Maxïmo Park play tiny JD Roots homecoming gig
Maxïmo Park played two tiny JD Roots homecoming gigs last night for the Small Venues campaign
Added: 3 May 2013
Jack Daniels’ JD Roots put on the very special JD Roots Homecoming concert at the 300-capacity Cluny in Newcastle
The day of JD Roots shows began with a stripped-back secret show at The Cumberland Arms, a small pub outside the city centre which the band cite as being an influential small venue
"I saw Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth play a gig here last month, a hundred people, and his 21-string guitar. It was mesmerising," explained frontman Paul Smith
The band then moved on to The Cluny, where JD Roots competition winners enjoyed a 20-song set
"I think I've finally gone deaf," exclaimed Smith as the setlist came to a close
The gig marked the first time fans in their hometown had seen the band's fourth album 'The National Health' live
"It was great to get such a huge response for the new songs. No-one was going to the bar or moving at the back. I think we gave everyone a good reason to stay where they were in the end," said Smith
Miles Kane will be also playing the second of the JD Roots homecoming gigs at Liverpool’s Zanzibar on May 16
NME's annual search for Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniels JD Roots in the UK began in 2011
Fans can vote for any backroom or space with a capacity of 500 or under with regional winners announced before an overall winner is revealed in June.
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