The Venue (Victoria Street, London)

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The Venue was a music club at 160-162 Victoria Street, London, England, owned by Virgin Records. It opened its doors in October 1978 and operated until 1984.[1] The first act to play there was Graham Parker and The Rumour, followed by the last live performances by Alex Harvey before his death. Todd Rundgren played some dates there just before Christmas in 1978, as part of the tour to back up the Back to the Bars album; released for the Christmas market, at the time. Two shows were sometimes played per night, and the ambience was akin to a nightclub, where audience members sat at tables and could have drinks and meals while listening to the acts. It was also popular for use by record companies showcasing new signings to the music media.[2]

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The sound system was supplied by Eastlake systems, it was their first foray into live sound.

The building first opened as the Metropole cinema on December 27, 1929.[1][3] After The Venue closed, it was occupied by a Dicky Dirt's discount jeans shop in the mid 1980s and was a branch of the restaurant chain "Ask" prior to its demolition in early 2013 as part of a major redevelopment of the area.

Acts that played at the Venue[edit]

Coordinates: 51°29′53″N 0°08′00″W / 51.4981°N 0.1332°W / 51.4981; -0.1332


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g "The Venue". Create Victoria. 
  3. ^ Bartholomew Reference Atlas of Greater London
  4. ^ Armoury Show on the marquee
  5. ^ Captain Beefheart Youtube video
  6. ^ Jago, Andy. "1979-2000 history by andy jago". Retrieved 2 Dec 2016. 
  7. ^ Depeche Mode Youtube video
  8. ^ a b "U2 Victoria, 1979-12-18, The Venue, Early Days — U2 on tour". Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Sutherland, Steve (29 June 2011). "Kajagoogoo Early Gigs 'The Venue' London". KajaFax. Retrieved 18 Feb 2013. 
  10. ^ Berkeley based Audio Recordings List
  11. ^ Level 42 Youtube video
  12. ^ "Merger - Live At the 'Venue' Victoria 1981". Amazon. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  13. ^ - live page
  14. ^ Stripped , Depeche Mode Bio
  15. ^ Pigbag ticket stub
  16. ^ Rip Rig + Panic ticket stub
  17. ^ Rivits ticket stub (with the band name misspelled as Rivets)
  18. ^ T34 Youtube video
  19. ^ "Alan Vega - Live Music". Retrieved 18 July 2016. 

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