Following on from Previous Post, picked up the latest NME to read about their now annual campaign to find Britain’s best small music venue. Last year’s winner was the Forum in Tunbridge Wells. By their definition, small venues hold 500 people or less. You can vote for your favourite at NME.Com/smallvenues
Many great small venues – always the best place to see music live – have closed down in recent years as the NME highlights. The situation is somewhat analogous to the record store situation. By bringing the issue to national attention, the value of these small venues will be recognised. People are beginning to realise that the future of music rests not on digital downloads and virtual experiences but on grassroots action. Live music and the local scene has become even more important in these benighted times.