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The Joiners Arms - Southampton
I'd go with The Luminaire in Kilburn for all round excellence.
Great sound, good size stage, friendly staff, decent backstage and good facilities for bands to eat, park and so on.
King Tuts, Sleazys and 13th note.
Dirty London take note!
in comparison to a lot of toilet venues I've been to. It's got a noodle bar ffs!
The Boiler Room is great. Good sound as well.
awesome little venue.
Plus The Cellar in Oxford
that came to my mind. Any venue with a sign that says "QUIET - if you're talking when a band it playing we'll tell you to shut up." painted on the wall deserves my vote.
I base this on absolutely nothing.
could do with a bigger bar area though. And i don't really feel 'involved' unless I'm in front of the beam, where the room gets wider.
I really quite liked Camden Barfly, the one time i went. That's a similar size isn't it?
New Cross Inn
Hitchin Club 85 (more medium sized really, but hey...)
although Club 85's capacity is about 300, so it's not that a small venue. Still, lovely venue, good sound and nice decor :)
Club 85! Great venue. I remember when I first went and everyone kept talking about how the ceiling once 'fell in.' Haven't been for ages, but last time I went it looked really good.
It's a bit like the TARDIS- when you stand ouside it looks quite small, then you go inside and surprise yourself.
about it ages ago, but it could have been bullshit. Yeah, I get what you mean about it being tardis-like.
FACT: my first ever gig was Capdown at Club 85.
I suppose there are 3 primary variables for any venue:
1) The state of the venue/PA
2) The atmosphere
3) The bands
I reckon The Joiners does pretty well on the first two and is near enough unsurpassed on the third.
Special mention to The Adelphi in Hull too.
the montague arms, brixton windmill [despite the middling sound] and kilburn luminaire
either that or I'm just out of touch. It's not very often that there's anyone i want to see there these days.
They only have 13 gigs listed on their flyers for the whole of Jan! Theres normally a gig every day!
Theres a few things coming up I suppose, Fucked Up should be interesting!
Fucked Up are supposed to be playing later this month, but, they're not listed yet.
I'm just out of touch with the hip new bands i think
Feb 27th, or something?
Taylor John's House
dälek and caribou in the next few months.
Is one of my favourites.
It's a lovely little room with really good sound. Bit sweaty though.
friendly venue, with nice wooden floor that causes nice reverberation....
It's a lovely place to be playing in, especially when you look up and see loads of faces on all the balconies. Minor quibble though - they have no drum monitors!
It's exactly what a small venue should be, ie. a grotty back room in a tiny pub. It gets extra bonus points for having the ladies toilet onstage too.
a whole in the ceiling
O'Henry's in Glasgow was good before they refurbed it. Sleazies is pretty good, as is the 13th Note.
Still never been to a gig in the Admiral yet, or the new Stereo.
I like Sleazy's, the note's the best bet for catching small stuff, and king tuts would be better if they put some better bands on once in a while... their lineups have been looking a bit weak lately I've thought.
As a photographer, I just wish the Note would sort its lighting out!
goes to the night and day in manchester, seen sooo many good gigs there, and they have finally sorted out the air con, its still hot in there wen its packed but it doesnt reach 100 degrees anymore! haha
that small a venue though is it? I personally prefer Star and Garter as a venue to N+D. I guess you don't get as big bands, but it has so much more atmosphere.
Played there once to a terrible crowd, and the sound was beyond dreadful. I would never go back there.
is hardly 'big' though is it, id say it isnt much bigger than star and garter
it's somewhere between hop + grape and the mdh, star and garter is a far wedge smaller. However, this is all acadmeic as no venues in this fair city stand up to the Brudenell in Leeds. That venue has great sound, atmosphere and a great view from everywhere.
is night and day bigger than the hop and grape??? have you been in the night and day??
Beautiful. Plain beautiful. Best pub in 'Manchester' (not that far into Salford really), lovely people, ace venue. I've put one show on there, and once you get over the fact that people are too bloody lazy to walk there it is possibly the best place I've done anything.
it's a BOAT!
the joiners arms. That place is awesome
has The Point and Clwb Ifor Bach, both cracking small venues.
Barfly is shit though.
Forty pence pool = yes please.
n Tin in Chatham is a wicked little place. Shame it involves being in Chatham.
brudenell social club, leeds
clwb ifor bach, cardiff
invention, bath (not sure if it still does gigs though)
brixton, luminaire, bush hall - london
windmill that is
Absolutely destroys the Joiners.
that should be the other way round.
although I'm biased because I'm a Kilburnite and it's at the end of my road.
but, it can't match the The Joiners for bookings, that narrow corridor you have to walk up having squeezed around the side of the bar is a bit irritating and it can be ever so cliquey in a very Winchester way.
It's an ok venue, but it isnt so great
in exeter! the best small INDEPENDENT venue in the whole country! fact.
great atmosphere every time I've been there.
in Birmingham because it has a big pole in the middle of the stage and a big picture of a flower and a big flight of stairs. It is perfect though in my eyes and it has the best club night in all of Birmingham on in it.
Once I went in the toilets and looked in the cubicle and someone had had an almighty accident, it was nothing to do with the state of the venue as it looked fresh but it was pretty intense.
is a lovely place.
Is the Joiners in Southampton good these days? The stage used to be horrible to play on, it was really long but not deep enough so there was no room to move around. Ace dressing/boiler room, though.
doesn't always get a good rep, but every time i've been i've had an awesome time.
But if there's a good night on, I suppose you can have an ace time almost anywhere.
not really a venue, more like a living room, but tis lovely.
same with Leicester Firebug
fucking mental venue...theres skeletens and zebra heads and all sorts of crazy shit!
but its not small in comparison with venues like the fenton, packhorse and royal park cellars which hold like 40-80 comfortably.
...and it wins my 'best named small venue in the country' award, too
Or the Brixton Windmill.
The Selkirk in Tooting.
The Slaughtered Lamb - Farringdon
Madame Jojos - Soho.
Birmingham Academy 2 and Bar Academy.
Islington Academy 2.