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Black Country venues scoop top music industry awards
3:57pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A BLACK Country venue in the running for a national award has been pipped to top spot by a rival at Chelsea Football Club.
The Robin 2 in Bilston was runner up in the Live UK music business awards' category for Best Venue Teamwork Club (capacity under 800).
The Mount Pleasant club lost out to a venue called Under The Bridge which is built under one of the stands at Stamford Bridge, home of the premiership team in London.
Robin 2 owner Mike Hamblett said: “I would like to thank all the industry experts who nominated us and all public who voted.
"The presentation evening was a great event, and to come in runners-up from all the under-800 capacity venues in the UK, beaten by a venue owned by russian billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich, is no bad place to be.”
The Robin 2 has a proud track record in the awards, the club finished as runners up last year after winning in 2011.
Another venue from the region has also been celebrating after winning in the Best Venue Teamwork Theatre/Concert section.
Wolverhampton Civic Halls beat tough competition from St David’s Hall in Cardiff and O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London to take the prestigious gong.
Mark Blackstock, Wolverhampton Civic Halls head Of entertainment and events, said “The award is from the industry to our team at the Civic Hall proving that the council invests in our entertainments teams as well as confirming the place of Wolverhampton as a part of British rock and roll history”
The awards are designed to recognise excellence and talent among promoters, venue operators, festival organisers and agents, through to artist managers, brand impact and record label partnerships Nominees for the award were selected by a panel of Live UK specialists and winners were selected by a public vote.
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