A man was stabbed to death as he came out of a club in Birmingham city centre at the weekend.
The 29-year-old man was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning outside the Q Club, on Corporation Street, where about 1,500 people had been attending the Hysteria drum and bass night.
Police said the man was stabbed while the street was full of revellers heading home from the popular club. The all-night event finished at 6am. Emergency services were called, but the man later died at Sandwell General Hospital.
Police have launched a murder enquiry, and a post mortem is due to be carried out this afternoon.
Superintendent Matt Ward, of West Midlands Police, said he wanted to stress there was no indication the killing was linked to any other recent incidents in Birmingham, and there was nothing to suggest any gang-related links to the attack.
The police have set up an incident room to investigate the killing. Witness are urged to contact police on 0121 626 6198.
Corporation Street was cordoned off for the whole of Sunday.
The Q Club, which is based in the Grade II*-listed Central Hall, on Corporation Street, refused to comment.
The venue - a favourite with clubbers - was closed down in 2003 but reopened last September under the management of entrepreneur Billy Chauhan.
He has been keen to distance himself from the club’s past reputation, which had been wrecked by two deaths there in the years before it closed.
Nigel Smith-Haynes, aged 37, of Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield, collapsed in the toilets in May 2000 after taking ecstasy and later died at City Hospital.
And in December 1998 Dean Rides, of Kingswinford, near Dudley, died from massive head injuries after he fell 50ft from the venue’s tower, while at a Que Club event. An inquest heard he had drunk several cans of strong lager and taken an ecstasy pill, another was found on him.
As a result of the death, the Que Club was prosecuted and admitted three charges under the Health & Safety at Work Act. It was fined £22,500 and ordered to pay £4,930 costs
The fine was for failing to carry out a risk assessment which would have revealed the danger, not having proper lighting on the landing and not having a safe system of work for its visitors and employees.
Its previous manager, Mr Graham Wright, was stripped of his late-night drinks licence after licensing magistrates heard of Mr Rides’ death.