Thursday 23 May 2019

30 of the best acts to grace the Gloucester Guildhall stage

Muse, Radiohead and Robert Plant - Some of the most prestigious names in rock history, who’ve also graced the Gloucester Guildhall stage during its 30-year history. Join SoGlos as we round up the most memorable performances from the last three decades. How many gigs were you at?

From its charming art-deco cinema, through to its locally renowned bouncy floor, there are plenty of things that make a trip to Gloucester Guildhall a memorable experience.

But it’s not just a local gem. Some of the biggest names in rock and pop history have added this humble Gloucestershire venue into their national and sometimes, international tours during the last 30 years.

Here’s the SoGlos roundup of 30 of the best acts to grace the Gloucester Guildhall stage.

1. Muse

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Festival favourites Muse played at Gloucester Guildhall on Wednesday 21 July 1999. Touring ahead of the release of their debut album Showbiz the alternative rock band played hits such as ‘Uno’, ‘Sunburn’ and ‘Cave’.

2. Robert Plant

The Led Zeppelin legend played a sell-out gig at Gloucester Guildhall on Tuesday 8 May 2012. The intimate gig sold out in minutes, with fans queueing outside the box office for hours before it opened, to get their hands on one of the £35 tickets.

3. Lily Allen

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Lily Allen played to a sell-out Gloucester crowd back on Monday 26 January 2009. The gig took place on the same day that her single ‘The Fear’ was released. Tickets to this gig cost £15.

4. DJ Yella of N.W.A

N.W.A’s DJ Yella graced the Gloucester Guildhall stage on Thursday 20 July 2017. The rap star visited the county to perform his ‘Straight Outta Compton’ show with tickets priced at £20.

5. Kate Nash

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Pop sensation Kate Nash played at Gloucester Guildhall three times over the years. Her most recent performance was Wednesday 12 June 2013. The award-winning singer is best known for her number two hit ‘Foundations’ and platinum-selling number one album Made of Bricks. Tickets for Nash’s most recent gig at Guildhall cost £12.50.

6. Super Furry Animals

Super Furry Animals came to Gloucester Guildhall on Tuesday April 28 2015 to play an intimate, last-minute warm up gig ahead of a UK tour. It was the first time the band had played live in six years, making it a hugely important gig for the Guildhall.

7. Puddle of Mudd

American grunge band Puddle of Mudd played at Gloucester Guildhall on Thursday 24 March 2016 as part of a full UK tour. The band was best known for its debut album Come Clean featuring hits such as ‘Blurry’ and ‘She Hates Me’. Tickets for this gig cost £14.50.

8. Charlotte Church

Originally known as the ‘voice of an angel’ Charlotte Church was in the public eye from the age of 11. But after a lengthy break from the lime light, Charlotte returned to the stage in Gloucester on Saturday 18 August 2012. Debuting her new, edgier sound at the Guildhall gig, tickets were priced at £12.50.

9. Supergrass

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English rock band Supergrass formed in Oxford back in 1993. They played in Gloucester two years later on Friday 3 March 1995, performing hits such as ‘All Right’ and ‘Caught by the Fuzz’. Tickets to the gig cost £5.

10. Primal Scream

Scottish legends Primal Scream brought its brand of alt rock to Gloucester Guildhall on Thursday 3 December 2009. The sell-out gig included hits such as ‘Loaded’ and ‘Country Girl’ and cost £20.

11. Enter Shikari

Hitting the Gloucester Guildhall stage in 2007, Enter Shikari extended its tour to include an appearance in the City on Thursday 25 January 2007. The performance included hits such as ‘Sorry, you’re not a winner’ and ‘Mothership’ from the band’s debut album Take to the Skies.

12. Demob

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Punk pioneers Demob played their last ever gig at Gloucester Guildhall on Saturday 15 June 2013, marking 25 years as Gloucester’s first sons of punk. Known for being pink rock’s first ever multi-cultural band, Demob formed in 1978 in a council house in Coney Hill. Tickets to the final gig cost £8.

13. Radiohead

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English rock sensation Radiohead played at Gloucester Guildhall on Friday 15
January 1993. Promoting the album Pablo Honey, the band played hits such as ‘Creep’, ‘Prove Yourself’ and ‘You’. Tickets to this gig cost £4/£3.50 concessions.

14. Maxïmo Park

English alt-rockers Maxïmo Park played at Gloucester Guildhall on Thursday 21 June 2007. The group, which hails from Newcastle, is best known for its hits ‘Apply Some Pressure’ and ‘Books From Boxes’. Tickets to see Maxïmo Park cost £10.

15. Pete Doherty

The Libertines and Babyshambles’ frontman brought his solo act to Gloucester Guildhall on Wednesday 10 June 2009. In true rock ‘n’ roll style, the indie star only announced the gig one week before he was due to play. Unsurprisingly, it was a sell-out.

16. Cerys Matthews

Best known as the lead singer of Catatonia, Cerys Matthews took to the Gloucester Guildhall stage on Sunday 11 April 2010, promoting her album Don’t Look Down. Tickets to see the Welsh star perform live in Gloucester cost £20.

17. [Spunge]

Local ska punk legends [Spunge] have graced the Guildhall stage a number of times during its 24-year career. Combining catchy melodies with tight, offbeat ska rhythms, the Tewkesbury band never fail to make the Guildhall’s bouncy floor work hard! Tickets for [Spunge]’s last performance on Saturday 28 May 2016 cost £10.

18. Turin Brakes

Indie band Turin Brakes returned to the Gloucester Guildhall stage on Friday 27 October 2017. The gig was part of the tour supporting the band’s latest studio album Lost Property, celebrating its 16-year career. Tickets to this gig cost £20.

19. InMe

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English metal band InMe kicked off its 34-date UK tour with a visit to Gloucester on Thursday 29 March 2012. Promoting its fifth studio album, the gig also saw the band play hits such as ‘Crushed Like Fruit’ and ‘Faster the Chase’. Tickets to the gig cost £12.

20. Cast

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Indie rockers Cast brought their legendary anthems to Guildhall on Friday 3 July 2015. The Liverpudlian band formed in 1992 and went on to release smash hits including ‘Walk Away’, ‘Sandstorm’ and ‘Alright’. Tickets to this gig cost £22.

21. We Are Scientists

Indie rockers, We Are Scientists have played on a number of occasions at Gloucester Guildhall, but returned to the City most recently on Tuesday 11 October 2016, performing hits such as ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ and ‘It’s a Hit’. Tickets to this gig were priced at £16.50.

22. The Damned

Punk royalty The Damned most recently stormed the Guildhall stage back on Wednesday 17 August 2016, as part of a UK tour. Since the release of its debut album, ¬Damned, Damned, Damned in 1977, the band has been the epitome of British punk rock, along with The Sex Pistols. Tickets to the 2016 gig cost £22.

23. Nerina Pallot

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Alternative rock and pop singer Nerina Pallot visited Gloucester as part of her national tour on Sunday 25 October 2009. Tickets for this gig cost £15 in advance and £17 on the door.

24. The Automatic

Welsh indie rockers The Automatic were always best known for their 2006 hit ‘Monster’. But the band continued touring over the years that followed, visiting Gloucester Guildhall on Sunday 7 March 2010. Tickets cost £9.

25. Ash

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90’s alt-rock sensation, Ash visited Gloucester Guildhall most recently on Thursday 1 December 2016, celebrating the release of its brand-new album, Kablammo! Tickets to watch the Irish band, best known for hits such as ‘Girl From Mars’ and ‘Burn Baby Burn’, would have set you back £15.50.

26. Funeral for a Friend

Welsh hardcore-rock band, Funeral for a Friend, formed in Bridgend back in 2001. Known for its heavy riffs and melodic singalong chorus’ the band played hits such as ‘Juneau’ and ‘Roses For The Dead’ when it hit the Guildhall stage on Thursday 15 December 2011. Tickets cost £14.

27. Echo and the Bunnymen

Cult 1980’s legends Echo and The Bunnymen took to Gloucester Guildhall’s stage for an exclusive warm-up gig ahead of its ‘Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here’ UK tour. It was one of the smallest and most intimate gigs the band had performed in recent years, with tickets priced at £22.50.

28. Wheatus

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The original teenage dirtbags graced the Guildhall stage a couple of times since springing to chart success in 2011. Most recently, the New York rockers played in Gloucester on Tuesday 22 September 2015. Fans singing along to hits like ‘A Little Respect’ and ‘Leroy’ paid £15 for their tickets.

29. Klaxons

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Klaxons visited Gloucester Guildhall on Thursday 3 June 2010 as part of its comeback tour. The performance was designed to test material from its Surfing the Void album, ahead of its August 2010 release. The performance included hits such as ‘Echoes’ and ‘Atlantis to Interzone’.

30. Bastille

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Fans lucky enough to catch Bastille when they played at Gloucester Guildhall’s Underground Festival must have been pinching themselves when the band hit the big time.

The intimate all-day festival on Saturday 29 September 2012 showcased a string of up-and-coming bands, including Bastille, who went on to headline a number of UK festivals with hits like ‘Pompeii’ and ‘Things We Lost in the Fire.’ Tickets to this event were free!

By Melissa Hamblett

© SoGlos
Tuesday 17 April 2018

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