10 things you (probably) didn’t know about The Wedgewood Rooms
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In honour of Independent Venue Week (25-31 Jan) we asked one of Portsmouth’s most loved independent live music locations, The Wedgewood Rooms, to share some fond memories and fun facts about the popular venue and its many performers.

Here Christian Smith – who takes care of marketing and social media at The Wedgewood Rooms – steps up to the plate to share ten tidbits you’ve probably never heard about the place before.

“The Wedgewood Rooms opened its doors for the first time on September 22 1992. Since then it has become embedded within the local community, as well as becoming a popular musical landmark on the south coast.

“Known both nationally and internationally, The Wedgewood Rooms are a popular touring destination for artists and comedians alike. Now as you can imagine, having been a venue for 24 years, there have been more than a few weird and wonderful things happen here.”

1. The first band touring band to ever perform at The Wedgewood Rooms were EAT

EAT
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“The alternative rock band visited Portsmouth on their 1989 Sell Me A God tour.”

2. The Wedgewood Rooms hosts the longest running Comedy Club in Portsmouth

“The Wedge Comedy Club has been going for 23 years strong.”

3. The Strokes played their first ever UK show here

“So did The Scissor Sisters and Black Grape.”

4. Oasis took a piece of the venue home

“The band allegedly stole a dressing room mirror when they played here back in 1994.”

5. Foo Fighters still owe us a gig

“Dave Grohl and the gang were meant to perform at The Wedgewood Rooms as a warm up show in 2005 for a Radio 1 event in Sunderland, but they cancelled because Dave lost his voice. The band promised to come back and do another show but we’re still waiting on that – hurry up guys!”

6. It wasn’t always a music venue

“The building has been used for many different things over the years, including a furniture store during World War II.”

7. Arnie visited the future Wedgewood Rooms in 1968

Arnold Schwarzenegger at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth #StrongIsland #Arnie

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“During the 1960s the building was used as a private function room and hosted some body building competitions. Arnold Schwarzenegger even visited here in 1968 to compete.”

8. There have been some strange rider requests over the years…

“One band once requested to have a picture of David Hasselhoff in the dressing rooms as part of their rider.”

9. Jamie T staged his comeback here

“Jamie T performed at The Wedgewood Rooms in 2014 as part of two exclusive comeback shows before the release of latest album Carry on the Grudge.”

10. Russell Howard, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre have performed stand-up at The Wedgewood Rooms…

“… as have Bill Bailey, Jack Dee, Jo Brand, Jack Whitehall, Shappi Khorsandi and Hatii Hayridge – just to name a few.”

Visit The Wedgewood Rooms: 147b Albert Road, PO4 0JW

Follow The Wedgewood Rooms on Facebook and Twitter for updates, or visit their website for more information – wedgewood-rooms.co.uk

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