The Glad is tiny, sixty capacity at a squeeze. We deal mainly with roots performers, but that’s a very wide brief in our opinion. Folk, alt-folk, indie folk, country, alt country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, rockabilly and all areas between the boundaries. We have no stage, we clear the furniture away from the back wall and set the band up there. We don’t mic any amps,or any kits, and we ask drummers to play with hotrods instead of sticks. We’re all musicians who run the place, we never charge in on the door, we know what circuit venues are like, and we know we don’t want our place to ever get like that. The room is intimate and intense, and sounds fantastic. Over the years we’ve had everyone from Larry Jon Wilson to Fionn Regan, Noah and the Whale, Ellie Goulding, James Vincent McMorrow, Dry The River, Findlay Brown and many more down here.

Because we’re completely independent we have no live music budget as many brewery supported venues have. In combination with a no door charge policy, it leaves us with not a lot of money to play with. We try to make up for it however by supplying backline to make travel easier, providing three free drinks per musician, and generally treating bands with the kind of respect that we’d expect when playing ourselves.

If you’d like to be considered to play here please contact us at gladbands@yahoo.co.uk with a link to a soundcloud, facebook, youtube or myspace site where we can hear what you do. Please don’t send or leave in any cd’s.