DHP Family are proud to own and manage eight venues across three cities. All of our establishments have their own personality, driven by their individual audience. Live music and DJ-led club events feature heavily in all of our venues, while some bars and clubs also compliment this with a cool bar experience. With so much on offer it’s no surprise that venues in the Family are regular award winners…..
ROCK CITY – Our first venue, the internationally renowned Rock City has seen some of the world’s top artists including David Bowie, Nirvana, Oasis and Ed Sheeran perform on its stage in the last 35 years. The electric main hall atmosphere during live music and club events lives long in the memory of all that visit the venue. Rock City has won Nottingham’s Best Bar None award for ‘Best Club’ for a staggering five consecutive years, as well as being chosen by the judges as Overall Winner in 2013. The venue has recently been recognised at the Live UK Music Business Awards, where it picked up a trophy for ‘Best Teamwork’ in the clubs category; a fitting testament to the hard work and dedication of its staff. There is no doubt that Rock City continues to go from strength to strength in a resurgent Nottingham music scene. www.rock-city.co.uk
OSLO – Drawing on a dark Nordic aesthetic, Oslo is a significant new arrival for DHP Family in the dynamic and burgeoning area of Hackney Central. Offering top quality food, drink and music as well as intriguing showcases of live art, visuals, photography and performance, the venue’s space – a redeveloped railway station – perfectly reflects its unique offering. The food menu places an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and produce, including an impressive array of craft beers, ales and spirits from local suppliers. Oslo provides both a daytime hub to meet and eat, and a night time destination for socialising, eating, drinking and taking in the best of new music. www.oslohackney.com
THE GARAGE – Legendary London live music venue, The Garage, was relaunched by DHP in January 2017, following a complete and extensive refurbishment. First opened in 1993, The Garage quickly established itself as the capital’s finest indie and rock venue. This Islington institution will retain its musical heritage while moving forward with an exciting programme of gigs and events, and a new front bar and drink offering, creating a London venue that offers up much more than just great live music.
THE GRACE– The Grace is a pub with an upstairs live music space located directly opposite Highbury and Islington tube station. Continuing in the tradition of London’s landmark live music pubs that are institutions in their own right, The Grace is one of the only late night bars offering live music in the area. The two-floor venue features a laid-back intimate pub serving draught lager on the ground floor accessed from Highbury Corner with a 150-capacity live music space upstairs to host upcoming and emerging artists. www.thegrace.london
THEKLA – Thekla is not only a boat, it’s one of Bristol’s longest running entertainment venues. Originally converted in 1982 by legendary Vivian Stanshill and operated by DHP Family since 2006, it has a long history of entertaining Bristol with everything from theatre, cabaret, live music and DJ’s as well as acting as a canvas for elusive artist, Banksy. In 2014 the boat spent the summer in dry-dock for a full £500,000 refurbishment before returning to its home in East Mud Dock. In 2015 the venue installed a £50,000 state of the art L’Acoustics System making it Bristols’ newest and best PA System. Since being part of the DHP Family, Thekla has won numerous awards including a regional ‘Best Small Venue 2013’ award from NME magazine with a further nomination for the 2014 national ‘Best Small Venue’ crown. Its most recent accolade was at the Live UK Music Business Awards, where the team picked up the coveted ‘Best Teamwork’ gong for a venue with a capacity below 800. The venue hosts an exciting array of student nights alongside its roster of live music – keeping the crew and passengers well and truly shipshape and Bristol fashion. www.theklabristol.co.uk
RESCUE ROOMS – Completely refurbished in 2011, the Rescue Rooms is a delight to spend time in – whether you’re just supping some real ale in the bar, checking out next year’s hottest music tips in the venue or chilling on its legendary patio, Rescue Rooms never disappoints. Rescue Rooms first gig was in 2003 and since it’s opening has seen the likes of The Libertines, The Killers, Calvin Harris, Ben Howard and countless others play the venue on their way up to stardom. Every Saturday the venue teams up with Stealth nightclub next door for Stealth Vs Rescued, a Saturday night clubbing experience that encompasses all styles of dance and alternative music to create a weekly mini clubbing festival. www.rescuerooms.com
STEALTH – Nottingham’s home to house and dance music is Stealth. Its spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs in the World list, in both 2013 and 2014, is recognition of its continued importance to the ever changing dance music scene. The Funktion One sound system on both floors makes Stealth a DJ favourite and the ‘Past Guests’ reads like a who’s who of dance music royalty. Our regular nights such as dollop, Fairlight, Fiftyone27, YY&W & Zleep keep Fridays fresh, alongside the multi venue annual dance festivals ’Everywhere’ and dollop NYE. www.stealthattack.co.uk
THE BODEGA – Yet another Best Bar None Winner in the family (winning Best Small Bar in 2014) – the Bodega, formerly known as the Social, is the smallest of our venues, operated by DHP Family since 2004. Located in fashionable Hockley in Nottingham city centre, this bar – come live music space – come nightclub has been endorsed by Sir Paul Smith claiming it is the “first rung on the rock’n’roll ladder of fame”. Indeed, Bodega has played host to the likes of the XX, White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, Mumford & Sons, The National and The Strokes on their path to stardom. The place has plenty of boutique beers and ciders on sale and a hidden beer garden – all good reasons for its inclusion in Sir Paul Smith’s Secret Address Book. www.bodeganottingham.com
BLACK CHERRY LOUNGE – Black Cherry Lounge (an expansion of our Rock City venue) was opened following a full refurbishment of the space in 2011. The brand new interior has been completely transformed with full-length mirrors, red velvet antique style seating and stunning vintage pin-up art, all contributing to an ornate and sumptuous bar atmosphere. The bars serve a full range of delicious and exotic cocktails, alongside premium beers, wines and spirits and the venue hosts its own events including Burlesque and retro club-nights. www.rock-city.co.uk/black-cherry-lounge
BETA – The newest addition to Rock City’s multi-room epicentre of entertainment is Beta. Formerly known as the Basement, Beta provides state of the art equipment in a 235 capacity venue, providing high production quality for intimate shows.
PARTNER VENUES – DHP Family have a partnership with The Manchester Cathedral to deliver their live music programme and logistical support. Manchester Cathedral has hosted live broadcast concerts for the BBC with Elbow and for MTV with Alicia Keys to widespread acclaim. DHP Family are proud to work with this utterly unique and awe-inspiring venue, most recently bringing artists including Nick Mulvey, Sharon Van Etten, Yann Tiersen and Future Islands to the cathedral’s stage.