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Your all-time favourite venue!

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From all the venues you've been to over the years, which one was your favourite to visit? Whether an O2 venue or not, we'd love to hear what it was about this place that made your gig experience all the more enjoyable! smiley

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Re: Your all-time favourite venue!

Without doubt The Marquee in Soho London @EmilieT

It has so much history of being the venue where famous groups played their first (or one off) gigs

Groups such as:

The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix to name but a few.

We only went there once....but loved the whole experience

It was the place to go during the 60's and 70's.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquee_Club

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Re: Your all-time favourite venue!

I had never heard of this one @Cleoriff, but what a rich history it has! I love the idea of the "secret gigs" being played there ... I wonder how big it is inside, it looks rather cozy and intimate? I tend to prefer the slightly smaller venues, just because of the atmosphere it creates smiling

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Re: Your all-time favourite venue!

@EmilieT

It started off small, but they kept extending at the back of the original building.

Very cosy and intimate. The NYE we went it was absolutely heaving.

 

We were lucky though as the headliners (The Heavy Metal Kids) knew my husband and I very well.

We followed them round the country to watch them. The lead singer (Gary Holton) yelled to us in his cockney accent 'Oi, Den and Ray.... get yourselves down here at the front where I can watch what you get up to' joy

Image result for Images of the Heavy Metal kids with Gary Holton

 

Gary, the one in the middle, went on to play Wayne in a TV series called Auf Weidersehen Pet.

Then he died of a drug overdose in 1985. cry

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Re: Your all-time favourite venue!

Birmingham arena.
Best acoustics I've ever heard tbh.
Though I've always wanted to go to the millennium done / O2 but never found the opportunity lol


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@viridis wrote:
Birmingham arena.
Best acoustics I've ever heard tbh.
Though I've always wanted to go to the millennium done / O2 but never found the opportunity lol

We went to the dome in 2011 on an O2 staff outing. Tom Jones was the leading name but he was totally eclipsed by the support group The KC's. They were outstanding, the only downside being compered, do they still use that term, by Dermot O'Dreary! Lee Evans was also appearing. Stayed in a nice hotel near the venue too. Acoustics were pretty good but my hearing can't appreciate the finer points.

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@Cleoriff Cosy and intimate sounds great, and having connections must have made the experience even better! I'm sorry to hear the lead singer of that band died though, but you've made great memories together ... As you followed them around the country is it safe to assume it is/was one of your favourite bands??

 

@viridis I've never been to the Birmingham Arena myself but good acoustics are soooo important. have you never been to The O2 because there's not been much that caught your interest or is it just not very practical for you to get there? 

 

@jonsie

That sounds like an awesome gig! The O2 has changed a lot since 2011, you might like it even more now wink

 

 

 

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Re: Your all-time favourite venue!

Never found the time and in cases when I did try the reasonable priced tickets were all taken by scalpers.


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@EmilieT

The HMK were one of our favourites. I would go as far as saying that Gary Holton was one of the best frontman of any band I've seen. Except for Freddie Mercury. 

He was a real showman with a brilliant voice. 

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