Monday, March 25, 2002

I haven't written anything much about Manchester for a little while, but here's an article (via lostharbour) about the Smiths tribute night that happens every so often at the Star and Garter pub near Piccadilly Station.

Funnily enough we're going to see the author, Dave Haslam, dj at the 24 Hour Party People launch party at the Paradise Factory on Wednesday. Anyhow, despite a couple of inaccuracies (i.e. there was never a Belle & Sebastian tribute night there, it was simply the venue for the aftershow party when they played at the Town Hall a few years back), it paints a grimly accurate picture of what a dump the Star & Garter is. I hate that pub. I have certain standards I guess - like heating in winter, some form of toilet paper and a loo door. And who likes to go somewhere you can only trust the bottled drinks?

However the bf has a strange fondness for the place - because he knew it when a night called Smile was in its heyday. When 200 people are having a blast, I guess the venue doesn't matter.


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