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The Red Eye in Islington
Astoria / Astoria 2 / Mean Fiddler obvs
Your mum, obvs
leicester's the charlotte. terrible venue if i'm being honest.
has that gone now?
they've had about 5 locations that I can remember during my lifetime! There's one on Womanby Street now but I'm not sure if they've got a live music license anymore.
i thought it'd finally been closed down. i liked the toucan, one of the few places on a weekend night that wasn't unspeakably grim.
- Beneath the Holiday Inn by the bridge (now Callaghans)
- Womanby Street (before that building became the Gatekeeper)
- St Mary's Street (closed due to noise complaints from nearby flats)
- Somewhere out in Splott (what were they thinking?)
- and now the new one on Womanby Street again (opposite the old site more or less).
I know they did have an application in with the council to use the old Glamorgan Club building opposite the stadium, but it got turned down again due to complaints from residents.
People living in city centres, complaining about noise. Durrrrrr.
noise pollution? from a samba band? when the venue was sandwiched between Edward's and a strip club? of all the venues to complain about on st mary's street, that's fucking crazy.
but i think it's because their live music room was up on the first floor so nearer to the flats or something. Either way it's fucking dumb.
It's now a trendy winebar.
such a shame, it was a lovely venue.
get some ear plugs or don't live next door to live music venues you idiots.
basically following the noise complaint and visit from sound pollution inspectors etc, the venue had to either pay a massive fine which it couldn't afford or get some better soundproofing installed. Problem is that it's quite difficult to soundproof a church without destroying the building's character, they are after all sort of designed to conduct sound. The venue closed for a month to have the sound proofing installed, but once they'd re-opened they never managed to get decent bookings in - apparently there was a lot of confusion and misinformation amongst tour promoters and the like that the venue was closed or going to close, but basically it sort of fell off people's radars, and then after a few months of that the bank decided to lower their overdraft limit/recall the loans or whatever, and it no longer became a viable business to run. Though I'm guessing there were other factors as well to be fair.
It was something like that anyway. I'm amazed no one else's has stepped in to buy it though. Lovely little venue with all the work that needs doing already done? Guess it's not the right economic climate for it or whatever.
But yes, all that (mainly) stemming from one or 2 people complaining about noise. People living in flats round the corner from the venue. Flats that weren't even built when the venue opened. Surely there should be some kind of onus on the property developers to fully soundproof THEIR buildings in the first place? But then money-grabbing Cardiff Council don't really want to put any barriers in the way of anyone building more shitty slum-of-th-future flats in their beloved Cardiff Bay.
I can't imagine being a tourist, seeing all the promo guff for the incredible stuff you can do at the bay, and then getting down there and finding a shit norwegian church, a cinema and some shitty water.
the Millenium Centre, lots of restaurants (mostly chain ones), and teh Senedd building is nice for a walk around. They have various events in the oval basin, and there's a farmers market every week or so.
Oh, and there's the unofficial Ianto shrine near where they film Torchwood!
(I quite like The Norwegian Church - Roald Dahl was baptised there!)
what is in place of the red eye these days?
Had some of my best nights/gigs out there,was a shithole but we loved it.
THE SAME BUILDING BUT WITH SOME ANONYMOUS FLATS WITH NET CURTAINS!
but good fucking riddance.
if you mean the place with the mirrored wall on one side, where people's sweat would condense on the glass and run down in disgusting rivulets like some kind of indie water feature.
I went home soon afterwards. Gin and mirrors don't mix.
in that about 5 people were able to see the stage.
The Belle Angele in Edinburgh, which was part of the Gilded Balloon complex that burned down
Leeds Duchess (dEUS)
Bradford Rio's (Napalm Death)
Cambridge Barfly/whatever else it used to be called (Caribou/Mae Shi)
Rios is an asian wedding venue now. you can still mosh tho
The Riverside, The Mayfair, Egypt Cottage (kinda), Agora.
Apparently the Arena is closing down too.
The Mayfair was the venue for my first ever gig when i was 15, which was Faith No More and Prong supporting. Riverside, i saw quite a lot there. Smashing Pumpkins, The Verve, Bowie, and many others sometimes for the measly sum of 3,4 quid a time. The Carling Academy can fuck off. I heard that Arena rumour too but that they were just relocating.
closed down years ago. Saw Orthrelm and The Locust there in 2003. And Narcosis too, once.
- The Powerhaus (first near Angel, then in Finsbury Park)
- The Marquee (about a million different locations, including what is now the Wetherspoons on Charing Cross Road, that huge building on Leicester Square and the current Islington Academy)
- The Arts Cafe (brilliant little venue next to Toynbee Hall)
- The Laurel Tree (home of the much-missed Piao! nights)
- Mean Fiddler (as in the original Willesden one, where Vince Power started his empire)
- Ocean (excellent mid-sized hall in Hackney that ran out of money very very quickly)
- Hammersmith Palais (shite mid-sized hall in, you guessed, Hammersmith)
and as mentioned up there^, The Spitz is sorely missed.
I'd like another venue I could walk to.
I think it's a supermarket now.
see also the Astoria/Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park (although it was already closed for many years before I started going to gigs).
always would be daylight streaming through that massive window and you'd be playing to people eating stonebaked pizza.
I saw some of my favourite gigs ever there, including American Analog Set, Julie Doiron and The Shins
Closed down last year. I think it shut down because they wanted to turn it into flats or something? Not sure.
How I miss thee
I adored it's grotty charm.
cant say im massively gutted
Kentish Town, London. Oxes were ace there
There was always a huge post blockiing your view and variable sound quality.
I really miss The Spitz - great gigs there like Les Savy Fav and Oxes (again) playing while on each other's shoulders and generally sharing instruments.
ditto Arts Cafe - watched Animal Collective in about 2003, I think it was their UK live debut.
but once I got to Sheffield as a student it had been turned into a trendy wine bar :(
they had a one armed snooker champion.
I once made the mistake of sitting in the little nook where all the old men sit. They were a bit surprised.
Hummingbird, Jug of Ale, Bham Odeon
lovely old venue in an art deco cinema. I had a ticket to see Longpigs supported by Travis and Embrace there but the venue went into liquidation just before the gig. It's a furniture shop now.
did you know that David Bowie played there in the early 1970's?
I think it might have been a year or two after though - I remember being all excited because they played on TFI Friday before I went out to see them and they actually mentioned Worcester on TV outside of the usual flood-disaster context.