Great date gig venues in the UK
Watching live music is a great bonding experience for a date. Unfortunately, some venues aren’t exactly what you might call romantic (or even hygienic). If you’re planning on taking a date to a gig, choose somewhere that has something a little special about it. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Liverpool – Bombed Out Church
Gigs in churches are nothing new these days – but what about a gig in a bombed church?
St Luke’s Church was built in the early 19th century, but was badly damaged during the Liverpool Blitz in 1941. The bombing left the building as a roofless shell, and it is only fairly recently (2007) that it was brought back into use as a venue by arts collective, Urban Strawberry Lunch. Gigs don’t happen often, but when they do, you’ll want to be there.
Where: Bombed Out Church, Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR
Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
Glasgow isn’t short of amazing venues for gigs. King Tut’s, the Arches, the Old Fruitmarket… the list goes on and on. The most suited for dates however has to be the Barrowland Ballroom. For one thing, it has a sprung dance floor. For another, it has a capacity of around 1,900 people – which can make for an electrifying atmosphere.
Where: Barrowland Ballroom, 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G4 0TT
Town Hall, Birmingham
Don’t be fooled by its name – Birmingham’s Town Hall doesn’t do things like jumble sales and coffee mornings. The Roman revivalist building was designed by the same person who invented the Hansom cab and was declared the country’s best music venue when it opened in 1834.
Since then it has hosted everyone from Mendelssohn and Elgar to Black Sabbath and the Beatles. While it’ll never have the intimacy of a smaller venue, the sheer grandness and history of the building make it a uniquely memorable place for a date.
Where: Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ
Bush Hall, London
If you like a little elegance with your music, head for London’s Bush Hall. Built in 1905, the interior boasts chandeliers, velvet curtains, gilt mirrors and a general feeling of sumptuousness. Everyone from Courtney Love to Toots and the Maytals has played there, but the venue is probably best suited to acoustic shows.
Where: Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7LJ
Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
The Phoenix is Exeter’s cultural centre – offering everything from film nights to performance art. It’s a well-respected music venue too, hosting up to ten gigs a week. Expect a diverse range of talent, ranging from world music to touring hardcore bands. The Phoenix has a good bar, good sound and an easygoing atmosphere. Exeter Central train station is just 100 yards away, as is the Cavern Club (should you fancy somewhere a little more rough around the edges afterwards).
Where: Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS
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