Around the UK in 80 Venues: Cambridge Corn Exchange
first forays into the "holocaust", an experience so punishingly loud that N.M.E. was moved to describe it as "... more like torture than entertainment." Phew!
Claim to fame: This was where erstwhile Pink Floyd founder and all-round space cadet Syd Barrett made his final public appearance with his new band, Stars, when they supported the politically-charged rock 'n' roll machine that was the MC5 on Feb. 24 1972.
You should also know: The Cambridge Corn Exchange was opened in 1875 and was built from a quarter of a million of locally made bricks. The opening concert was held on Nov. 9 of that year and featured a performance by the Coldstream Guards and a local choral society. Unfortunately, the concert turned into a rampaging riot when a mistake was made during the National Anthem and in the ensuing chaos, an angry mob attacked the Mayor's house. Similarly, almost 100 years later in 1974, a crowd of 1000 rioted after the Drifters failed to turn up. So, quite a demanding audience, then.
Booking now: Vampire Weekend, Lostprophets, Noisettes, the NME Awards Tour, Paloma Faith, Tinchy Stryder, Ocean Colour Scene, Editors and Peter Andre will be hitting the venue soon.