The deadline for submitting your vote(s) for NME’s small venue of the year is today. You could be forgiven for wondering why we care about such a thing, and forgiven easily at that. The reason we’re bothered is that this year York’s The Duchess is vying for a place on this national shortlist of the most beloved low-capacity venues, and the shortlist in question is user-generated. Basically, if you want to support your local live music venue, today is the day.
The Duchess does pretty great work for the live music scene in York – in 2012 promoters Joe and Joff have brought you the esteemed likes of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Lemonheads and Flipper whilst the venue has also played host to some of the best local shows, including One&Other’s very own showcase in February.
Here’s promoter Joff Hall on what it would mean to the Duchess to be shortlisted: ”It would be great for the venue to get the national recognition being shortlisted would offer. We fully dont expect to win, as there’s some great venues out there, however, we’re certainly doing something right when bands like Maximo Park, Ed Sheeran, Bowling For Soup, Glasvegas and many more come to us asking to play at The Duchess in little old York.”
All you need to do to vote is visit the site here then supply the venue’s name and a succinct reason for your support of it (they employ one particularly handsome barman who definitely didn’t write this article for starters). Support your local venue and vote whilst you can.