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Hare & Hounds - High Street/York Road

The Hare & Hounds played host to the comedian Frank Skinner who compered the XXXX Comedy Cabaret before going on to fame and fortune.

It was also the venue of UB40’s first ever gig for a friend’s birthday on 9 February 1979.

Now proudly boasting a Performing Rights Society plaque as part of their ‘Performance Birthplaces’ scheme, Robin Campbell recalled, "I'm humbled that the birthplace of UB40 has been chosen to be marked in this way. It's a pleasure to return to the place where we first performed back in 1979”.

As Adam Regan, DJ, promoter and current owner of the Hare & Hounds, said: “We are delighted that such an important moment of UB40’s history will be recorded at the Hare & Hounds, a venue that is now a base for some of the area’s best up and coming artists”.

Interviewed ahead of Leftfoot’s 10th Anniversary Show at the Hare & Hounds Adam was asked to tell us something we don’t know about Birmingham. He replied, “The Stones and The Beatles played right next door to the Hare & Hounds in a venue that was called The Ritz. It was a great venue run by someone known as ‘Old Man Regan’. People ask me if I’m related to him. I’m not but it’s a great story. He sounds like a legend”.

Two upstairs spaces now feature regular live music nights spanning jazz, indie, funk, reggae, hip hop, soul, house, drrum and bass, comedy, burlesque and cabaret.

Artists that have graced the stages in recent years include:-Kate Nash, Ellie Goulding, Laura Mvula, Basement Jaxx, Mr Scruff, Craig Charles, Roy Ayers, Ed Sheeran and Wild Beasts

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