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 the Southampton Joiners.
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.
Southampton Joiners – Regional winner – Southwest
Location: 141 St Mary Street
Manager: Ricky Bates and Christopher Stamp
Most memorable moment: A nascent Oasis called in on that famous early tour. A not-very-with-it Evan Dando also stowed away and was given to performing acoustic on venues’ roofs.
Best fact: Oliver Gray’s 2005 book One Step Access meticulously listed every single band ever to grace the building’s hallowed stage.
Why should this venue deserve your vote?: It may be one of the smallest places on our shortlist, but its legacy shows it’s a hottest hothouse for emerging talent. Arctic Monkeys, who played their in their early days, reckon “it’s a place you have to play to get started.”