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At The Mermaid

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Home of Metal presents 'At The Mermaid'. The Mermaid was a large, dilapidated pub in Sparkhill, a working-class neighbourhood three miles south of Birmingham city centre. The laid-back landlords welcomed teenage punks, hippies and rockers to play weirdo music in the upstairs room, charging very little money for very bad cider. The Mermaid became a hub of DIY music scene in the 1980s, with £1 gigs, punk all-dayers, 'zine and tape swapping. It was also a site of political education for many, and hunt saboteurs gathered at the Mermaid before taking direct action. more


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Latest Episodes

Our final episode looks at the lasting impact of The Mermaid, and its effects on people's lives. What it meant to be an outsider, and the power to be gained from finding your people. To create this podcast, we interviewed people who were part of the ... more

3 months ago

In this episode we hear about the iconic gigs at The Mermaid - it's seen by many as the birthplace of grindcore - and there was lots of other noise being made in this pub in Sparkhill too. Napalm Death were regulars on the stage, but, it seems, they ... more

4 months ago

In this episode we learn more about The Mermaid - how it was a hub for some groups - and the political background of 1980s Birmingham. The Mermaid was a hub for alternative thinking aswell as music, and is seen by many as the birthplace of grindcore.... more

4 months ago


5 out of 5 stars from 13 ratings
  • Couldn’t be better!

    A fascinating collection of stories without any saccharine nostalgia involved. There’s nothing like honest stories of experience. While much has changed about society in general, these sort of cultural happenings are best chronicled through word of mouth and I’m grateful Home of Metal took the time to record these conversations. Highly recommended listening!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • A fascinating insight in to a part of Birmingham Music History

    As a gig goer in Birmingham since the early 2000’s, hearing about the venues, musical movements, bands, gigs from the years way before, stories told my older friends I’ve made in the city through a common love of music, is something I love, as a full on music obsessive ‘lifer’ and this podcast provided me with a whole new section of the city’s musical history, be it the stories told by those who attended the gigs, the bands themselves, the political/social state of the country and city, fascinat... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom3 months ago
  • A stunning podcast. Really evocative of a time, as a 30 year old, before I was born. Where a lot of the bands I love influenced bands playing at the Mermaid, and in turn, loving those bands. more

    Podcast Addict
    4 months ago

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