We take a guided tour through Birmingham as we catch up with Rebekah in her home city.
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You’ll find Birmingham 100 miles north of London and 100 miles south of Manchester, which is perfect for a weekend clubbing road trip. With a rich diversity of cultures, Birmingham has everything and everyone you can think of. It is the second biggest city in the UK and has a lively club scene that accommodates anyone’s preference.
If you’re fan of techno, you’ll certainly be a fan of Rebekah. Her style is crafted from concepts, feelings and moods, and this provides her the creative platform to produce new age techno. Her love for the genre comes from an early age as she was exposed to the cities household techno names like Atomic Jam and House of God.
The past few years has seen a rapid rise in Rebekah’s profile because of her new and creative style of techno. Her sound is the reason she often has a full and busy schedule to perform live shows or DJ sets. Berghain, Tresor, Cocorico, Fabric, Awakenings, Tomorrowland, Studio 80 are some of the events she has performed, with some being a regular spot for her.
Where’s the best place for a first date?
First dates are all about getting to know one another, so what better way than to take a long walk round Edgbaston Reservoir and then onwards to the city centre, through Centinnery Square, taking in the new Library, the beautiful Town Hall through Victoria Square and along Colmore Row, the architecture is wonderful here and is full of galleries, restaurants and the huge Birmingham cathedral, set in what the locals refer to as Pigeon Park, my favourite part of the city centre. By this time you will be famished, so end the date off in the Great Western Arcade where you can find the cities first gourmet vegetarian and vegan restaurant 1847, set in a charming yet very modern space.
Where’s your preferred place to chill and clear your head?
Jump on your bike and take a cycle through the cities endless canal systems. Aim for Gas Street Basin where the Peeky Blinders show was famously set, follow on to the Mainline northbound and the turn right on to the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, if your're feeling adventurous head north towards Lichfield, another beautiful local city, its more like a town but the stunning cathedral there decides otherwise.
Where serves the best breakfast?
Arco Lounge situated in the pretty suburb of Harborne, just 10 minutes from the city centre, is open from 9am and serves breakfast all day, you can enjoy all of the art on the walls in this retro inspired cafe and for vegans like myself has its own menu with loads of yummy food, the hardest part will be choosing what to eat with all the delicious choices.
Where’s your favourite place to have a quiet drink?
The Old Crown on Digbeth High Street is the one of the oldest pubs in Birmingham – they do great lunch too. As it’s so close to the city centre shops and in the heart of Birmingham's alternative clubbing sector, I recommend taking a room at their cosy Inn. Just beware of the ghosts!!
Where’s your favourite place to have a messier night?
Digbeth has been on the rise for the past 15 years, prior to this the old Birds Custard Factory was converted back in the early 1990's in to dance, art and music studios, and is now the creative hub of the city. The Medicine Bar was located in one of the corners of the Custrad Factory and offered an alternative place for people to hang out and dance. This grew in popularity and subsequently became the go to area for those wanting a more discerning night out and to escape the commercialism of Broad streets alco pop loving and carpeted discotech's that plague that side of the city.
In recent years, The Rainbow, another old pub, has undergone a massive transformation and steadily grown into one of the countries most loved venues as it splinters off into a multi faceted space consisting of warehouse spaces, dark techno clubs, summertime inner city beach gardens. Perfect for around the clock clubbing and interestingly being able to watch the sun come up in the newest space, The Blackbox, with its mezzanine level, whilst looking out towards the cities skyline. Lab 11 is also another underground house and techno venue where you can dance away until dawn and boasts a huge soundsytem and a modern light installation. An array of bars have also popped up like Spotlight, where the Digbeth Dining Club is located, giving you some early evening fuel for those long nights ahead!
How would you describe your city’s style?
Its a rich and vast multicultural city seeped in history, but more recently a creative city now in its infancy with an attitude of hard work will get you to your dreams a belief from its more industrial past, a city to not rest on your laurels.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
The famous Bullring offers all the high street stores along with Selfridges, which has many concessions in an indoor space, perfect for rainy days. Close to the centre, Digbeth High street has some really good vintage stores such as the huge Cow Vintage store where you can simply lose a few hours as its so huge, further on down the High Street and Mr Birds Emporium is tucked away in the Custard Factory where many sellers come together to create a mini vintage hiatus of sorts!
In need of high end shopping? Then check out the Mailbox, the old Royal Mail sorting office, offers a Harvey Nichols and a good range of designer stores such as Armani, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hillfiger. Fun fact, if you get bored of shopping in the there you can go and visit the BBC and take a tour which is located in one of the top levels, and I heard they even have an original dalek lying around for all you Dr Who fans out there.
What song sums up your city?
Ocean Colour Scene - Hundred Mile High City