Shepherds Bush Empire
Shepherds Bush, London
56 Shepherds Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8TT
- Shepherd's Bush Market Tube Station (Hammersmith & City) (0.2 km)
- Goldhawk Road Station (0.2 km)
- Shepherds Bush Station (Overground) (0.4 km)
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020 8740 1515
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28 reviews of Shepherds Bush Empire in English
Toilets are like any place of this type, but not as bad as some. All in all I had a great night watching the gig and would happily go back to see something else here. Holds a thousand I would say.
Not really my favourite venue in London. The size capacity is good, but if you’re stuck at the back, the low hanging ceiling just intrudes on your view. The sound isn’t too great either,. Get in early to make sure you’re not trying to stand on tiptoes at the back.
Probably my favourite venue in London. Always a good time here. Lacking on the beer front as all AMG venues are but the venue macks up for this with great sound system and views. Staff can be a little forceful sometimes and the toilets leavev a little to be desired but hey it;s RocknRoll
went here to see nz shapeshifter and had a great night. the venue is big enough for a good crowd without being overly packed. still had room to move and it wasnt too hot and stuffy either. could get close to the stage as well but even from near the back you could still see the stage.
I was absolutely shocked to enter this space and find out how adorable it is! From the outside it looks a bit...shabby, but the interior is lovely - older, but darling. We had balcony seats for a recent show, and the theatre didn't seem to have a bad seat in the house. Like always, drinks are pricey, but not as bad as Hammersmith Apollo. I'd definately check out more shows there!
I went to Shepherds Bush Empire a few times arealdy to see live music. I really like the atmosphere, the place itself and the fact that you never feel crammed in this place. The venue is cool, within a beautiful old theatre and has a couple of bar areas inside too. It's worth a try.
I'm not too sure about the quality of the sound there to be honest though. It always feel that the music is always louder than the microphone, and the singer ends up screaming the lyrics out instead of actually singing them.
Went here to see PLan B.
Unlike the Hammersmith Apollo where it is like a Sauna, the Bush empire is a quality venue to watch live acts.
Up stairs has a nice bar with some funky seats.
I even got to meet Plan B himself up stairs.
i have been here when i saw Chromeo.At first glance the empire looked like your local community town hall and didn't have a certain vibe to it.Don't get me wrong i was totally hyped up for the gig but the staff was taking a damn look time opening doors and thought we weren't going in.i was right at the front and just wanted to go inside especially with autumn night weather!the spot where the venue is isn't really convinient for people to be dropped off as it is in the corner of the shepherd bush green and where traffic lights stop and go so there was alot of traffic gained.once inside,there was at least 3 levels.had to go to the top level.it did become daunting because me and height often didnt go well but i was really surprised to how close up we were to the stage even though we were the furthest.it did give me that intimate feel.i almost forgot i was the on the 3rd level and soon as the band came up the vibe was uplifting and couldn't get enough of the music and bearing in mind i havent been to a live concert before this.there was a bar vacated near where me and my bf were so we didn't have to fiddle around going downstairs to get a drink...it does get too hot quickly but i guess that accounts for the dancing i did.would love to go there again.was going to...because i wanted to see Temper Trap but they are sold out!
This venure is small enough to capture the audience, but roomy enough to feel like a proper concert. Nestled between a rather grubby Walkabout and an O'Neils there's no shortage of palces to carry on after as long as quality isn't top of the list. I've seen quite a few decent international acts here and find it's pretty easy to get to with the central, H&C and overland lines all nearby with quite a few bus options too. If you don't have a ticket there's always a huddle of scouts yelling to buy or sell tickets so worth a try on the fly if it's not your best band.
My favourite gig venue in London, and not just because I can walk there from home- I used to love it when travelling from South East London! When the right act is playing it can generate a spellbinding atmosphere, and the two greatest concert-going experiences of my life have been in this venue. The first was Gillian Welch- bluegrass country that kept the entire 1,500+ crowd in complete stupefied silence lest we miss a single note- a spine-tingling experience in such a large venue. The second was KRS-ONE (of “Sound of the Police” fame) who played his first gig in London for 10 years and had the place heaving and sweating on a Wednesday night like nothing else I’ve ever experienced in this notoriously hard to please town for gigs.
There are down-sides- the drinks are a poor selection and poured from a can AND over-priced! In fact- getting a drink can puncture the whole experience! But the venue itself has good sound and a great sense of history to it and having been to gigs here for the best part of 12 years with other classics such as Finlay Quaye and Toots and the Maytals in the mix, its a venue that, along with the now torn down Astoria (RIP) and the Brixton Academy will always be associated with some great experiences for me personally.
I went there to see The Damned a couple of years ago. Wheelchair access is arranged through a side door and the bring out the ramps for you. You then get led up to a viewing area above the bar where you can pass down some dosh in exchange for being presented with some reasonably cold beer in a plastic glass. Don’t drink too many because getting to the lav through the throngs of people behind you is a nightmare when you are in a wheelchair. You do get a good view of the stage though. All in all I would go down there again if there was someone worth seeing.
Go level 1 if you want relaxed seats and a good bar. Even better if there is an after party and you can blag an invite.
Standing is ace - my fave spot is to left, near bar (so easy for my round) slightly to rear. Mosh pit accessible if needed and an ace view…
Scene of so many favourite gigs, going back to Wheezer/Echobelly double header in 96
Great venue with old-school decor and good acoustics. Its facing onto a bit of a park area so its a great place to chill after a gig. Not impressed with the Guinness-outta-a-can setup they got goin though. Perhaps a heavily-biased opinion!
Shepherds Bush Empire commands some great acts to come and perform here, and inside it’s comfortingly retro. Maybe retro is not the right word, rather it has not been redecorated so has really lovely, plush, comfy old seats you can melt into.
For standing, though, the floor can get sticky with all the drinks people drop, but that’s the same anywhere really.
Drinks are average price for this sort of venue, and are decanted into plastic cups before you’re allowed to take them away.
The toilets are ok; nothing wonderful but not too bad. The stewarding staff are provided by a company who has been there for years and they know the place inside out; their customer service could be friendlier though.
The atmosphere is electric and intimate when the audience is fully loaded into the seats/floor and the artist is on stage, and there is not a single bad view in the building.
It’s easy to get home from here, with bus stops literally outside, and the 2 Shepherds Bush tube stations 5 minutes walk away. Buses go both into town and into Middlesex from here.
I really enjoyed my first visit to Shepherds Bush Empire on Sunday night. It was a very intimate welcoming venue and wherever you sit or stand you are never too far from the stage. It has not been modernised or decorated for quite some time but for me this just added to the charm. I will definitely be looking at their line-up for any more good gigs.
Shepherd’s Bush Empire is another nice, intimate music venue in London along with Hammersmith Apollo and Brixton Academy.
I find that it is a bit awkward to get to on the tubes though, personally. The venue itself, however, is very nice. The sound’s good and you have a great view from everywhere, though I always prefer to stand on the floor and be right in the middle of it.
There are lots of places to eat around Shepherd’s Bush green which is very convenient.
Overall, Shepherd’s Bush Empire is a great music venue, but I’m not too keen on the location. It’s worth going for the right artist though!
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