I’ve been to the downstairs area three times now. There’s a tiered balcony thing that’s shown on the venue’s website but I’ve never been to that part. They’re separate venues apparently and balcony tickets aren’t available like The Forum/Brixton/Islington Assembly Hall etc.
I been there for Stephen Malkmus, Hinds/Shopping/Girl Ray on an all dayer and tonight. It’s just an atmosphere void venue. I don’t think there’s draft at the bar. I got wine and cans in on the all dayer I was there but I’m not 100% certain. There’s two bars on the side but half way down the side of the venue and so on a night like tonight I was too lazy to get past a hundred people to queue for a can of Estrella. Having said all that, the door staff and bar staff are all fair enough, no issues. Just a crap dull venue. Malkmus was sold out too but not as packed as tonight.
Maybe for loud/noise acts it might be ok but for Julia Holter and Soap&Skin who I’ve tickets for next year it didn’t and won’t work well.
Again, they’re my own quirks and preferences. If anyone went tonight please post how your night was.