The building dates back to 1874, opening the following year with a concert by the Coldstream Guards. Despite receiving unwanted reactions from playing the national anthem, the concert was followed by a stream of successful shows over the years. The Corn Exchange has primarily been used for musical gigs, but has accommodated many sporting events, exhibitions and unique events.
Its profile of high-profile acts include The Who, Oasis, Barenaked Ladies, Bjork, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Lily Allen, Take That and the London Symphony Orchestra, demonstrating its eclectic catalogue of concerts. The popularity of the building’s live performances lead to its original identity as a trading place for farmers and merchants to cease in 1965. It is now officially a prominent music venue, where past decades have seen the revival of old musical legends alongside contemporary artists. It further establishes itself among diverse genres, hosting the Classical Concert Series and Subterranean rock and indie festival.
Beyond music, the Corn Exchange is also a place to see dance and comedy shows. The Royal Ballet have performed at the venue, while a young and impressionable Jimmy Carr was famously inspired by one of Eddie Izzard’s shows.