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In pictures: Classic cuts from 53 Degrees gigs

Posted on - 7th June, 2014 - 2:30pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Nostalgia, Photos, University
Friendly Fires performed 29 September 2008 in The Club before becoming a household name

Friendly Fires performed 29 September 2008 in The Club before becoming a household name

53 Degrees has announced it will be closing its doors to the public after Christmas and not booking any new gigs.

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We’re taking the opportunity to look back at some of the big names who have graced the stage in both the venues within the building.

The 1,500-capacity main venue has seen some huge names including the likes of Kasabian and one of its most famous shows – Dizzee Rascal came to town at the height of his rise to fame.

Upstairs the smaller venue, holding 400, has been a touring stop for many bands on the way up – or the way down – in the ebb and flow of the music industry.

We’ve been asking on our Facebook page for people’s favourite memories of gigs at the venue.

Here Andy Squire, one of the official photographers at the venue between 2007 and 2008, highlights some favourite snaps from a period when the venue was booking shows left, right and centre. He now shoots the likes of Bon Jovi at Wembley Stadium but has kindly had a rummage around for when he started his music photography career.

Noisettes 3 May 2007 in The Club Now a regular booking for major events like V Festival and T In The Park, Noisettes played a Promo night in The Club at the start of their career.

Noisettes 3 May 2007 in The Club
Now a regular booking for major events like V Festival and T In The Park, Noisettes played a Promo night in The Club at the start of their career.

Napalm Death 13 June 2007 in The Club

Napalm Death 13 June 2007 in The Club

We Are Scientists 5 November 2007 in The Venue

We Are Scientists 5 November 2007 in The Venue

Dizzee Rascal 15 February 2008 in The Venue The booking of Dizzee Rascal was one of the events that signalled 53 Degrees was a serious music venue, able to attract top talent.

Dizzee Rascal 15 February 2008 in The Venue
The booking of Dizzee Rascal was one of the events that signalled 53 Degrees was a serious music venue, able to attract top talent.

The Hoosiers 17 February 2008 in The Venue. They recently returned to play the club room.

The Hoosiers 17 February 2008 in The Venue. They recently returned to play the club room.

Frank Turner 11 May 2008 in The Club Frank Turner made several appearances at 53 Degrees, most as support for a main act. Less than four years after this picture was taken, he sold out Wembley Arena.

Frank Turner 11 May 2008 in The Club
Frank Turner made several appearances at 53 Degrees, most as support for a main act. Less than four years after this picture was taken, he sold out Wembley Arena.

The Subways 20 May 2008 in The Venue A 53 Degrees favourite, this was shot during The Subways' second appearance at the venue, filling The Venue after playing to a small crowd in The Club just nine months earlier.

The Subways 20 May 2008 in The Venue
A 53 Degrees favourite, this was shot during The Subways’ second appearance at the venue, filling The Venue after playing to a small crowd in The Club just nine months earlier. They return once more on Saturday 25 October 2014, tickets are £10.

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip 10 October 2008 in The Club

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip 10 October 2008 in The Club

The Streets 14 October 2008 in The Venue

The Streets 14 October 2008 in The Venue

Funeral For A Friend 22 October 2008 in The Venue

Funeral For A Friend 22 October 2008 in The Venue

What are your favourite gigs at 53 Degrees? Let us know in the comments below

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