is the third gay dance club, (or fourth if you count Boots, which
you don't), to open in Birmingham. It was launched in 2001, directly
opposite The Nightingale, and
was an immediate sensation slashing attendances at the other clubs,
especially the 'gale, for about six months, until the 'gale fought
back with a mega thousand pound refurbishment. As a result the Nightingale
became the pre-eminent gay club in Birmingham a spot it has now
earnt through hard work rather than by default through no competition.
Some months after the gale's re-launch, in October 2002, DV8 was
sold to Mandy and Wayne, for a
sum reported to be in excess of £600,000, and they have invested
in some further improvements, including a more attention-grabbing
exterior, a lounge refurb, and the new terrace.
DV8 tends to have a similar music policy to the 'gale, with two
dance rooms and good chill-out space, recently expanded for the
summer by the addition of a pleasant terrace. The emphasis is on
pop/funky/trancey music and a fun atmosphere, and some outside promoters'
events are due to start later in the year, including John
Hamilton's tremendously popular northern event Poptastic,
which has been running in Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield.
The place has a nice feel to it when busy, and the main room, which
has a large dancefloor has high ceilings giving it a generally airy
feel. There's nothing cramped, underground or seedy about this place.
Somewhere to strut your stuff to that disco beat. Yeah!
A bit smaller than the 'gale (though most places would be), it has
the largest dancefloor of all the gay clubs, and is extremely popular
on Thursdays , when they have a cheap drinks promotion, which is
beginning to rival Subway City's in
popularity, Sundays and Saturdays, though on the latter the place
empties at 3pm for a massed exodus to Kudos.
The Battle of The Gay Clubs continues: Seconds out... Round Three!
Opening times: 10pm to 2am
Admission: £6 guests £5 members Concessions for
NUS card holders
Drinks offers: Drink for free on selected bottles/spirit/draughts
Music policy: Pop/camp/dance in the Main Room with DJ Gavin
Funky House with Chad Lewis in the Dance Room
Fridays - Succusso
Opening times: 10pm to 3am
Admission: 10pm to 11.30pm 11.30pm onwards
£2 guests £3 guests £2 members FREE to members
Drinks offers: Promotions on selected bottles/spirit/draught
Music policy: Dirty Dirty House in the Main Room
Funky House in the Dance Room
DJ's: Brent Cross, Nick Gillete,Tomislav, Chad Lewis, and Guests.
Saturdays - Spunk
Opening times: 9pm to 4am
Admission: 9pm to 10pm 11.30pm onwards 10pm to 11.30pm
Music policy: R'n'b/pop/camp/dance with DJ Dolly in the Main
Room. Funky House with Chad Lewis and guests in the Dance Room.
Entertainment: Podium dancers, occasional big name PAs
Sundays - Sunday Service
Opening times: 10pm to 3am
Music policy: R'n'b/pop/old skool/dance with DJ Dolly in the
Main Room Funky House with Chad Lewis and guests in the Dance
Entertainment: Podium dancers, male stripper in the Main Room
Ian C - percussion in the Dance Room