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Ranked from worst to best. Mostly NYC venues.
Easily my favorite venue in NYC. It's small (>500 capacity) and intimate, no rails
and hosts a wide range of bands. The little bar area outside the stage is cool to
chill before the show and talk with other music fans, or when the openers suck.
it's located literally right outside the subway exit. If a band is hitting more than
NYC venue, Bowery is always my first choice. Many many memorable shows
been seen here.
A sub venue within the famous Hammerstien Ballroom. Smaller, better acoustics
a huuuge stage makes for one sweet venue. It's a shame only bigger bands
here, but I would rather them hit this place than any arena. Only downside is
story climb to get to the fucking stage.
Probably not one of the best venues in NYC, but I've seen too many shows at
this place to not make my top 3. Actually, this venue is pretty shitty. Just a
mid sized bar and a stage, but again, too many shows to pass by.
A music venue and a pool hall, win and win.
Grand Ballroom's bigger brother. While the room is much bigger, and the sound
as good for whatever reason, the massive venue is cool for big shows. Not too
bands roll by here much anymore, but I can look back on a few great shows I've
|6||Any House Show|
Well not any house show, but good house shows. Nothing like seeing a DIY
set up in some random dude's kitchen.
Terminal 5 gets a pretty bad wrap. A lot of people claim it has shitty sound, bad
line of sight and way too strict security, but personally I haven't experienced
anything wrong with Terminal 5. Sure it's not the best venue (it's a converted
night club with 4 floors,) but it's more than capable for mid sized bands. My
favorite concert, Battles/!!!/Flying Lotus/Pivot was held here and it was a
complete blast. Not my first choice of venue, but certainly not my last.
|8||That Chruch in PA|
I forget the name of the place, but it's a fucking church and they hold concerts
in the basement. It's hot as fuck, but I can't think of a better place to see
Your ReasonYour ReasonThis place used to be a piece of shit, but after some
renovation (and still under construction,) the place is looking a lot nicer. The
sound kinda sucks compared to other places, but it's not too big, not too small
which makes it a pretty good venue.
Arenas are the worst possible venue for a concert. It takes all the intimacy out of a
show and leaves the band completely disconnected from the audience. My least
favorite venue ever, PNC Bank Arts Center, might have skewed my view on arena
shows, but I can attest every bar/club show I've ever been to have been better than
any arena show I've been too (yeah, even my first Tool show.) It sucks when bands
get so big that they only play arena shows, I would imagine some bands hate it as
much as the fans. The prices are insane and the quality of the show is severely
lacking to that of a club setting (in my opinion.) Grouped with arena shows would be
Festivals. Fuck. That.
|What's your favorite/least favorite venue?|
|favorite = chain reaction|
|I'm from New Jersey, so I've seen shows at 3, 5, 7, 9, and a lot of arenas. Personally, there are some bands I can only see at arenas, like Iron Maiden (MSG, PNC, IZOD Cntr). They way they control the crowd is amazing, you couldn't get the same experience at a small venue.|
Have you not been to Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ? It's pretty small but I love it. Seen more shows there than anywhere else, it's probably my favorite small venue.
|Yeah I've been to Starland, honestly I hate that place. The sound is awful for a small venue, and every time I go there the crowd is always full of assholes, but that just might be isolated incidents.|
Some arena shows aren't that bad I guess, I would just take a bar/club show over arena any day. Nassau would probably be my favorite, the floor space is huge.
You should definitely try and hit a Bowery Ballroom show when a band you like comes around.
|Dude Roseland owns Irving Plaza b.c its so much easier to get up close with that walkway to the bar right there. You don't have to sit through shitty openers to see who u came for.|
|and yeah, Nassau Col. >>> MSG ANY DAY OF THE WEEK|
|slammer vneus are much better then bvigger ones|
|You drunk Brick? lol|
|The Underworld in London is one of my favs, basically a huge basmemnt underneath a pub|
|I'm surprised that I haven't even heard of Bowery... I'll have to check that out if you say it's that good. And I'll second your criticisms of Starland, but I think all but one of the shows I've seen there were metal bands, so it didn't really matter.|
|My favorite venues are probably the Trocadero (which can fit about 500) or possibly the First Unitarian Church which is essentially this dark, creepy ass basement under an even creepier church. It can fit about 200-250, and shit gets crazy intense.|
|Yes! First Uniterian Church, thats the one I was thinking about in 8.|
Been to Troc too, thats a pretty sweet venue as well.
|I heard the The Dame was pretty good|
|Nevermind it's closed|
|house of blues = suck|