Lost Venues – Astoria

Lost Venues – Astoria

The Astoria, built at 157 Charing Cross on the site of the Crosse & Blackwell warehouse, opened as a cinema in 1927. Its designer, Edward A. Stone, was also responsible for later Astoria venues in the Old Kent Road, Finsbury Park, Streatham and Brixton (now...
Lost Venues – The Hacienda, Manchester

Lost Venues – The Hacienda, Manchester

Once a yacht builder’s slop and warehouse, 11-13 Whitworth Street West became the iconic Hacienda on May 21 1982. It was chiefly financed by Factory Records and sales of New Order records. Del Amitri graced the club’s stage during its halcyon early period...
Lost Venues – The Marquee, London

Lost Venues – The Marquee, London

The Marquee first opened it’s doors in 1958 to play host to a selection of jazz and skiffle acts, occupying 165 Oxford Street for the first six years of it’s celebrated existence. Del Amitri played there many times and it was also a favourite venue to see...

Through the glow of my whisky glass I see…

Through the glow of my whisky glass I see…   Recorded by Justin, Iain, Mick Slaven and Paul Tyagi ‘Charlie’s Bar’ was sent in December 1986 as a free flexi-disc to fan club members (remember fan clubs?). There was a bit of a fascination...
Round up the usual suspects…

Round up the usual suspects…

Kris and Ash will be back in Glasgow with Justin, Andy and Iain in July for rehearsals. Justin and Iain are already talking about the set and maybe even some new...
Were you there?

Were you there?

It was freezing. Did anyone realise that nothing was working on the stage when we started? How did Justin look in his kilt? Were Gary and Boo, and Roddy as good as we...

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