Pirate Jive at the Shed, Nottingham

Pirate Jive is one of several clubs that works out of The Shed – a venue that is described as “Nottingham’s biggest freestyle attracting dancers from all over the country. It’s no wonder then that we’re known as the best freestyle around!”

That’s a bit of a problem description – not because it isn’t true – it certainly should be – but because it can be such a good venue on a dance it – even though (it must be said) The Shed has one or two problems.

Apparently The Shed truly was the soul club of the Tamla Motown singer Edwin Starr who lived just up the road.

It’s an octagon, rather like the old railway turntable buildings,with a stage, seating at tables round the edge and a sprung dancefloor.  It is a brilliant venue, and I always try and go to Pirate Jive at the Shed, but … it has problems.

These problem do not stop me going, but they do exist, so I am going to report them.

First, there is no air con, and it needs it.  There are however windows around the top of the building, and really these should always be opened BEFORE the gig begins.  This doesn’t always happen however.

Second, it can get crowded.  Some like that, some not, and if you want to have time with more space the best thing to do is come early or stay late, or both (which is what I do).

Third, the car park is not very large as some Shed adverts suggest.  There is a car park but it gets full quite quickly which means you have to park in the residential streets around about.  It is not a big hassle, but just be prepared.

But I want to stress.  This is a brilliant venue, with greater dancers, and fabulous music when run by Pirate Jive.  I recommend it even with those issues above.

 

  • Air conditioning: 1 out of 5 – there is none.  There are fans, but really those windows need to be open from the moment the team get in there – even on a cold day.
  • Atmosphere: 15 out of 5.  Pirate Jive at the Shed is very very good.
  • Do ladies ask men?   5 out of 5.  Yes, people ask each other.
  • Free water: Yes – and these days it is available away from the bar so you don’t have to queue behind the men wanting their pints.
  • Friendliness – 5 out of 5.  Friendly, friendly, friendly.
  • Location: 4 out of 5.   You won’t find it without a map or sat nav, but once there it is self-evident where it is but the car park fills quickly and can be hard to navigate if you find it full.  Parking on the street is the alternative.
  • Music – 10 out of 5.  These people work at it – they really do.
  • Facilities – 3 out of 5 – I can only speak for the gents, and really…  There are worse, but it could be better.
  • Parking – 2 out of 5  – See above.
  • Venue overall: 5+ out of 5.

In short this is a venue which really can buzz.  But not everyone achieves that, so do check which club is running the event you are looking at.