BRUDENELL Social Club and The Cockpit have been shorlisted in the NME's Britain’s Best Small Venue awards - and Confiderntial is urging our readers to back their cause.
The two hugely popular Leeds venues have made the shortlist in the North East section of the competition, run by the music weekly, and they need Leeds voters to help them win.
The competition sprang up after a number of famous smalll venues - like London’s infamous 100 Club, - either faced closure or went under, and the two Leeds clubs were nominated by local music fans.
“Confidential supports small venues as they are the lifeblood of the music industry, providing a platform for up and coming bands, so we really want our readers to vote for these two venues,” said Confidential editor Simon Binns.
As well as the regional prize, a panel of artists and experts will then pick one venue as the overall winner which will be declared Britain's Best Small Venue.
"We're not sounding the death-knell for small venues. We're showing them some love, and we're encouraging people – whether they be local fans or local councilors – to support these places as much as possible. We can't continue to see them being closed down," NME Editor Krissi Murison told Confidential.
Go to NME.COM/smallvenues for more information and to vote.