Dirty Fingers culture and coffee shop opens in Derby’s ‘creative quarter’

Dirty Fingers Culture and Coffee Shop, Derby

Dirty Fingers, a culture and coffee shop, is now open on Beckett Street and is the latest business to move in to Derby’s emerging ‘creative quarter’.

Starting as an alternative club night – run by Phil Burgess (Prizefighter, D Filis) and Danielle Cotterill (Pet Crow) – they have expanded to become a permanent coffee shop, sharing a building with the Hairy Dog.

They said it is, “A cool place for all the uncool kids. But it’s not just a coffee bar, it’s also a small music venue, record shop, book store and all round friendly alternative hang out.”

Between 10am until 7pm Monday to Saturday Dirty Fingers takes over the upstairs venue of the Hairy Dog, an 80 capacity live music stage which has seen performances from Desperate Journalist and local bands including Pet Crow, Babe Punch and Cherry Hex and The Dream Church this year.

It’s along the road from Dubrek, which as well as the rehearsal, studio and live music space has a coffee shop and bar, small shop of records, guitars, band merch and music accessories, as well as a number of art studios. What we at Storge think of as the emerging ‘creative quarter’ is also home to The Venue, Baby People, The SmallPrint Company and gallery space, and Reckless Yes Records haunt Bar One. Bordering the established Cathedral Quarter Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library and a new music venue set for Wardwick are all close by.

With the likes of Teenage Bottlerocket, Part Chimp, Lords, Cock SparrerWolf Alice, and now Gnarwolves all playing busy and sold out shows at venues in this area of town it would seem that a neighbourhood of like-minded businesses has started to form despite a lack of regeneration interest in this part of the city and proximity to the Becketwell area which is being pin-pointed as a problem area with ‘Black Mamba’ users congregating there.

Despite this and the looming possibility of major public spaces such as Central Library disappearing we think it could be an area to watch – for all the right reasons.

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