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the Pale

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Procol Harum at Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, UK

Sunday 31 October 2010

Hallowe'en 2010: Procol Harum will play The Assembly: tickets are now on sale here. The gig will be standing, not seated, and there's no support act.

Fans' Gathering
Doors open to the general public at 7pm, but 'Beyond the Pale' visitors are welcome at the venue's Balcony Bar from 5.30 pm. This is a comfortable place to sit and chat with other fans until the show starts there will be some interesting fellow-guests and bar staff will attend to your refreshment needs. There is no charge for this, and no ticket: we'll add your name to the list on the door if you drop us a note as soon as possible


The Assembly
Spencer Street
Leamington Spa
CV31 3NF
(+44) 1926 523001


The Assembly is a stunning, art-deco venue in the heart of Royal Leamington Spa, which borders 'Shakespeare country', and is close to Warwick, Kenilworth and Coventry. Communications with the rest of the country are excellent (see below). It opened its doors in the summer of 2008 after a multi-million pound redevelopment and won the coveted Music Week Award for 'Best Live Music Venue' in 2010. Built in 1926, the venue was originally named The Bath Assembly Hall. Its Art-Deco interior, indicative of the period, was the setting for balls and dances. It was later named The Palais de Danse. Renamed again in 1952 as The Embassy Ballroom, it continued to hold dances and local events until it became a bingo hall ... and that's how it was when one of the BtP webmasters lived / starved as a musician in the town for 18 months. Now the 1,000 capacity (or 400 seated) main hall has been meticulously renovated to reveal the original beauty of the room. A brand new state-of-the-art PA and lighting rig has been installed, and a new stage offering excellent sightlines throughout. It's not a council-run hall nor part of some huge organisation, but a fiercely proud independent venue.

By train
Leamington railway station is served by the Chiltern Main Line, which links London (Marylebone) to Birmingham (Snow Hill). Fast train services on this route are operated by Chiltern Railways. London Midland operate local services to Birmingham and onwards to Worcester. A line connecting Leamington Spa to Coventry used by Arriva CrossCountry provides services to Reading, Oxford and Bournemouth to the south, and to Coventry, Birmingham (New Street), Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh to the north. (thanks, Wikipedia)

By 'bus
Regular 'bus services to Kenilworth, the University of Warwick and Coventry are operated by National Express Coventry. Services to Warwick, Banbury, Stratford Upon Avon and Rugby are operated by Stagecoach in Warwickshire and other independent companies. (thanks, Wikipedia)

Under your own steam
Leamington's centre lies 3 miles (5 km) from the M40 motorway which links it to Birmingham and London. It is also served by the A46, which links it to Coventry. (thanks, Wikipedia)

By aeroplane
Leamington's nearest commercial airfield is Birmingham International. (thanks, Wikipedia)



Procol dates in 2010 | Setlist from this concert

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