Live music is like drug addiction, it keeps dragging you back for more. But while sold-out arena tours, packed stadium shows, and epic festival performances may be incredible at the time, many a live music fan will tell you that nothing quite compares to the experience of going to a gig at a small music venue.
Picture it, an artist during their most exciting period of growth, going absolutely hell-for-leather on an intimate little stage; the front row of the crowd so close that it’s often possible to reach out and touch the performers.
The atmosphere can be incredible. Sometimes you can hear a pin drop as the audience hold their breath in wonderment. Other times, you can leave the venue with your ears ringing, covered in beer, sweat, and god knows what else… But that’s what makes intimate venues so bloomin’ brilliant.
According to NME, The Joiners is officially Southampton’s best small music venue. But despite having played host to the likes of Oasis, Coldplay and The Libertines in the past, it has been struggling to make ends meet in recent times.
On 28th December, Frank Turner played a benefit concert to help keep the venue afloat. The punk/folk singer-songwriter, who was also celebrating his birthday on the same day, grew up locally in Meonstoke near Winchester.
Tickets for the concert were reported to have sold out in less than 90 seconds when they went on sale, and there was a similar demand today when it was announced that The Vaccines would be playing another benefit show next week (Tuesday 22nd January).
In fact, such was the demand for tickets to see the band – fronted by Justin Young who grew up in Southampton – that it caused the venue’s website to crash this afternoon.
The indie-pop band rose to fame in 2011 when their debut album ‘What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?’ peaked at number four in the UK Album Charts, and have recently been nominated for the Best Live Act Award at this year’s Brits.
The final 100 tickets for the concert are set to go on sale directly from The Joiners tomorrow night, and all proceeds will go to the venue.
Video: Frank Turner performs at his own Joiners benefit concert in December
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