The Astoria

We really We really are in unprecedented times. As a tour guide I have had tours cancelled and future collaborations postponed. However, I sit here counting my blessings; as a teacher I still have an income and can still pay the rent. So compared to many of my fellow guides, artists and freelancers, I am in a fortunate situation.

This week we look at the history of the Astoria. A venue I have fond memories of. It is where is saw my first gig; Wishbone Ash, after my Dad persuaded security to let me in even though I was under age. Unfortunately this legendary venue has now closed as Soho changes beyond recognition.⁠

The Astoria has had many costume changes. It was first a warehouse before becoming a cinema and then a Ballroom. Finally it was opened as a nightclub and music venue in 1985. Since then numerous acts have played from within the walls: David Bowie, Generation X, Nirvana, Less Than Jake and Frank Turner to name a few.

Musical Mentions:

Each week I will be sharing with you some of the music related to the venue we have looked at and some of my favourite listens of the week.

Live from Astoria by Less Than Jake

Tape Deck Heart by Frank Turner - Polaroid Picture has a shout out to The Astoria.

Local Honey by Brian Fallon - Fallon’s third record is beautifully poetic.

Lightyear - Listen to a bit of Ska Punk to lighten your mood.