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flapdoodle
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1 of 30  Sun 13th Jan 2013 12:18pm  
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It would be good if someone could get some gigs at the new Albany Theatre. I suspect that Coventry has had no real music scene for so long that there are no promoters locally. I'd love to see some of the 70s prof bands that they get at the Assembly play there: Caravan, Barclay James Harvest, Curved Air, Strawbs, and some of the newer Prog acts such as Sanguine Hum. And some jazz.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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2 of 30  Sun 13th Jan 2013 12:51pm  
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Hi all Wave The internet has broken so many boundaries regards music repro & performance, that it is only the musicians that love meeting in a cold damp practise venue, that persist & even then, they distribute via the internet. The attempts to restrict this by licence appear only to benefit the admin people & not the musicians, but that maybe a debatable issue.
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morgana
the secret garden
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3 of 30  Sun 13th Jan 2013 1:21pm  
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The only place I knew had live music was the General Wolfe but now that too has gone, I don't get out much around Coventry so wouldn't know if there were anywhere that does play live now, thought the Albany Theatre was a great idea. The only other place now is the Ricoh which do the live concerts, other than that Nuneaton always have loads of live bands, perhaps we are falling behind them too. Sad
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Foxcote
Warwick
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4 of 30  Fri 18th Jan 2013 4:13pm  
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The 'Blue Nile Club', Radford.
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nirvana
coventry
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5 of 30  Fri 18th Jan 2013 5:10pm  
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Hi Foxcote can you please tell me where the 'Blue Nile Club' was situated on the Radford Road?
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Beesman
Cornwall
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6 of 30  Fri 18th Jan 2013 5:36pm  
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Other live music venues that had decent bands in days gone by include The Plough (London Road), The Royal Naval Club (Spon St), The Stoker (Binley Road). Incidentally I went to see Vinegar Joe, featuring Elkie Brooks, at The Royal Naval Club back in about 1973. The band didn't show as Ms Brooks was suffering from 'flu. We were offered our money back (50p!) or a half refund and stay to watch the replacement band. As we were looking forward to seeing a live band, we went for the latter option. The band, from Birmingham, took to the stage and were absolutely appalling. I mean REALLY bad! After three numbers about 10 of us adjourned to the nearest pub in disgust. The name of the band? Oh yes.... Judas Priest! They 'made it' on an enormous scale a couple of years later, doing particularly well in the USA. In fairness, their singer has said how dreadful they were in their early days. Big grin Thumbs up
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Foxcote
Warwick
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7 of 30  Fri 18th Jan 2013 6:58pm  
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On 18th Jan 2013 5:10pm, nirvana said: Hi Foxcote can you please tell me where the 'Blue Nile Club' was situated on the Radford Road?
Well, bernie1, I have to say I haven't a clue. It sounds very exotic doesn't it! I could only think of the buidling next to Porettas but hope some other members can confirm where it was.
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Vtopian
Hertfordshire
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8 of 30  Sat 19th Jan 2013 12:02pm  
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Two things to respond to Beesman's comments. Firstly, The Stoker, a brilliant venue (I'm sure Ghengis Smith will agree); saw some great gigs there - Sonja Christina, Bert Jansch, The Cosmics - happy days! Secondly, Judas Priest - a band that have been through every possible phase of rock stardom from early promise through stadium superstardom and poodle rock down to relative obscurity. Produced some classic stuff along the way too! I always know when I'm in a good mood, because I notice that the soundtrack in my head is 'Take on the World'! Has anybody mentioned the 'General Wolfe'?
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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9 of 30  Sat 19th Jan 2013 3:11pm  
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We used to go to a venue in Spon St in the early 1970s which I thought was called Mandy's but it may have been the Royal Naval Club. I think it was on one evening during the week and used to feature "second string" bands. I remember seeing Black Widow, Stackridge and Hac'n'Sac amongst many others. It was always a cheap and friendly night out Big grin We didn't tend to go to the General Wolfe very often as it was quite a long way from where we lived but I did see both John Cooper Clarke and Robert Plant there.
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Greeny
Coventry
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10 of 30  Sun 20th Jan 2013 8:19pm  
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Can I just plug the 'Venues' section from my Broadgate Gnome website. Mainly Cov & Warwicks bands 1964 - 74 : http://www.broadgategnome.co.uk/venues01.htm It's been dormant for a while as I've had a few characters nicking my info (even going so far as to repeat mistakes I've made !), so just trying to sort that at the moment. Hope it's of interest ! Smile
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nirvana
coventry
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11 of 30  Sun 20th Jan 2013 10:12pm  
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Well you certainly brought back some happy memories for me I remember most of the venues, thank you for the nostalgia.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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12 of 30  Thu 25th Apr 2013 7:34pm  
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On 18th Jan 2013 5:10pm, nirvana said: Hi Foxcote can you please tell me where the 'Blue Nile Club' was situated on the Radford Road?
I think it was in what was originally the cinema, it then became the bowling alley and there was a club upstairs which I am sure was the Blue Nile Club, it was a gambling club as well. It is now the bingo.
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morgana
the secret garden
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13 of 30  Sun 16th Jun 2013 8:40am  
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Coventry Rocks Music Tour
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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14 of 30  Sun 16th Jun 2013 9:02am  
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Interesting video. Coventry is now unique amongst the UK's major cities in not having any city centre music venue.
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morgana
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15 of 30  Sun 16th Jun 2013 9:17am  
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Yes, and there is nowhere for bands to practise anymore either, Roll eyes hence the 'Ghost Town' song, how apt. Sad
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