Unusual Venues: Trains

Following on from our recent post about venues that are also boats, we've uncovered a host of venues and events connected, in some way, to the railway.

Many are carved from railway arches or sit as part of a station, some take place on trains or involve them - and yes, we've thrown in a handful called 'The Railway' too.

If you work at a venue, rail-related or otherwise, and don't currently send us your listings, drop us a note at blog@ents24.com to get set up!

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Indietracks Festival

No railway-themed venue piece is complete without a mention of Indietracks - a festival based around Ripley's Midland Railway, with bands frequently spotted playing acoustic sets aboard the steam trains themselves. This year's event, taking place on July 24th -26th, boasts The Go! Team and Cinerama amongst its lineup.

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The Tunnels, Bristol alt At the time of writing there are 20 events coming up at The Tunnels including singer/songwriters, Northern Soul nights and some tribute acts.

Cargo, London alt We currently have 7 events coming up at Cargo, covering new bands and cutting edge music of all styles - including Cure-influenced four piece Deadcuts and the brash, modern pop of Ben Khan

Gorilla, Manchester alt

A mighty 50+ events coming up at this popular Manchester nightspot including gigs from Skream, Ward Thomas (a sublime country duo we caught last weekend in London), formidable instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar and more!

Railway Venue, Bolton

There's a blend of tribute acts (including the supremely-titled Crowded Scouse) and original artists playing here in the coming weeks!

East Lancashire Railway

49 events currently await you on the East Lancashire Railway - everything from cream tea afternoons to murder mysteries, not the mention the 'Rail Ale Trail'.

The Vaults, London

Situated under Waterloo station, The Vaults pick up the mantle from former subterranean venues Old Vic Tunnels and the legendary Shunt Vaults.


...also, a surprisingly high number of venues have railway in their name - chances are there's one not far from you. Here are a few highlights!

The Railway Inn, Winchester

Winchester's main stop-off for live music, renowned for hosting a clutch of early shows by one of Winchester's best known musical sons, Frank Turner, as well as Ed Sheeran and Angelos Epithemou

The Railway Tavern, Bristol

The Railway Rifle Club, Portsmouth

The Railway, Ipswich

The Great Northern Railway Tavern, London

The Railway Hotel, Sheffield

The Railway Inn, Leicester

...and finally, the band Train must have heard we were planning this blog post, as they're handily playing some huge shows around the UK later this month! Very good of them.

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