When I first arrived in Kent from South London a year and a half ago, the first thing I did was check out the local music scene online. One name kept coming up, that seems synonymous with live music, the Lady Luck Bar. So on a cold November evening I decided to get a bus into Canterbury and check out what all the fuss was about. I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed at all.
The Lady Luck Bar is situated in St Peters Street, in the heart of Canterbury. To say its a cool little venue is an understatement. With its red and black interior and records on the wall, it epitomizes everything that a music venue should be. Bursting with character, the Lady Luck is a jewel in the heart of Kent (Check out the jukebox it’s awesome. Just try not to spend as much money on it as I did).
The venue plays host to regular live gigs as well as DJ night and has an excellent food menu, a beer garden at rear and outside seating at the front, which is ideal for smokers just wanting a quick fag. There’s a good drinks menu that caters for everyone and there’s been a great atmosphere every time I’ve visited. We caught up with Emma, one half of the team behind Lady Luck to learn a bit more about the venue and exactly what it has to offer….
The Black Flag: Let me first start off by saying that this is a great venue. I love the 1950’s Rockabilly theme. Has that been intentional or is it something that has just developed?
Emma Luck: We decided on the name Lady Luck as it is associated with the Rock N Roll/Rockabilly scene, particularly in America where it is used as a gambling term (if you win at the casino you are said to be playing with “Lady Luck”).
TBF: When did you open?
Emma: My partner Gemma and I (Emma) opened The Lady Luck in 2009 (6 years on June 12th) We have been hosting live music since October 2012.
TBF: So who’s involved with the Lady Luck and what are your backgrounds?
Emma: Gemma and I both ran DJ nights and live music events in London before deciding to run our own venue in Canterbury.
TBF: You hold regular live nights. How often are these and what kind of thing could we expect?
Emma: We started off hosting live music once a month out of courtesy to our neighbours and to see how well it would work for us, but because the licensing laws regarding live music were relaxed and the demand for live music increased we now host live music between once and three times a week. Usually Tuesdays, Thursdays and occasional Fridays. We consider live music of all genres but regularly host Punk, Metal, Ska and Psychobilly shows the most.
TBF: What big events have you got coming up?
Emma: We are really looking forward to seeing Emp!re play on 27th February. They played Sonisphere in 2014 and are tipped for big things in 2015, Also the return of Ska bands The Talks (19th March) and The Toasters (6th April). There are so many exciting shows coming up its hard to choose!
TBF: What’s been the biggest band/act to grace your stage?
Emma: Well The Toasters are one of the worlds biggest and most successful Ska Punk bands, they played to a sold out crowd in September last year and are returning for Easter Bank Holiday Monday in 2015. Les Carter from Carter USM played here in September last year with his other band Abdoujaparov. Les is a huge star and we were honoured to have him play. He even wore a Lady Luck T shirt for his sell out Carter USM final ever show at Brixton Academy. That was one of our proudest moments.
TBF: Out of the local talent coming out of Canterbury and playing at Lady Luck, who would you say is your favourite band?
Emma: Out of the local acts from Kent I would say Funke & The Two Tone Baby (One man Mechanical Blues band from Medway, playing again on Feb 19th) and Rockabilly Punks, Thumbscrew & The Flicknife Barbers from Ashford (playing with Calabrese on 6th May) There’s so much talent out there, I just hope people get out there and see it for themselves and support their local Live Music Scene!
TBF: Apart from music what else has Lady Luck got to offer? (The Food menu looks amazing folks)
Emma: Our food trade has really taken off in the last year or so. We now offer many vegan and vegetarian options as well as our already extensive menu containing a large range of burgers, baguettes and pub favourites.
Most of our dishes are homemade and locally sourced too. We get a lot of our meat and cheese from local farmers market The Goods Shed in Canterbury.
We also run other regular entertainment aside from Live music such as rock karaoke, DJ nights and a weekly quiz (Every Sunday from 8pm)
TBF: Anything else you’d like to add?
Emma: I would just like to thank all the customers that come out to support live music and alternative venues such as ours who are trying to do something different.
We couldn’t do it without them. It is more important than ever to support independent businesses and bands, with so many live music venues and pubs closing down locally and countrywide.
The Lady Luck is open Mon-Thurs 12 noon- 1am, Fri & Sat 12 noon- 2am, Sun 12 noon- 11pm (Food served Mon-sat 12-7, Sundays 12-3pm)
Contact Emma at The Lady Luck, 19 St Peters Street, Canterbury, CT1 2BQ – Telephone: 01227 763298