Assembly beats off competition from London venues for award

A 1,000-capacity venue in Leamington Spa has been named the best in the UK by Music Week.

The Assembly beat off competition from London venues, such as the Shepherd's Bush Empire and the Lexington, to win the award, which is voted for by members of the music industry.

Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen redesigned the venue in 2008, restoring it to its art-deco glory.

Speaking to the BBC, promoter Chris Alexander said the award was partly down to the venue's independent nature.

"I think the fact that we're independent and it's the closest thing to a family-run venue I can imagine without actually being related to anyone."

"People like coming here. It's almost like coming to a family hotel or guest house but it happens to have a PA system and lights."

The venue, which hosts conferences and weddings, as well as music events, was first opened in 1926 and reopened in August 2008.

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