Need to know where to drink, eat, meet and, most importantly, see live music? Let BIMM be your guide. Luke Killick kicks off this regular series by heading to Highbury and getting revved up at The Garage.
Since opening in 1993, The Garage, in Highbury, North London, has become a staple of London’s music scene and also something of a rite of passage for new musicians to play on their way to the top.
The 600-capacity venue has hosted a wide array of artists over the years, including Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Killers. It also played host to Jeff Buckley as part of his 1994 European tour.
More recently it was taken over by post-punk legends The Fall who played in April, and it was also a part of the NME Awards tour back in February, The Strypes. The venue also has an upstairs room, known as Upstairs at The Garage (how did they think that one up?), that has a capacity of 150 that is ideal for smaller bands to play.
Upcoming shows feature a variety of different acts, including Swedish rockers Royal Republic on Friday October 7, London-based folk band Skinny Lister on Thursday October 20 and American horror-rockers Wednesday 13 on Saturday October 29.
The venue also runs a number of successful club nights throughout the year. An indie rock night, Rogue’s Gallery, is coming up on Saturday October 22. It starts at 6pm and goes on until late and includes DJ sets as well as live music, with tickets starting at £8.
Whilst The Garage might not attract (or have room for) the biggest names in the business, or be as prestigious it once was, it is still one of the best small venues you can find in London. If you fancy trying to get yourself a gig there you can call them at 02076196720, or e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org.