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Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 17:58
by Pablo
Has everyone visited the new Highcross yet? It's a shopping centre, but slightly more futuristic than ones you've been to before, with slightly larger versions of the shops you know and loathe already. It's currently full of gaping idiots wandering about that aren't actually buying anything.

Maybe not bother, eh?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 07:58
by a layer of chips
I was invited to the opening of Yo! Sushi.

I didn't go.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:02
by Pablo
My friend Ted went on Friday. He described it as 'fun'.

I don't want to have fun when I'm eating

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 21:13
by Modern Antiquarian
Pablo wrote:Has everyone visited the new Highcross yet? It's a shopping centre, but slightly more futuristic than ones you've been to before, with slightly larger versions of the shops you know and loathe already. It's currently full of gaping idiots wandering about that aren't actually buying anything.

Maybe not bother, eh?
I remember when it was just the simple old 'shires'. In fact (here you must imagine me swirling my brandy glass, looking wistfully at its golden brown beauty and reminiscing), it was the new highcross that snatched me from Nottingham's tender bosom, and tempted me to the first step on the ruinous path that has led me to my current diminished state growing old and alone in one of Swindon's more affordable bedsitting rooms....

Lured by the promise of Roman and medieval archaeology I eagerly took the offer of a guaranteed six months work, an almost living wage and the prospect of merry new companions. Little did I know that a scant twelvemonth later I'd be cast aside, penniless and desperate enough to move to wurzleland in effort to keep body and soul together.

So, people of Leicester, and those considering visiting Leicester, avoid the new shires! It can bring nothing but ruin, both fiscal and spiritual, as I myself am sadly too well qualified to testify.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Sep 12, 2008 23:26
by Pablo
Even more reasons not to go.

If it's any consolation, they have just unearthed some Roman skeletons at the site of the new Park and Ride at Enderby

The Charlotte

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 08:42
by MJHibbett
Someone's just told me that The Charlotte went into Administration yesterday. Can this be true? If so, DOOM!

I mean, yes,it was a terrible stinky hellhole with poisonous beer, but ALSO a part of Rock History. Never mind about the crappy old Astoria, the demolition of which is a BOON for humankind, if The Charlotte goes that's an end to SEVERAL eras! Has anyone heard anything about it?


EDIT: Sorry, I meant to put this in "Leicester" and did it wrong!!

Re: The Charlotte

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 08:46
by a layer of chips
No! That's crap. That's where I FIRST SAW YOU, Mark. When you were with The Council. I think Prolapse and Kooky Monster also played that night.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:11
by Pablo
I had a text to that effect this morning. We're going to see if we can pool the funds to rescue it, however I feel that a 3 figure sum is unlikely to be enough

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:13
by a layer of chips
I did a bit of digging. Does the Rugby Brewery Co. still own it? If so, have they shut it down?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:31
by humblebee
Shit. Some of the best gigs I've ever seen were at the Charlotte.

Leicester, I feel your pain.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:51
by MJHibbett
humblebee wrote:Shit. Some of the best gigs I've ever seen were at the Charlotte.

Leicester, I feel your pain.
To be fair, most of the absolutely worst gigs I've seen have been there too, ALL of the VERY worst pints I've ever had have been there (i don't think the pipes have been cleaned in 20 years) and some of the most expensive too. But it's The Charlotte! They can't close The Charlotte, where will Shed Seven play now?!?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:58
by MJHibbett
http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/n ... ticle.html

FACING closure, apparently.

"Bosses today blamed its plight on a fall in audience numbers and losing major names to bigger venues."

... and losing punters to the Actually Drinkable beer round the corner maybe?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:02
by a layer of chips
Oh dear. I can't see Punch saving it:

http://www.thisisbusiness-eastmidlands. ... -fall.aspx

That's probably all The Charlotte's fault

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:03
by Pablo
I never understood why they knocked through the inside, because instead of a solid wall blocking everyone's view into the back of the venue, they put a massive great raised dj booth/mixing desk thingy in there which blocked everyone's view instead. It's a shame the building work didn't cover fixing the toilets either.

I watched the England vs Scotland at Euro '96 in there, fact fans. On the telly, of course. They didn't actually play the game there

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 14:57
by MJHibbett
Pablo wrote:I never understood why they knocked through the inside, because instead of a solid wall blocking everyone's view into the back of the venue, they put a massive great raised dj booth/mixing desk thingy in there which blocked everyone's view instead. It's a shame the building work didn't cover fixing the toilets either.
It doubled the capacity but made LESS people able to see clearly, so all the gigs felt extra bad tempered after that. Also it meant you could never just pop in for a pint and see who was playing, and MAYBE go in to the gig bit by accident. AND they stopped doing the big vat of chilli at all-dayers, no wonder it's [eventually] gone out of business!

I'll miss the top room tho, I had some FANTASTIC nights up there at Razzle and The Tube Bar, back at the dawn of time.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 16:14
by sweepingthenation
Audiences, with a few fairly obvious exceptions, have completely haemorrhaged across Leicester in the last couple of years, and as good in their own ways as Sumo and Firebug are if the most popular (and largest) stopoff on the touring circuit goes due to lack of demand I can't imagine many bookers giving it a second glance in the near future. The Charlotte has/had a shitload of faults - let's also throw in the slight incline up to the stage - but somehow it didn't seem to matter. Unless you couldn't hear the vocals properly.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 17:11
by MJHibbett
sweepingthenation wrote:Audiences, with a few fairly obvious exceptions, have completely haemorrhaged across Leicester in the last couple of years, and as good in their own ways as Sumo and Firebug are if the most popular (and largest) stopoff on the touring circuit goes due to lack of demand I can't imagine many bookers giving it a second glance in the near future. The Charlotte has/had a shitload of faults - let's also throw in the slight incline up to the stage - but somehow it didn't seem to matter. Unless you couldn't hear the vocals properly.
Aaah, remember when Steve The Rasta Soundman With The Big Hat used to work there? EVERYTHING sounded of BASS and nothing else. I used to play bass then, it was FAB.

Haven't audiences in Leicester ALWAYS been incredibly low? All the time I was there (and not just at my own gigs!) there'd be hardly anybody turning out for anything, and I was amazed when we started playing in different cities to find Actual Audiences. Andy's just been on the radio saying it's cos people go to "bigger" venues instead. Are there any of those in Leicester tho?

Re: Leicester

Posted: Thu Jan 15, 2009 17:18
by sweepingthenation
Not that aren't connected by direct rail links. The University hardly puts anything on any more, DMH has always been there, and assuming Curve isn't suddenly going to diverge from its highbrow intentions that's as far as I can think. Oh, the Y Theatre's put a few things on and that's supposed to be bigger capacity, but their attempt a couple of years ago to become a proper arts club-esque venue faded away just after forty people showed up to see Bill Callahan.

Re: Leicester

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 16:16
by Trev

Re: Leicester

Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:58
by frogblast
Pablo wrote:Has everyone visited the new Highcross yet? It's a shopping centre, but slightly more futuristic than ones you've been to before, with slightly larger versions of the shops you know and loathe already. It's currently full of gaping idiots wandering about that aren't actually buying anything.

Maybe not bother, eh?
it was totally dead both times i was in over christmas (at least compared to what the shires used to be like). to me highcross is the tiny hamlet down the road from my village, where the fosse way and watling street crossed, so i'm going to continue calling it the shires.