Looking for a unique live music venue in Birmingham? Then Suki10c is the place for you! Although Digbeth is jam packed with party sites this street art adorned establishment is one of a kind. Transformed from an aged boozer to a lively nightspot with an innovative name (pronounced ‘suck it and see’ Ha!) this location is unmissable in more ways than one. It was thanks to the sudden surge of nightlife that Digbeth was transformed from an industrial wilderness to the arts centre it is today, so who better to predict where the future of the district should lie than a bar owner? I spoke to Laur Beech, proprietor of Suki10c to find out what she predicts Digbeth will be like in a decade’s time…
How long have you lived and worked in Digbeth?
Lived in city centre for 7 years and opened the pub on 31st May 2012
Why did you choose to open Suki10c in Digbeth, rather than in another area of Birmingham?
The vibrant, artistic and originality of suki10c is fitting with the other venues and business in Digbeth. It’s also cheap!!
Digbeth is considered an emerging art scene, how has Digbeth developed during your time there?
There are more and more things happening in Digbeth. Shops, studios, galleries and venues.
How do you predict Digbeth will alter during the next decade? (Between now and 2022)
Digbeth is the next big thing in Birmingham, once the new station is built at Curzon Street people will arrive in Birmingham through Digbeth, the new ‘gateway’ to Birmingham city centre. People are also intrigued by Digbeth, its industrial architecture is a great influence to art scene in the area.
Digbeth is known for its abandoned factories, some of which have been transformed into galleries. What do you predict for the remaining empty industrial spaces? Could they be used creatively?
I hope so! Birmingham’s issue is the council; no one has any money and the council offer little help for expansion. I hope that soon they will be used as creative spaces of varying forms and not just turned into apartments or car parks!
Although Digbeth is emerging, it is known for its ‘retro’ atmosphere and its obvious links to the district’s industrial history (The Custard factory for example). Do you feel that during the regeneration it is important to keep these ties apparent for Digbeth’s identity?
Totally, that is what makes Digbeth what it is; most people in the area seem to respect that.