in running various venues and drinking establishments, Julian has earned his stripes, but taking on a traditional boozer is a new challenge for him. He said: “we’ll be keeping it as traditional as possible, getting the real ales back up to scratch, adding a bit of craft beer and gin along with whiskey. We’ll also slowly, but surely, introduce a food concept to bring the pub up to modern drinking culture.”

What’s fantastic is that The Anchor will remain independently-owned, which is a big deal for Digbeth where we have pretty much zero chains. It’s also great to see that the pub will be keeping its sense of humour from the sign spotted outside the other week… 🙂

We’re delighted to welcome Julian and his team to Digbeth, and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for The Anchor as it begins another chapter in its history. To learn more and keep up to date, follow @AnchorDigbeth on Twitter or like their Facebook page here.

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#SpielbergInBrum

Ready Player One set props moving around Digbeth. Image: Birmingham Mail.

Ready Player One set props moving around Digbeth. Image: Birmingham Mail.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of months, you will know by now that the great Steven Spielberg has been filming in Digbeth. I know – move over Hollywood!

I was made aware of this before the press got their hands all over the story, but couldn’t reporting anything due to an embargo. It has been difficult keeping schtum! In anticipation of the filming, we enlisted the help of roving reporters Boogie Dave (from Suki10c) and Phil at Birmingham FOE to give us updates from the scenes, but security was so tight around the set that even their exemplary snooping skills were not enough.

So here’s the low down:
The film, Ready Player One, is based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 best-selling novel of the same name. Set in a dystopian near future in 2044, where people live in bleak homes stacked on top of each other, to escape their grim reality people enter a globally-networked virtual reality world called The Oasis.

When the eccentric billionaire who created The Oasis dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt within the game (an Easter Egg in gamer speak). Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts, who along with gamers from around the world, joins the chase but quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the real or virtual worlds, to reach the treasure first.

Although it hasn’t been made clear whether Digbeth is the real world or The Oasis, I think we all know which one it is likely to be! The film is set to star Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and Hannah John-Kamen, and will be released in March 2018.

A photo posted by Essareudoubleeff (@sruff) on

As well as filming in Digbeth (centred on Bordesley Street and Floodgate Street), Spielberg was also spotted filming in the Jewellery Quarter. Kris Askey has taken some amazing pictures of the JQ here.

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday 25th September
Sunday Xpress at Friction Arts
78-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH
17:00
Free entry

The Dollcanoes
The Retinal Circus
The C.P.M. Connection

Tuesday 27th September
Fizzle @ The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
19:30
£7 on the door (£5 concessions)

Mike Gennaro, Alan Wilkinson, and Olie Brice
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David Sugden, Aram Bahmaie, and Harry Weir

Tuesday 27th September
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Thursday 29th September
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Sunday 2nd October
The Spotted Dog
18:00
Free Entry

Sunday Classics
Presenting a range of young stars of the future from the classical world, ranging from opera singers to violinists to harpists at the very start of their careers… Be early to get a seat.

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Natural Healthy Food’s Sample Sunday

When: Sunday 2 October, 11:00–17:00
Where: Natural Healthy Food, 54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5ST

On 2 October, Natural Healthy Food are holding a Sample Sunday for you to try loads of vegan products before committing to buying them.

There will be raw chocolate for you to sample, vegan cheese, salad dressing and mayonnaise, vegan croissants and tea! Phew.

The Natural Healthy Food team will be on hand to help with questions or to offer advice, and if that wasn’t enough, you can also get 10% off your shopping!

For more information, see Natural Healthy Foods’ Facebook page, the Sample Sunday Facebook event, or follow the #NHFsamplesunday hashtag on Twitter.

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Reiss Sample Sale

When: Thursday 29 September – Sunday 2 October
Where: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

Later this month, The Custard Factory is hosting a four-day sample and warehouse sale for British High Street favourite Reiss.

This will be a great opportunity to pick up designer clobber for cheap with prices starting from just £10 (plus discretionary £1 entry fee). New stock will be added daily, and payments will be taken by card only.

See the flyer below or Facebook event page for more information.

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Eastside Projects – September 2016 News and Exhibitions

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What is Impact Hub Birmingham?

Ever wondered what Impact Hub Birmingham is all about?

This excellent video by Thom Bartley gives a brief overview of the mission of Impact Hub Birmingham, and also introduces you to a number of people from the community.

We believe those that are willing to dream, dare and have a heart for a better Birmingham need a place where they can realise these dreams.

Based in The Walker Building in Digbeth, if you’re interested in learning more, you can meet the team behind the project here, or hear from some members about their stories and experiences here.

If you’d like to get more involved in the work of Impact Hub Birmingham, you can join as a member, use their space to host events, sponsor one of their programmes, or simply join in the conversation sharing your view of change.

For more information, see their website here, like them on Facebook, or follow @ImpactHubBrum on Twitter.

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Sneaks & Peaks #9

When: Saturday 1 October, 11:30-18:00
Where: 119 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR
Tickets: from £3 (available online)

Sneaks & Peaks returns to Digbeth in October, moving their cult event to a new venue on Floodgate Street.

Back once again with the usual sneakers, streetwear, art, streetfood, graffiti, and more, this edition promises to be the biggest yet.

Along with a Carhartt VIP Outlet, Sneaks & Peaks will be introducing a brand new product to Birmingham – revealed for the first time on the day.

Digbeth-based BabMag will be hosting an art room where you can pick up their latest issue while admiring some of Birmingham’s best artistic talent. As per, Digbeth Dining Club will be supplying award-winning streetfood.

For more information see the website, Facebook event page, or ticket page.

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Engaging With Change

When: Saturday 8th October 2016, 10:00-16:00
Where: A3 Project Space, Unit A3, 2 Bowyer Street, Digbeth, B10 OSA
Tickets: £16 (book online here)

Engaging With Change is an artist study day with talks and workshop activity. The day will have an emphasis on how artists make work in a place undergoing change.

Jessie Brennan, Jayne Murray and Cathy Wade will present their practice and experience within regeneration scenarios, particularly how they engage with people to create meaningful experiences, and the effect that has on the place. The session will be chaired by Trevor Pitt, Director of A3 Project Space.

The day is an opportunity for artists, commissioners, activists, planners and urban designers to consider the regeneration process, how it can become meaningful and the role art may play. The sessions will be documented and any significant outcomes will be shared online.

For more information and to book your place, please visit the A3 Project Space website.

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday 18th September
The Spotted Dog
18:00
Free Entry

Sunday Classics – Elsabe Raath
Presenting a range of young stars of the future from the classical world, ranging from opera singers to violinists to harpists at the very start of their careers… Be early to get a seat.

Monday 19th September
The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Birmingham’s biggest and best Traditional Irish Jam Session. All musicians welcome to participate.

Tuesday 20th September
Fizzle @ The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH
19:30
£7 on the door (£5 concessions)

Bitch ‘n’ Monk (Heidi Heidelberg and Mauricio Velasierra)
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Nick Gebhardt and Maja Bugge

Tuesday 20th September
The Spotted Dog
21:00
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays

Wednesday 21st September
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

BRAINSTORM Open Mic
(sign up from 19:30, everyone gets 10 minutes, no headliners, anything goes!)

Thursday 22nd September
Suki10c
20:00
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Thursday 22nd September
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Sunday 25th September
Sunday Xpress at Friction Arts
78-81 Cheapside, B12 0QH
17:00
Free entry

The Dollcanoes
The Retinal Circus
The C.P.M. Connection

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