This week, we find out more about The Bulls Head Alton.
We spoke to Landlord, James Miller, who tells us all about their incredible venue, what they've got coming up, and how they're moving towards becoming the best small venue in the Midlands...
- The Bulls Head Alton, 2 High Street, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 4AQ
- Established: 2017
- Capacity: 120
To start us off, tell us a little bit about yourself and the venue...
The Bulls Head Alton reopened in June 2017 after a huge refurbishment, I run the business and handle all band bookings.
We host some of the best rock, blues, folk and Americana bands currently touring.
How many gigs or club nights a week do you host?
We only average around two gigs a month and the artists are carefully selected, mostly bands or artists I love listening to and know my customers will love.
Our first gig really fell into our lap, a lad walked into the bar one day and he just looked like he was in a band. I got talking to him and he said he was in a band called The Wandering Hearts. Weirdly, I had just heard their first single on Radio 2. I asked (frontman) AJ to play that night and amazingly he agreed. The Wandering Hearts have gone on to book major UK tours since and have signed to Decca Records.
Photo: Luke H Photography.
Which band that played your venue deserved/deserves to be better known than they are?
We hosted Jared and The Mill all the way from Phoenix, Arizona. They do really well in the US, but really are an unknown in the UK. They play high energy Americana and are one of the best bands you haven't heard of.
What's the best show you've put on recently?
We hosted famed slide guitarist Joey Landreth back in September 2018. This was our first ticketed event as well, so I really didn't know how it was going to go. Pleased to say it was an amazing sold-out show. He is coming back on Thursday 2nd May 2019, and tickets are available now >>
Are there any interesting facts/stories about the venue that people might not know, but should?!
Our venue is 320 years old and Grade 2 listed. To breath new life back into the building has been an absolute pleasure. I aim to make The Bulls Head one of the best small venues in the Midlands.