Former Crackers club to host after show parties for Guildhall gigs
GIG-GOERS could soon be heading from one music institution to an altogether new one for after-show parties.
Discussions have taken place which could see a link-up between the Guildhall and The Institution, which is hoping to open in November in the old Crackers building, in Bruton Way.
The idea is for people to go and see bands and DJs at the Eastgate Street venue and then head over to the new club afterwards to party.
Rob Smith, owner of The Institution, said: "People who go to gigs at the Guildhall don't want to go out in Eastgate Street afterwards, it isn't the right crowd.
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"So we want to give them somewhere to go after they've been to the Guildhall.
"We have had one meeting with them and we are holding a party after the DJ Derek event on November 29.
"I think it could work really well."
Meanwhile, the new venue, which opens on November 1, has promised to provide a platform for county bands of all genres to perform.
"We want all sorts here and we're very keen on helping bands from Gloucestershire and beyond," said Mr Smith.
Liam Maskell, guitarist in Forest of Dean band Amateur Drive By, is excited by the prospect of another venue opening.
He said: "I think it's what Gloucester needs.
"There are so many good bands around with nowhere really to play. You have to travel further to get a good gig, having another place is brilliant.
"I look forward to playing The Institution."
Along with the Guildhall and The Institution, the city also boasts other venues including Cafe Rene and The Brunswick which all put on live music.
Lee Pyart, who books bands and runs the sound desk at the Brunswick, has a special attachment to Crackers.
His family ran the venue for its entire 23 years of trading and it is where Lee learned his sound engineering trade.
He said: "I think it is great for Gloucester that it is being reopened as a music venue.
"I have many happy memories in there, we had some great local bands and also bigger bands too like The Levellers, Cancer Bats and Johnny Truant.
"I hold a special place in my heart for Crackers and I would be upset if there were problems there when it reopens, but hopefully it will be fine.
"I always thought an O2 Academy would do well in there, like they have in Bristol and Oxford, it lends itself very well to a music venue.
"The building itself is great, with a large stage a dance floor and a bar, so it's all there really."
To find out more about The Institution people can visit www.facebook.com/theinstitutionglos.