Inside Independent Venue Week's crusade to save the grassroots circuit

Ben Homewood

Steve Lamacq’s battered cherry red Doc Martens look like they’ve seen hundreds of gigs. The latest was the most emotional he’s ever been to.

On January 28, Eddie & The Hot Rods played The Square in Harlow, as the venue opened its doors for one last time before closing down.

The Square had been a regular haunt for Lamacq since he moved to the Essex new town as an 18-year-old journalism student touting his own fanzine in 1984, and he ...

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