How close are you to a decent music venue?

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How close are you to a decent music venue?
« on: January 30, 2020, 09:20:22 AM »
If i want to go and see the top music acts perform...it pretty much means a 360 mile round trip to Glasgow for me. 240 miles of that trip is on Scotlands most notorious road for taking peoples lives.
I pretty much have to make that trip for Indoor AND outdoor gigs i want to see.
But, only a 210 mile round trip away, is aberdeen, which has a shiny new Exhibition centre, with a capacity of 15 000. So hopefully, more bands will come that bit further North, for a change. Although, im not convinced that Aberdeen will attract the cream of the crop, ahead of the Hydro in Glasgow.
In my own hometown, we have The Ironworks which has a capacity of around 1100 and Eden Court Theatre (seating for around 900 people) so it is rare that we get decent acts up here.
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2020, 09:22:15 AM »
I'm only about 20-25 minutes from the arena where I saw SOI. About an hour from the stadium where I saw JT30 (mostly because of the traffic).
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2020, 09:27:03 AM »
I got a bunch nearby...there is famous venue called First Avenue in Minneapolis which is only a couple miles from my place. It was the launching point for many a career including our fair city's most famous resident Prince as well as The Replacements, Husker Du, Semisonic, etc.

Of course we have other places nearby as well - this being a city of considerable size.
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2020, 09:32:20 AM »
About an hour away from Liverpool and Manchester.

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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2020, 10:01:08 AM »
I'm about an hour and a half from downtown Montreal where the big concerts happen. But there's a few smaller venues here in the Eastern Townships where you can catch some amazing shows. A recent concert by Rufus Wainwright was superb.
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2020, 11:22:21 AM »
i'm not further than 20 minutes from our arena <American Airlines Center> outdoor amphitheater and countless clubs.

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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2020, 12:05:10 PM »
There's a big stadium in the city I go to college in, and there are a couple of cool little venues walking distance from my house.  Saw The Greeting Committee at one of them, walked there and walked back.  They're a great band. 


In my home town, I live close to the White Water Tavern, which made some big magazine's list of the 50 best bars in the US.  It's a great little dive bar, and they host all the best local bands, like these guys:


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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2020, 12:07:30 PM »
In the UK there's nothing within 100 miles of me.  In the US, there's a big arena nearby but most of the real big shows go 120 miles north to Seattle.  There's lots of good little clubs though.

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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2020, 09:31:54 PM »
There's some world class facilities here. The BB&T center and the American Airlines Arena are both great venues, though the BBT center has bad sound Quality. For outdoor concerts, it's usually too hot here, but the ITHINK amphitheater has a great vibe. I've seen U2 twice at the Hard Rock Stadium (POP and JT), but it's not a particularly great location, especially for traffic and blistering heat.
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2020, 10:06:06 PM »
In the UK there's nothing within 100 miles of me.  In the US, there's a big arena nearby but most of the real big shows go 120 miles north to Seattle.  There's lots of good little clubs though.

Nice venue.  There should be more shows here.


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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2020, 10:40:58 PM »
I'm in the Detroit area, which has a lot of good venues. The closest to home is an 1,100-capacity place called The Crofoot. The Crofoot also features a 150-person club within it called The Pike Room. The whole shebang's about 7 or 8 blocks from my home.

As for the metro area as a whole, the area's in a bit of a state of flux right now. The biggest stadium where concerts were held (the ol' Pontiac Silverdome) got demolished and we've lost no less than 3 arenas (12,190-seat Cobo Arena, 19,000-seat Joe Louis Arena and the 22,100-seat Palace Of Auburn Hills) in the last 8 or 9 years. The three of them have been replaced with 1 new arena (Little Caesars Arena) which is actually a couple hundred seats smaller than Joe Louis was. Of the two downtown stadiums, 65,000-seat Ford Field actually seems to host more shows per year than its next door neighbor, the 38,400-seat Comerica Park. Then again FF's got a roof, so...

As far as outdoor amphitheaters, we have 4 major ones: DTE Energy Music Theater, Meadowbrook, Michigan Lottery Amphitheater, and the Aretha (formerly Chene Park) on Detroit's riverfront. They hold 15,500, 7,000, 7,000 (yeah, that's two 7,000-seat venues not even 12 miles apart, smdh), and 4,000 respectively. The 5,500-capacity Phoenix Amphitheater, located a block away from The Crofoot, might be reopening this year. I was personally hoping that a new larger shed in the 20-30k range would get built on either the old Tiger Stadium site, West Riverfront Park, or the former State Fairgrounds location, but none of that's gonna happen. Too bad, as there's absolutely no room for any further expansion of DTE.

The Club/theater scene is booming, though, with several new spots opening in the last few years. Even Harpo's, Detroit's infamous heavy metal hellhole where U2 played their 1st Detroit gig, is undergoing major improvements since a local family bought the place.
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2020, 04:31:05 AM »
Brixton Academy which is a legendary venue is 8 miles from my house.

The o2 arena which is frankly a soulless shithole but of course sees loads of artists play there is 15 miles away - it does of course have the smaller and better indigo venue attached.

The Roundhouse is 13 miles away...

I live in Greater London so spoilt for choice.

When i lived back home The Krazy House used to be my favourite...a small club.

Slaughter House and Eric's which might still be going after closing years ago but being reopened under various guises were legendary with the local music scene 'back in the day'

Royal Court, The Philarmonic, The Olympia were the 'bigger' but not enormodome venues....i left before the echo arena was built.
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #12 on: January 31, 2020, 04:49:05 AM »
I saw Chris Rea at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

I saw Blondie at the Blackpool Opera House.

I saw Deacon Blue at the Preston Guild Hall.



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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2020, 09:06:43 AM »
Brixton Academy which is a legendary venue is 8 miles from my house.

The o2 arena which is frankly a soulless shithole but of course sees loads of artists play there is 15 miles away - it does of course have the smaller and better indigo venue attached.

The Roundhouse is 13 miles away...

I live in Greater London so spoilt for choice.

When i lived back home The Krazy House used to be my favourite...a small club.

Slaughter House and Eric's which might still be going after closing years ago but being reopened under various guises were legendary with the local music scene 'back in the day'

Royal Court, The Philarmonic, The Olympia were the 'bigger' but not enormodome venues....i left before the echo arena was built.

It was great to read that the 100 club recieved some sort of special protection this week. Badly needed, as i think many of Londons iconic venues have been lost over the years.
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Re: How close are you to a decent music venue?
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2020, 11:02:21 AM »
There is an arena, stadium, and a small amphitheater about 20 minutes away and there is a larger amphitheater about 40 minutes away.

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