NOTE: All reviews are from my point of view (playing in a band) and does not represent the views of the rest of the band.
The first few gigs I played with The Marivaux were all at Moho Live in Manchester. The Venue itself is a medium size with a capacity of 750 people. It has a good stage and attracts some big bands like when we supported The Futureheads.
And yet it is my least favourite venue I've played in.
My first issue is the sound quality. Every tiny noise seems to bounce off wall to wall creating a muddy mess of sound. The only way to solve it would be to turn the volume down and yet the people who work there never do. Even on the stage with monitors it sounds terrible.
Secondly the price is all wrong. Most bands that play at Moho are unsigned, young and more than likely they are students. Yet the venue charges around £6 a ticket and the average drink price is around £3-£4. Expensive for students but if they pay the band good money then it would seem ok and yet each time we've played there we make about £4 each…
Finally, the atmosphere is frosty. The dankness of the inside plays a part but you also feel like the staff are looking down on you. Even when we were sound checking at the venue a bouncer tried to have a fight with me because a car was blocking the car park exit and it happened to be a Corsa… which wasn't mine!
To conclude I would happily never play there again unless there is a seriously re-vamp of the venue. Sorry Moho, but we just don't get along.