Last night saw a glorious phoenix going by the name 'The Gambole' emerge from the ashes of the former 'Indie Lounge' pub in Selly Oak.
Having visted the indie lounge on several occasions in the past, the genral consensus among me and my friends was ‘this is a really cool place, but it could be a lot better if it was done up a bit…’ It had cheap drinks, really good music being played, good vibes but aesthetically, was a bit of a shit hole.
Having been dead for a few months, last night saw the grand re-opening of the venue, now with the strange new name ‘The Gambole’. If you, like me, are southern and are asking yourself aloud (even slightly angrily) ” WHAT’S A GAMBOLE!? ”, apparently it’s what they call a ‘roley-poley’ or ‘forward roll’ here in the Midlands.
Regional confusion aside, the newly revamped Gambole is really nice. The place has a much needed element of style and class now; with trendy, subtle wallpaper and black & white framed pop-culture artwork adorning the walls. The whole place has been given the sheen and gloss it needed to make it a really cool pub and venue, situated right in the heart of student village Selly Oak.
The grand re-opening of The Gambole took the form of a bank holiday special that offered dirt cheap drinks (£1 a bottle) and free entry to see two of the hottest new bands in Birmingham.
First up were local up and comers Tantrums who absolutely blew me away. The energy with which the band performed was something I was definitely not expecting, with the guitarist running into the crowd throughout the set, climbing the the new furnishings and at one point drinking a member of the audiences beer, using the bottle to play with and then handing it back !
The new addition of a female vocalist/ keyboardist is a great move by the band, giving the extra edge that the band needed to really stand out from the rest of the Birmingham music scene. Expect big things from this band in the foreseeable future ….
Headliners (silver) Souvenirs had a tough act to follow, but managed to deliver an impressive and tight performance. With their frantic pace, back and forth vocal yelps and complex guitar lines, it’s all too easy to compare them to early Foals, but I’m going to do it anyway as it’s simply unavoidable. I was expecting a lot from this band and was not disappointed.
In short, the re-launch of The Gambole was a complete success and a great night was had by all in attendance. This is sure to be mine and many others favourite new watering hole in Selly Oak.
Words: Philip Gordon
The following information is taken from The Gambole’s facebook page:
The Gambole is Selly Oak’s first and only Independent Bar. Located on The Bristol Road opposite Aldi, it is the only bar in Selly Oak to offer proper STUDENT PRICES every day of the week. With live DJ’s every night who are bound to no stereotypical genre, it will bring a friendly and party atmosphere never before seen in Selly Oak.
The Gambole will be working with Birminghams top independent promoters to bring you EXCLUSIVE pre parties for events and general Saturday night madness! These include:
OTHER WOMENS CLUB!!!!
Chick Dig Jerks
Bigger Than Barry
Rag & Bone
The Lost Boys
& many more
For the first time Selly Oak will also have a real venue to see both touring and unsigned acts live. Working closely with local promoters to bring you the best line ups around in a friendly & intimate environment. These include:
This is Tomorrow
Blue Whale Studios
& many more
Dirnk deals every day:
Carlsberg Bottles £1
House Vodka /Whisky and mixer £1.50
Archers/Malibu and mixer £1.25
Shots from £1
Wine Bottles £4.99
*Student ID may be required*
If you are looking for a uptight venue with a strict dress code I’m afraid you won’t find it here. Just great music, great vibe and great prices!!
Come on roll down The Gambole!