Britain’s Best Small Venues: Get To Know The Shortlist (Cardiff, Belfast, Holmfirth)

In this year’s search for Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s, you voted in your thousands to shortlist 11 awesome venues across the UK. There’s not long left to cast your final vote and have your say in who should be crowned the ultimate best small venue in Britain, we hear why the venues have such a special place in the hearts of some of the bands who’ve played them. Find out more about Holmfirth Picturedrome, Hebden Bridge Trades Club and Belfast Limelight below, and check back tomorrow to read more about the final venues on the shortlist.

Clwb Ifor Bach
Capacity: 200
Opened: 1983
Recent Gigs: Howler, Johnny Foreigner, La Dispute, Future Of The Left
Big Moment: “Pavement playing in ’97, which I think was their only Welsh gig to date and, more recently, the Mclusky and Jarcrew reunion benefit gig for Le Pub in Newport selling out in 20 minutes.” Richard Hawkins, promotions and works manager

Los Campesinos! say: “Clwb Ifor Bach’s a venue that’s supported us from the very start , and that we’ve never tired of returning to. Cardiff isn’t spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing venues, so it’s very fortunate that its most prominent room would be considered exceptional whichever city it was located in.”


Capacity: 475
Opened: 1985
Recent Gigs: Royal Blood, Neutral Milk Hotel, Public Enemy, 65daysofstatic
Big Moment: “Oasis playing live the week that ‘Definitely Maybe’ went to Number One in 1994, and more recently Slayer tearing the roof off with two back-to-back shows.” Dino Cafolla, manager

65daysofstatic say: “We’ve only had the chance to play the Limelight once, at the beginning of this year. It was freezing out, but like all small venues keeping live music alive, they had the kettle
boiling as we walked in. It’s a great venue because even though it’s small there’s room to actually fit your gear onstage. And they know how to handle a smoke machine, the stuff dreams are made of, and kept alive with.”

Holmfirth Picturedrome
Capacity: 650
Opened: 1998
Recent Gigs: British Sea Power, Buzzcocks, Killing Joke, Peter Hook
Big Moment: “We managed to get Joan Armatrading to come for not one, but two evenings for the price of one as she likes the place so much.” Peter Carr, owner

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