The Goth scene in Birmingham has seen better days, at least in terms of locales to visit. As grim as that outlook may sound, it’s definitely a hyperbole to claim that the scene is ‘dying’. Whilst there’s been a steady decline of alternative nights, that have come and gone over the years for various reasons, a few have clung to life. The Crypt Club runs once a month at The Woodman, Pandora’s Music Box resides at Eddies every last Saturday of the month, Only After Dark takes place at Hennesey’s Bar, whilst Zombie Club has somehow (and fortunately) survived, having moved venues countless times.
It’s always great to have nights such as these, each one bringing a different aspect of the Gothic culture to the table, but it never hurts to have more variety. As the old saying goes, ‘variety is the spice of life’, and some new-blood has been long overdue. Thank goodness, then, for Entropy!
The night itself may be a new endeavour, but its three founders, DJs Squeaky, Godstalker and Xephyr are no strangers to hosting events. They were a part of the team that formed (and helped at) Dystopia Clubnight, which used to be a regular part of the Eddies lineup, and was revered by Birmingham’s alternative community. Needless to say, this new outing is in very good hands indeed. Having missed the debut event (due to a brutal clash with Muse’s London show), I made sure I wasn’t going to miss out the second time round…
The Victoria is a very unsuspecting location for a Goth night. Walking through its doors, you’ll be welcomed by what seems to be a regular crowd, at a bar that appears to be like any other. However, a staircase just rests off to the side, seemingly tucked away. Taking these steps up, and a short corridor walk later, you’ll find yourself in one of the venue’s many rooms. On this particular night, the decor of choice was fairy lights and camo netting, as a lighting rig at the front drenched the room in a neon glow. This was certainly a striking aesthetic, and more than helped to set up the atmosphere for the night ahead.
Squeaky and Godstalker were spinning the decks up in the DJ booth, joined by Zombie Chris (of Projekt Nemesis), and together they unleashed some excellent tunes. Their sets boasted an eclectic range of music, that spanned the spectrum of the Goth scene, and beyond. This boasted tracks from artists such as Nick Cave, Carpenter Brut, ohGr, Sisters of Mercy, VNV Nation and Mesh, just to name a few! The quality of music was enough to get the crowd dancing to the beats, and before long, the dance-floor got going, filled with an enthusiastic energy.
It may not be the biggest of rooms, but for a night such as this, it was the perfect fit, and felt cosy (in the best way possible, of course.) This was aided by the clientele, who are all a friendly, welcoming bunch, which pretty much sums up Birmingham’s Goth scene, and the reason why I feel it’s going stronger than it initially appears to be. It’s all about community, and there’s a strong one here in Birmingham. Entropy is the epitome of this, and is a night made by the community for the community. It’s genuine, and this can truly be felt when your amongst the crowd.
A great choice of venue, fantastic crowd, superb music selection and excellent atmosphere make the perfect recipe for an brilliant night, especially when it’s run by such an experienced team. Entropy is a night that has so much to offer, and should not be passed up!
Entropy is held at The Victoria, on John Bright Street in Birmingham every quarter, 8pm-2am. The next event will be held 1st February 2020. Entry is free until 10am, then £2 afterwards. Card payments are accepted at the bar. Keep track of upcoming events and announcements at their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/clubentropy/