July 06

The Night Owl, Birmingham

Midlands First Northern Soul & Motown Club In Decades


The Night Owl will be the Midlands only Northern Soul and Motown bar in decades and is set to open in Digbeth mid-July.

Northern Soul isn’t just a type of music, it’s a way of life. The records, the dancing, the clothes, the lifelong friends made, no wonder people are still so passionate nearly 50 years since it started.

Richard Priest has been a Northern Soul fan since his teenage years in the 1970s, a regular at infamous all-nighter parties at legendary venues such as Wigan Casino. One night, Richard had a dream that he ran his own Northern Soul and Motown Club. His wife thought he was crazy but it wasn’t long before he’d drawn out a business plan and partnered up with business investor Arith Liyanage.


Richard in white polo, dancing at Wigan Casino, Aged 18.

The Night Owl will have a sprung wooden dance-floor, making it easier for the acrobatics of the Northern Soul dancers. It will also feature a modern spin on the vintage interiors by Stax Creations, the people behind the quirky interior at Alfie Birds and the fantastic exterior of The Old Crown Beer Garden. The DJ booth will be kitted out with vinyl turntables and CDJs with a camera on Northern Soul nights to show the label of the record that is playing. The venue will be fitted with the highest quality sound equipment and an array of beers, wines and spirits will be on offer.


The venue opens to the public on Friday 17th July with a Northern Soul All Nighter which sold out a month in advance.

Keep The Faith!