It’d be fair to say that the The Garage in Highbury has been a pretty damn important venue in the lives of a fair majority of the Thrash Hits team. It was there many years ago as spotty teenagers that the rock’n’roll bug really bit us, when we witnessed One Minute Silence spark a near-riot there (the result of which was the then-owners of the venue banning the band from their network of venues for years). Well, The Garage may have changed hands since then, but it’s grown up with us – since those day darks The Garage has gone through a snazzy refit, and this month they’re celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month. To mark this occasion, not only are there a load of pretty damn awesome gigs going on at the venue, but they’ve given us a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky Thrash Hits reader to Pelican’s headline show there on Wednesday night. Bloody hell, that’s tomorrow!
The Garage has played host to some of our favourite gigs of the last five years. In the last 12 months alone we’ve reported on shows there from Cult of Luna, Thy Art Is Murder, Paramore, and Turbowolf, and over the life of Thrash Hits we’ve seen classic shows from the likes of Evile, Rolo Tomassi, TesseracT, Earthtone9, Black Spiders and…err…The Mosh Lives! Tour (c’mon, they can’t all be classics).
But hey, look! Here’s a press quote we were sent from Dean James, CEO of MAMA & Company, aka the people who operate The Garage, regarding the anniversary:
“The Garage is a venue steeped in musical history and the last 20 years have seen some incredible acts take to the stage. With this anniversary we are celebrating the diversity of artists and the venue’s value to the London live circuit, and we hope you’ll join us to relive some of your memories and make some new ones.”
Those anniversary shows include Wintersun (that’s tonight, so you better not sleep on that one if folk-power-prog is your thing), the aforementioned Pelican show tomorrow night, Torche on Monday 19 August, and Braid’s Songkick Detour-induced Braid re-union show on Saturday 27 July. But hey, let’s get back to talking about winning two tickets for that Pelican show – that’s why you’re reading this, after all.
Because we need to tell the people over at The Garage who’s won this competition by the end of today, we’re not mucking about with that fancy competition widget we normally use. In order to be in with a chance of winning, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “I want to go see Pelican at the Highbury Garage FOR FREE” and tell us what was the best gig you’ve ever seen at the Highbury Garage was and why. TOO LATE, THE COMPETITION IS CLOSED. Never been to the Highbury Garage? Tell us what the best gig there is that you missed. And also SHAME ON YOU for not going to more gigs. Live too far away from the Highbury Garage to realistically have never been to a show there? Then we’re not entirely sure why you’re checking out this competition. It’s pretty much London-and -the-surrounding-areas specific.
Usual rules apply – no multiple entries, you must be over 18 to enter, and you must be able to come down to the show in London on the night of Wednesday 17 July 2013. No travel expenses or anything else gets paid – the prize is entry to the gig for you and a friend and that’s it – but if you see our Deputy Editor Hugh there, you can ask him to buy you a beer as a reward for reading our site and he will. You’ve got until 6pm tonight to get your answers in. Chop chop!