Southsea’s Wedgewood Rooms could win award

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ONE of the most popular music venues in Southsea has been nominated for a national award by the NME.

The Wedgewood Rooms in Albert Road, which is known to thousands of fans as the Wedge, has been shortlisted in the music magazine’s search for Britain’s Best Small Venue.

Music lovers voted for the club on a website to secure its place on the short list.

Entries will be judged on their building and the music scenes they encourage in a bid to find the venue that goes that extra mile for fans and bands alike.

The search was launched to support small venues after the closure of the clubs Luminare, in London, and Jilly’s Rockworld, in Manchester, to show their importance in encouraging new music talent.

According to an umbrella body for the industry, UK Music, around 50 community pubs a week are being forced to close their doors because of economic problems.

Over the next four weeks the Wedge will be given promotional packs to encourage punters to go online and vote for it before a winner is selected from each region in the UK.

These winners will then form a list from which an overall winner will be selected for Britain’s Best Venue by an NME-assembled panel of experts, including artists, promoters and agents. The winner will work with NME to host a celebration later in the year. See nme.com