El Sieco's facts for kids
The new El Sieco's, a successor to TJ's
|Former names||100 Club|
|Address||10 High Street, NP20 1FQ|
|Type||Music venue and bar|
|Genre(s)||Rock, punk and alt|
|Seating type||Primarily standing, some seating|
TJ's was a key part of the Newport music scene and led to the 1990s label of Newport as 'the new Seattle'. The present owner, Ashley, is the grandson of John Sicolo, who died in 2010.
The new venue has proved popular, having been named in the South Wales Argus list of top 5 live music venues in Newport, and announced in 2019 it will be moving to larger premises at 13 Market Street, near to Tiny Rebel. The new venue is scheduled to open on 20 September 2019 and will offer an increased capacity of 350, two floors, with weekend evenings offering two rooms of music.
TJ's was a famous nightclub located on Clarence Place, which opened in 1985 and became an integral part of the so-called toilet circuit. The club, praised by John Peel, advertised itself as "The Legendary TJ's".
In 2010, John Sicolo passed away, reportedly having funded the club's upkeep in its poor quality building using much of his life savings. The original premises were held by administrators following his death, and later sold to the Hassan brothers of Cardiff. On 2 February 2013, the original building was damaged by a fire, suspected to be arson. It remains empty in 2019.
In 2012 John Sicolo's grandson, Ashley Sicolo, opened a resurrected venue, first named the 200 Club, on Stow Hill, the decor for which included TJ's memorabilia and copies of TJ's gig posters. In May 2013 indie rockers took part in a gig at the venue when PiL guitarist Keith Levene and Therapy? singer Andy Cairns played there. The club closed on 26 May 2013 due to complaints over noise.
In March 2016 Ashley again opened venue, now named El Sieco's on High Street in Newport city centre. It moved next door in 2018 and continues to do well, among the other revived music venues on High Street, including Le Pub.
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