Like its sister store in W11, the East End addition to the RT stable welcomes live performers of pretty much every persuasion and boasts not only more space and a café, but also – far more importantly – a purpose-built stage, with standing room in front sensibly factored into the planning. Gigs happen early in the evening (usually 7pm) and admission is more often than not free (with a pre-collected wristband) or free with purchase of the new album by whoever's playing. Sets are shorter than a regular gig and there can be long queues for bigger named acts, but then, who wouldn't queue to see free sets from the diverse likes of Blur, Marianne Faithful and Vampire Weekend?
Rough Trade East
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|Venue name:||Rough Trade East||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||8am-9pm Mon-Thu; 8am-8pm Fri; 10am-8pm Sat; 11am-7pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Aldgate East/Shoreditch High St Overground|
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