UEA LCR venue to be re-named in memory of entertainments manager Nick Rayns
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A popular Norwich music venue will be re-named in honour of the trail-blazing entertainments manager who booked more than 2,000 bands to appear on its stage.
Nick Rayns attracted some of the world's top bands to the University of East Anglia during his 34-year career, including notable headliners U2 and The Jam.
Following his sudden death last month, the Union of UEA Students has announced the renaming of its club and gig venue, The LCR, to 'The Nick Rayns LCR' in his memory. The change will take effect from Monday.
The union's management committee released a statement which says: 'Nick's dedication to promoting live music during his time here was absolutely invaluable to building the union's reputation across the country. It is a fitting tribute to the man that made the venue what it is today.'
The union's entertainments staff added the following: 'The entertainments department is proud and honoured to have Nick's name as a permanent fixture to the Student Union venue.
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'He gave so much yet asked for so little. In memory of a man to whom we all looked up to and respected, a man who put UEA on the music map and brought so much enjoyment to so many students and the local community alike'.
Mr Rayns was a prominent name in the music industry who developed a knack of booking bands just as they hit the big time.
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The Eurythmics played at the UEA in the same week their single and album hit the top of the charts, and Robbie Williams performed his first post-Take That gig at the university.
But he also attracted bands at the height of their careers, including booking The Jam and Madness on successive nights.
During his tenure, Mr Rayns extended the UEA's programme from eight concerts a year to 62 – totalling more than 200 if the UEA-run Waterfront venue is included – elevating its standing to among the best in the country.
He also worked as tour manager for Liverpudlian post-punk band The Teardrop Explodes.
Mr Rayns' long association with the UEA began when he enrolled on a course in development studies in 1973, only to return six years later to take up his position as entertainments manager.