This former BBC theatre is far and away the best thing about Shepherd's Bush, holding 2,000 standing or 1,300 seated with decent sound everywhere (except the alcove behind the stalls bar). The Empire's gig roll puts many bigger contenders to shame: David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Erasure, Elton John, Smashing Pumpkins and The Rolling Stones have all played here, though the most widely reported event took place on March 10 2003, when Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines caused uproar by declaring on stage that she was 'ashamed the President of the United States [George W Bush] is from Texas'.
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The Empire is one of those places that bands do before they move up to Arenas. As a result you tend to see hot acts in a reasonably intimate space.
The decor is victorian theatre which is all a bit glam. It's normally standing downstairs with two levels of seating above.
Naturally we went for staying on our last visit to see American redneck rockers The Cadillac Three. What a great gig.
This was perfect venue for them. About 2000 fans roaring approval and singing along to the big anthems.
Great sound and lights - security not too bullish and a cloakroom that works well so you can strip down a few layers on a winters night.
If there's one criticism , the bars downstairs struggle to cope on a busy night. Be prepared to wait.
Otherwise this is a top venue for live music. One I will return to many times.
So many artists I've seen here especially jamiroquai back in the day,and a short walk home after. Sweet