At Red by Night we are passionate about Live Entertainment and bringing the Waterfront back to the great night out that it used to be!
We took on the lease for the empty, bare unit that used to be PJ's when the Waterfront was in it's Hey Day, with a great team of support we worked night and day for 3 months and opened in Oct 2019!!
The first few months were hard, building up a brand new business in a location that had not had any life for years, but we had a fantastic first Christmas and New Year, building up a loyal base of regular customers and great acts, unfortunately for us, and everyone else, COVID hit in March 2020 and life has never quite been the same since....
Following the first lock down we managed to adapt and reopen in July, with some absolutely fantastic outdoor acoustic sessions and we even had our first open air comedy night!
We have an amazing group of regular customers, a lot of brilliant local talent on the stage who we are desperate to see back again! So despite the many COVID restrictions July - September were financially viable and enjoyable for the team, the performers and the guests....
However, everything since the end of September has been one blow after another...
Unfortunately the support for our sector for this coming Winter is simply not going to see us through, so despite the fact we have some really exciting ideas for events, and can see an incredible summer in 2021, without the additional support of our guests and fans we are unlikely to make it through to the re-opening sometime next Spring....this would be devastating for us personally, but also for the Live Entertainment scene in the Black Country and all the talented performers who rely on places like Red by Night.
We have tried to think of ways we can reward people for supporting us, by giving something unique to Red by Night in return, so hopefully you will like our ideas....
The pictures below show our ideas for the t-shirts/hoodies, final design may vary slightly, but you get the idea, a good old Black Country theme!
Why do we care?
‘We are deeply saddened to learn of the impact the pandemic has had on our neighbours Red by Night. Local live music venues lie at the heart of our performance industry. To have such an incredible venue on our doorstep that offered invaluable opportunities to our students close its doors indefinitely has been heart-breaking. We wish them every success in raising funds and look forward to their return as soon as is safe and possible.’
Rick Benton BMus.(Hons), LRSM, CertEd
Chief Executive & Principal
'Midlands based band “Dexter” are predominantly a touring band and like most Musicians we have our special places, gig spaces we love and can’t wait to return too. Red by night is probably one of our favourite places to gig!
For us, what makes a venue great, other than the sound of the room, is the hospitality. RBN has this down. Everyone that works there is incredibly hospitable, friendly, responsible, and most importantly passionate about music and their venue!
It’s also one of our favourite venues to go see other shows.
Without these types of venues bands like us would struggle to survive'