Jools Holland returns to The Jam House in Birmingham as venue turns 20

By Leigh Sanders | Music | Published:

Jools Holland is returning to The Jam House in Birmingham to celebrate a venue he helped get off the ground turn 20 years old.

Ready to celebrate are The Jam House team, from left, Zack Booth, Patricia Sternak, John Bunce, Paul Roberts and Adam Barrow

The Jam House, on St. Paul's Square near the city centre, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a line-up of great acts and events throughout the year.

A Big Birthday party is planned next month, where Jools and many of the musicians and characters that have contributed to this lifespan will come together to celebrate at the venue.

On May 8, Jools - the original Jam House musical director - brings his Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Orchestra along for a show. This will be Jools’ first appearance at The Jam House for 10 years, and he said he is “looking forward to coming home”.

He will be accompanied by local musicians Ruby Turner and Pauline Black, of Selector.

Other artistes featured in this anniversary year have already included Westlife’s Brian McFadden, 80s Superstar Alexander O’Neal and disco super-group Shalamar, while the Three Degrees are set to take over the venue on November 7.

John Bunce, long-time manager of the Jam House, said ahead of the Jools show: “This 20-year milestone makes us reflect on the all the good times. The great international stars - some boyhood heroes of mine - that we’ve met and worked with, the fantastically talented local musicians, the hard working bar staff, waiters and chefs, and - above all - the customers that have made the Jam House the place that it is.”

The £75 admission-only tickets for Jools' performance have now sold out, but tickets remain for dinner and the show at £125pp, or £150pp for a balcony table. The dress code is smart casual. You can buy tickets here.

Leigh Sanders

By Leigh Sanders

Senior sub editor for the MNA portfolio and entertainments writer leaning towards features and reviews. Get releases to me at

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