7 lost and legendary Hull gig venues you’ll never forget

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7 lost and legendary Hull gig venues you’ll never forget

The Hull music scene has always been THE place to be on a weekend.

NME scouts patrolled the Welly music scenes back in the late-noughties as they attempted to discover the latest helping of homemade talent.

After unearthing The Paddingtons, The Housemartins and Fine Young Cannibals in the past 20 years of note, Hull still had a buzz of hopes and dreams during its glory years.

New bands in 2018 can still easily be found, but more often than not they are discovered via computers and phones with Spotify and social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and even the ever-dwindling Myspace.

Back in the day, however, it was best to spend your Thursday, Friday, Saturday – and even Sunday nights – at the various gig spots of Beverley Road which brought the raw, screaming sound of guitars, drums and tinny vocals.

The Raine Club has closed
The Raine Club closed earlier this year

Beverley Road was THE place to go for a few drinks, a chat, but mainly to catch a new band or artist on the scene.

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But over the years, a lot of its major gig haunts including The Raine Club, Barracuda Bar and The Dorchester Hotel and Bar, have either closed or stopped putting on band nights.

Some gig spots have reinvented themselves, but simply do not cater to the same performances that they once staged.

We take a look at some of the lost gig venues from Hull.

The Lamp in Norfolk Street closed over even years ago

The Lamp

The Lamp, later re-named Blue Lamp, left many gig-goers devastated when it shut. It’s lounge atmosphere with a mix of acts, including indie and acoustic to screamo and metal. It has seen lots of bands patrol its stage, and will always be a staple part of the Hull music scene.

The ‘L’-shaped bar and indoor plants gave it a feel of York’s Evil Eye bar, but the venue’s large pool table area and arcade games gave it a nostalgic retro pub taste. People went to the lamp for the decor and atmosphere.

It was renamed Blue Lamp in 2014, a nod as it formerly being a police station, as bosses faced financial difficulties to keep it open. The Norfolk Street venue took over from the Jailhouse in 1992.

PEAK: Ocean Colour Scene performance, Suicide Silence’s “wall of death” in 2006.

PIT: The stage was just a small step up so it was hard to see anything at the back of a crowded gig.

Barracuda Bar shut down in 2013

Barracuda Bar

The former court building in Lowgate dates back to 1866, but the city centre landmark held gig nights between 2006 and up until its closure in 2013. It’s high ceiling made it perfect for gigs and weekend sports fans and students attended the venue along with its big screens in their droves.

When City played it was definitely a great atmosphere – and the venue would only put on the very best bands in the area. Despite its demise, as of this Summer it is being taken over again and will reopen as a bar.

PEAK: 350-strong crowds on a Friday night with one of the best man-made stages around, and don’t forget that epic ceiling.

PIT: The large hall made you feel very lonely if you didn’t have any fans, it’s closure in 2013.

Fruit on Humber Street
Fruit on Humber Street

Fruit

It was one of Hull’s most popular live venues when it revealed it will be closing for a massive redevelopment. Then news came it would be leaving Humber Street for good.

Fruit had been hosting live music, theatre, comedy shows and events in the old warehouse for the past seven years after it became one of the first properties to open on Humber Street, a former wholesale fruit market.

However, a massive redevelopment plan will shut the venue as we know it. However, Fruit could make a return elsewhere, with a Facebook post telling customers to “keep their eyes peeled” for further announcements.

PEAK: Guillemots gig, The Mighty and The Moon second album launch, a permanent gig circuit venue.

PIT: Unexpected closure.

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The Dorchester in Beverley Road

The Dorchester Hotel & Bar

Once a prominent gig location in the Summer months, the bar area of the adjacent hotel was buzzing with a hive of music fans looking to catch a gig at the the Beverley Road hotel.

It’s had many makeovers over the past few years. It is currently undergoing another round of construction work next to its neighbouring restaurant and hotel to the rear of the main castle-like building.

PEAK: Every Friday night in June, July and August was a good place to catch a pint and an up-and-coming band.

PIT: Workers staying at the hotel enjoying a nice quiet pint were hit with a wall of noise.

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The Mainbrace pub, Beverley Road, Hul
The Mainbrace pub, Beverley Road, Hull

The Mainbrace

Granted, yes, The Mainbrace was more of a DJ venue, but never-the-less was the heart and soul of Beverley Road. Whatever the taste, there was always something for everyone on Hull’s strip.

Known for some time in the 90s as the Focsle and Firkin, it also doubled as a club, featuring a live DJ, a dance floor and dim lighting.

PEAK: 90s heartbreakers hitting the dancefloor, Sunday R’n’B sessions.

PIT: Unfortunately it’s closure was something we could not brace ourselves for.

Oasis

Club Sahara and Quigley’s joined forces to create Oasis in Albion Street in 1993. The street had been the scene of clubs since the 1960s, and later became Oasis in 2000.

The venue was well remembered for its Barcardi Breezers, but more over its live music performances. Quigley’s also held a rock nights above Caesars Bar in Albion Street.

PEAK: Quigley’s rock nights on Fridays and Saturdays.

PIT: Barcardi Breezers in 2018 seem such ancient artifacts.

The Raine Club has closed for the final time
The Raine Club has closed for the final time

The Raine Club

And last, but no means least – The Raine Club – *sob* another lost jewel in the heart of gigging bands up and down the country.

The venue was so popular it was made part of Quentin Budworth’s Hullywood photo project.

Regulars took to social media to show their shock and sorrow when the news the venue announced it would shut immediately.

For a long time, the Durham Road venue, had been a popular fixture on Hull’s gig circuit – hosting lots of music events which were appreciated by the entire community.

PEAK: Screaming guitars, cramped stage, what’s not to love?

PIT: It’s sudden closure in 2018.

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