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West Midlands Gig Venue Survey

Posted in Music by Russ L on 23 January, 2006

Over at www.TheCommunion.co.uk we’re doing a big survey of people’s opinions to create a league table of live music venues in the West Midlands. The more people take part in this the more reflective of people’s real opinions it’ll be, and it’ll be fascinating to see if any of the venues actually make any response to our findings. If you want to take part, just decide which venues you want to rate and act accordingly:

Give each venue a score for the following categories:

Sound: It’s pointless going to a gig if you can’t hear the band. The acoustics, the soundmen the venue tend to use, the PA etc. Mark out of ten.

Layout: It’s nice to be able to see them too. The way the venue is set up, the positioning of the stage and other structural features, the shape of the room etc. Mark out of ten.

Atmosphere and character: The sometimes easily definable and sometimes not things that make a place likeable. Does the place have charm of its own, is the lighting appropriate, is it clean or dirty (whichever you prefer) enough for your liking etc. Mark out of ten.

Location: Is the place easy to find/get to? Mark out of five.

Drinks: Prices, choice, quality etc. Mark out of five.

Staff: Friendliness and competency. Mark out of five.

Booking policy: Do you feel that any block-booking of the place by any one promoter is to its detriment? If they have some sort of in-house promotion, are they willing to give local/smaller bands a chance on their bills? Mark out of five.

Each lucky establishment, therefore, has a potential fifty marks. Feel free to add comments, an anonymous selection of which will be included in the survey.

Send your votes in to Venue_survey@yahoo.co.uk . You can vote for as many venues as you like. Any gig venue in the West Midlands is eligible, although I won’t include it in the survey unless a bare minimum of ten people vote regarding it.

Simple, eh? What are you waiting for then?

~ Russ L

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  1. jon said, on 17 April, 2006 at 7:36 am

    where can I find the results for this?

    thanks.

  2. Russ L said, on 17 April, 2006 at 10:37 am

    You can’t (yet) because I’m lazy and useless and stupid. I’ve had all the finished data for a month now but haven’t really collated it or written the article.

    Sorry. I will get to steppin’ soon, I promise.

  3. Russ L said, on 8 May, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    Righty-ho then, for anyone interested – the first part is now available here.

    That’s just a re-iteration of the criteria and the overall standings. Next week a detailed look at which places scored what and why will become available, all being well (I can’t promise it that soon but will try my little hardest).


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