Britain’s Best Small Venue Shortlist – Stoke Sugarmill

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 Stoke Sugarmill.

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 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.

Stoke Sugarmill – Regional winner – Midlands
Location: 36 Brunswick Street, Hanley
Capacity: 400
Most memorable moment: The Libertines, in 2002, when they were still burning at their brief brightest, in the wake of ‘Up The Bracket’, before everything went wrong.
Best Fact: This was the last venue in the UK where you could still smoke. A local government cock-up meant that the smoking ban came into effect in the UK two weeks after everywhere else.
Why should this venue deserve your vote?: Because it has an exceptional record as a gateway venue, just big enough to catch names when they’re on their way right up to the big leagues, as it did with Coldplay, Muse and Biffy Clyro.