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The Assembly in Leamington Spa kicked ass at this years Music Week Awards and scooped the coveted Best Live Music Venue 2010 getting up in the grill of more established venues such as The Lexington in London and the O2 in Londres and Glasgow. Not bad for a young un’.

The Assembly was credited with spearheading the live music and comedy scene across the Midlands with many of the top London bands, promoters, agents and managers making the Leamington Spa venue their ultimate choice over many of the Midlands more established venues. In addition the venue received plaudits for its cutting edge gigs and performances – and in all in the pretty glamorous setting of a damn fine Art Deco establishment.

The Assembly, Pendulum

With venues such as the Academy in Birmingham and Wolverhampton Civic Hall pretty much on our doorstep we’ve always struggled for decent venues just that little bit closer to home. The venue since opening has become a regular on the UK touring circuit and has become renowned for one off and cult gigs. The acts who have played The Assembly read like a who’s who of the music industry including  Patti Smith, Spiritualized, The Buzzcocks, Nanci Griffith, Pendulum, Steve Winwood, De La Soul, Goldfrapp, Cov lads The Enemy and Nicolas Chamberlain (in bed’uff) truant Peter Doherty.

The Assembly was a unanimous choice for Music Week’s Live Music Venue of the Year and in one of his deliberations one judge noted;

“The country needs more venues like this that don’t just rely on heritage acts.”

The stunning 1920’s art-deco venue is the brainchild of music industry entrepreneur Nigel Dally who invested £3.2 million pounds to renovate and restore the venue to its former glory. Since opening, the one thousand capacity venue has earned itself the coveted title of best live performance venue for its accommodating, yet intimate atmosphere along with its technologically advanced light and sound systems and stunning interiors. It really is the bomb.

Moreover it’s the Assembly’s quirky and kitsch artist’s greenroom and unique backstage area which along with three changing rooms, an artist bar, a World War II Gatling Gun and pool tables also plays host to the original pink gypsy caravan belonging to none other than Country music sensation Tammy frickin’ Wynette.

It is fast becoming one of the most visited and popular venues in the UK after receiving in excess of a quarter of a million punters through their doors in just one year.

Nigel Dalley, MD of the Assembly commented; “We’ve been blown away by the success of the venue. To beat the 02, ABC, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Lexington is just phenomenal. The award is testament to the committed team we have here. It is all about paying attention to every detail for both the bands and the gig goers alike. Operating outside a corporate structure also gives us a creative freedom which allows us to host the best and most exciting acts in the country.

Bands and artists seem to love the Assembly because it is so unique and offers a more intimate and exciting performing experience. We’re very lucky in that the bands tend to approach us to play after hearing about the venue from other artists.”

You should check out this venue if you’ve not already. The place has a pretty special atmosphere and some weird and wonderful acts playing and all on our doorstep.

Leamington Assembly Website.