History

We believe our building was originally a hotel called The Railway Hotel, with The Midland hotel on the opposite side of the road, and both being positioned next to St Albans City Station. The hotel used to have the occasional band or acts perform back in the 60’s, then in the early 70’s the site changed to a public house called The Horn of Plenty.

During the 70’s it became known as a great live music venue, and was run by Bob Andrews and then by Vinnie Jones mum! We are not sure about owners or managers of the site during the 80’s and early 90’s (but if you have any info please let us know).

In 1994 The Horn of Plenty underwent refurbishment, changing its name to The Horn Reborn. Since taking over in 2005 Adrian Bell refurbished the venue in 2007 and renamed it simply as The Horn and in the last 4 years has won UK Music Pub of the Year twice and UK Entertainment Pub Of The Year.

In 2012 the Horn underwent its most extensive refurb yet!

Everyone connected to the site past and present are proud to have been part of this historic venue which has helped local acts such as Paul Young, The Subways, Enter Shikari, Friendly Fires, Gallows and many more by providing somewhere for them to develop their craft.

Back in the day

The legendary John Peel was a frequent customer.

Kym Wilde used to work behind the bar.

Paul Young started here playing every Monday with his band Street Band.

Bands

Some of the great artists that have played here – If there are any that you think should be listed, then drop us a line.

Adrian Edmundson
Albert Lee
Argent
Art Brut
Arthur Brown
Bad Manners
Bert Jansch
Bez from Happy Mondays
Chas & Dave
Chris Difford
Chris Farlowe
Discharge
Dodgy
Eddie + The Hotrods
Enter Shikari
Friendly Fires
Gallows
Geno Washington
Glen Tilbrook
Half Man Half Biscuit
Hazel O’Connor
Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers)
Jon Otway
Marillion
Mike Peters (The Alarm)
Mother Earth
Motorhead
Newton Faulkner
Neville Staple (The Specials)
Nine Below Zero
Osibisa
Paul Young
Roy Harper
Reef
Pete Best (original Beatles drummer)
Sade
Sam Brown
Sikth
Small Faces
The Almighty
The Animals
The Hamsters
The Never Never Band
The Selecter
The Subways
The Vibrators
The Wildhearts (Ginger)
The Zutons
Tom Robinson
Toyah Wilcox
Turin Brakes
TV Smith
U2
UK Subs
Wilko Johnson
Wishbone Ash
Wolfsbane
Wreckless Eric