The Barrel House Ballroom
The first iteration of the Ballroom as a live music venue occurred sometime in the Mid 1990s. No one can quite remember when it moved from being a café/bar that held the occasional event to a dedicated gig space, but during its early years the Ballroom built up its reputation as a grassroots music venue.
Now, over twenty years later, the Barrel House Ballroom is still an independent, 150-capacity music venue, hosting local, national and international bands and artists, as well as comedy nights, Word Cafes, and a range of other live events.
Based in the heart of Totnes, the venue serves as a creative hub for local artists, working in collaboration with a number of community groups, including Jamming Station, The Word Cafe, Black Bird Collective and Chapter 12 Comedy Club.
One of the primary aims of the Barrel House is to provide opportunities to new and emerging talent and to foster an environment that is open and accessible to all, be it performers or audiences alike.
just a few of the bands and artists that have played at the Barrel House Ballroom over the years…
3 Daft Monkeys * Aldous Harding * Girl Ray * The Proper Oranments * Billy Bragg * Dizraeli and the Small Gods * Kezia * Seth Lakeman * Martin Carthy * Stringer Bessant * Lukas Drinkwater & Emily Howard * Matthew & Me * Moriaty * Land of the Giants * Hiss Golden Messenger * Metronomy * Henge * Ruarri Joseph * Firekind * Jake Friese Greene * Simmertones * Golddust * Martin Harley * DJ Maceo * The Undercover Hippy * Ian Prowse * Fabulous Weapons * Jake Morley * Backbeat Sound System * Malavita * Darwish * The Blood Choir * Mark Chadwick * Edgelarks * Willie and the Bandits * Mad Dog Mcrea * Scott Matthews * Eskies * Pale Blue Eyes * Hearing Aid Beige * Yndi Halda * Faeland * Wille Edwards * Marc O’Reilly * Cosmo Jarvis * Ben Howard * Ryan Keen * Mesadorm * The Allergies *
Totnes Brewing Co.
The Totnes Brewing Co. is located on the ground floor of the Barrel House building and set up to support the financial viability of the Barrel House as a music venue.
Successful in its own right as a Brewpub, it brews some delicious craft beers as well as holding a huge stock of some of the best craft ales from the UK and across the world. With 14 keg taps and three cask ales, as well as the very full fridges of bottles, there is always a beer to suit everyone’s tastes. Click here to find out more about our beers.
The Brew Co., as it is locally known, is the ideal place to meet friends before a gig. It has a slightly later licence than the ballroom so is also great for a post-gig drink.
The Totnes Brewing Co also has its own programme of events that support the Barrel House and acts as a staging post for artists to flex their performing muscles.
To find out more about Totnes Brewing Company, visit thetotnesbrewingco.co.uk.
THe Beer GArden
Based at the foot of Totnes Castle, the Beer Garden is the perfect place for al fresco drinks with friends. It has a covered area as well as some lovely sunny spots.
The Beer Garden hosts DJ and live performances on a raised terrace during the warmer months.
Image credit (top of page): Claire Gillo Photography