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The Horn Pub

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by James Gable (subscribe)
Musician, filmmaker and part-time bookseller.
Published August 30th 2012
Out with the old, in with the old and the new
The now refurbished music venue The Horn returns after surviving possible closure earlier in the year. Hoping to be more than an encore however, it promises to reawaken the musical soul and legacy of this historic establishment. Awarded both Music Pub of the Year and UK Entertainment Pub of the Year, The Horn has played its part in the rise of an abundance of musical talent, and Enter Shikari.

U2, Bert Jansch and Motorhead are among those to have graced this intimate stage in the past four decades and, if you take a moment to look around, you'll notice that the pub indulges in nostalgia with the quotes of Lennon, Presley and Hendrix offering a welcome distraction from the mere mortals accompanying you around the table. On another section of the wall hang the snapshots of those who have performed here as up and coming musicians including Newton Faulkner, Friendly Fires and more recently Turin Brakes.

The vein of nostalgia and worship for the musical greats doesn't stop at the decor, with some of the country's best tribute acts promising to get the dads and, dare I say granddads, up on to the dance floor to once again 'move like Jagger'; tributes to The Stones, Bowie and Madness are all booked for the coming months. It's not all counting the musical blesses of yesteryear however, with contemporary groups like Korda Marshall scheduled and a battle of the bands competition guaranteed to showcase some emerging talent.

The Horn offers plenty for young people on a weekend and once it's time to wind down there is even an acoustic cafe night every Sunday, which is now in its 14th year and offers a free drink to anyone willing to take the floor. Also, a monthly comedy night is sure to help release some tension, though it may be best to remain inconspicuous if you are on a first date.

Music can be the food of love, but if that's just not good enough The Horn also offers a classic selection of food with salads, sandwiches, and 8oz burgers all between 5 and 8. A 12" pizza can be yours for under a tenner and if flat, disc-shaped objects turn you on, you'll be blushing when you see the menus, which are printed onto 7" and 12" vinyl; all helping to bring the best of the old and new together for a truly harmonious experience.
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Why? Experience a wealth of great music in a historic venue
When: Anytime
Phone: 01727 853143
Where: The Horn, Victoria Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 3TE
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