Around the UK in 80 Venues: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Location: 3 Parsons Court, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QE
Capacity: 1200 seated, 1837 standing
Come to see: Due to the venue's modest size, it sometimes get bypassed by bigger touring bands. More fools them, as in recent years the Cambridge Corn Exchange has played host to the likes of the Feeling, the Automatic, the Kooks and the Horrors. More established acts such as the Damned, the Stranglers and Supergrass make a point of playing here and the newly-honoured Status Quo are bringing their no-nonsense, heads-down boogie to the venue too.
Should you feel that there's too much rock 'n' roll is your life (yeah, right!), the Corn Exchange also holds classical concerts, comedy shows as well as full productions by the Chinese State Circus. In short, there's something for everyone here.
The atmosphere: Despite its booming and somewhat murky environs -- this was used as a corn exchange, after all (the clue is in the name) -- the punters of Cambridge are more likely to the make the most of evening's entertainment than the "go on, entertain me" attitude of a London crowd standing with their arms folded at the Electric Ballroom.
You saw them here first: The Corn Exchange's credentials are unimpeachable. Over the years, the likes of -- deep breath -- the Beatles, Oasis, the Smiths, David Bowie, Iron Maiden, Queen, Take That and of course, local heroes, Pink Floyd have all played here. This is the venue that was also on the receiving end of one My Bloody Valentine's