Music at Gloucester Guildhall
FROM Robert Plant to Lily Allen and from Pete Doherty to the Gallagher brothers – many a famous face has passed through the doors at Gloucester Guildhall.
For decades music has been the lifeblood of the city's premier venue which will celebrate its 25th year as an arts centre next week.
In this article, the second in a series of three features on the Guildhall, I delve into the soundtrack of the historical venue over the years.
International touring bands are now commonplace at the venue, nominated for 'Best Small Venue' in NME magazine last year, which also prides itself on offering a platform to local artists too.
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Joe Schiavon, programming and marketing manager, is the man in charge of booking bands and artists, and has been since 2010.
He said: "I certainly think we are the jewel in Gloucestershire's cultural crown. I think we've still got a bit of a way to go, but I've really enjoyed working here over the last few years, and getting the chance to work with bands I grew up listening to is a massive honour.
"I think the main thing for me is when we have absolutely massive shows and the excitement is almost palpable around the city, you can't help but feel a bit proud that you're partly responsible for that.
"Pete Doherty was a really good example of that. Seeing him come up the stairs at the venue and fans properly losing it was really great. I also remember we had a power cut during Primal Scream's set and I was in the dressing room as the band came back in. Bobby Gillespie didn't look very amused, but Mani had a massive grin on his face, and just said we should put more money in the meter."
Joe's predecessor Andrew Mitchell-Stead was putting on gigs at the Guildhall from 1999 until 2010. He also has some extremely fond memories.
He said: "My best memory would probably be the first gig I promoted, which was Muse, so not a bad way to start. It was the band's first tour and we were the biggest venue they'd played at that time and it was a sell out.
"Other highlights would be Lily Allen, as the excitement throughout the venue was at fever pitch, Glasvegas, who at the time were number one in the album charts, and probably Primal Scream, who re-invented themselves with the XTRMNTR album and played it live for the first time in Gloucester."
He added: "Heroes I met would have to include John Squire from The Stone Roses, who brought his band The Seahorses to the venue, and Noel and Liam Gallagher, who came to watch The Bluetones while recording What's The Story? (Morning Glory) at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth. They were hilarious, every inch the naughty boys that the media were building them up to be at the time, and they misbehaved all night long."