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Jazz / Soul / R&B Venues in London, UK?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by wulf, Dec 2, 2002.


  1. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Having just heard that my band's second planned debut gig has been cancelled because the venue decided to book a Christmas party instead ( :mad: ), I was wondering if anyone could suggest anyone could suggest any suitable venues in and around London, UK.

    Our music is being styled 'Urban Jazz / Soul', although to my ears it has pretty strong contemporary R&B elements as well. What I'm interested in are venues that put on this kind of music, which are known to have a decent attitude towards new bands (ie. once a date is in the diary and the band have started to publicise it, not pulling out at the chance of making more money with something else).

    Cheers,

    Wulf
     
  2. APouncer

    APouncer

    Nov 3, 2000
    Lancashire, UK
    Hi Wulf, will ask around friends to get some names of places, but I know the Musicians Union (or PRS, my mind isn't up to scratch this monday yet, I'll update later) have a list of "ethical" places to play. These are clubs/pubs that wouldn't charge you to play, pay a minimum wage to band members, minimum standards of equipment and treat you right basically. I'm sure you're a member so get in touch with them, or have a look on their website: http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/ (or www.prs.co.uk). Here's a list of some places though that may be helpful or relevant to your style. Good luck with it all

    Name of Showcase: Urban Flava Talent Quest
    Promoter: Urban Flava Entertainmemt
    Venue: Bar Lorca
    Address: 261 Brixton Road, London SW9
    Capacity: 300
    Frequency: Next showcase 12th December and then Thursdays once a month
    Criteria: Live acts only. Auditions are open now for next showcase. Please contact J Knight for more info
    Genre: RnB/Soul/Jazz/Hip Hop
    PA available: Yes. Sound crew and door staff supplied by promoter
    Advance bookings: Yes
    Cost of entrance: £5 flyer / £10 on the door
    Contacts:
    phone 07946 819 470
    name J. Knight
    email itac@talk21.com



    Name of Showcase: EasySoul
    Promoter: Debbie and Tony Cannam
    Venue: South London Pacific
    Address: 340 Kennington Road, London SE11
    Capacity: 200
    Frequency: Monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month
    Criteria: Songwriters/Performers part of Fighting Chance Records
    Genre: Songwriting based soul/pop
    PA available: Yes
    Advance bookings: Yes
    Cost of entrance: £3
    Contacts:
    phone 0208 688 8115 / 020 7351 9128
    name Debbie Cannam
    email fightingchance@onetel.net.uk



    Name of Showcase: PopshowParty.com
    Promoter: Laurence Hobbs
    Venue: Madam JoJo's
    Address: 8-10 Brewer Street, London W1
    Capacity: 200
    Frequency: Monday 16th December and then monthly on Wednesdays
    Time: First act 8.30pm
    Criteria: Live acts or CD backing track
    Genre: Pop
    PA available: Yes
    Advance bookings: No
    Cost of entrance: £7 (£5 students and unemployed)
    Contacts:
    phone 0208 361 4967 / 07956 934 075
    name Laurence Hobbs
    email laurence@popshowparty.com
    website: www.popshowparty.com



    Name of Showcase: Up All Night Music
    Promoter: Up All Night Music
    Venue: The Marquee
    Address: Upper Street, Islington, London
    Capacity: 780
    Frequency: Most weeks. Check dates with promoter
    Criteria: Live acts only. No backing tapes
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes. Sound crew and door staff supplied by promoter
    Advance bookings: Yes. 3 months in advance
    Cost of entrance: £5/£6
    Contacts:
    phone 0207 419 4696 / 7
    website www.upallnightmusic.com



    Name of Showcase: Choice Cuts
    Promoter: Feedme Music
    Venue: West One Four
    Address: North End Road, West Kensington, London W14
    Capacity: 250
    Frequency: Every Thursday
    Time: Doors open 8.30pm, first act 9pm
    Criteria: Good quality original music - require demo
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes, sound engineer supplied on the evening
    Advance bookings: Yes, roughly a month ahead
    Cost of entrance: £5 with flyer / £6 without
    Contacts:
    name Cathryn or Dave
    phone 07774 445614 / 07703 460101
    website www.feedmemusic.co.uk
    email cathryn@feedmemusic.co.uk
    address for demos Feedme Music, Suite 16, 271-273 King Street, London W6 9LZ



    Name of Showcase: Singers and Poets Night
    Promoter: Jackie Khan
    Venue: The Bug Bar
    Address: St Mathews Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2
    Capacity: 300
    Frequency: 1st Wednesday of every month
    Time: 7pm - late
    Criteria: One cover song and one original. Singers only, no bands. Singers booked 3 months in advance. Live band supplied (guitar allowed with band at promoter's discretion). Register to sing, turn up on night for poetry. Performing singers go on database for people looking for singers (free service)
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes, sound engineer supplied
    Advance bookings: Yes.
    Cost of entrance: Free b4 8pm. £4 after
    Contacts:
    name Jackie Khan
    phone 020 7924 9294

    .

    Name of Showcase: Back 2 Basics
    Promoter: Urban Development
    Venue: Stratford Circus
    Address: Theatre Square, London E15
    Capacity: 500
    Frequency: Twice a year
    Criteria: Under 18s
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes
    Advance bookings: Yes
    Cost of entrance: £2adv
    Contacts:
    name Elliott Jack (Event Manager)
    phone 020 8536 0630
    website www.urbandevelopment.co.uk



    Name of Showcase: Up All Night Music
    Promoter: Up All Night Music
    Venue: The Studio
    Address: 144 Charing Cross Road, London
    Capacity: 750
    Frequency: Most weeks. Check dates with promoter
    Criteria: Live acts only. No backing tapes
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes. Sound crew and door staff supplied by promoter
    Advance bookings: Yes. 3 months in advance
    Cost of entrance: £5/£6
    Contacts:
    phone 0207 419 4696 / 7
    website www.upallnightmusic.com



    Name of Showcase: Up All Night Music
    Promoter: Up All Night Music
    Venue: Peppermint
    Address: Camden Road, London
    Capacity: 250
    Frequency: Every week. Check dates with promoter
    Criteria: Live acts only. No backing tapes
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes. Sound crew and door staff supplied by promoter
    Advance bookings: Yes. 3 months in advance
    Cost of entrance: £5/£6
    Contacts:
    phone 0207 419 4696 / 7
    website www.upallnightmusic.com



    Name of Showcase: Up All Night Music
    Promoter: Up All Night Music
    Venue: The Spice of Life
    Address: Cambridge Circus, Charing Cross Rd, London
    Capacity: 100
    Frequency: Monday, open mic night / Tuesday Blues Jam / Friday acoustic gigs
    Criteria: Live acts only. No backing tapes
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes. Sound crew and door staff supplied by promoter
    Advance bookings: Yes. 3 months in advance
    Cost of entrance: £5/£6
    Contacts:
    phone 0207 419 4696 / 7
    website www.upallnightmusic.com



    Name of Showcase: Up All Night Music
    Promoter: Up All Night Music
    Venue: The Buffalo Bar
    Address: Highbury & Islington, London
    Capacity: 170
    Frequency: Wednesdays
    Criteria: Live acts only. No backing tapes
    Genre: Various
    PA available: Yes. Sound crew and door staff supplied by promoter
    Advance bookings: Yes. 3 months in advance
    Cost of entrance: £5/£6
    Contacts:
    phone 0207 419 4696 / 7
    website www.upallnightmusic.com
     
  3. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    That's an excellent looking list - thanks for the help, and I'll follow up those links as well.

    Wulf
     
  4. Hello my English bass mates!

    My drummer is playnig with a local Blues R&B 3 pc that will be playing around London this month..Its the WT Feaster group from here in IndiaNO-Place Indiana. If you are able to check them out...Tell them Otis Thick sent Ya! And give Chris Taylor (a great drummer BTW) a good ribbing about his new Hair color! here is WT's site and London area show listings

    http://www.myspace.com/wtfeaster

    Aug 7 2010 8:00P Hartlepool Tall Ships Hartlepool, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 11 2010 8:00P The Three Tuns Gateshead, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 13 2010 8:00P Barrow R&B Club Barrow, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 14 2010 8:00P All Saints Arts Centre (Joe's Garage) London, London, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 15 2010 8:00P Boom Boom Club Sutton, Surrey, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 16 2010 8:00P Stormy Monday Club London, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 17 2010 8:00P The Beaverwood Club London, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 18 2010 8:00P The Jolly Farmers Purley, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 20 2010 8:00P Hilltop Restaurant Stanley, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 21 2010 8:00P Redcar Blues Club Redcar, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 22 2010 4:00P Glasson Rugby Club Maryport, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 27 2010 8:00P The Inn at Lathones St Andrews Fife, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM
    Aug 28 2010 8:00P The Cluny Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM

    Don't for grt to say "Otis Thick sent me!" to WT or Chris the drummer! Tell Austin the bass player that Cedric is jealous..but have fun!


    :bag:
     
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  6. Hello again!

    If anyone is able to check out any of these events...PLEASE...either PM me or reply to this thread with a small review of W.T. Feaster's performances...This is WT's second trip to England but there may be more of us heading your way if all goes well...We are trying to get a feel of what IS happeneing musically across the pond...feel free to respond with good points and Bad! We are kind of a small Blues R&B Funk Rock collective here in Indy and bands rotate people...It keeps everybody working but IMHO very few projects are solid groups...meaning we are trying to find the right combo of folks....anyway I look forward to your repsonces...enjoy!
     
  7. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    WI
    What about that place called Ronnie Scott's
     
  8. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Been there. Saw the Maynard Ferguson Big Band there in 2000.

    Ronnie Scott's is THE jazz club in London - sort of the equivalent of The Blue Note or Birdland in New York.

    MM