The Boileroom

13 Stoke Fields, Guildford GU1 4LS

Now firmly established as one of the best live music and arts venues in the South East, the Boileroom was a blast of fresh air for the indie-minded people of Guildford when it was brought screaming to life by a collective of creative types in 2006. The university town had long been lacking a decent live- and alternative-music joint of any real size, and this 300-capacity venue filled the vacuum nicely. Acts that have cut some rug on stage here include Ed Sheeran, Kate Nash, Foals, The Bronx, First Aid Kit and The Blockheads, Acoustic Ladyland, Newton Faulkner, The Boxer Rebellion, Pure Love, Glasvegas, Frank Turner, The Joy Formidable, Reemer, Belleruche and Mercury Award nominee Soweto Kinch. When there's no band action happening there's usually someone behind the decks, with guest DJs including Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division), David ‘Ram Jam’ Rodigan, and Kele from Bloc Party. The venue also does food and boasts an on-site noodle bar. Beyond the bricks and mortar of the Boileroom building itself, the people behind this project curate stages at events such as the Guildford Beer Festival and Redfest.

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