Without question one of the UK’s legendary music venues, the Half Moon Putney is steeped in live music history. This famous pub has been visited by generations of British musicians and fans alike, and continues to host both grass roots bands and world famous acts 7 nights a week. Over the past few years the venues future has been uncertain as it has struggled with growing debt and financial worries, but has recently been saved from an almost certain closure by overwhelming public support and a growing internet campaign to save the historic site. Fans petitioning to save the Half Moon included Elvis Costello, Nick Cave and the Jam, all of whom played the bars small stage in their early careers.
The Venues notoriety began with its folk and blues sessions starting in the early 60’s and helped the pub become the centre of the emerging British folk scene. Since that time it’s seen some of the biggest names in live music; The Rolling Stones, The Who, U2, Bo Diddley, Kasabian, The Yardbirds, and many of the legends of the folk and blues scene.
Resident bands and musicians at the Half Moon have always drawn large support from local fans, with many of the Half Moon’s resident acts going onto international success. Resident acts have included Elvis Costello, Steve Marriot, John Martyn, Tim Rose and Roy Harper. Among the more memorable appearances on the pubs small stage there has been U2’s first UK tour and Kate Bush’s first ever public performance. Visitors can come in for a pint at any time and browse the hundreds of framed portraits and memorabilia of visiting bands that line the walls.
If you are planning on seeing some up and coming local musicians at the Half Moon why not first visit www.musicmagpie.co.uk and get some extra cash for your old CD albums. Old CDs you no longer listen to can be turned into cash for a great night out.