So sprawling is the list of great UK music venues that it’s all too easy to forget the older ones. The fallen ones. The forgotten ones.
Well prepare to turn your nostalgia up to 11, because the frighteningly talented poster designers at Dorothy have now brought us Lost Destination: Music Venues, illustrating some of the most beloved concert venues which are sadly no more.
From the halcyon maraca-shaking days of Manchester’s Hacienda to the Northern Soul soaked days of Wigan Casino, this riveting batch of posters doesn’t just show us the places your granddad once got really sweaty or your older cousin passed out after too many shandies – these are focal points of entire generations, movements and entire subcultures.
Another shrewd pick is Richmond’s Eel Pie Island Hotel. A big rock and blues venue in the sixties before it shut down in 1967 and mysteriously burnt down 1971, some of the artist to appear there included The Rolling Stones, Genesis and The Who. Pete Townshend even owned a studio at a boathouse nearby. It certainly makes a change from the stadia they rock up at these days.
A beguiling snapshot at bygone buildings that gave so much to so many, you can now frame one on your own wall and help these nightspots live on forever.
Prices start from £35 for 60 x 80cm