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“Tommy Emmanuel brilliant, venue disappointing”

Brewery Arts Centre
Ranked #6 of 41 things to do in Kendal
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Known nationally as a centre for world-class theatre, music, art and events, the Brewery has a 450 capacity music venue, three cinemas, two visual arts galleries, a drama studio, meeting rooms, a recently refurbished Grainstore restaurant, Warehouse Café, the famous Vats Bar, and a fantastic theatre seating 200.
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“Tommy Emmanuel brilliant, venue disappointing”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Initially, after arriving in Kendal for the first time ever, the Brewery Arts Centre seemed a welcome oasis. Really nice layout inside and out of an old converted building. A great cafe serving home made soup and good coffee at a reasonable price. Very homey. We had a good feeling that the evening's performance by Tommy Emmanuel, was going to be amazing.
After walking around Kendal during the afternoon and eating out, we arrived at the Malt Room in plenty of time for the concert. Finally we went in and I felt ' Oh ? '. There were fold out chairs arranged around a low ceilinged room with pillars every 10 feet or so. The stage was visible by moving your head left and right, around the pillars.
The warm up act was embarrassing. He seemed to be entertaining himself. He was a very good guitarist, not my taste, but I could see and hear the guy's skill. Maybe he should have just played guitar ?
After the intermission, Tommy came on. What can you say ? Totally professional and he rescued the whole evening. Apart from having to look around a series of pillars to find him, if he moved, totally mesmerizing. At one point he sat down with a guitar, given to him by Chet Atkin's. ( I think I'm right ?) That's when I couldn't see his guitar anymore and just his head.
It seems that the Arts Centre should have had the concert in the theatre. On the website there is one photo of the Malt Room, empty. Probably a great venue for a band and for people to dance, but terrible, for a performance, unless there are only 2 rows of seats, at the front. If one pays £20 to SEE a concert you should be able to see the person or the band most of the time or am I being too critical and grumpy old mannish ?
I'd see Tommy again, no question, as long as I could see the actual venue he was performing in before I bought my ticket. A seating plan is fine but they didn't put the pillars in it and have the centre of stage marked, so you can have a line of sight from your seat.
The Arts Centre is a really nice place and I'm sure there are many great things going on there, but for this first experience, it was disappointing.
A great evening saved by the performer and not the venue.

Visited March 2012
Thank John M
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Milnthorpe, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Brewery Arts Centre”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

This organisation does more for young people than almost anywhere in Kendal. It has a wide range of musical and dramatic presentations.

Thank Angie B
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near Kendal
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116 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2012

Varies events are held here which are always well worth a visit.I have been many times with my family and have always had a interesting time.

Visited January 2012
Thank Barrow123
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Lake District, Cumbria, UK
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great entertainment”
Reviewed 9 February 2012

This is a great place to see a show, small and intimate.

Thank Cumbrian_Chris
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Wellington, New Zealand
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256 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Great little place for wet weather days and films”
Reviewed 31 January 2012

Great value for films and good free art exhibitions

Visited January 2012
Thank DDFA
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