New music venue for New Cross?

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh," he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw, "I just wanted to be sure of you."
- Winnie the Pooh

We're enjoying the game being played by the Grizzly Bar, a new venue threatening to come out of hibernation in New Cross shortly. We've written before about their coyness in revealing where they are planning to open, but they've recently revealed on Twitter that they will be a music venue and are currently booking bands for their opening months.

We'll continue to sidle up to them, but until we hear more, it seems as though New Cross is about to get a new live music venue.

21 comments:

Tamsin said...

Oohh... that quote has made my day. Thank you.

James said...

I wish them all the very best and am very keen to see where they're setting up. the old Live Bar was my guess but that's really more Deptford than NX.

As anyone who has ever promoted or performed in the area will confirm, it's a real nightmare getting people out of to SE London, depsite it's relative ease compared to bits of North London. See the Amersham Arms' short-lived run as a venue for touring acts.

Having said that, the NX Inn/Dirty South has always survived, although the focus is very much on local acts. I just hope the Grizzly isn't putting all it's eggs in the live music basket, or I fear for it's long-term survival.

Headhunter said...

What? Has the Amersham Arms closed?

Anonymous said...

The Amersham is still open but isn't putting on live acts (not sure they have their live music licence anymore?) - but packed most weekends with club nights at the back.
The New Cross Inn may still be open, however I'm not convinced it makes very much money and often is empty.
Live music (local mainly) can also be found at the Montague.
New Cross always has a good live music scene - not sure why James thinks it's 'a nightmare' do you mean getting people to come to see the band or getting bands to play?

Anonymous said...

Don't know if the Ladywell Tavern does live music anymore,but the Wickham has started live music every Saturday again.

Anonymous said...

There is also live music every Thursday and I think most Friday nights at the Station Pub in Hither Green.

Nathan said...

Very nice... glad to hear it.

fabhat said...

When the Venue had a proper booking policy (do I sound ancient yet) it used to get the great indie bands playing and had queues round the block - with people from all over london and beyond...

Anonymous said...

Yup, poor connections to SE mean that people would sooner go anywhere else

Mb said...

ELL..... Thank you and goodnight.

Headhunter said...

Shame that the Amersham Arms has given up on the live music, not that I can complain, I barely ever went to see music there....

Live music at the Wickham often sounds very good on Sat nights. I have walked the dog past on a couple of occasions and liked what I've heard, can't go in with the dog though as unlike the Talbot, the Wickham doesn't allow dogs...

It's probably right that people perceive SE London to be to far out which affects the live music scene down here, however The Dirty South still does very well, it really is in the middle of nowhere yet has seemingly successfully put on live music for a long time....

whatwouldkurtdo said...

@James

Not sure about that. The Venue, before it booked covers bands, used to host the cream of Britpop and Grunge in the early nineties. I saw Mudhoney there, and remember Blur, Oasis, Hole playing. I think even Nirvana might have been there...

Chapperstee said...

Good news I have been moaning about the booking policy of The Venue for years. I saw Oasis there as well as Suede, Carter USM and the New Years Eve Doctor and The Medics parties. Ah back in the day (:

Brockley Nick said...

I'm sure running a successful live music venue anywhere is tough, but SE London does boast Europe's most successful live music venue - The O2 - which is further away from the centre of London and is only served by one station on the Jubilee Line. Change at Canada Water and you can get trains two stops to NXG or NX or you can get trains to London Bridge or loads of nigh buses.

Then there are the million or so people who live in SE London and would find NX relatively convenient - about the population of Glasgow or Birmingham.

crofty said...

Ahhh, that quote. Lovely.

Transpontine said...

The Venue's current music policy may not be to the liking of those of us who mis-spent early 1990s watching bands there, but to give them their due they still manage to get people travelling from afar to draw a good crowd there every weekend.

Anonymous said...

Id rather have Live Music than Dogs in a pub (sic) anyday.

Headhunter said...

Dogs like music too, you know...

Anonymous said...

They like food too,and theres none at the Wickham.

Anonymous said...

My guess is that this is a new name for either:

1. New Cross Inn
2. Goldsmiths Tavern
3. Rosemary Branch
4. The Venue

Any more news on this?

Danja said...

It's not 2, and very unlikely to be 4.

The recently sold "Le Fez" ought to be a contender of sorts. None of them really match the hints, but I can't think of anything that does.

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