The End of The Rainbow?

(In)famous Digbeth pub The Rainbow will be closing its doors for good in May.

The Victorian pub is an established part of the night time economy in the city, has hosted an eclectic mix of artists, and is the root of all eleven (!) Rainbow Venues.

Owner Lee McDonald said: “after celebrating 13 years at The Rainbow, I want to concentrate on growing Lower Trinity Street and really focus on developing The Rainbow Arena, The Rainbow Warehouse, Blackbox, Roof Garden and of course Spotlight and Mama Roux’s.”

Famous names who have played at the pub include La Roux, Ocean Colour Scene, Joss Stone, Bastille, and Example as well as a huge selection of world-renowned house DJs.

The Rainbow will close for good on 28 May. If someone comes forward to take over the lease for the venue, it may continue to operate, but under a different name. Lee added: “ideally I want somebody to take on the building and give it a new identity, a new beginning.”

There will be a celebratory closing weekend of events from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May. Anyone interested in taking over the lease should contact

Image courtesy of Elliott Brown.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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