Music Guide James Goad Music and Arts Guide The following document features a variety of different venues in Barnsley, which are good for live bands or DJs. This should be of use to any unsigned band wishing to get gigs in the area. Some places might pay to have a band, others don’t. It all depends on the quality/ size of the venue and how well known you are as a band or DJ. This is Butterfield’s Bar on Market Hill, Barnsley.
Tel: 01226 733854. It’s a trendy town centre bar, which serves a good range of food every day from 11am to 7pm. As far as evenings go, Wednesday is student night with two for one offers on all drinks and there is a DJ playing every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Butterfield’s also has bands playing sometimes when it is not a DJ night. Overall, It is a very clean and well-run bar. This is Bodegas Bar on Pitt Street, Barnsley.
Tel 01226 210220. Website – www.bodegas.co.uk. It is a lively student pub with Pool tables, Darts, two large TV screens and cheap drinks all the time. They have live bands every Wednesday, which are usually Rock or Heavy Metal in style. Chennell’s Bar on Pitt Street Barnsley. Tel 01226 210220.
A popular pub for meals and drinks due to the low prices and decent quality. The dcor is old-fashioned but this is still one of the busiest pubs in town due to the friendly staff and cheap drinks. It is not really a place where bands play often; however, It would be worth a try if you could not get gigs anywhere else. The Lord Nelson on Shambles Street, Barnsley. Tel 01226 737151.
A student friendly pub with cheap pints upon production of student ID. There is a quiet bar upstairs with a pool table and plenty of room for drinking and eating. Downstairs is a music bar with a dance floor, which is open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. It is a fairly good venue with plenty of room both on the dance floor and the stage area. Durty O’Dwyers Bar on Market Hill, Barnsley.
01226 786100.Website – www.odwyers.co.uk. An Irish theme bar with associated dcor and a good food menu from 11am to 3pm daily. It is a fairly small place with live bands on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. There is also a practice room upstairs for 10. Panama Joe’s is on Pitt Street, Barnsley. Tel 01226 771881. Website – www.deltacloud.co.uk.
It is an American theme bar with cheap drinks from Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm (most pints are around 1). Bands play here on an irregular basis, but it is not a bad venue. It’s a strangely shaped place for people to play; however the atmosphere is usually good. Sportz Bar on Wellington Street. Barnsley. Tel: 01226 248226.
www.deltacloud.co.uk. Primarily dedicated to sporting events, it has six plasma screens and the biggest single screen in Barnsley all showing sport action. However, bands have been known to play here. It is best to consider this pub as somewhere to try and get a gig if nowhere else is available to play. The Theatre on Wellington Street, Barnsley. Tel: 01226 77047.
Website – www.deltacloud.co.uk. This is the only theatre left in Barnsley and used to be the Royal Theatre until it closed in the fifties. However, it re-opened a few years ago and is as popular as ever. A great place for live bands to play on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The Ticket Office on Wellington Street, Barnsley. Tel: 01226 770474.
Website – www.deltacloud.co.uk. This is next to The Theatre and is a bit of an old man’s pub during the day. At night it usually plays chart and dance music, however, bands do play here sometimes. The Fealty and Firkin on Market Hill Barnsley. Unfortunately, I do not have a phone number or photograph for this pub. However, it has a great function room upstairs, which is of a decent size and has a bar. Bands often play here and there is a rock night on Friday nights.
There is also room to play downstairs but the function room is the best place. There is also a Jam Night on Tuesdays. The Tut’n’Shive Bar on Wellington Street. Again, I have no telephone number or photo (sorry). This is a fairly small place but with a good atmosphere. Bands play here on an irregular basis, apart from the Jam Night every Thursday.
Jam Nights are a great way to meet other musicians if you are new to the area or want to form a band (and you’ll probably get a free drink if you get up and play). Music Essays.