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The best music venues in London: Scala

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Although the venue has vacillated between use as a picturehouse and concert hall (along with brief stretches as an aeroplane parts factory and demob labour exchange), the Scala’s one consistent trait has been its lack of respect for authority.

The famous images of Iggy Pop for the cover of ‘Raw Power’ were taken during a Stooges show here in 1972, and its stint as a cinema was ended after Stanley Kubrick sued it into bankruptcy for showing ‘A Clockwork Orange’.

Nowadays, it’s one of the most rewarding venues to push your way to the front of for those cusp-of-greatness shows by big names in waiting.
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