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About Big Note Live
"acoustic feel, electric vibe"™   

What is Big Note "Unplugged and Acoustic"?
It all began as the BIG NOTE Club at London's famous Hope and Anchor on Sunday 1st March 1998. Since then Big Note has expanded to five nights a week in different venues around London.
Each night features unplugged performances from original songwriters ranging from solo artists to full electric bands.

Whatever the line up, the aim of the night is always to provide an exciting show of eclectic song making talent. All this takes place live in the intimate and vibrant Big Note atmosphere.

When is it?
Current Big Note live shows are;

"Big Note at the Hope and Anchor"
Every Wednesday and Sunday
Islington, 207 Upper St. London N1
(see about the Hope below)

"Big Note in The Red Room at the Comedy"
Every Monday (excluding Bank Holidays) and every Friday
The Red Room at The Comedy Pub, 7 Oxenden Street, Piccadilly Circus, W1 is an intimate basement venue, capacity of 100. It has a great sound, lights, stage, bar and food available, located between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus opposite Planet Hollywood. There is also due to be an in house drum kit and bass amp available to hire.
Mondays have a more acoustic/unplugged feel with Fridays being driven by full on electric sets

"Big Note at the Caernarvan"

Every Saturday (acoustic then electric sets then DJ's until 1.30 am Party ON!)
Big Note at The Caernarvon Castle, 7 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AA (just by the Lock) capacity 150 cool stage, good PA, monitors, lights. Late bar.
Doors 7 pm - 1.30 am Price £6/5 Early acoustic sets followed by electric band sets.

There is NO "pay to play" at Big Note venues.

To perform at

If you would like to perform email us a link to your website so we can hear your music on line or post your CD or tape to;

Big Note,
c/o Marc Johnson,
243 Upper Street,
N1 1RU.

To E-mail go to the contact us page.
(Please state in your correspondence how you heard about Big Note)

FFI contact: Marc Johnson on (+44) 020 7704 2689 / 07981140753

A bit about the Hope and Anchor.
We at Big Note are privilege to base our club at London's famous Hope and Anchor, Islington. The Hope and Anchor is one of London's only surviving venues with any true infamy and history.
During the mid-seventies, as one of the main punk rock venues, and beyond it has always staged gigs by the new artists of the time including;- The Police, Elvis Costello, The Stranglers, Madness, U2, The Cure, Joy Division, Ash and loads more.

What is so special for us, is that these artists all follow in the tradition of great contemporary songwriting and our shows here are based in the very room where they all performed earlier on in their careers (which is possibly the most exciting time to see and discover any artists). We are in one of the few surviving venues that "gave a chance to", enabled and helped those acts to develop - which is exactly what Big Note is about!

Click here to see a review of Big Note live, what's on at our shows or here to see the Archive list of performers at Big Note events.

Steed. Joan Coffey.
John Melinson.
The Hordes.
All images © M. Johnson