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The authentic music night out
Member Name: orchid1988
Advantages: Great acts, free before 9pm most nights
Disadvantages: the terrible toilets
The Cavern in Exeter is a popular student (unofficial) night out on Saturday for the croud who don't just go dancing to club music. Moreover, it usually gets quite a large local audience. It was home to the first few Radiohead , and Muse performances and has a slight air of being the kind of place you find an undiscovered artist. Coldplay used to play there often in the ninties. Although, it gets quite a lot of famousish acts too!
The Cavern is what it's name claims, a dingy cellar made of old red Devonian stone beneath an old shop house. The drinks are fairly inexpensive (house doubles for £2, beer before nine £1). On the downside, there is no real selection of food, just bog standard mccoy type crisps and crackling. This wouldn't be so bad, but there are no food serving venues nearby (aside from Pitcher and Piano).
The bar staff are pleasant, they generally look a little punk rock. There are never enough places to sit on the busy nights, but this is usual in Exeter. The entire place has a slight youth club feel (I haven't yet decided whether this is good or bad). Nevertheless it does feel like a very authentic venue.
Perhaps the worst point about the venue, is the terrible terrible toilets, which is what gives the place the dingy smell. They never look clean! But if it's the slight hippy lack of cleasiness they are going for... I always get stamped and go around the corner to the pitcher and piano toilets.
Summary: A good night out for alternative bands