The Rock Den, at Enterprise Hall. Live rock music nights for all gig goers.
The Rock Den, formed in 2013, has hosted many great bands and musicians from all eras, and countries from around the world. The brainchild of Dean Archer, The Den was formed when Dean realised there was a distinct lack of rock music in a town steeped with rock history.
The Den has developed a loyal following, known collectively as “The Massive” who regularly attend the gig nights both at The Den and beyond. The Massive continues to grow and the shows are always highly rated with The Enterprise Hall offering world class sound, and a clean and friendly environment for gig goers, rarely found in other venues throughout the country.
The Den has hosted bands from all over the world, offering an equal playing platform regardless of their position on the bill: everyone gets a chance at The Den.
“Hertfordshire is incredibly lucky to have a venue and event of this quality on its doorstep and they definitely deserve more recognition” – Rage Sadler [Guitars and Vocals for Kaine]
“Kaine have played there a number of times over the years. The ‘A Crisis of Faith’ line-up was the house band at the venue for 2017 and we’ve always been welcomed by the Massive with open arms and treated right by Dean (the promoter) while performing there.”
“It’s a consistently well attended venue, with a close-knit community of genuine music fans. It’s really refreshing to see live music thrive and feels like a movement to support independent artists.” – Alex Odinson [Radio Personality/Podcaster]
The Den has hosted some of the best current and up and coming bands in the country including Attic Records act Stormbringer who were formed in the summer of 2011. The Den has also hosted the rising stars and most popular bands of the UK’s growing New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal movement in Toledo Steel, Seven Sisters, Neuronspoiler and more.
Notable performers at The Den have been The Handsome Beasts originally formed in 1972 during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Their debut album Beastiality (1981) is infamous for being featured on several “Worst album cover of all time” charts.
Saxon founders Oliver/Dawson have also performed at The Den. Saxon formed in 1977, in Barnsley. As one of the leaders of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.
AOR legends and NWOBHM originals Praying Mantis played the Den back in 2017.