Tuesday, 1 May 2012


NME are searching for Britain's best small venue, and picking one from every region in the country to go in their shortlist. And, the good news for us Norfolk folk, is that the Norwich Arts Centre has made the cut!

The shortlist is as follows;
South East: Tunbridge Wells Forum
South West: Bristol Thekla
Wales: Bridgend Hobos
Midlands: Stoke Sugarmill
London: 100 Club
East Anglia: Norwich Arts Centre
North East: Leeds Brudenell Social Club
North West: Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Scotland: Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh
Northern Ireland: Belfast Limelight

It'd be fantastic to see NAC do well, because I've been to some great gigs there in the last year and a half, among them Rolo Tomassi, Young Guns and Francesqa, and it's an excellent place for intimate shows. If it was possible to vote, I'd encourage you guys to spam. 

But it's down to a (knowledgeable, it must be said) panel containing Frank Turner, T in the Park promoter Geoff Ellis, Reading/Leeds boss Melvin Benn, Jo Dipple, head of UK Music, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and NME writers Krissi Murison, Mike Williams and Luke Lewis.

Regardless, it's really good to see the tiny venues get recognition, because they're where bands start, and where they come back to when they've grown up and got big and famous to treat the true fans. Fingers crossed for the NAC!

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