The Rainbow Venues Festival – Chapter XI
The Rainbow Venues celebrates its annual birthday for the 11th time this year. On Saturday 4th April, combining their unique industrial spaces, The Arena, The Warehouse, The Garden plus 2 new venues The Basement and The Arch, The Rainbow sets to host their grandest event to date, uniting thousands of music fans for a 14 hour marathon. Of course there has been taken care of a fitting line-up for the occasion, supporting some major names from the house and techno scene.
Birmingham’s newest techno brand Blackdot hosts the distinctive Arena stage, welcoming heavy hitters such as Desolat’s Loco Dice and king of Berghain Ben Klock, with support from Hector and local lads Whyt Noyz.
In the Warehouse one of the cities most exciting brands The Portal takes centre stage, joined by the infamous talents of Birmingham house music legend Steve Lawler alongside Robert Dietz and Paradise favourites Richy Ahmed and Patrick Topping. As always with Portal, the staging and production will be innovative and unlike anything you will have witnessed before.
FACE & Resonate showcase the newly refurbished Garden, which will now boast natural light and a complete venue transformation. It is here you will catch the distinctive musical styles of Irish duo Bicep along with Daniel Avery, Paul Woolford and Ejeca.
New Venue The Basement aims to encompasses a true rave atmosphere, with low ceilings and bespoke, minimal lighting, providing a truly immersive dance floor experience. It is in here you will find the big bass sounds of acts like Shadow Child, DJ Zinc, T.Williams & Tom Shorterz as Seedy Sonics & 02:31 take charge.
The second of the new venues The Arch will provide a new break out space from the Mezzanine. Nestled underneath the Rainbow’s defining feature, it doubles up as a chill out or as another room of music, allowing for an intimate party vibe. This is where you will stumble across the unique sounds of the SWAMP81 Collective as Shadow City host Loefah, Benton, Chunky and Klose One.
To end the weekend we bid farewell to one of the countries most loved and respected parties; Below. On Sunday 5th April the iconic event comes to an end after a decade of clubbing service, hosting one last show in its home The Rainbow Courtyard. You can expect some very special performances from a carefully selected list of DJs, having invited back those who have supported the event over it’s 10 year life. The admiration for Below lead to the show selling out in a matter of minutes, with party goes from all around the country uniting for one last dance.