Carl Barat has joined NME‘s search for Britain’s Best Small Venue – singling out London‘s 100 Club as his personal favourite.
The singer recalled The Libertines‘ debut performance at the iconic venue in a video interview, which you can watch by clicking above. “The first time The Libertines played the 100 Club it was carnage,” he said. “[The promoters] came up afterwards and said there was only that show, Oasis and The Clash that really stood out in this place.”
The venue was recently threatened with closure due to rent increases until the Converse shoe company stepped in to help with funding. “It’s always an honour to play somewhere as iconic and legendary as the 100 Club,” Barat continued. “I think everyone feels part of a bit of history playing here.”
Voting is open now at NME.COM/smallvenues for users to vote for the UK small venue from the regional shortlists that they think is the best in the land. After the voting closes next month a panel of artists and experts will pick one as the overall winner, which will be declared Britain’s Best Small Venue.