Gary Powell of The Libertines to launch Control night at Vudu in Birmingham, 2011
Gary Powell of The Libertines will launch Control at Vudu

Music artist Gary Powell of The Libertines is set to grace the launch of a brand new club night heading for one of the city’s newest clubs.

Premier music venue Vudu, in Birmingham’s Smallbrook Queensway, is set to be host to the city’s newest alternative clubnight – CONTROL.

Spearheaded by Counteract Magazine editor Richard Franks, and promoter Dan Hill, Control hopes to fill the gap left by an absence of regular indie nights, as it promises to become a Monday night staple.

“Control is here to make a change,” explains Richard Franks.

“Long gone are the days where on a Monday night you’d have to go to a club where you didn’t even like the music just so you could go out. Control feels it can relate to the City as a whole, with a clubnight playing feel good tunes and everyone’s favourite anthems after a long day at university or work.” 

'Control' night from Counteract Magazine at the Vudu club in Birmingham

With a capacity of over 1,200, Control will boast three unique spaces with distinct design, holding three different genres of music. Room one, Intervention, will host the best in indie, alternative and Britpop from the last four decades; room two, Revolution, entertains the most memorable pop, garage, soul and funk tunes from the 1960s; and room three, Radar, will be spinning the best in up and coming music, entwined with established music perfect to wind down to in a balcony room with a city view and a number of tables and sofas.

The launch night on September 26 will feature resident DJs alongside Rob Munns, a Club NME and Koko resident DJ in London; and star guest Gary Powell, drummer for The Libertines. 

Gary, who declares himself as a ‘Brummie’, will be heading back home to thrill crowds with a set filled featuring indie classics before meeting with ardent fans.

Since 2001, Gary has been a key member in The Libertines and following the band’s split in 2005 he joined Dirty Pretty Things with Libertines frontman Carl Barât. In recent times Gary formed The Invasion Of… continuing his bands’ record of producing big hits in the industry. In 2010 Gary and his Libertines co-headlined Reading & Leeds Festivals with Arcade Fire, where over 70,000 people packed out the main stage to watch their first performance as a full band since 2004.

Promotor Franks feels bagging Powell is a massive coup for Control:

“I still can’t believe we’ve got Gary Powell to DJ at Control’s launch night. The man was influential to me growing up, he made me want to play drums and, in fact, got me into indie.

Richard P Franks, editor of  Counteract Magazine in Birmingham
Richard Franks

“Over the past couple of years I’ve promoted gigs but I’ve always wanted to host a regular clubnight at an alternative-orientated venue. Vudu, which recently opened in May, houses three fully fitted rooms, one of which can host live music; which will be very important as we look to bring bands into the clubnight to play for us.

“Alongside bringing star DJs from some of the biggest bands, we aim to showcase local talent, with local bands already booked in for both live and DJ sets. 

We also aim to create a successful relationship with universities and colleges around the city. A local connection is and always was our main aim as we felt Monday nights were lacking in Birmingham. It will also hopefully help local business as we’ll be looking at striking up deals with taxi firms and hotels. I just can’t wait to get started now.”


Control takes place every Monday between 10.30pm and 3am, with it’s launch night on 26th September. Find out more at and follow Control on Facebook and Twitter.


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