Britain’s Best Small Venue Shortlist – Norwich Arts Centre

The shortlist in NME‘s search to find Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots has been revealed.

Thousands of votes were cast for hundreds of venues across the country, but the list has now been whittled down to just 10 regional winners. Now it is your chance to vote for the overall winner.

And this week, we’re helping you along by profiling the ten shortlisted venues. Here, it’s the turn of Norwich Arts Centre.

To tell us who you think should be the overall winner of Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots, go to NME.com/smallvenues. Voting is open until May 28.

The winner will be announced in the June 8 issue of NME, on sale June 5, alongside a very special gig announcement for the winning venue.

Norwich Arts Centre – Regional winner – East Anglia
Location: 51 St. Benedicts street, Norwich NR2 4PG
Website: norwichartscentre.co.uk
Manager: Pasco-Q Kevlin
Capacity: 290
Most memorable moment: Nirvana played here on their first UK tour on October 30th, 1989, two years before the release of ‘Nevermind’.
Best fact: It was backstage at this venue where Richey Edwards famously carved ‘4 Real’ into his arm with a razorblade to make his point to then-NME journalist Steve Lamacq.
Why does this venue deserve your vote?: A venue which almost every big band in the country has passed through at some point, the Arts Centre doesn’t just host music performances, but comedy and theatre and family events as well.