The 100 Club will no longer share stage times to any gig they put on.
The 100 Club’s original name was the Feldman Swing Club before it changed in 1964 and it has been hosting concerts for 77 years.
The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Who, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Eric Clapton and The Kinks have played in the London venue over the decades.
The management of the famous 350-capacity Oxford Street club said they will no longer share stage times so gig goers wouldn’t just turn up for the headline act.
“The 100 Club will no longer share stage times to any gig we put on. We want to support all bands that play here and so would like people to watch the support acts too. It’s a great way to discover new music.”
Many gig goers quickly praised the policy announcement on social media.
Ashely Greb Photography twitted: “Having “discovered” some incredible support bands whilst photographing at The 100 Club, I think this is a fine decision. More venues should do likewise.”
While another compared going to concerts just for the main act as being “like turning up at half time for a football match.”
However, Jeff Horton, the venue owner, is now rethinking the plan after its announcement sparked debate amongst its followers.
Some people noted that the new policy could create problems for people with disabilities or those who suffer from anxiety.
One person tweeted: “This policy is really not good for disabled people, who may rely on stage times in order to a) organize transport and b) may not be able to just hang out for the entire time.”
“Having a disability and accessing venues is an exercise in planning, which I think this policy disrupts.”
Another wrote: “I like to find out stage times so that I can turn up for the support act. Given I have to travel in from outside, if I don’t know when they’re on, there’s a good chance I’ll miss them. I’m not turning up at Doors though just to hang around for 3 hours!”
“I thought it was a really good idea. But quite obviously there are a lot of people out there who don’t,” Horton recently stated.
The 101 Club’s owner continued: “To be fair I’ve looked at a lot of the comments. They came from people who are genuinely concerned about babysitters, living a long way from central London and disability access.”
”We are obviously going to rethink what we’re going to do and try and find some middle ground,” he continued.
“We didn’t expect such a reaction to the statement made about no longer announcing stage times at the 101 Club. Some people felt angry and concerned. The sole intention was to support the supports. Nothing else. We will find a solution.”
“In my heart of hearts, I would love to see more support for support bands. They’re our next generation of big bands coming through… I didn’t mean to tell people they have to be there.”
The venue promised to make a further statement soon.
Keep up with all that is going on at The 100 Club on their Facebook page here.