Why Britain’s Pubs Are New Music’s Last Hope03/05/2018
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Venues for live acts
With larger venues closing in increasing numbers, music acts new to the scene are choosing their local pubs to debut their music. The thrill of seeing a hot new act on the rise to stardom in such an intimate venue can never be matched. Pubs such as The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston regularly host themed music nights. As well as drawing eclectic crowds, pubs hosting live acts become a mecca for music lovers. Bonding with your fellow gig-goers over your favourite cask ales and musical influences is as much a part of the night as the gig itself.
A stepping stone to stardom
Many musicians start their careers in their local, so many pubs have a musical claim to fame. Big-hitting stars such as The Clash and The Stranglers started out on pub stages. Pared back acoustic sounds were on the menu and the small crowds and intimate settings give bands the chance to perfect their sound before taking on larger venues. British inns were the birthplace of pub rock with The Grand pub in Leigh-on-Sea and The Hope and Anchor in Islington being key venues. Without pubs to provide a training ground for new acts, the authentic live sound these small venues foster could become a thing of the past.
Whether you’re tapping your foot to some well-known beats or hearing a track for the first time in a pub, you’re carrying on the musical legacy Britain’s inns have created. Without pub rock, punk rock may never have been created. Supporting these key small venues gives many acts their chance of a big break. Next time you’re staying at a pub or inn be sure to check out their playlist and musical history, you may uncover the next big thing.
Written by Cassie Steele