AWFUL VENUE from Salsababe, 14/04/14
Brilliant band almost ruined by the distorted sound due to terrible acoustics in the venue, which is ALWAYS the case in no.1 Academy no matter where you stand or who plays there (No 2 and 3 are smaller but ok) If I hadnt known the words to the songs I still wouldnt. UB40 are one band who, if anyone, ought to be able to overcome this problem but even they failed.. Not that that bothered the fans, most of whom were intoxicated and emotionally pumped up awaiting the bands appearance on stage to either notice or care. Also the heat in there was unbelievably hot, although the last concert I attended, a seated event with a very small audience in comparison, had the fans wrapped up in warm coats and struggling to keep warm. I guess this venue is fine for the student type clientele and associated bands (well to be fair it is a university building) but to really appreciate the music of decent bands then please dont waste your money going here. I will NEVER be tempted to go there again, much prefer the Apollo and the many other Manchester venues (bar the equally awful overpriced arena).