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When I started getting into music in the early nineties all the bands you wanted to see did the university circuit.
and they play branded academy venues instead.
is cunting shitbag Radio 1 DJ's with stupid names like jaguarskills or annie macintosh... or Frankmusik.
from mid-'90's and it's shocking how the gig (and venue) route has narrowed. Seemed like most touring bands would be passing through Guildford, Aldershot, Reading and various other places back o' beyond on the toilet circuit before playing the Universities. Nowadays it seems that you're lucky to get bands doing much more than Manchester and London (+ maybe Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds). Economics, I guess.
Pick up a Melody Maker or NME from the 1980s & you'd see shitloads of ads for benefit gigs in aid of the miners, rhinos, whales, anti-apartheid, dockers, you name it.
had the Fall and the Young Knives playing. Although, most of the union stuff was boring as shit radio 1 stuff. Like Mr. Hudson.
I grew up in Bedford, which was definitely one of those places - when I started going to see bands around 2000/2001 through to about 2003, we used to get a lot of the "Evening Session" type acts - I saw My Vitriol, Crashland, Cay, Halo, King Adora, Rachel Stamp, Seafood, Jetplane Landing, Cooper Temple Clause etc. We even once got a DiS tour with Kinesis, Miss Black America and Reuben :D I know Muse came through a few times as well, but I never caught them. Plus we'd get some of the metal stuff as well, I remember seeing Raging Speedhorn and Miocene a bunch of times, and Lostprophets on my 18th birthday (WOW).
Oddly picked up a bit there around 2006/7, after I had moved away, when they somehow managed to snag stuff like Los Camp, Jofo/Danana tour, Crystal Castles, Holy Fuck, Lethal Bizzle (which was sold out!) but it's been quiet again recently.
is still under university operation/ownership (and long may it continue)
Seemed like every last indie band on tour stopped at either the Great Hall or Terminal 396.
Most of the youth of today like absolutely SHITE music.
Whilst watching some guitar heroes at the BBC type programme last night I saw footage of AC/DC playing Problem Child at Essex Uni (1978 perhaps). Absolutely fantastic!
1989-90. In that one year alone we had Happy Mondays (on the Madchester Rave On tour), Inspiral Carpets, Charlatans (on their first tour), and Ride (touring the Play EP). Fucking brilliant.
I've very far away from being an AC/DC fan but it is brilliant
Saw tons of gigs there in the early 90s. Cool indie stuff like Curve, Ride etc (cool at the time.) Still going apparently. Upcoming gigs? The Blackout (?), Skid Row, Buckcherry (?). Jeez...
In my 1st year we had Idlewild, Reef, Fun Lovin Criminals (supported by Tetra Splendour!). The Fall would've been awesome, did see them at the Sugarmill circa COTC.
Also had SFA, Supergrass and Chesney Hawkes 3 times!
hardly any students though; it was quite surreal turning up and seeing the union filled (mostly) with a totally different kind of person than usual (though someone about my age drunkenly complimented me on my Aphex Twin shirt and asked if I'd heard one of the Selected Ambient Works albums)
There was an old hippie-looking dude with a Can shirt. Elena Poulou was really hot, and then I found out she was with Mark E and I was like wowee zowee. Memorable night, it was.
Admittedly they're not as frequent as they used to be. Even used to have TV coverage in the 70s with Rock Goes to College. That said, there are still a few. In October Cardiff Uni has not only The Cult (playing Electric), withe support from Bo Ningen, but also a late show with Deerhunter. Like buses - nothing for ages, then two come along at once
Klaxons, Bloc Party, Au Revoir Simone, Editors, Les Savy Fav (which was full of Dissers), The Rakes, Evan Dando, Wild Beasts, Metronomy etc...
I'm perhaps biased because I occasionally put on stuff at Esquires, but I'd say it's picked up again - recent / upcoming gigs include Wolf Alice, Ghostpoet, Public Service Broadcasting, Wolf People, Art Brut, Tim Burgess. Pete Doherty played there last night...
although I was at Les Savy Fav and The Rakes so no excuses there.
It's a great little venue really, I just always felt it was slightly too big for the town.
once supporting Graham Coxon, and then headlining a few months later. I think I paid on the door for the headlining show, when at the time tickets for any of their London dates were almost impossible to get hold of. lol bedford!
probably still does, I have since moved on however. I saw QOTSA there for example, plus they had a smaller hall where I saw loads of ska/punk stuff if I remember. I have never been to Bristol Uni's Anson Rooms, they seem to attract bands like the Kooks, the Fratellis - student indie I suppose. Makes sense.
used to be the main venue for standing gigs in Bristol. It's now ages since I've been there and I miss it.
To your average student getting drunk and swapping bodily fluids at a club which week in week out plays the same pop hits from when they were in their early teens take precedent over hearing something new and exciting. Where's the motivation for the union in risking bringing bands here when they can milk 5ive and S Club's greatest hits?
At least that what it seems like here: fuck Edinburgh.
but I did see Explosion In The Sky, The National, Hot Chip and Biffy Clyro there
Longpigs - with Dark Star on support - were probably the best thing I saw there during my uni years.
In the good camp:
British Sea Power, DJ Format (with Abdominal and D-sisive), Willy Mason sure there was also some other decent gigs that I missed.
On the cheesy but fun camp:
2 Unlimited, N-Trance, Colin Murray, a decent Blues Brothers tribute act.
Think Glasgow in the early 2000s had a decent mix of credible stuff and fun nonsense, but I agree with the thrust of the article in that they certainly wouldn't be hosting a massive band like Nirvana like they had done in previous years (though that's partially because Glasgow has so many other venues, a large number of which are better than the QMU, the GU was obviously terrible as a gig venue, just wasn't designed for it. If I was a mid size band I'd have much rather played at Barrowlands/ABC or if I was up and coming King Tuts or Oran Mor).
Reckon it was my mate who asked you about the Aphex Twin T-Shirt!
I loved Hope of The States in 2nd year, 22-20s were pretty good support too.
Jo from S Club 7 playing solo while aided with a walking stick was a low point.
so it's alive and well thanks x
cos you don't have half an hour of people watching a band and then rushing to the bar for 15 minutes, when the next band is on. DJ/club = constant stream of people.
The DJs probably get paid more though.
there are still bands on at Sheffield uni? No?
Well, I saw them at Sheffield Fuzz club in about 2001. That's all I can remember.
I loved Fuzz club.
during my time at uni.
also pretty recently
Which is one of the worst things ever!
They've been renovating half the Union, including the room where Fuzz Club and other gigs used to be. It's scheduled to be finished in September/October time but it remains to be seen if they'll actually use it to host some bands, or just revert back to more shitty pop music club night rubbish.
Sheffield's gig scene has gone massively downhill in the last couple of years. You usually have to go to Leeds or Manchester to catch anyone decent these days.
But it's likely that the trading subsidiary that runs any gig venues doesn't primarily cater for the student market. The average spend at a lot of gigs (particularly ones that teenagers and stingy students go to) is very little. Metal gigs and 'cheese' get you $$$$ though. Don't get me wrong I think there's more of a potential to revive gig going amongst your average student population but its just not the way things seem to be going and that puts many venues (which are often part of a charity) in a difficult position.
so many gigs.
But yeah if you look at the way a lot of these places are run/owned (by students unions, using external promoters) an the general drop in attendance of gigs especially amongst students and some of the new competitors. I don't know how much bands actually care where they play but a lot of the venues have certainly become a lot less cool.
in 2007 and it still seemed to be thriving. Did the fuzz club get axed because the attendances dropped off? When they pop cycle comes back to guitar bands again I suppose it will pick up.