night spot which opened as a jazz club just two months ago has had to scrap its planned
The Venue in Lower Holyhead Road was hoping to host an array of live jazz acts but has
been forced to change its plans due to lack of interest.
Owner Joe Heggarty believes that there are just not enough jazz enthusiasts in the
"We persisted with the jazz nights for six weeks and we had just 72 people through
the door in that whole time which is just not enough to keep the place going.
"To be honest I am now wondering whether Coventry just isnt ready for a jazz
club yet, but it is disappointing because we were hoping to create a well known jazz
However, The Venue has now readjusted its entertainment programme and now features
DJs playing a mix of 70s, 80s and 90s music and Heggarty admits it
is already proving far more popular.
"On Friday and Saturday nights we have been packed since we changed over to the
"We can hold 350 people here and we have been having to enforce one in, one out
due to the volume of people which is absolutely great. I want people to know that the
concept of the place is still the same it is just the music that has changed.
"We are still aiming at the more mature customer and have a strictly over 21
policy on the door which will not be changing."
But jazz enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that The Venue is not turning its back on
the music altogether.
"We are still hoping to do jazz nights every now and again, although I am not sure
of the uptake as even the recent Jazz Festival in the city had very disappointing turn
"We were a part of the festival and that was one of the things that strengthened
my belief that Coventry was not ready for jazz."