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Brum's banging nights out

Written by
Sophie Milligan

Whether you're looking for a bleary eyed all-nighter in a warehouse, to rave it up covered in glitter, a cheap and cheerful student night out, or simply the chance to experience the best DJs on the scene right now, Brum's got you covered.

In fact, it feels like a new party pops up almost every week. So, where to go?

To help you with the decision, we bring you a run-down of some of the biggest, loudest, and most unusual nights out in town...



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Set up in 2008, GLAS aims to bring together people from many walks of life – as you'd expect from a name that means 'Gay, Lesbian and Straight'.

Promising good music, great crowds and even better atmospheres, GLAS events have previously included carnivals, '80s raves, SuperPrides and street closures, packed with pyrotechnics, light shows, entertainers and global DJ talent, with crowds ranging from 400 to 4,000 people. 

Lab 11, Trent Street, Birmingham, B5 5NL 



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Promoting Brum's underground sounds, over the last eight years TRMNL has booked some massive house artists, including Dewalta, Davide Squillace, Nic Fanciulli, Guti and Hector. 

This year's autumn/winter TRMNL series kicked off on LAB11's winter terrace, with the promise of more great parties to come in the months ahead.

Lab 11, Trent Street, Birmingham, B5 5NL 

Magic Door


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If you want a fun and fabulous night covered in glitter, in a venue that has its own resident dinosaur, Magic Door is the place for you.

Why the name? Well, when you arrive at the venue, you'll be given a glittery magic bean that'll allow you to pass through the magic door (or rather, a curtain) to receive a glitter and face paint makeover.

The crowd usually consists of a mixture of locals and students, depending on when the night is and whether Birmingham's uni students are in the city or not.

Magic Door returns to Boxxed on Friday November 27 for what it's calling a 'mystical winter edition'. 

Boxxed, 104-108 Floodgate St, Birmingham, B5 5SR

The Portal 


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The Portal is one of Birmingham's best techno and house nights. Organising sell-out events for crowds of up to 2,000 people, it holds events in the Digbeth area's various disused warehouses.

The next Portal welcomes back Hot Creations regular and Paradise DC10 resident wAFF, who'll be bringing trippy 3D Visuals to the new Blackbox roof terrace at the Rainbow Venues on November 14.

The Blackbox, Rainbow Venues, Unit 4 Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, B12 0LD. 

The Blackbox presents

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Set in and named after the aforementioned new space in Digbeth's Rainbow Venues, Black Box Presents bring house and techno DJs to town every Saturday night. Guests in October included Bicep, Joy Orbison, and Adam Shelton. 

The Blackbox, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, Birmingham

Seedy Sonics 


Organising some of Birmingham's most popular events, Seedy Sonics bring in huge names across different genres to create insane parties.

Tickets for Seedy events sell like hot cakes, so if you want to be a part of one grab your ticket quickly as the events regularly sell out! 

The next party is at the Rainbow Venues Warehouse on November 27, featuring Jaguar Skills, Pete Graham, Marc Spence and DJ First Born.

The Rainbow Venues, 160 Digbeth High Street, Brimingham, B12 0LD



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With a student population of 65,000, it's no surprise that the entrepreneurial Re:cord – started and run by a group of students at the University of Birmingham – has quickly made its mark on Brum. If you want to see great DJs on a student budget, this is your night.

Amusement 13, 71 Kent Street, Birmingham, B5 6RD


Get Together

G2G, otherwise known as Get Together, is another event at Amusement 13. This student-run techno night focuses on acts that rarely play in Birmingham.

Recent events include a Brum debut from Murlo; bass-fuelled debauchery from Roska and Madam X; and hosting a 'Bare Fresh' takeover, a Birmingham label at the forefront of UK bass in the city.  The next G2G party is on November 28.

Amusement 13, 71 Kent Street, Birmingham, B5 6RD

Shadow City

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With past guests including Bonobo, Bondax, Eton Messy, Paleman and Groove Armada, Shadow City has outdone itself over recent years.

Events span some of the city's hottest venues, with the most recent sell-out party seeing Horse Meat Disco storm Kings Heath's Hare and Hounds.

The next event on November 28 will see a Birmingham debut from one of 2015's hottest DJs, Adesse Versions.

Hare and Hounds, 106 High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JZ



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Boxxed is where you'll find Ouse and its creative fancy dress themes. 

Past nights have included a rather interpretive Arabian Nights theme and a 9T's rave (that's '90s to you and me), with the venue decked out with mind-boggling visuals and decorations.

The next Ouse fancy dress extravaganza will be Soul Train, which will be grooving its way to Birmingham on November 20.

Boxxed, 104 – 105 Floodgate Street, B5 5S

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