Watch: We visit Nortons bar - a former factory in Digbeth, transformed into a thriving live music venue

BirminghamWorld caught up with the team at Nortons Digbeth as they celebrate £28,000 funding from the Arts Council to promote grassroots music in Birmingham
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Family, friends and the local community came together to convert a former industrial premises into one of Birmingham’s most eclectic and important live music venues. What was a factory and offices now encompasses Nortons Bar.

Inside visitors will encounter a traditional Irish front bar, together with a secret snug bar. Behind that a 500 capacity live music venue and a massive beer garden adorned with stunning giant mural artworks.

In a relatively short span of time, Nortons Bar has established itself as a cultural cornerstone in the thriving heart of Digbeth, Birmingham. Since its opening just a few years ago, this venue has become synonymous with artistic expression, live music, and a vibrant community spirit.

Heed perform at Nortons Digbeth in BirminghamHeed perform at Nortons Digbeth in Birmingham
Heed perform at Nortons Digbeth in Birmingham

Nortons Bar, with its distinct character and commitment to showcasing traditional Irish music, has captured the attention of residents and visitors alike. Nestled amidst the industrial backdrop of Digbeth, it has breathed new life into the area while celebrating its industrial heritage.

Live music takes centre stage at Norton’s Bar, with an ever-evolving lineup of local bands and emerging artists, the venue has rapidly become a catalyst for Birmingham’s Irish music scene.

Despite being a relative newcomer in Digbeth, Nortons has rapidly evolved into a cultural powerhouse that embraces the district’s history and artistic spirit. Its dedication to live music, vibrant arts scene, and welcoming atmosphere have made it a cherished destination for locals and tourists alike.

Nortons contribution to the Birmingham Irish community has been recognised with £28,000 of Arts Council funding. It will be used to invest in grassroots artists and organisations at the 500-capacity venue and also increase the support and booking of female artists.