LONDON’S 1,250-capacity The Grand in Clapham Junction is working to increase the number of concerts it stages, after securing secret warm-up shows with Snow Patrol and George Ezra in recent weeks.
The South London venue has invested in sound and light upgrades.
“We have dramatically improved the tech team, sound engineers and crew, which has enabled us to put on some big events,“ says marketing and programming head Ally Wolf, who joined The Grand in 2016. “As well as major UK touring acts we have hosted arena-level acts from Europe, including Spain’s Love of Lesbian and Izal.
The venue can accommodate shows of any size from the all-seated 480 capacity upwards. Located opposite Clapham Junction mainline station, The Grand has a huge catchment area south of the city.
“We are one of the oldest purpose-built event spaces in London,” he says. “The stage is incredibly flexible, it is big enough to accommodate a full orchestra but intimate enough to
create a great atmosphere with artistes such as Billy Bragg,”
A former Victorian theatre and music hall, The Grand has taken on a number of guises, including a cinema and bingo hall, since it opened in 1900.
In 1989 it was acquired by Vince Power’s Mean Fiddler Music Group and ran as a music venue until 1997, hosting shows over the years by Brian May, Muse, Jarvis Cocker and Jamiroquai. Other more recent performers have included Editors and Rag’n’Bone Man.
The Grand has been owned by Howard Spooner since 1998.