Post #99# Gartt.... London really is not a good place to try and promote a band at all. Organising a gig there is a complete nightmare from start to finish. Getting a venue, parking, overnight stops, the list is so long. I've travelled the UK from top to bottom (including across the water to Ireland), watching bands - listening to top DJ's, hearing opinions and seeing successes and failures. London is way down the list. That isn't an opinion - it's a statistic.
Quoting Gekko HQ
I think Oxford is pretty high up the list. Close to London without the expensive prices.
You jest surely, even Blackbird Leys and Barton are expensive in real terms and I wouldn't wish living on those estates on anyone; not to mention all those houses in multiple occupancy between the Cowley and Iffley Roads, where you can end up paying about £400 pcm just for a room with shared amenities. The colonisation of Oxford by London commuters is what has driven up prices across the board. I write as a native of Oxfordshire who has lived in the city itself.
I lived in England as a child and a teenager and visited it serveral times since.I am seriously thinking about retiring there. I would like to live in a village, in the Midlands. Where would be the best place to live?
What about Hastings or Eastbourne?
What about Sunderland? can anyone give me some information overall, thx
Just to respond to the last couple of posts, I wouldn't personally recommend Sunderland (I think it's a bit dull meself) or Hastings and Eastbourne (both in the forgotten seaside town category, though Hastings slightly more so than Eastbourne).
If there's something you need to be doing in Sunderland maybe you should consider living in Newcastle, which is a pretty decent city, lively and interesting, and getting the train - a fast train takes 20 mins.
I wouldn't actively avoid Eastbourne - it's OK - but Brighton would be a much better bet.
Funny how opinions vary. For me Brighton is just awful. An OK place for a bit of music, but nowhere as good as music in the north of England and the beach in Brighton is just filthy. Then again so are most UK seaside beaches. Sunderland and Newcastle? Both offer a tremendous Saturday night out - agreed though, Newcastle is much better.
Ha ha, true enough opinions do vary. Pray you never get sent to Littlehampton, Leo, it's like a scruffy little mini-Brighton without the music or the character.
I'm going to defend Brighton though, I don't think the beach in Brighton is filthier than most, and I do think the main reason that people dislike Brighton is that they do the standard tourist stuff (off the train, down horrible West Street, onto the dullest most overcrowded bit of beach, drink 5 pints of overpriced lager at a boring bar, go to a crap club then back onto the train). The North Laine is great, full of characterful independent shops and cafes, and Hanover is another lively little area, good for pubs. The beach in front of Palmeira and Adelaide is nice and clean with those lovely sweeping garden crescents behind (OK so it's Hove, but same thing). The music scene might not quite be Leeds/Sheffield or Manchester, but it's pretty close, and if you like small, friendly clubs there are lots. It's also great for theatre. There's pretty much direct access onto the South Downs from the back of the city for walking and biking opportunities, and places to hire boats and stuff if you like your sailing/kayaking/windsurfing. There are also plenty of sightseeing spots, like the Pavilion and the Piers.
Dare I tell you this? I lived in Littlehampton for 2 years ! Well a place called Rustington actually, about 2 miles east of Littlehampton.
My comments about Brighton refer to the two years I lived there too. Really didn't bond with the place at all.
The things I found floating in the sea under the pier still has me shuddering now as I think of that paddle and thank goodness my foot wasn't grazed.