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 Ayr’s Basement Coffee House.
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.
Basement Coffee House – Regional winner – Scotland
Location: 13 Old Bridge Street, Ayr
Manager: Erika Sionis
Most memorable moment: As a new venue in an out-of-the-way town that most bands don’t bother passing through, the Basement Coffee House is more focussed on new talent than big names. Recent acts include Little Fire, Vukovi and The Girobabies.
Best fact: The Basement Coffee House is a BYOB venue, so there’s a genuine party atmosphere about the place. It’s also one of the smallest venues in the whole of Scotland.
Why does this venue deserve your vote?: Because it’s a genuine grassroots venue, dedicated to providing new and unsigned acts with a place to hone their craft. In a town that doesn’t get much live music, there is a real sense of community around this place.