Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Reclaim the Venue!

Once upon a time The Venue in New Cross was one of the best places in London for bands. In fact, even before it was refurbished as The Venue it was a key stopping off place on the alternative gig circuit as the plain old Harp Club (I recently came across a Wire bootleg recorded there in 1985). In the 1990s, Blur, Pulp, Oasis, PJ Harvey and Radiohead all played there, and people came from all over to see them. I remember queuing half way down to New Cross station to see Chumbawamba. At some point it all went wrong, and The Venue switched to cover bands.

On December 3rd the first step towards reclaiming The Venue as somewhere worth going to will take place when Angular Records hold their first birthday party and tenth event in the bar there. The line up's not confirmed yet, but as it will be a release party for The Long Blondes 'Giddy Stratospheres' single, the appearance of Sheffield's finest might be expected. Definitely not to be missed.



3 comments:

Richard said...

I was at that Wire gig!
With Band of Holy Joy and...er...Bogshed supporting.

Reclaim the Venue!

quaidos said...

the venue night was wicked--- im sure the Joe's from Angular won't mind me mentioning that they did it in conjunction with us at Fear of Music (..these things start to matter when you've been out fly posting and dodging old bill on those wet, cold winter nights..). Touch wood, there's gonna be a load of future stuff happening at the venue throughout 2005, so hopefully we'll see ya there !

Neil-NewX said...

Look forward to seeing some more stuff down there, unfortunately after bigging up this event I was struck down with the flu and missed it.