The Venue (Victoria Street, London)

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The Venue was a live music club at 160–162 Victoria Street, London, England, owned by Virgin Records. It opened its doors on 1 November 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 original sound system was supplied by Eastlake systems, it was their first foray into live sound. Soon afterwards, Dave Martin from Martin Audio, a company that designed installed and touring PA sound system of the era, replaced the Hidley system with a familiar looking stack of bass bins, mid-range units and HF loudspeakers arrayed either side of the stage. The result as loud and clean, with sound covering the audience far better than the previous rig; sound under the balcony overhang was still problematic, but more the result of poor auditorium design.

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]

(In A-Z order.)

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


  1. ^ a b Grundy, Ian; Roe, Ken. "Metropole Cinema". Cinema Treasures.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "The Venue". Create Victoria.
  3. ^ Bartholomew Reference Atlas of Greater London
  4. ^ "Alan Vega - Live Music". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  5. ^ Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias Concert Ticket
  6. ^ a b Bette Bright and Motor Boys Motor Concert Ticket
  7. ^ Soft White Underbelly (Blue Oyster Cult) Concert Ticket
  8. ^ Captain Beefheart Youtube video
  9. ^ Depeche Mode Youtube video
  10. ^ a b "U2 Victoria, 1979-12-18, The Venue, Early Days — U2 on tour". Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  11. ^ The Four Bucketeers Concert Ticket
  12. ^ Gary U.S. Bonds Concert Ticket
  13. ^ Icehouse Concert Ticket
  14. ^ Sutherland, Steve (29 June 2011). "Kajagoogoo Early Gigs 'The Venue' London". KajaFax. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  15. ^ Kate and Anna McGarrigle Concert Ticket
  16. ^ Berkeley based Audio Recordings List
  17. ^ Klaus Schulze Concert Ticket
  18. ^ Level 42 Youtube video
  19. ^ "Merger - Live At the 'Venue' Victoria 1981". Amazon. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  20. ^ Stripped , Depeche Mode Bio
  21. ^ Paul Brady Concert Ticket
  22. ^ Pigbag ticket stub
  23. ^ Rip Rig + Panic ticket stub
  24. ^ Jago, Andy. "1979-2000 history by andy jago". Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  25. ^ Sniff ‘n’ the Tears Concert Ticket
  26. ^ Armoury Show on the marquee
  27. ^ - live page
  28. ^ The Polecats Concert Ticket
  29. ^ Rivits ticket stub (with the band name misspelled as Rivets)
  30. ^ T34 Youtube video
  31. ^ Corio, David (16 December 1983). "Tina Turner, The Venue, Victoria, London, UK". Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  32. ^ Huang Chung Concert Ticket

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