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 Belfast’s Limelight.
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.
Belfast Limelight – Regional winner – Northern Ireland
Location: 17 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HD
Manager: Dino Cafolla
Most memorable moment: Oasis were headlining the Limelight on the night that ‘Definitely Maybe’ entered the UK charts at number one and was confirmed as the then-fastest selling debut album of all time.
Best fact: In addition to being one Belfast’s most popular live music venues, the Limelight is also a popular nightspots, hosting pub quizzes and alternative club nights.
Why does this venue deserve your vote?: A local staple ever since it opened in 1984, the Limelight has played host to everyone from Primal Scream to Paul Weller, and is still going strong. It’s an absolutely essential part of the Belfast music scene.