Concert venues

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Masterblaster jnr, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

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    What is the best concert venue you have played at or the worst ones
     
  2. DannyCollin

    DannyCollin Member

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    Best = Sydney Opera House
    Worst = Corn Exchange, Cambridge
     
  3. David Mann

    David Mann Member

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    New concert hall, Luzern (complete with sound proofed warm up studio)
     
  4. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

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    A bit closer to home for me!

    I have a few favourites;

    Royal Albert Hall - not for the acoustics, but nothing can match it for sheer atmosphere!
    Fairfield Hall, Croydon - great acoustics, but needs a lick of paint!
    Symphony Hall - great atmosphere, acoustics and facilities.
    Bunkamura Hall, Tokyo - it's got everything and it's very near lots of pubs and sushi bars!

    Bad ones:

    Blackheath Concert Hall - no backstage facilities, rubbish parking.
    Barbican - badly designed backstage and foyer, expensive parking, dreadful acoustic.

    I've stuck to 'proper' concert halls, but that only scratches the surface. Truth is, I've played some real toilets in my time, but all too numerous to mention!
     
  5. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

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    Call me old fashioned, but I quite like Symphony Hall.
     
  6. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

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    Best;Burton On Trent Town Hall
    Worst:Overseal Village Hall
     
  7. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

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    I'll add mine, why not?

    Best: Symphony Hall
    Snape Maltings

    Worst:Lunars Hall, Pontins
    Hippodrome, Ashton under lyne
     
  8. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

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    Best = Symphony Hall with Royal Albert Hall close second

    Worst = a cold wet street doing a carnival. yuk. or maybe that muddy field...
     
  9. MissRepiano

    MissRepiano New Member

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    I agree Mesmerist, my worst is muddy field in the piddling rain with cows included.

    I think my best has yet to show itself!!
     
  10. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

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    I think your last sentence may come in quite useful at band rehearsal please forgive me for stealing it!!!!!!!!
    :redface:
     
  11. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

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    Best for singing was Huddersfield Town Hall, love it in there.

    Chester Cathedral is pretty good, play Dies Irae from Verdi Requiem in there, fantabulous!
     
  12. deave

    deave Member

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    Best - Carnegie Hall, New York
    Worst - various garden parties
     
  13. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

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    depends whose garden parties
     
  14. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

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    Maybe not the best, but my favourite: Huddersfield Town Hall
    Worst: The Spanish Hall at Winter Gardens, Blackpool
     
  15. JimboFB

    JimboFB Active Member

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    One of the best for me is the old Colston Hall in Bristol, great accoustic. Also t'albert hall just because...its not particularly great but there is something special about the place.

    Worst? Where do you start? The Riviera Centre, Torquay, driest accoustic in history, and the total opposite? the bl00dy Ballroom at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool where they used to have the Grand Shield - An absolute shocker. Also the Corn Exchange, Cambridge - Its hotter than the face of the Sun there as they always turn the air-con off because its too loud!

    It really makes you wonder who decides on some of these places!
     
  16. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

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    Best:
    for memories:
    St.Davids Hall, Cardiff
    RAH
    Free Trade Hall

    For "pleasure of the room":
    Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
    Preston Guild Hall

    Worst:
    Blackpool Empress Ballroom
    Any "proper" Theatre with a massive Scenery tower and heavy curtains above the basses!
     
  17. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

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    Got to agree with you there. Empress ballroom is quite dreadful acoustically and the hippodrome in Ashton Under Lyne isn't good at all for acoustics.

    Actually, i find the hall at harrogate interntional centre quite poor acoustically, too dead
     
  18. drummergurl

    drummergurl Active Member

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    Dvorak Rudolfinum hall in Prague
    Symphony Hall in Birmingham
    RAH
     
  19. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

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    Best: Albert Hall
    Preston Guild Hall

    Worst: Freezing cold streets of Jarrow and South Shields at Christmas time!
     
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