Kidderminster town hall:
The kidderminster town hall is a big venue in the centre of Kidderminster. The venue doesn’t only hold events for music, but its for special events, meetings and performance acts. Bands such as the Rolling stones and the Eagles have been two big bands that have played at this venue, although there were many more who played there also. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester/musicmap/venues/kidderminster_town_hall/content/index.html ) . The Accessibility is good and is very easy to find within the town. But theres no direct parking for the town hall. There are pay and display parking places near by though in the town such as the Iceland car park. The sound in the venue has very good acoustics perfect for acoustics and echoes. Ideally built for choir music i think. But in a band situation, it isn’t a very good venue for the sound. This is because all the instruments sound just echo and mix with each other and no instrument can be clearly heard. When i played there the sound of the band wasn’t very clear for the audience. Also the band couldn’t hear themselves playing too much either because all the sounds just mushed together. The artists visibility is really good for the audience. This is because its a a raised wide stage, so everyone in the audience can see the artist play. The venue has a good layout for watching bands play and a good stage layout for the band. The capacity of the venue is roughly around 200-600 people if the crowd are standing. But also the venue has sit down gigs where theres tables and chairs out for the audience. The capacity for sitting down gigs are around 100-200 people. There are usually drinks sold within the venue but there isnt a bar. I think theres only a kitchen. The financial arrangements between the venue and the artist differs depending on the event and artist. But this venue usually puts on charity events and independent events. The gig that i did here cost roughly £500 to hire for the night and we also kept the sales on the door. I don’t think theres a social scene for the venue as not many local bands play there unless theres some sort of event on there, or if the College hires it out for the night. But most bands that play there now are tribute bands and Bands that aren’t as big as they used to be back in the day e.g Showaddywaddy.
The second venue is Base studios:
Base studios is a small music venue on the outskirts of Stourbridge. The venue mainly holds gigs for small bands and artists with weekly gigs filled with small bands. Mix it up events happen each week with a wide range of different genres playing. Not many big bands have played here, but the venue is very good at promotion and videos and is linked to MAS records. The accessibility isn’t the best, This is because you’re allowed to park outside the offices opposite the venue only on weekends, so on week days there are only a few free spaces to park. Bass has two parking spaces at the entrance with a high curb. and some cars can park within the factory gates behind the venue. But the audience and the scene for this venue is teenagers. So the car parking isn’t too much of a problem for them. The sound from the stage is quite good for a local gig venue but its nothing professional. The sound through the monitors isn’t the best and last time, no one could hear their instruments through them. On the last gig some of the volumes of instruments were bad and either couldn’t be heard or were too loud.The capacity is about 200 people and the venue is a standing venue with only a few seats if people want to sit down. There is a small bar for the venue, but theres no tapped drinks, its all cans and bottles. The financial arrangements depend on how many tickets the band has sold and how many people came to watch your band. I think you get £1 for each person who bought a ticket. I don’t think is that much money to split between a whole band. But the venue is aimed more at teenage bands, so the money isn’t too much of a problem. Im not sure how big the scene is there any more but about 5-7 years ago base studios had a big scene of metal bands and it had a big crowd. MAS band and local metal band ‘Beloved Breakdown’ was one of the metal bands in this metal scene there.
The third venue is the Rainbow:
The Rainbow is a venue in Digbeth, Birmingham. The venue holds big and small gigs every week. Although i haven’t seen much variety in bands at the rainbow. But i do know the venue turns into a club too and also has a few established artists play there too. From my experience playing and watching bands there, I’ve only seen the big pop-punk scene that is there with bands such as ‘you know the drill’. Accessibility to the venue is good and has a carpark next to the venue. So this makes it easy to bring gear into the venue. Also Birmingham moor street station isn’t too far away either. So this venue is easily accessible for everyone. The sound quality from the venue is alright and is good for certain genres like pop-punk. They have a good sound system and decent sound tech people. The only problem i thought was the monitors, as no one could hear anything and the sound levels of the instruments were wrong. Because there were 3 bands supporting and then the headline band. Its hard to get everyones sound check perfect because every bands sound was different. The venue has different stages and rooms, it has a main stage and a stage downstairs with a bar at the side. For smaller acts they usually use the stage downstairs. The visibility of the downstairs stage isn’t that great because the stage isn’t raised off the floor so the band are at the same level as the audience. Some of the crowd wont be able to see the band. Plus the room is thin and long which isn’t great if theres a big crowd. The main stage on the other hand is raised off the ground and is a wider room. The lighting upstairs is a full lighting rig but downstairs from what i can remember was just a few lights, just so you could see the band. The capacity for the downstairs part is probably only 200 people where as upstairs is 500+. The financial agreement was the band gets £1 per ticket, so for us we got £10. Which isn’t a good amount of money for playing i think. But Like base, for small teenage bands, it seems like the start of trying to play music for a living. If you sell a good amount of tickets you also get asked to play again and the promoters let you know if they need your band. Also the agreement is, if you sell more tickets than the other support bands, you’ll get to play after them. So if you want to play just before the headline act, you will have to sell the most tickets. The scene i think is mainly pop-punk there, but its a good venue to be seen at if you want to gain an audience or if you want to be spotted by one of their promoter that would get in touch with you for more gig opportunities. Also when we last played there we got a review as well and that is good for the band.