Else­where, we pay a visit to New­cas­tle’s River­side

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COULD YOU TELL US A HIS­TORY OF RIVER­SIDE, PLEASE?

“River­side has a long his­tory as a name in the North East, but this build­ing is not the orig­i­nal River­side – it was re­named River­side by the pre­vi­ous own­ers about eight years ago. Iron­i­cally, un­like its pre­de­ces­sor, it is ac­tu­ally right by the river di­rectly un­der the Tyne Bridge. In the last eight years, how­ever, it has cre­ated its own le­gacy with in­ti­mate shows from In­ter­pol, Court­ney Love and Royal Blood to name just a few.”

HOW IM­POR­TANT IS THE VENUE TO THE LO­CAL MU­SIC SCENE?

“It’s mas­sively im­por­tant, just on the ba­sis it is the only 650-cap in­de­pen­dent venue in the city. Lots of lo­cals have had the chance to play the venue on big sup­port shows or head­line per­for­mances, it of­fers a large stage for its ca­pac­ity and amaz­ing back­stage fa­cil­i­ties.”

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE MOST MEM­O­RABLE ROCK GIGS TO HAP­PEN IN THE VENUE SINCE YOU’VE BEEN THERE?

“The Brian Jon­estown Mas­sacre, Pub­lic Im­age Ltd and Royal Blood stand out for me. Brian Jon­estown purely be­cause they are amaz­ing and they played a three-hour set which was pretty mad. Pub­lic Im­age Ltd purely be­cause it was the small­est show on the tour and to see them up close like that was amaz­ing. Royal Blood played here just as they were break­ing through.the show sold out in about 11 sec­onds and we had all of their agents, PR and man­age­ment up that night, so it was a great show.”

DO YOU HAVE MANY COOL SHOWS COM­ING UP?

“We have a good range of shows upcoming, but the ones that stick out would be Mon­ster Mag­net, The Sk­ints and Jared Red­dick, and we’ve just an­nounced a show with Steve Harris’ Bri­tish Lion which is al­ways a good one.”

APART FROM SHOWS, DOES THE VENUE PUT ON ANY OTHER TYPES OF EVENTS?

“We do all sorts! We have in­tro­duced some re­hearsal rooms for lo­cal bands re­cently and also we host a lot of cin­ema nights. My brother runs a con­cept called Screenage Kicks and we have hosted sev­eral great movie nights with them here.”

ARE THERE ANY PLANS IN PLACE FOR THE FU­TURE OF RIVER­SIDE?

“We plan to give it a mi­nor re­fit over the sum­mer, mov­ing the toi­lets down­stairs and adding in some rock club nights are top of the agenda.there has just been large in­vest­ment in a PA which has made the sound the best in the area, for sure.”

FI­NALLY, WHAT CHAL­LENGES DO YOU FACE 2017?

“As with all venues, the main challenge is to keep con­trol of our costs – it’s hard to in­crease the in­come as the shows are spo­radic and ob­vi­ously non-ex­is­tent over the sum­mer months, so con­trol­ling the out­go­ings has be­come key. We also face the challenge of sat­u­ra­tion of shows across the city, so mak­ing sen­si­ble book­ings is a must.”

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