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Under 20 miles away from Central London in the Hertfordshire city of St Albans, is an independent music venue that’s nurtured some of the biggest artists that have graced British music in recent years. Here’s what you need to know about The Horn…
Address: Victoria Street, St Albans, AL1 3TE
Telephone Number: 01727 853143
Originally a hotel called The Railway, the venue first started to host live music by hosting the occasional band throughout the ’60s before becoming a public house in the ’70s, changing its name to The Horn of Plenty. The pub started putting on live music and was rebranded as The Horn Reborn in 1994. In 2007, the venue was refurbished again, becoming known simply as The Horn. in 2012 The Horn went through yet another refurbishment making it one of the premiere live music venues on the touring circuit.
How many people does it hold?
Who has played there?
Friendly Fires, Motorhead, Bastille, U2, Slaves, Years & Years, Newton Faulker and loads more!
Has there been any “I was there” moments?
Chrissie Hynde playing what was her first ever solo show in 2014, with support from a hardcore punk band. Early shows by Bastille, Years & Years, Slaves, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and the venue that played a major part in helping local acts like Enter Shikari, The Subways and Gallows. Don Broco choose to come back to do an intimate secret Reading and Leeds festival warm-up show this year, with a raucous performance.
How do I get there?
The venue is a stones throw away from St Albans City train station. London St Pancras is a 20-minute train journey away.
Where should I eat?
The venue itself does a range of highly rated burgers. Some are even music themed! We recommend the Red Hot Chilli Burger. If you’ve got more of a sweet tooth, The Pudding Stop pairs craft beers and wine with a range of items that are sure to make your dentist mad at you.
Where can I stay?
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Due to the size of the venue, everyone in the audience gets a good view and sound of the bands playing, but get in the room early to make sure that you get near the bar!
Where can you carry on the party?
The Horn! The venue stays open until midnight Sunday-Thursday and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays so you can dance the night away.
Find The Horn tickets at www.ticketweb.co.uk/thehorn