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*Header image: Alt J @ The Garage Feb 2018 – photographed by Andy Willsher*
Hip Hip Hooray! 🙌 The Garage turns a quarter of a century old this year and to celebrate, we’ve spoken to Holly and the team behind the North London powerhouse to find out their highlights. Check them out below.
Amidst all these celebrations, there is a serious undertone to this article. One of London’s best-loved grassroots music venues is under threat and we’re calling on you to show your support and ensure The Garage remains a staple of North London’s buzzing new music scene. So back the campaign to support The Garage – you can join the Friends of The Garage FB group here and use the hashtag #Garage25.
25th – 30th September 2017: Mystery Jets played a five-night retrospective going by the name ‘Jetrospective.’ It saw the band take on one of their albums in full each night – kicking off on September 25th with ‘Making Dens’ and culminating on September 30th with ‘Curve of the Earth.’ DIY attended the night of ‘Twenty One’, summarising it as a “celebration for one of their most beloved albums in a place it’s impossible to have any bad feelings at.”
22nd June 2013: The Killers rushed to The Garage after their show at Wembley to take over the stage at 1.30am. The Garage show announced at 8pm via Twitter, saw the band play 40 minutes of rarities and hits to a packed crowd of 800, having raced across town from playing to 70,000 fans at Wembley.
13th May 2017: Harry played his first ever solo London show at The Garage last year, a day after the release of his self-titled solo debut album. The gig was announced at 8am on the morning of the show and all proceeds went to the Little Princess Trust. The atmosphere was electric, and Harry said himself it was a night he won’t forget.
28th March 2018: Jack White celebrated the release of his new album Boarding House Reach with an intimate performance at The Garage. Jack requested that this be a ‘phone-free’ show in order to offer a ‘100% human experience,’ making this a truly unique show for all in attendance.
9th August 2018: Chart-topping house music producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones brought a very special show to The Garage this year which included a premiere of his short film. Tickets were completely free and it was great to see so many true fans packing out the venue to witness this unique show.
Feb 2018: The Rifles Five Night Stand. In celebration of the indie rock band’s musical career to date, The Rifles played a special week of one-off shows, performing one of their albums in full each night. We really enjoyed hosting this residency and celebrating the wealth of hits inside each of The Rifles’ albums.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
May 2002: The Garage is one of the smallest venues RHCP have ever played in the UK. Their 2002 setlist opened with By The Way and ended with Under The Bridge, with a career-spanning selection of tunes in between. It was also definitely the sweatiest The Garage has ever been.
20th Feb 2018: alt-J performed an intimate gig at The Garage as part of War Child BRITs week and their 90-minute set was flawless. The trio barely spoke during the show, instead choosing to treat the 600 fans who managed to get a ticket to as many songs as they could fit into that timespan.
14th March 2018: Tory Lanez played a sold-out Garage as part of his Memories Don’t Die: The Takeover tour. He brought out J Hus midway through the set as a special guest which rounded off an incredible performance from the Toronto native.
15th May 1993: we had to mention the first big name to play The Garage, Pulp. Jarvis and his crew took to the stage just a month after the venue opened, paving the way for the many other indie-rock bands that have taken to the same stage over the past 25 years.
Woah, so with a back catalogue like that, we can’t wait to see who plays next. Grab a ticket here.
Want to know more about The Garage? Check out our guide here.