The Half Moon in Putney is one of London’s longest running, most prolific and well respected live music venues, having hosted a live performance, of musical and comedy variety every night since it opened its’ doors to the public in 1963.
As you’d expect from a popular music venue operating during the early years of what was to later become the British Invasion, it’s held early-days performances from musicians who have since gone on to shape the music industry world-wide. The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Small Faces, Kasabian, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, and Kate Bush (her first ever live performance.), have all graced The Half Moon’s small performance area, which holds only a little over 200 people. – A far cry from sold-out stadium gigs they would all later fill.
The Half Moon’s impressive history, combined with the authentic and signed memorabilia that covers almost every available inch of wall space has cemented this South London iconic venue as a favourite stomping ground for London’s most die-hard fans of classic rock.
Now, in an effort to continue to add to their already impressive list of performing greats, the Half Moon has partnered with Brixton Brewery to host their ‘New Moon’ event, which is described on their website as “A night of new music and discovery.” – You’ll see as many as five different sets from local up-and-coming performers each night, with each set granted a half hour or so slot on stage.
These are all artists still in the infancy of their creative career, with some having only played a handful of sets to a live audience before – which is a refreshing change from the already established and highly rehearsed pub-circuit bands you’ll see elsewhere. There’s a certain charm to see a performer adapt and change as they play, rather than stick to an already-proven song list interspersed with jokes they’ve told hundreds of times before. It’s a slight shame to see some performers duck out early after finishing their set – it’s a great networking opportunity missed, and sad not to see them return the support for other artists that are in exactly the same shoes.
New Moon takes place most, but not every Monday evening, and tickets are available from The Half Moons’ website, or can be purchased on the door for £2.50, which also includes a free can of beer (perks of partnering with a Brewery!) as you enter.
It’s an exciting night of live music, and one we’ll be keeping an eye on, and be looking to cover more specifically in the future.