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30 October 2009

Watch a band at Bush Hall

Very occasionally in writing this website, your author comes up with an idea and thinks, "I must have done that before". This is very much the case with Bush Hall, in Shepherd's Bush.

Bush Hall was built in 1904-5 by a publisher called W.C. Hurndall, as one of three such halls built for each of his 3 daughters. This Hall was his favourite, not least because he kept a flat upstairs for his mistress. It is constructed using steel girders, which helped it survive the blitz, and since then the hall has been a dance hall, a soup kitchen, a bingo hall and rehearsal space, used by Adam Faith, Cliff Richard and The Who, and a snooker club.

It was restored and opened in 2001 by Charlie Raworth and Emma Hutchinson, the present owners, andnot its Edwardian plasterwork and d├ęcor, and Austrian lead crystal chandeliers play host to substantial amounts of national and west London musical talent.

In recent times, it has played host to the likes of Courtney Love, Gnarls Barkley, The Winehouse, The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Lily Allen, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, R.E.M., Scissor Sisters and the Sugababes. To see who is on next, visit http://www.bushhallmusic.co.uk/.

^Picture from flickr courtesy of dearbarbie^

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