Welwyn Garden City pub music venue turns up the volume

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 February 2018

Picture: Mangaka Maiden

Picture: Mangaka Maiden

Mangaka Maiden

Welwyn Garden City’s music mavens are planning to revive the glory days of The Doctor’s Tonic’s upstairs music venue.

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Music promoter David Himbury is shaking things up at The Green Room, the venue where he had his very first gig.

He and his all-new team of engineers and floor staff are hoping to bring regular live gigs - and the people who love them - back to the venue.

He said: “The ultimate ambition will be to make it the most respected music venue in Hertfordshire.”

In the 2000s, the Green Room’s previous promoter Jimy Mungo kept the place rocking, particularly among the alternative music scene. However, despite the place’s high quality acoustic setup, things quietened down after Jimy left.

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David, 25, said: “That was the crying shame, it really is a fantastic thing, but it wasn’t being used.

“And that’s what we want to change.”

The aim is to ensure that there is a high standard gigging venue for a wide range of music styles, from pop punk, new wave, folk, heavy metal, blues, to rockabilly.

While they will welcome covers bands, David’s team wants to focus on bands playing their own music - whether they are just starting out or highly in demand.

David said: “There are a lot of bands in this area that are on the lookout for gigs, and we want them to come to us, to feel welcome and to feel comfortable.

“We’ve always had a slogan: keep the music live,” he added.

“If we don’t give these bands a line-up, eventually there’ll be no bands at all.”

David has lived in Welwyn Garden City most of his life, and at the tender age of 20, the ex-Stanborough School pupil took to the Green Room’s stage with his first band, Rough Justice.

He went on to cut his teeth putting music events on as a promoter for five years in London, but he had always wanted to bring the music back to Welwyn Garden City.

Armed with their ideas, he and technician Tim Milner approached Natalie McDonagh, the Doctor’s Tonic’s landlady, and got her blessing to turn up the volume.

“It sounds like a cliche, but it’s true - to be given the privilege to do this practically in my own home town it honestly is a dream come true.

Upcoming gigs include a heavy metal night on February 16 featuring Tytan, Kaine, Satan’s Empire and Atomic Sundown; and rockabilly band The Zipheads playing alongside Brocker, The Blissetts, and The 924s on February 17.

Details of these and future events can be seen at www.facebook.com/thegreenroomwgc

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