When the coveted Pollstar Awards were handed out earlier this month in San Francisco, the legendary 9:30 Club snagged “Nightclub of the Year” Award for the 11th time — more times than any other club in Pollstar’s history. Pollstar is the industry’s leading concert trade publication, and the awards are determined through a vote of U.S. and international music business professionals.
“The 9:30 Club’s repeat win for Nightclub of the Year is remarkable, especially in light of the fact that it competes with popular venues in much larger markets where the industry is centered including New York City and Los Angeles,” said Pollstar editor-in-chief Gary Bongiovanni.
The 9:30 Club has been nominated Nightclub of the Year 24 times, beginning in 1992 when the club – which had a capacity of 199 people – was at its old location. It has been nominated every year since it moved to the new location, which has a 1200-person capacity. The 9:30 Club won the last five years in a row, for a total of 11 times.
“Each time we win it becomes a challenge to never become complacent,” said Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. and co-owner of the 9:30 Club.
As quoted in the book “9:30 Club: A Time And A Place, The First 35 Years”…
Marc Geiger, head of music for WME, says: “The 9:30 Club is music’s Hall of Fame.”
Henry Rollins, Black Flag front man, author, actor says: “There are no bad sight lines. No matter where you’re sitting or standing, it sounds good. It’s a safe venue that’s easy to get in and out of, and the staff are just amazing people.”
Kevin Lyman, founder of Warped Tour says: “When bands see (the 9:30 Club) on their tour dates, there’s a sense that they’ve made it.”
Named Nightclub of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard and Pollstar, the 9:30 Club is the inimitable place bands aspire to play and music fans love to attend – a destination for locals and people across the country for 35 years. Gracing the stage have been legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Al Green, Nirvana, Prince and James Brown; recently discovered acts like Adele, Drake, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, Twenty One Pilots and Halsey; and arena acts looking for an intimate club play such as Justin Timberlake, Jack White, Pink, Prince, the Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters. With its perfect sightlines and incomparable sound system, it’s no wonder fans return for their next dose of rock, hip hop, punk, pop, alternative, country, comedy and indie — making this Washington, D.C. venue the most attended club of its size in the world. The book “9:30 Club: A Time And A Place, The First 35 Years,” is available on 930book.com. “Live At 9:30,” the modern-day music variety TV series, will start airing on public television stations nationally beginning in the spring of 2016.