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Is it Reading or Oxford or somewhere else entirely?
come to this though -> http://files.doubledotdash.org/flyers/ysb3.jpg
at least we're trying. :)
OK, take Brighton as a given as it probably is the correct answer...
Where after Brighton?
PS by outside London I mean within easyish trains/car distance.
Hitchin used to have a very vibrant music scene a few years ago. Since the birth of The Libertines and Nu-Rave it seems to have died down alot. Hardly a surprise.
What in God's name are you talking about?
Nothing decent has ever come out of Hitchin EVER.
You just haven't heard it.
did have lots of really good bands in and around it for awhile, even if it only had one venue, but most of them have now sadly broken up.
Oxford does have a lot of venues and bands. I don't think it is patronising to call it a small town either. It is very small in comparison with other cities.
Is 45 minutes from London by train, not exactly far away.
But unfortunately everything good from there isn't there anymore.
koolkidsklub is where its at!
i was about to say if anyone mentions southend i will go ape shit.
Oxford I'd say...
for sure. In fact, I'd say it's got the best music scene out of anywhere in the UK, including London.
Incidentally by "best live music scene" I mean in terms of promoters and venues and audiences as well as simply in terms of good bands coming from there.
northampton certainly has a lot of small promoters trying to breathe life into the town. tis a shame that the biggest band are a bunch of pricks.
although a recent DiS transfer may disagree.
an hour from euston
Biggest band being...?
always been good but nothing ever breaks out
As long as having any good bands of its own isnt a criteria. Oh and if Bristol is a small town, which it isnt.
But otherwise def bristol.
though that was pretty easy to misunderstand from my wording.
leeds leeds leeds
for promoters / venues / gigs, it would probably be Brighton or Nottingham.
For pure talent, vibes and vivre, Hitchin has no competition.
Awesome venues like the Thekla & Cube cinema.
Amazing dubstep producers like Pinch.
Amazing Grime producers like Joker.
Amazing indie pop bands like Francois.
Amazing 'noise' acts like Team Brick.
Plus there's the whole d'n'b reggae/dub trip-hop legacy.
Loads of good bands playing (that could come from anywhere) or lots of quality local bands playing?
If it's the latter, I dont think Nottingham is that great. I play a bit round town and it's the same half a dozen bands everywhere really.
is that certain small bands I know go on tours periodically where they play once in a number of different towns in an attempt to build up an audience.
Now realistically you're not gonna build up an audience or a reputation in a town by playing there once if no-one's heard of you, however good you are.
So it's suddenly struck me maybe instead of doing this it would make more sense to pick one or two towns and play there semi-regularly. I'm considering doing this and am trying to think if I do this which towns to choose.
Nottingham, Bristol and Leeds would all be a bit far away to be honest due to my job.
oxford has some awesome local bands, the club/nightlife situation is rather appalling here
that doesn't get that much music. My friends' band played an NME gig in Canterbury on Monday and it was packed (250+) full of young-ish music fans who don't have the choice of ten different gigs a night.
Perhaps we look into there and Oxford...
having observed and been close to quite a few young / new / upcoming bands, it almost seems like playing in London all the time can be really adverse to a band. I know I'm stating the obvious, but I reckon 1/2 gigs a month at either a good club (like White Heat) or good support (200+ people) is the way to go.
I mean I like doing several gigs a month and am not necessarily looking to cut back on what I do in London but I do think more out of town gigs would be a good thing to do and probably more beneficial than another load of London gigs...
It's finding a town where if we play regularly and we're any good (which I think we are) we can always feel like we've got a decent audience when we go there. We do way too many London gigs so I just want to find somewhere else to enjoy playing too!
Agaskodo Teliverek have done well for themselves doing about eight gigs a month in London for over the last year. bravo!
Probably Brighton as it is generally more interesting.
We built this city on cock and dole.
and maybe trowbridge?..
then they are totally wrong. There is no music scene in Brighton. There aren't even that many good bands. But the ones that are have either moved to London after getting sick of unappreciative and ignorant crowds (yes, it's that bad that they would move to London!) or have no real connection with each other or much crossover in terms of fans.
I love living in Brighton as a town, but the music scene simply doesn't exist unless you go to BIMM and have a load of idiot friends who like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Razorlight.