The Garage, London

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The Garage
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The venue in 2008
Location20-22 Highbury Corner
London, N5
Public transitLondon Underground London Overground National Rail Highbury & Islington
OwnerDHP Family
TypeMusic venue
Genre(s)Rock music
Pop music
Opened1993; 26 years ago (1993)

The Garage is a live music and club venue in Highbury, north London. It opened in 1993 and has a capacity of 600. The upstairs room, also known as Thousand Island, has a capacity of 150.[1]

The venue has hosted a number of underplays, with The Killers, Jack White, Mumford & Sons and Suede being among some of the more recent acts to pack the venue.[2][3][4][5] Other acts who have passed through the doors include Green Day, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Temples, Jagwar Ma, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Paramore, Oasis and My Chemical Romance.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

The Garage was originally the Temperance Billiard Hall which quickly gained a reputation for serving great pies, as well as being a haunt for local villains in the sixties.[13] The Highbury Mob often used the Billiard Hall as a meeting place.

The venue then became the London Town & Country Club 2, a sister venue to the Town and Country Club (now The Forum in Kentish Town), which is when the first live music events began to be programmed in the building.[14][15]

In 1993, the building was officially reopened as The Garage with Pulp being the first big name to play the venue in May 1993.[16] The venue was renamed The Garage by Mean Fiddler, after the Lex Garage which was once next door.

In 2007 it was taken over by MAMA & Company.[17] Jazz Cafe and Borderline were also included in the acquisition, incorporating them in to the MAMA Group's estate from August.

In June 2009, The Garage was relaunched as the Relentless Garage with joint naming rights with Relentless Energy Drinks.

In 2016, the venue was taken over by DHP Family.[18] This led to a complete revamp of the whole venue in March 2017 to create an all day bar as well as an intimate 100 capacity venue, Thousand Island, upstairs. A new layout, bar, sound and lighting system for The Garage was also added.

Significantly, in recent years The Garage has seen the likes of Harry Styles, Jack White, Alt-J, Mystery Jets, Jax Jones, Tory Lanez, The Rifles and War Child’s 25th anniversary shows through their doors. [19][20][21][22][23][24]


  1. ^ The Garage production specs
  2. ^ "The Killers rush from Wembley Stadium gig to play tiny London club show - NME". NME. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  3. ^ "Jack White announces intimate shows in Los Angeles, New York and London - NME". NME. 2018-03-15. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  4. ^ "Mumford and Sons play intimate Garage XFM show in aid of War Child - NME". NME. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  5. ^ Hall, James (2013-10-17). "Suede, The Garage, review". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  6. ^ "Live in concert iat The Garage in Islington - April 1, 1994". Getty Images. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  7. ^ "Franz Ferdinand Setlist at Relentless Garage, London". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  8. ^ "Fred Perry Sub-Sonic Live, Temples, Telegram and The Merrylees". 1883 Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  9. ^ "Jagwar Ma London / September 2014". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  10. ^ "Review The Garage London May 2002". Red Hot Chili Peppers fansite, news and forum - 2015-12-30. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  11. ^ "Paramore Setlist at Relentless Garage, London". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  12. ^ "My Chemical Romance Setlist at Springloaded 2004". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  13. ^ "General Natter". Barnsbury Boys. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  14. ^ "ROCK / The mourning after: RIP the T&C? North London's best-loved". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  15. ^ "The Town And Country Club 2, London - Live Music". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  16. ^ "PulpWiki - 15th May 1993 - The Garage, London (live)". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  17. ^ Fildes, Nic (15 August 2007). "MAMA'S PLANS FOR SWEET MUSIC". The Independent  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  18. ^ "DHP Family buys London Live Nation venues [updated] | IQ Magazine". IQ Magazine. 2016-05-30. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  19. ^ "HARRY STYLES [SOLD OUT] | The Garage". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  20. ^ "Wolf Alice, Alt-J & More For War Child BRITs Week Shows". Radio X. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  21. ^ "MYSTERY JETS – JETROSPECTIVE: CURVE OF THE EARTH | The Garage". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  22. ^ "UP NEXT – JAX JONES | The Garage". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  23. ^ "TORY LANEZ (SOLD OUT) | The Garage". Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  24. ^ "THE RIFLES – FIVE NIGHT STAND: BIG LIFE | The Garage". Retrieved 2018-08-29.

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Coordinates: 51°32′48″N 0°6′14″W / 51.54667°N 0.10389°W / 51.54667; -0.10389