The BOILE­ROOM

GUILD­FORD 13 Stoke Fields, Guild­ford, Gu1 4ls DUN­CAN SMITH, BOOKER/PRO­MOTER

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

HEY, DUN­CAN! COULD YOU TELL US A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF GUILD­FORD’S BOILE­ROOM?

“The build­ing had been a pub since the 1800s un­til 2006 when The Boile­room opened, although it was a bit smaller then.a re­furb in 2009 meant we could in­crease our ca­pac­ity to 275 and we’ve been grow­ing The Boile­room fam­ily ever since then.”

AND WHAT’S IT LIKE WORK­ING FOR A VENUE?

“It’s hard, but re­ward­ing! Get­ting to bring amaz­ing bands to Guild­ford and lis­ten to so much amaz­ing mu­sic is some­thing I feel very lucky to be do­ing full-time.”

BE­ING IN SUR­REY, HOW IM­POR­TANT IS THE VENUE TO THE LO­CAL AREA?

“Very im­por­tant, I think.we’ve got a lot of peo­ple in the area who work re­ally hard to get great mu­sic heard, and not many all-ages spa­ces in the area to help fa­cil­i­tate them. If any­thing, be­ing re­gional means peo­ple are much more mo­ti­vated to go out and cre­ate things them­selves. So, whether it’s bands, la­bels, pro­mot­ers, tastemak­ers or just mu­sic fans, we ex­ist to sup­port what they do and en­cour­age their hard work, cre­ativ­ity and pas­sion.”

WITH LON­DON A 30-MINUTE JOUR­NEY AWAY, HOW HARD IS IT TO KEEP LO­CALS IN­TER­ESTED?

“I don’t think it’s too much of an is­sue, to be hon­est. I think we have quite a unique of­fer­ing as a venue with quite a per­sonal feel, which is hard to find even in Lon­don. Our pro­gram­ming is su­per-var­ied and venues like The Boile­room are the best places to see bands be­fore they’re huge.”

COOL! TELL US ABOUT BANDS THAT HAVE PLAYED BE­FORE…

“A per­sonal favourite would be The Bronx back in 2012 – they’re one of my favourite bands and con­sis­tently one of the best live bands go­ing. You Me At Six, Creeper, Gal­lows, Marmozets and Em­ployed To Serve have all put on some re­ally spe­cial per­for­mances in the last few years, and our lo­cal boys [in­die-punk fourpiece] Black­wa­ters have been go­ing from strength to strength.”

AND DO YOU HAVE MANY SHOWS COM­ING UP?

“We’ve got a su­per-busy au­tumn com­ing up with the likes of Wolf Alice, CHON, Bru­tus, Un­even Struc­ture and lo­cal guys Eschar with an al­bum re­lease show and more. Shows of ev­ery genre and plenty of free com­mu­nity, com­edy and cin­ema nights, too.”

FI­NALLY, WHAT CHAL­LENGES DO YOU FACE IN 2017?

“Much the same as ev­ery other in­de­pen­dent venue: lack of public in­vest­ment into pop­u­lar cul­ture, a lack of trickle down from the more prof­itable sec­tors of the in­dus­try who ben­e­fit from the risks small venues take on new mu­sic, in­creas­ing bu­reau­cratic hoops to jump through and de­clin­ing au­di­ences make for a pretty chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

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