Reviews & Press

Subtone voted 3rd in top 5 clubs in uk

The Times (The Knowledge Mag)



“…As good as it gets in the UK….”


subtone is a fantastic club & the resident DJ is very good, great club”

Seb Fontaine

Great club. Thanks for being the best crowd I’ve played to in ages”

Jazzy M (Rulin’ / Ministry of Sound)

Cheltenham’s finest!

DJ Magazine

One of the most open minded friendliest up for it clubs I’ve ever been to, I couldn’t knock it in any way, a proper old skool atmosphere, a crisp soundsytem and a mad crowd, definitely worth the three hour train journey down…

DJ Roo (Garage City / Ministry of Sound)

“Probably the best jazz club in the South West”

The Guardian

Venue Magazine October 1999:

“you were an alien sent to Earth to report on the much-maligned phenomenon that is jazz-funk and finding yourself deposited somewhere between the metropolitan limits of Bristol and Birmingham. Chances are your in-built sonar would beam you straight in the direction of Cheltenham’s Subtone. Newly refurbished and always full-to-bursting with the town’s hip young things, there are simply few better places on this here planet to unpretentiously strut your stuff. ”

The Carthorse:

“Located a couple of doors down from the Prom Club, Sub Tone is a cracking little club. Holding only a couple of hundred people at most, you can relax and chill out to funk, acid jazz, soul and other groovy blends of tunes. A basement club with an extra bar upstairs ensures easy access to alcohol and a place to chill out.

“Door policy is good as they don’t appear to admit idiots and accidental bumping into people on the dance floor is greeted with a smile not a fist! Dress code is relaxed and the atmosphere is great. Sub Tone issue a monthly schedule which highlights “live” music that occurs mainly midweek as well as the DJ appearances on weekends. Best club in town for the funksters among you.”

Gloucestershire Echo:

“For those with a more discerning taste, Subtone in Cheltenham offers a more soulful and funky place to unwind. Recently eschewing its ‘beret and Galloises’ jazz image and playing host to more dance-oriented acts such as Ultra Nate and regular DJ sets from Mushroom of Massive Attack fame, the venue now caters for everything across the dance spectrum from hardstep house on a Saturday night to trad jazz on a Sunday lunchtime.”

“Subtone is the ideal venue for jazz. Small, intimate and blessed with a great sound system, it consistently brings quality musicians to Cheltenham.”

Knowhere: A User’s Guide to Britain:

“Subtone offers a very welcome alternative to ‘The Prom’. Nice to hear an eclectic selection of music, with a chilled out atmosphere. Shame about the radioactive ultra violet light.”