May 1, 2012 11:55

NME's search for Britain's Best Small Venue in association with JD Roots: shortlist revealed

Find out if your favourite small venue has made the cut

NME's search for Britain's Best Small Venue in association with JD Roots: shortlist revealed

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The shortlist in NME's search to find Britain's Best Small Venue in association with 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 eight. The shortlist will now be put to a panel of judges, with the winner revealed a week today (May 8).

The judges for this year's search to find Britain's Best Small Venue are Frank Turner, T In The Park and Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut promoter Geoff Ellis, Reading And Leeds Festivals mainman Melvin Benn, Jo Dipple, head of UK Music, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and NME's own Krissi Murison, Mike Williams and Luke Lewis.

The shortlist for Britain's Best Small Venue 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


As part of our campaign to find Britain's Best Small Venue, NME has partnered with JD Roots to support local music.

J.D. Roots will stage a series of three shows across the UK that takes alternative music acts back to their hometowns for one-off gigs during May. The Cribs, The Horrors and Twin Atlantic will all be performing in intimate settings in their respective hometowns.

Twin Atlantic kick things off on Thursday (May 3) with a show at Glasgow's King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, the winning venue of last year's campaign. Speaking about the show, singer Sam McTrusty told NME: "We've played every small venue there is in Glasgow, and it’s going to be memorable getting up close and personal in a venue where we've played some landmark shows."

It's then the turn of The Horrors to scale down when they headline Southend's Chinnerys venue on May 9. The band, who have just finished supporting Florence And The Machine, told NME that the 400 capacity venue holds a lot of happy memories for them, including sneaking inside to see Blur when they were teenagers. Bassist Rhys Webb said: "We went to see Blur and Sleeper at Chinnerys, and Primal Scream, too – we had to sneak in because we were underage, and got right up to the stage for a couple of songs before getting chucked out…"

Finally, The Cribs round things off on May 16 with a show at Wakefield's Theatre Royal venue. To read a preview of the intimate shows and for interviews with all the bands about their first ever gigs, pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands tomorrow (May 2) and available digitally.

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