The Half Moon Makes NME Award Shortlist

Only last year it was threatened with closure!


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As part of a new campaign to "Keep Live Music Alive" NME is on the hunt to find BRITAIN'S BEST SMALL VENUE - the grass-roots pubs and clubs that are the beating heart of this country's music scene.

NME reaches over one million music fans every week. It is the longest published and most respected music weekly in the world. Every week it gives its readers the most exciting, most authoritative coverage of the very best in contemporary music, as well as a regular look back through the magazine's incredible 58 year heritage.

The campaign comes after research by UK Music discovered around 50 pubs are closing each week because of the troubled economy and strict licensing laws, which is impacting heavily on the country’s live rock scene.

NME editor Krissi Murison pictured left said most successful bands would not have got where they are today without the help of small venues. “They play an extremely important role in nurturing talent, which NME is very proud to support,” Murison added. “It’s in all of the UK music industry’s interest for small venues to prosper.”

The Half Moon Putney was notified by the NME yesterday that they had been shortlisted for the competition along with 4 other venues in the London category.

Carrie Davies, of The Half Moon said:
"This time last year we were still celebrating the fact that The Half Moon didn't close and to be shortlisted for such an award only a year later is incredible. We are so lucky to have such loyal supporters, from our regular customers to the great bands that play here"

The Half Moon is determined to continue to book live music 7 nights a week and prides itself on booking an eclectic mix of bands and artists from 60s Soul Legends to the next big thing.

To cast your vote just go to and click on the venue that you think deserves this award! Voting closes on 10 June 2011


May 18, 2011