1. avatar Vee
    do you like the stuff we put on? The staff? the pizzas?
  2. avatar Telefan1
    yes.
  3. avatar InjuryPackage
    Yes, love it. Keep up the good work!
  4. avatar SweetDickWilly
    Haven't tried the pizza yet, but everything else is grrrrrrrrreat!
  5. avatar Pavel
    The pizzas are terrible, I mean...terrible.

    I had to eat two of them one time because the first one was just not quite right.

    ...in fact, next time I'm in I'm going to just order three and compare them against each other. I guarantee I'll have to eat them all before I'm satisfied.

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  6. avatar my-angel-rocks
    The only way the black box could be improved was if there was a cellphone tower in the corner.

    You're never alone with a phone...unless its in the Black Box.
  7. avatar isis
    Been to some awesome gigs in the Black Box. Pity the bar closes at 11pm but I don't think there's much anyone can do about that. Good range of genres, really nice, friendly staff. Never any long cues at the bar or grumpy people behind it.

    Need to get down there a bit more actually!
  8. avatar Team Horse
    It's a great venue, any time I've been to a gig there it's been a different and warmer atmosphere with great sound. The time I played the main hall (with Waterfront P.A) it was one of my best shows, the time I played the front room, ummm, I'd rather forget that one actually! ;-)
  9. avatar Deevolution
    Great all round!
  10. avatar nalo
    Indeed. The staff are especially delightful.
  11. avatar Captain Kennedy
    Class spot! Soundmans great. See you for The Last Waltz!!
  12. avatar Nocarsgo
    I love the Black Box. The food is gorgeous and I love the fact there's often a guitarist playing a wee solo set in the background. In terms of music, love all the different genres: I know very little about PAs and sound stuff and all that jazz but sometimes when you've got a full band with a drum kit it can seem like a wall of noise once in a while. I've only been at the Box for 6 or 7 gigs, but maybe it's just a rare occurrence. :-D
  13. avatar churchwarden
    Are you feeling insecure?

    It's great. Wide selection of arts covered, and you put on stuff that the more commercial venues round cathedral quarter may not not take the risk with.

    Sound levels can be a bit wayward - the DJ in the cafe seemed louder than Devil Disco in the main hall on Saturday, but that's a very very minor quibble - I am sure at some point I'll work out the optimum table for perfect sound
  14. avatar Crackity_jones
    Yeah, love it. The sound can be ropey at times (e.g. Pinch last year, though great for Bomb Squad and Mary Anne Hobbs) and the drinks are pricey, but the programme, surroundings and pizzas are excellent! Keep up the good work.
  15. avatar anty2
    How do bands get gigs in the black box? Or to be more precise what promoters usually run the band nights in it?
  16. avatar DavidHill
    The Black box is awsome, ive giged there twice

    I tink it has the most charactor outa all the Belfast venues! Hill street/the outside then when u walk inside and its bigger than you think it would be.

    The Jack Daniel's Session last year with the subways was a great night!

    theres a bar/door man who looks like James Blunt! ive never had a Pizza

    Only this is no matter how many people are in the venue it never seems to be full
  17. avatar doctorlilt
    Love the place. Great for all sorts of alternative stuff. Very friendly staff.

    My only wee gripe (and it's not the Black Box's fault) is the noise of the bar and sometimes people at the bar, being loud and getting in the way of quieter performances.

    If there was a way to politely say "sssssssssshhhhhhh" to people or stick up a sign on the bar like "please respect the performers, drink quietly" or something, I think that could help. You could go as far as not serving at the bar while these performances were happening, but that might seem a bit drastic.
  18. avatar thesneakybandit
    [quote:318866e6da="doctorlilt"]Love the place. Great for all sorts of alternative stuff. Very friendly staff.

    My only wee gripe (and it's not the Black Box's fault) is the noise of the bar and sometimes people at the bar, being loud and getting in the way of quieter performances.

    If there was a way to politely say "sssssssssshhhhhhh" to people or stick up a sign on the bar like "please respect the performers, drink quietly" or something, I think that could help. You could go as far as not serving at the bar while these performances were happening, but that might seem a bit drastic.[/quote:318866e6da]

    For most quieter gigs and comedians or talks etc that I've seen there, the bar has always been shut during the performance with an interval so you can top up your drinks. Maybe this only really happens during the festivals and stuff but it's definitely an idea for other promoters to look into.
  19. avatar Vee
    [quote:078570d55b="doctorlilt"]Love the place. Great for all sorts of alternative stuff. Very friendly staff.

    My only wee gripe (and it's not the Black Box's fault) is the noise of the bar and sometimes people at the bar, being loud and getting in the way of quieter performances.

    If there was a way to politely say "sssssssssshhhhhhh" to people or stick up a sign on the bar like "please respect the performers, drink quietly" or something, I think that could help. You could go as far as not serving at the bar while these performances were happening, but that might seem a bit drastic.[/quote:078570d55b]

    know what you mean- will say this to the venue managers- i get so angry at stuff like that- I was on my first date with my boyfriend at The Books and he had to physically restrain me from going and slapping a table who were being really loud during their set. I'm surprised we're still going out, i was so grumpy!
    either that or we'll have to kit the staff out with Inspector Gadget stylee boxing glove hats!
  20. avatar churchwarden
    [quote:10f4d47791]I was on my first date with my boyfriend at The Books and he had to physically restrain me from going and slapping a table who were being really loud during their set. [/quote:10f4d47791]

    1. How romantic

    2. Was it the noisy table at the back near the bar? I do remember there was one person shouting REALLY loudly at that table. 99% of the time I have no problem with people chatting during gigs, and lots of people were talking during The Books (which was fine) it was just one person was shouting really loudly. I assumed he was just drunk enough to think he was whispering quietly to his friends...


    Hopefully someone will book the books again - it was a great show
  21. avatar thesneakybandit
    I'll be on the door tonight doing evil death stares at anyone talking during Jeffrey Lewis!


    :-D
  22. avatar boourns
    The black box is great, covers a wide range of music at affordable prices, never had much trouble with drunken yobs spoiling the music or anything like that. My only gripe is that at some gigs all the tables are out cluttering the room, meaning if you don't get in early to get a table you have to stand at the very back or the sides. If I remember correctly Jeffrey Lewis's gig last year had all the tables out which sort of dampened the atmosphere a bit. On the other hand, it's been fine for things like Chris Corsano that you're not really going to be jumping around at anyway.
  23. avatar Deestroyer
    [quote:153490c434="doctorlilt"]Love the place. Great for all sorts of alternative stuff. Very friendly staff.

    My only wee gripe (and it's not the Black Box's fault) is the noise of the bar and sometimes people at the bar, being loud and getting in the way of quieter performances.

    If there was a way to politely say "sssssssssshhhhhhh" to people or stick up a sign on the bar like "please respect the performers, drink quietly" or something, I think that could help. You could go as far as not serving at the bar while these performances were happening, but that might seem a bit drastic.[/quote:153490c434]
    I concur with this. The very thing happened during the Polar Bear gig. During their quieter atmospheric parts the chatter at the bar became increasingly audible and quiet distracting. When I went to the bar myself I discovered that the PA was kind of facing away from that part of the venue and the band seemed a lot quieter. I suppose that's good if you want to chat while the band plays in the background, but it's very distracting to everyone else.
    Some girl infront of me escaped the restraint of her boyfriend and had a bit of a slabber at some chatterbox who was talking in that weird hybrid American-Northern Irish accent that seems to be de rigeur for bohemian females at present.
    Anyway, aside from my mild misogyny, the venue is great and a tip of that hat for putting Polar Bear on at all.
  24. avatar falldownali
    The Black Box would probably be my favourite venue in Belfast. Great atmostphere and events that you wouldn't get anywhere else - makes you feel like you're in a 'proper' city.

    I love the cafe on a Friday night and the pizza is a fine time.
  25. avatar reallybigmcc
    i'm not a regular black box visitor, but with the gigs i have been to ive found the sound, as good as it is, just not loud enough. anyone else notice this?
  26. avatar sparta1983
    I wouldn't agree that the sound isn't loud enough. I saw Vetiver in the Black Box last year and I have to say it was one of the best gigs I've been to. The sound and atmosphere were exceptional. I don't know if anyone has pointed it out already but I also love the various art installation thingmajigs they have in the cafe area.
  27. avatar Sadoldgit
    brilliant venue - best sound in Belfast.

    The audio for Russian Circles was the best I have ever heard at a gig.

    Its cosy with a great atmosphere.
    My lads loving playing there.
  28. avatar kinta1
    looked into hiring it but the early start / finish put us off. why are the times so?
  29. avatar Deestroyer
    Oh yeah, I failed to mention that the actual sound quality is excellent despite my little moan. Just a little directional is all.
  30. avatar Atomic
    I think the sound in there could be improved a bit, when it's full up it sounds quite weak towards the back of the room. Hanging part of the PA off the ceiling or something like that might be a good idea.
  31. avatar Vee
    [quote:513369b540="kinta1"]looked into hiring it but the early start / finish put us off. why are the times so?[/quote:513369b540]

    because a proper bar license costs a million squid. Well, not quite, but tis beyound our means at mo. We can apply for occasional licenses but it has to be a killer of a gig to make it worth it. (we only get a few each year) So..... if anyone knows any arty millionares who'd like to help out that would be great. (sigh. I wish.)
  32. avatar Sir Bob Gelding
    I ordered a slice of pizza at last night's Jeffrey Lewis gig, and the guy told me to go into the main bit and he'd find me. Sho' nuff just as Peter Broderick was about to kick off he arrived, slice of meaty delicious pizza in tow. I was the happiest boy in the world.
  33. avatar thesacredhearts
    Really like the black box as a venue, the cafe is great and the quality and diversity of acts is fantastic.

    However i wouldnt say that the sound is the best in belfast. That accolade would go elsewhere imo.

    also have been a tad annoyed sometimes with the overspill of drinkers chat at the bar. Particularly at Jens Lekman.
  34. avatar chigurh
    It's a fine venue and very much welcome, though you can find a few too many Nathan Barleys in there at times.
  35. avatar Nathaniel
    as a venue its great, im upset that u stopped selling no-alcho koppaberg tho :roll:
  36. avatar whipchorus
    I'm disappointed that haircut twats would frequent such a fine establishment. Ah well.

    Props to the Erdinger on tap