Newest Review: ... a 'sweaty' to be small-minded and kind of offensive. The club may have had times in their past where it did get extremely messy, mainly d... more
The World Famous Legendary TJ's
Member Name: sparksteroid
Advantages: Great atmosphere, Great fun, Great bands
Disadvantages: A bit dark and dingy
TJ's is mainly a rock venue for live bands in Newport, Gwent and made a massive impact on the music industry in the nineties though it is now closed due to the sad death of the owner, John Sicolo - there were also financial difficulties partly due to the recession. I'm actually surprised at some of the comments made in the other reviews of TJ's on this site, they are very biased opinions. Personally, I find calling a heavy metal fan a 'sweaty' to be small-minded and kind of offensive.
The club may have had times in their past where it did get extremely messy, mainly during the nineties when the whole heavy metal scene was alive, though was nothing like this in more recent years. TJ's started as a rock/metal club but progressed onto bigger and better things with John Sicolo even getting onto the panel at the Brit Awards.
TJ's has hosted performances from bands all over the world, some of them big and some of them not so well known. TJ's is also now a worldwide famous venue and it's claimed that even Kurt Cobain of Nirvana proposed to Courtney Love in the club. Some of my favourite all-time bands have also played there including The Wildhearts and Therapy?
Although the club can get dirty at times, it's not really different to any other club in Newport, it's just a bit darker and dingier in there which is expected considering the fact that they also cater for 'sweaties' (ahem). The atmosphere is always friend and I have only ever known a few small fights to ever break out there.
TJ's really has done a lot for the music industry including the whole TJ's In The Park thing which I once attended and I got see well-known bands such as The Damned play live. There is also now a TJ's In The Square gig taking place on 10th July 2010 in John Frost Square which sees bands from the nineties reuniting in memory of John Sicolo. Over 2,000 people are expected to turn up and there is a competition for young people being hosted alongside the concert to give youngsters a chance to showcase their talents.
Summary: A business which has helped revolutionize the music industry