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Very good choice of acts, usually very well priced, a good night out!
The Glee Club (Birmingham)
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The Glee Club (Birmingham)
Advantages: Burlesque nights here are the best! Good location and excellent choice of music.
Disadvantages: Apparantly the acoustics put off some artists.
The Glee Club is, as the name suggests, a comedy club, with a venue in Birmingham which I have attended on a number on occasions. However, I tend to go music and burlesque events here, as the Glee Club does not only show comedy but music too. Here's my verdict on some important areas:
Choice of nights - Excellent! You can see comedy of all kinds, and music from all genres, but my favourite nights to go on are the Burlesque Nights, with Candy Box Burlesque. Here you have a cheeky mix of burlesque dancing (think Dita Von Teese), the resident dance troupe Candied Heels, a guest comedy act and a live band - the Palookaville Burlesque Orcestra. Absolutely brilliant! They actually seem to attract quite a good class of comedian and musician, maybe ones who aren't quite big enough for the NEC/NIA yet but still well known.
The Venue space - Very small and intimate, which I love. You tend to be able to talk to the performers after the show, and even in the back seats you feel ever so close. However seating is chairs arranged on the floor and aren't tiered, so you do get to see rows of heads in your way if you're stuck at the back.
Acoustics - not brilliant. The small space is not intended for music, and even though the intimate setting is enjoyable for the audience, it is not such a positive experience for artists. My mum and I saw Martyn Joseph here a while ago, but when we met him at a recent event and asked him to return, he told us how bad he'd found the acoustics and sound. What a shame!
Toilets - Very good, large and enough room, there's not too bad a queue for the ladies in the interval and they always seem to be clean.
Drinks - Good choice of wines, beers and soft drinks. Can be expensive on peak nights - when my friend and I went to a Burlesque night in August, it cost £15 for a bottle of rose. Eek!
Food -The Glee Club serves food, from chips to full meals to eat while watching the show or before. I've only ever tried the chips so can't really comment on the quality of the food as whole, but it seems to be served quickly, hot, and the chips were decent!
Note - the Glee club is an 18-plus venue, so even if they're not drinking under 18s cannot watch any shows put on at the venue. They are quite stringent on ID so take note anyone who was planning on taking their brother/sister/daughter/son along to a gig.
Summary: Fantastic for a fairly cheap night out, comedy, music and shows - ace!
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