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“Great venue, poor concert-goers”

The Space at Westbury
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Westbury
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We saw Iron & Wine at The Space on June 26. It was a terrific show. This was my first time at this venue and there was a lot to like.

We sat on the loge, in the second row center but with no seats in front of us. This was a wonderful seat, I would argue one of the best in the house. Chairs were very comfortable and there was tons of legroom. I highly recommend it. This show was general admission for the floor, and it was standing only there, which ruled that out for me -- there is, definitely, something fun about standing in the crowd, but I'm too old to last standing for a couple hours anymore, lol. Sound was good and the lighting nice.

We had some chatty people sitting directly behind us who were scandalized when we politely pointed out that their loud talking was distracting us from the show. That's not the venue's fault, of course. I would, though, say that it's a disservice to musicians and to fans of the music that the bar to the right of the audience is kept open throughout the show. Yes, I'm sure they make money, but the people up at the bar were loud. During some of Iron & Wine's quieter numbers, their shouting was impossible to ignore. It's just not necessary. There's a bar in the lobby and concert-goers can slip out there any time they like and bring beverages back into the show. Close the in-room bar and give the music the respect it deserves.

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Billy was great,. Sound was terrible. Those cement and brick walls can't handle the volume. It sounded like mud. We couldn't even hear what he was saying when was talking! Worst sound of any venue of this size. Maybe it's better with an acoustic act.
Some videos surfaced form the June 1 show that sounded very good. These had to be made 5-10 feet from the stage, where the speaker towers don't overwhelm you. I found the staff to be very nice.

3  Thank RJMAGGIO
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

We are avid concert goers and have been to venues all over New York and the world large and small. There was an issue at tonights show June 1. Security and the owner really were ill prepared and didnt handle it well causing a bad experience for a whole section. So there is a chance that drunken fools that are usually handled with appropriately at better venues might ruin your time. Plus the sound was muddy. Not good equipment or not worked well this time. A shame. Has potential but serious beginners growing pains. I hope they are able to weather this and learn from thier mistakes. A lot of people I spoke with this evening will not be returning.

3  Thank Jordan1971
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We visited THE SPACE back in December of 2013 and very pleasantly surprised. It was the perfect venue for the featured artist and allowed us to feel a personal connection to the concert. We are looking forward to attending more concerts and programs offered at THE SPACE and we really feel it is just a matter of time before it becomes THE VENUE sought performers. Loved the intimate feel of THE SPACE and the fact that all the seats are great.

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

Nicely done venue with an excellent sound system. Really liked the way they decorated it. However, the bar area is very uncomfortable with very limited seating. Also odd that they have photos of fancy Martinis yet they can make only the most basic of mixed drinks (with way too much ice in them). Our big complaint was false information regarding the actual start time. Both the tickets and the online information stated that the show would start at 6:30 with the doors opening at 5:30. We arrived at six only to find that the show was not to begin until 7:30. This was a significant disappointment as far as our evening went since we would have gone out to dinner beforehand had we known we had that much time. Halfway through the show they announced there would be a 10 minute intermission. The actual intermission time was 30 minutes, which was way too long. The management seems to have problems with accurate information when it comes to time. Bottom line: we enjoyed the actual show but we were annoyed enough by the long waits that it partly spoiled our evening.

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