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The Wedgewood Rooms, also known locally as 'The Wedge', is a small music and comedy venue located in Portsmouth.
The venue is excellent in the fact that it is really small (capacity 400), but still manages to attract big name bands due to its reputation. A ridiculous amount of quality musicians from the world of Rock, Indie, Punk and Metal have all performed at the Wedge - with the likes of Oasis, Travis, Kasabian and Bloc Party just to name a few.
Due to the small scale of the place, you can get up close and personal with the stars, and it's a photographers dream. Often you'll find the performers milling around in the audience at the end of a gig, which gives you a chance to chat with members of your favourite bands - I once had a word with Gary "Mantis" Lucas, the American guitarist and Grammy-nominated songwriter, after watching the excellent Magic Band a few years back.
What always strikes me about the Wedgewood Rooms is the consistently excellent sound quality. Bands just seem to sound really good there, which I suppose is testament to the sound-engineers and also the acoustics of the building itself.
Joined on to The Wedge is the 'The Edge' - also known as 'The Edge at the Wedge' - confused!?. This is a handy bar where you can have a quick pint before going next door for the gig. It also hosts live performances, but these are normally acoustic based, or feature local DJ's.
In summary, the Wedgewood Rooms is an excellent venue which sounds great and attracts top quality acts. I have seen a diverse variety of music here, and the place as a whole represents a good night out.
The Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth is one of the few small venues on the south coast that actually makes the bands you see there sound good. The acoustics are excellent as is the venue in general.
I first visited the Wedgewood Rooms when I was a student in Portsmouth to see an average Led Zeppelin tribute band. Back then the walls were adorned with the then small bands that had first played at the Wedge when those bands were just starting out - Oasis, Radiohead and Ocean Colour Scene. All thos bands cut their teeth on the small stage at the Wedge.
Its quite an intimate venue, holding just a few hundred people or so. Theres a (expensive) bar as well as full toilet facilities.
The great thing about the Wedge is the sound and the atmosphere, being a small venue you really feel up close and personal to the acts on show. To date I have seen Kula Shaker, Drowning Pool and Justin Hawkins new band Hot Leg at this venue - as well as some other smaller tribute bands.
The venue also hosts a regular comedy night, if you're lucky enough to catch acts like Andy Parsons and Ross Noble, who ahve recently played there. Theres also regular club nights as well as local DJ sets.
Getting to the venue is quite simple. If you live locally the bus will drop you off in Albert Road and its a simple hop off into the venue. If you fancy a bite to eat, theres plenty of restaurants nearby from Chines to Mexican - or stop off for a drink in the 'Edge' at the Wedge next door.
Its a great little venue - worth keeping their website in your favourites just in case you miss any big names that might drop in from time to time. Glen Tilbrook and Noah and the Whale are on this week - just to give you an idea of the kind of act thats likely to go there - unfortunately you're not gonna get U2 or REM, but you might just catch the next big thing there on their way to the top.
Anyone native to Portsmouth will know the Wedgewood rooms well. It's a small venue on Albert Road in Southsea which plays host to local and smaller bands and the gigs are very reasonably priced. Occaisionally it's also a venue for those who were booked to play before they made it big and those looking to hold smaller, more intimate gigs. Placebo recently played there.
Inside, the wedgewood rooms are basic, compact and black and for this reason when the more well known bands play here the atmosphere is great and the band-crowd relationship pretty fab too. The only real downside is that due to the size of the wedgewood rooms, it gets REALLY hot inside, so make sure you have layers to remove! There's also a small, reasonably priced bar that caters for all your lager and spirit requirements.
Due to the Wedgewood rooms being situated on the main road in Southsea, you have a wide range of pubs and takeaways to choose from, either before or after the gig. If you're a real rocker you'll love the cheap, gritty intimacy of the Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms!