Birmingham music venue offers council a festive life line

'The Rainbow Venues' in Digbeth have offered their their large outdoor Arena space to the council in a bid to save the cities popular ice rink and big wheel this Christmas.

It was announced earlier this month that due to the multi-million pound investment in Centenary Square, the popular seasonal additions would be scrapped this year. However bosses at 'The Rainbow', one of the cities most iconic music venues, have developed a plan to save the attractions. Director, Lee McDonald, said:

“It’s Christmas. It’s a time of coming together, spending money you don’t have, and enjoying precious time with friends and family. Let’s be honest an ice rink is the only place that people aren’t texting!

“It’s an impressive view from near the new library, but surprisingly the view from our side of the city is better. When you are amongst landmark buildings you cannot see the city landscape. The Rainbow Arena has possibly the best sight line in the city.”

The Arena is best known for hosting two of Birmingham’s biggest inner city music festivals; 'MADE' and 'CHAPTER', but the venue is home to a multi-purpose space that's also played host to the finals of the British Street Food Awards.

The Arena is best known for hosting two of Birmingham’s biggest inner city music festivals. Credit: The Rainbow Venues.

The team behind the project are looking to enhance Birmingham’s Christmas festivities by bringing tourists across to the other side of the city, to experience the creative quarter in all it’s glory. They already work closely with Digbeth Dining Club and Arts Market, who they have pencilled in to provide food and stalls to enhance their offering.

A petition has been created to put to the council. For more information, or to sign in support of the idea, click here. Anyone who can offer support to Lee and his team should email

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