In The Que: Celebrating Birmingham’s Que Club documentary

In the Que: Celebrating the Que Club is a film about one of the great live and rave and dance venues in the United Kingdom. Built as the Methodist Central Hall and opened in 1903, this Grade II * building would become home to a different type of congregation.

The building was bought in 1992 by Billy Gaff, former manager of Cream, The Faces and Rod Stewart, who also owned the Marquee Club in London (he used the q, u & e from Marquee for the name), who wanted to turn it into a live music venue. It quickly became the centre for Rave and Dance music in Birmingham though, something in part to do with the incredible building’s layout and space. With an imposing central hall, complete with a huge organ, and steep, terrifying balconies that would shake as clubbers danced on them, the Methodist Central Hall also had some 30+ rooms and miles of corridors and roof space in which to lose yourself listening to other DJs or just meeting other clubbers.

It was unique in being able to have 2000 clubbers raving to Techno in the main hall whilst 100 people might be listening to Drum n Bass in a side room, 50 listening to Jungle in another and others listening to Garage, Basement or Breakbeat. Whilst globally recognised bands and musicians such David Bowie, Massive Attack, Blur, Pulp, Wu Tang Clan, Tricky, PJ Harvey, Run DMC and scores of others performed on the legendary stage – Daft Punk loved the venue so much they used their live set for the Alive 1997 album – it was to be the rave and dance nights that cemented the venue as one of the best venues in the UK. Home to House of God, Atomic Jam, Third Eye, Silver Slipper, Flashback, Spacehopper, The Bubble Club, Ultimate Orange, Oscilate, Zuba Zuba, Harmony, venue for BBC Essential Mix, host to Carl Cox, Joey Beltram, Grooverider, LTJ Bukem, Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills and many many others The Que Club was a club like no other.

Weaving rare archive footage with interviews with some of the DJ’s, Promoters, Clubbers and staff who worked there, the film will take you inside one of the most important venues for rave and club culture in Europe.

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