Elsewhere, we pay a visit to Newcastle’s Riverside
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.”