The men behind the landmark city centre development The Cube, who traded bricks for picks when they formed a band, will play in front of 4,000 fans this weekend.
Alan Chatham and Neil Edginton, who were directors of the companies behind the development, are part of a band aptly named The Cubes with some of the German team who installed the building’s distinctive cladding.
The pair are now heading out to Germany to play a series of concerts with the band, including the largest it has ever performed, complete with a three-man crew and £250,000 stage set.
Mr Edginton, founder of Edg Property, sings and plays rhythm guitar, while Mr Chatham, whose firm Chatham Billingham Investments is developing the old Post and Mail building, is lead guitarist. The rest of the eight-man band are from German cladding contractor Haga.
“I love it,” Mr Edginton said. “It is all about having fun for us. We keep it simple – if we are having a good time on stage then that will translate through to the audience, and it has worked so far.
“We always enjoy it and that comes across.”
The Cubes, who formed five years ago, play a host of gigs each year, from small pubs in Switzerland to large music festivals and private parties.
While the band plays occasionally in the region, including a Birmingham Forward dinner, it has developed a small army of fans in Germany.
Mr Edginton said despite the large crowds, the band was a release from the stresses of the day job.
Mr Edginton said the band started after one of the more unusual business meetings he had been involved in.
He explained: “I went over to Germany to meet them and I was expecting to be treated like a king, with them trying to impress me while I was over there.
“But it was obvious quite quickly that it was me having to try to impress them – it felt like an interview.
“I was there for days, and with the language barrier you can quickly run out of chat in business meetings.
“But one night when we were out for dinner we started talking about music and a few hours later I was back in their recording studio.”
Mr Chatham was a director of Birmingham Development Company and Mr Edginton was a director of BuildAbility, which developed The Cube before the two firms collapsed and PricewaterhouseCoopers was brought in as administrator.
The 23-storey building, which was completed in 2010 at a cost of £100 million, was designed by Ken Shuttleworth who is renowned for the “Gherkin” in London.