Venues Of Note
Venues in London are a hard thing to write about because everyone just buys beer from the corner shop and drinks it in the street, but the Shacklewell Arms is a good one! It was originally a sort of Caribbean local’s pub, but it was bought off the owner (who I think went back home to his family in St. Lucia) and turned into a really cool little hang-out. Used before, after and during gigs, you pretty much always bump into someone you know there even if you’re just popping in. It has evolved from not really having a stage or proper PA to a full-fledged live room now, and their in-house sound engineer, Jordan, is awesome at his job and a super-nice guy who really loves music! It’s a great place for those cramped, sweaty shows. One of the best ones being the Horrors’ secret show there last year, which was a LOT of fun. There’s a big variety in the size of bands that play here. It’s pretty much open for whatever.
Another pub with a venue upstairs, this one is owned by Vice Magazine and is the ultimate in tiny sweatboxes. They somehow keep shifting the bar around to make it bigger and bigger. The sound used to be pretty terrible both on and off stage, but they have seriously sorted it out, and now it’s great! We always look forward to playing there, and it gets packed really easily. It’s also where me and Steph met, so there’s a bit of trivia. Literally everyone ever has played this venue, and it’s a great chance to catch bands in such an intimate space.
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