The search is on for Britain's best small venue - vote now
The Cribs, The Horrors and Twin Atlantic will all play intimate, hometown shows as part of JD Roots, who have partnered with NME to support local music and search for Britain’s Best Small Venue.
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 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 more about the intimate shows and for interviews with all the bands, pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands on Wednesday (March 28) and available digitally.
As part of the campaign voting is open now at NME.COM/smallvenues for users to vote for the UK small venue they think is the best in the land. You can choose any UK venue with around 500 capacity or less and can also outline why you think it’s the greatest.
Voting closes on April 20, then soon afterwards we’ll announce the shortlist. A panel of artists and experts will then pick one as the overall winner, which will be declared Britain’s Best Small Venue. Head to NME.COM/smallvenues for more details and to vote – and watch the video at the top of the page to see a host of musicians, including Kasabian and Carl Barat, explain why small venues are so important.