THE OWNER of Winchester’s only live music venue, The Railway Inn (cap. 150 and 60)is hoping to persuade artistes such as Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa to return to where they played early shows in their careers.
Next year, the venue will celebrate its 40th year of promoting live music and owner Dan Lloyd has revealed he’s invited back artistes who once graced its stage, including PJ Harvey, Kasabian, Laura Marling, The Feeling
and Frank Turner.
At the top of Llyod’s list is Sheeran, who played The Railway Inn in 2011, just a few months before the release of his debut album, and Dua Lipa, who was already signed to Warner Music Group when she played there in 2015.
“We’re a small venue but we’re on the touring circuit for artistes who are on the cusp of breaking,” says Lloyd. “We’ve been helping to break acts for 40 years so our reputation is strong.”
The venue has two stages, Platform 1 (150) and Platform 2 (60) and Lloyd estimates that they’ve hosted around 204 shows already this year, featuring both local and international artistes.
As well as shows staged by in-house promoter Jim Knight, agencies booking acts into the venue include Midnight Mango, SC4M and Playpen.