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9 August 2009

Watch a band at the Shepherds Bush Empire

The Shepherds Bush Empire, on Shepherds Bush Green, was built like many of London's major music venues as a music hall. It was competed in 1903 and served as a music hall until it became the BBC Television Theatre in 1953. Only as recently as the early nineties did the BBC leave, and consequently it reached the most recent phase of its evolution, opening as a music venue.

So, the venue where you can now watch the greats of popular music was once used to film The Generation Game, The Basil Brush Show, Juke Box Jury, This is Your Life, Jim'll Fix It and Wogan. Rock and Roll!

The Empire has a capacity of 2,000 and since its reincarnation it has played host to more bands than it would be possible to mention, including Blur, Kylie Minogue, The Buzzcocks, Radiohead, David Bowie, Elton John, Smashing Pumpkins and The Rolling Stones.

To find out who is on next, visit http://www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk/.

^Picture from Flickr courtesy of Mark Hilary^

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