Wednesday, 22 September 2021

COVID PASSPORTS.....part 2 - 22/9/21

At last some detail from the FM on Tuesday about all this....Well not quite.  

Only some more brief details that will we be left to deal with in a week but ALSO for everyone looking just to go out for a good night to get organised....with what. An App that's due out the day this goes live or send off for your papers. Sorry it's not going to work. 

We STILL await the WRITTEN details no doubt that will be published with just a week to go and expect nightclub businesses already hit hard just being opened for a matter of weeks to take this hammer blow on the chin, smile and accept it's for the best then make it all magically work in days when everyone in the industry knows its just not workable or likely to make much difference also just make it super complicated and confusing for you our customers who just want to come out for a good time as is your choice. 

Anyhoo, The Scottish Government consultations seemed to have went well with the industry bodies. As of Wednesday this week they have taken Scot Gov to court over all this so await to see what happens now. 

Meanwhile back in Gotham Bathgate we are sat here still answering tons of questions from people who simply want to book up a GIG ticket in advance especially for Halloween 2021. 

So just to let you know we don't require to ask for passports for any live event coming up as we fall under the 500 limit previously published. So won't be. 

Our shows wrap up approx 11pm and while you can stay on to chat to the bands or each other afterwards as before doesn't constitute a nightclub scenario now laid out by Scot Gov for our live level. 

We will await the outcome of the Legal challenge and see the written information from Scot Gov to see what happens next for the Nightclub side of things then come up with some form of plan IF this is still to go ahead or even if it can in it's current state that we are still very much opposed to. 

On the Halloween Party don't panic as there's a bit time in hand to see what develops from all this last minute carry on as that many are asking about. 

As we have been asked to use common sense in the matter we might just do that, as all that matters is you can come to a safe place just the same as it's always been if you choose to do so, rock out with us and come back and do it again in the weeks, months and years that might still come. Showing your papers to get in won't change that simple fact. 

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode. 

Thursday, 16 September 2021

News update....ish 16 Sept 2021

Hi all

First of all a continued thank you to all coming in to rock with us during these slightly strange times we still try to work through. Its certainly challenging, exhausting and strangely satisfying that we are still able to bring some top bands to our stage and rock on upstairs despite all that is being thrown at us. 

This weekend is completely sold out of spare tickets for The Quireboys and Black Celebration events. Some are appearing on RESELL via skiddle so always worth joining the waiting list in case someone has tickets they are looking to sell via skiddles resell function. 

Next week sadly the Thursday special we had lined up had to be cancelled as did all Scottish tour dates for Fullhouse. 

Its still leaves a three nighter to round off September tho and return of PYGMY TWYLTE the finest purveyors of Frank Zappa on Friday 24 Sept. 

MacTallica make an extremely overdue debut at the club due to postponements on Sat 25th Sept.

We round off the month and final night of the Final Chuck and George Big Weekend with a cracker. Sadly another one of our local musicians on same standing as Chuck and George lost his battle to cancer this week so the weekender has been retitled The Chuck, George and Mikey's Big Weekend to celebrate Mikey Wynne too. 

Tickets for all three events online via the website. 

We then rock into Rocktober. Always a massive month for us and have a full month of top live events for you all of which require a ticket to get in and hopefully you can commit in advance to let us know you are coming along. 

FYI At the time of wring this there has been NO more updates from Scot Gov to the sector on covid passports. Can I just say that its the last thing we need right now and not happy about it either. Putting that aside and if you watch the news or read the briefings it seems like we will have little choice to adopt it. As its been made out its the only alternative or the sector closes. Some choice. 

However discussions are said to be on going to try and make a pretty unworkable solution work so when we know what is going on then will cross that bridge when we get to it. Many have expressed their views directly, some are even going to the extreme to boycott venues that adopt it - As if we want this. I appreciate your views but kindly keep them that - yours. We have enough to be getting on with at this time and keep all the plates spinning while juggling chainsaws. 

We are still trying to ensure you adhere to all the current covid measures that are still in place to make the venue as safe as possible. 

Ventilation is on start to finish of nights - asking for masks to be worn as they should, track and trace and double figure amounts of hand sanitiser stations thro the club. We are even taking more of a hit by capping numbers even on sold out shows to provide a wee bit more room in the venue also in the nightclub, hopefully to boost confidence at a time that it's very much needed. 

Sharing things on Facebook, twitter or Instagram. Grabbing a ticket in advance to some top events to let us know you are coming as our mind reading abilities are pretty much exhausted just now. 

Thanks again and hope to see you soon. 

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Covid Passports - 9 Sept 2021

Many have been in touch regarding the headline news of last week that all nightclubs and live music indoors over 500 capacity will have to do apply this legally. 

Firstly its just been voted on with no real specifics on how it will apply other than some headline grabbers, who it will apply to unless anyone knows what an Analogous venue is, what even a night club actually is. I know you couldn't make it up but still voted thro with so many unanswered questions across a broad spectrum of businesses from National Football games, Large scale events and down to oor wee venue. 

Secondly the technology to do all this doesn't exist yet. We don't have a scanner or app to scan anyone's QR code, also no one can get a digital record other than a paper copy with a Qr code, which we can't scan anyway. That will take by Scot Govs own admission to end of the month leaving YOU days or less to download it ready for 1st October. I even read an article from the Danish company asked to develop the app similar to the Danish Governments own that they haven't been given the go ahead yet. 

So please take a breath and await the information when it comes out also how it will really work. As we've said in the past numerous times the DEVIL is in THE DETAIL. We don't know yet but when we do will as we have throughout the pandemic let you know what's going on and take it from there but no doubt some will be effected and some will be unhappy. None of which is our fault to apply this fairly. 

Our capacity is just over 400 over two levels. As it stands live events indoors under 500 DON'T need the PROPOSED covid passport. 

As we host approx 150-220 capacity events downstairs it wouldn't apply. 

However as we are also possibly and most likely classed as a nightclub AFTER the live shows we don't know yet what we might have to do, as both levels flow into each other during the course of the night as it has been for over a decade. Those at a gig can if they wish stay on to 3am and some do. Some come later to catch last bit of the live session with the intent to stay onto 3am. Many come purely for the Nightclub but can use the lower level after the gig is wrapped up as a late lounge. Many scenarios are being looked at but some are not viable and workable to simply split things up. It may mean we have to adopt passports for entry to the whole night BUT still to work through things carefully WHEN we know all the facts so please don't assume this is what is happening as there are alot of information needed first to make an informed decision.  

Either way it's an impossible situation placed upon us to remain open and fully operational. We will find a solution as we have thro this pandemic and keep rocking but have to admit it's getting pretty hard to keep all the plates spinning at the moment as we get hit from all sides with one thing or another. 

What we do know and appreciate it's already causing division, doubt and more uncertainty which is already having an effect with the amount of calls and messages also a drop in sales for some events that should be well on their way to selling out. It just never ends. 

Thanks for your continued support and understanding over the months. 

Hope to see you at a gig and club night as we continue to Rock in September with some amazing events right on your doorstep also Scotland's Longest running Rock Club. 

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Ticket update for Maiden Scotland, Quireboys and Black Celebrations gigs. 1st Sept 2021.

Ticket UPDATE for : 

Maiden Scotland (4 Sept), The Quireboys (Full Electric) with Twister (17 Sept) and Black Celebration - Depeche Mode Tribute (18 Sept) events are now all WAITING LIST as ticket allocations are now all sold to our safe gig limit to allow a fraction more space then we normally could go upto. 

Hopefully this helps anyone a wee bit unsure in current climate. It will be busy but not jammed in for the sake of a few extra quid. 

Three events all getting there in the period of a couple of weeks is superb. Many thanks to all who got a ticket in advance, rolled them on from previous dates. It is very much appreciated in the very turbulent times. 

Re:Sell is active for any ticket holder that can no longer make it as is the waiting list for anyone who has left it too late.

I hope those sitting on the fence or still thinking about coming for other cracking events in September, October and November get a click on and make sure you get your tickets sorted asap. The only way to guarantee your entry is to buy in advance !

All the gigs, all the info and all the new news as it happens at

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

UPDATE 31 August 2021

Well that's August done and dusted. 

What a very challenging, frustrating end it was with some sensational moments and some fantastic live events in between. I'll not dwell on it but some aspects of the last couple of weeks after a huge amount of work to get to this point after 18 months was a little underwhelming in return.  

We know the challenges won't just stop as we move ahead in September and to our planned return to 7pm- 3am opening, and neither will the need for some basic mitigations from everyone to continue too by the looks of things. 

We know what's going on elsewhere, we are not daft, blind or stupid and would be easy to say stuff it, but we will still be asking you to track and trace on entry also for masks to be used when coming in, moving about, going to the loo, GOING TO THE BAR and leaving at the end of the night. It's simply the right thing to do. 

When you are stood or sat drinking and watching any of the live shows or upstairs in the rock club you won't be required to wear a mask or when dancing which for many will be the vast majority of the night. 

Not too much of a hardship for a few minutes here and there during the night when moving about to pop a mask on so if it helps even a small amount reduce the risk of transmission then we will continually ask you to do it when at the Dread. Oh and there is the small point of it still being law across Scotland to do both. 

SO 3am closing time is back from 3rd September. Hope you can handle it. 

We also have some superb LIVE events coming your way that you are well advised to grab a ticket for in advance during September and kick off with SHE BURNS RED and FALLEN MAFIA

Then THE BEAST is BACK....sssssshhhh don't tell everyone but not many tickets left. 

Some top internationally renowned bands, local legends and everything in between ALSO heading your way to go along with a damn good rocking upstairs EVERY FRIDAY and SATURDAY NIGHT. 

One stand out event that many might scan past is FULLHOUSE play Frankie Miller. Frankie was a true Scottish legend and his music lives on thro some fantastic musicians who played with Frankie during the decades. Yes parts of the original FULLHOUSE will be with us for a show then onto the Barrowlands no less. With the likes of Ray Minhinnett, former UFO drummer Clive Edwards, former Bad Company guitarist DAVE Cowell joining in the fun and superb vocals from Gregor McGregor its not one to let go past as it may never happen again with this line up. 

Get a ticket

ALSO with one of our top gigs ALREADY SOLD OUT from THE QUIREBOYS many more are also heading that way too would say to Grab a ticket, support live music at Dreadnoughtrock and the bands you might never get a chance to see elsewhere.  

FULL details about each and every gig is on the WEBSITE

Monday, 23 August 2021

27 and 28 August 2021

The last weeeeeekend of AUGUST ! Already !

Well I can truly say it was epic to see upstairs rocking once again. A tentative start but epic none the less so look forward to the weeks ahead. 

Our decision to cap the closing time to 2am for the time being seems to have been the right thing to do with many feeling the pace of rocking that long catching up with them as the night wore on so ending on a bit of a high instead of drifting away is always the best way to do it. 

I've seen a few comments saying they will hang back til we go back to 3am ? Not sure why as all you need to do is come in an hour earlier - poss catch the live show then head on upstairs. For decades 2am was the norm anyway but will review this next week for going forward. Keep ye posted on that. 

So to this weekend. 

FRIDAY 27 AUGUST - PROPOSAL are back in with us for a fine evening of covers that range from Rock to more mainstream songs which are just superb. 

You can catch a wee bit of how they do it -

DOORS 7pm - £5 in advance online and £6 at door. On stage approx 8.30-11pm with a break then the Rock Jockery commences straight after upstairs to 2am. Entry to the live gig allows you to stay on to rock with us as ever that you just don't get anywhere else. Nightclub entry STILL just £5. 


FOUR bands come from all over the UK to shoot it out for a place at this years WINTERSTORM FESTIVAL and a whole host of music business support too headlined by rising stars THE BRINK. 


FIRST BAND ON at 7.30 - 8pm
SECOND BAND at 8.15-8.45pm
THIRD BAND at 9.00-9.30pm
FOURTH BAND 9.45-10.15pm
Judges will retire to discuss the performance 
THE BRINK 10.30-11pm
We will announce the winners straight after the BRINK finish their set. 

TICKETS are available for this one in advance at £10 - please note this may well be £13 on the door SO would be grabbing an advance ticket. 

NIGHTCLUB ONLY ENTRY from 10pm - £5 at paybooth as normal then entry via side door until live event wraps up. 

As ever all the links and event info for these and ALL forthcoming events at

Get a click on and continue to support live music right on your doorstep. 

As per last few weekends a REMINDER that track and trace is required to enter. Tickets Purchased via skiddle platform will have relevant info we need for track and trace but anyone entering as a pay and come in will be required to use NHS Scotland platform. 

MASKS are still mandatory so again would REMIND everyone that entering, leaving, moving about and more importantly going to THE BARS that masks MUST be worn. When you are seated or standing drinking watching a gig upstairs or dancing you don't require a mask. Bars are for service only so when served please move back to where you were standing or seated. 
We have the right to refuse service to anyone blatantly disregarding this simple request. 

Friday, 20 August 2021


The weekend is here and time to rock once more OVER TWO LEVELS for the first time in 523 days to link up the live session with Rock Club action upstairs. 

Still time to grab an advance gig ticket that ALSO includes your entry upstairs after the sessions wrap up - you can also pay on the door for the live sessions and nightclub entry. 

£6 in advance online - £7@door for Fridays gig then £5 for nightclub entry. 

£5 in advance online - £6@door for Saturdays gig then £5 for nightclub entry. 

Please note - it's CASH ONLY at the door. 

To break everyone in gently including all staff we are open to 2am. It's been a while so don't moan just come earlier ! After all we do open at 7pm and bar prices are comparable to any bar in town. 

Final wee reminder and it's important - TRACK and TRACE is still required. Those who have an advance gig ticket you have already entered the required info so won't need to use the NHS check in service. 

For everyone else that's just rocking up you will have to ensure YOU have enough DATA and BATTERY in your phone to use the NHS Check in service at the door. If you don't then you might not get in or will have to use a mates phone. If you can't work your phone because you've had a few too many then it's mibbey time to head home anyway.

Save yourself alot of time and grief -  DOWNLOAD the Check in App which makes it super simple when you come in. It's used Scotland wide !

Q&A - Everyone has to do it - not just one in the group, No we don't have a bit of paper to write your details down as it's not compliant with GDPR (Privacy Laws), No you just can't come in and do it later...............

FINALLY - Masks are required to come in, move around and go to the BARS. You don't have to wear a mask when drinking (at a table or standing) or dancing which for many will be the vast majority of the night. Be considerate and have a great night as It's been a long hard fight to get here.

Hope to see you back rocking this weekend. 

Wednesday, 11 August 2021




After what has been a very very long while we have managed to fire up the old engines and are ready to rock over both levels again from Friday 20th August. It's been a challenge to get here so hope to see you dance and drink the night away.

The live events return to full capacity this weekend (13th and 14) just in case you missed all that with a limited opening on LOWER LEVEL ONLY to 1am with tickets left ONLY for Friday night.
Saturday 14th is sold out completely I'm afraid.

Friday 20th Stormchaser and The Jason Sweeney Band followed by ROCK CLUB action to late o'clock £6 entry online.
Sat 21st The Cosmic Trip Advisors at ALSO followed by more ROCK CLUB Action to late o'clock. £5 entry online.
Friday 27th - A superb covers band - PROPOSAL £5 entry online.
Sat 28th - A FIVE BAND night with the UK final for STORMBREAKERS (£10 entry but again includes entry to the nightclub just like ANY of our gig tickets)

After all it's what you have all been missing for nearly 17 months.

TICKETS for gigs are first come basis online and just like the olden days allowed you to stay on after the gig upstairs or down just in case you forgot - probably the only place that does.

We'll take it easy on ye for first couple of weekends and just go to 2am seeing it's been a while.
SO come early - IN FACT get booked up to the gigs as they are just £6 and £5 and make a night of it being back rocking with us on the opening weekend.

Entry price to nightclub unchanged from the last decade ! Mind it's cash only to pay and come in.

HOPE to see you back at Scotland's Longest running Rock Club very soon.

We have our own handy guidance listed on the website for you and ask you to have a wee squinty at it but for now TRACK and TRACE still applies to all and MASKS have still to be worn when coming in, moving around the club, GOING TO THE BARS and leaving.
YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK TO DANCE or DRINK where you are standing in the live event, at a seated area or where you are standing.

PLEASE remember our bars are STILL ONLY for service only so once served PLEASE move back to where you were standing or sitting (then take your mask off). Please don't block the bars up for others. We know its been a while but really need your help in this.

Friday, 6 August 2021

NEWS UPDATE 6 August 2021

So after alot of confusion, frustrations and discussions this week we now have a bit of guidance to refer to for moving forward from 9th August that was a wee bit of a sting in the tail if honest in the 3rd August update. However after all this time and we knew it would take a wee bit time to move to a full opening, but the lack of clarity this week, mixed messaging, mass confusion and delays to inform the whole of the trade and businesses some that have been closed for over 500 days from Scot Gov is frankly unacceptable and should have been prepared or discussed well in advance. 

Anyway we now know where we are and if I sound a wee bit frustrated then you are correct. It's been a very long hard 6 weeks to re-launch the live side of things and try to guess what was next but now we can prepare for a full re-opening. 

Thankfully and despite the wee sting in the tail I'll come onto, it is fantastic news we have now got to the point gigs can start to re-open fully away from distancing ones at the club and look at re-opening the nightclub too after the 9th Aug. 

Quite hard to take in to be honest. After all the ups and downs, getting right to the point we didn't have any more funds to survive another month we have arrived at a point where we can get on and do our thing again. 

Without the level of support shown in the last 500 plus days we wouldn't be here so again a massive thanks you to those who did so whether it's been buying a T-Shirt, crowdfunding, coming to pub mode and distanced gigs or simply a wee message of support. Every wee bit got us a step closer to this point and for those still to come back now's your time to do so as the next period ahead is just as vital as that past. 

SO it's fantastic to confirm that from 13th August ALL Live events will no longer be distanced, require table service, you to book a table in a specific spot or come along at a set time to help with all the restrictions that sadly will still be required and in place this weekend on 6 and 7 August events. 

We wish we could drop them like a stone but things don't change to Monday the 9th and many may have booked on the information and plan we had to put in place also our licence and reputation is more important than another handful of people squeezed in. Changing any of it now will also just lead to confusion, disruption to service and staffing plans so they go as planned/laid out in the events descriptions. As both events have sold as many of the available seats round the distancing and various permutations of numbers and households able to sit together etc , those who committed early enough will get in to another two cracking live events. 

Those who are just making their minds up now - sorry you have just left it too late. 

The Sting in the Tail :

I have produced an updated set of guidance specific for our venue as I have done throughout the pandemic to assist you and let you know what would be expected when you come along. Thankfully is WAY shorter this time round but still a few important things required and asked if you want to come along. Nothing you'll need to call your rocket scientist pals about.  PLEASE NOTE this guidance is based on my reading on the new Scot Gov guidance which may also update a wee bit ahead of events 13th onwards. 


It is a working document and may be updated if Scot Gov update anything so if you are unsure - just ask and will help best I can. 

I'll start just like in the guidance and say it is and always has been a personal choice for anyone to come to the club. It's a very hot topic just now this mask wearing thing for nightclubs etc and why this and why not that. Too early to open them etc etc 

Some are losing sight that it's upto the individual now to decide if they want to come to a gig or the nightclub at Dreadnoughtrock and is completely different from deciding to go elsewhere even the likes of on a train, doctors and kids at school etc etc. We are not forcing you to come along, you do because you want to and that choice that responsibility is yours to make along with knowing you may well be in close contact to others who also want to be in the live event or nightclub. We will do everything we possibly can to mitigate the risks but only so much we can do so please bear that in mind just the same as many other different businesses and services will try to also. 

The wearing of face masks is still mandatory which means it is law for the time being and until told otherwise. Don't panic tho as it's not ALL night. 

This will suit many but like wise may put others off going out. Hopefully our guidance will change your mind on that as to be honest and being a glasses wearer a complete pain in the arse but will go along with it until more and more are vaccinated thro to the point we don't need to wear them. 

After this period of time it's not too much to ask to wear a mask to come in, go to the bar, the loo, to the smoking area or leaving. 

You don't have to wear a mask all night which could well be the majority of the night so when standing or sitting with your drink including dancing you don't have to wear a mask so lets use a wee bit common sense around this please also considerate to those who might want to wear a mask a wee bit longer. Basically if you are drinking and dancing all night which is the vast majority then no mask. 

Remember - It's only when coming in, moving about, GOING TO THE BAR and leaving you need a mask - no big deal folks so as I said - Don't panic or flip oot. 

Track and Trace is still also mandatory for live event and nightclub entry again until advised otherwise. 

Please refer to the guidance on this please as its different for live events and nightclub. 

Live events can call upon SKIDDLE Rapid Scan system to have your and guests details so please look at your skiddle account ahead of the gigs and complete your guests names please. 

Coming to the Club will use the NHS Scotland check in system .

Talking of the NIGHTCLUB many will have go to this point and be foaming at the mouth with anticipation.  When is it re-opening ???

Well I'm afraid to say with final guidance coming so late in the day we do not have enough time to fully prepare all staff required, stock and shit tons of other things needed to done to re-open upstairs from the 13th August. After all we were only told on the 3rd we can re-open after all this time and needed to wait to see the mask updates till TODAY then decide if we can move ahead with planning so bear with us on telling you when but won't be the 13th or 14th August. The live events will go as planned and downstairs only bar open to 1am. I'm a machine but now in badly need of a service, so to get us open in a week after 500 plus days of being closed is just too much even for the rockcrew. 

Please be patient also we need to build back upto to 3am closes again. No doubt some of you will need to work upto that too after a long time also answer the big question are you ready to come back ? When are you ready to come back ? 

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Freedommmmmmm.........well not quite.

Updates to follow when we make sense of todays Scot Gov update, particularly round mask wearing, continued track and trace and when we see the relevant written guidance when it is eventually updated on how it can and has to be applied to indoor live events and nightclubs.

Defo some great news that distancing ends, table service ends, no capacity limits for us any longer etc. etc. Don't get too carried away just yet till we work things out.

Thursday, 29 July 2021

The New Normal ?

As a precursor to the long awaited Scot Gov update on Tuesday 3rd August and the proposed move away from level zero that should allow more relaxations many have been asking when are we re-opening so thought I would jot a few things down for you, as until we hear that announcement we actually don't know when the nightclub will re-open, when we can drop distancing and many other things that will also effect the live side of things. 

Yes its frustrating and always last minute but that's why I'm going grey quick. Too Quick.  

Despite an upto date website, regular news updates on this page and of course sharing it via social media it would seem many haven't been interacting the same in the past, missing things or just out of practice as it's been a while.

Mibbey they've missed the fact we are actually open and doing socially distanced gigs to get all staff, customers and bands back to a wee bit of normality as we step towards the day the restrictions will end and then becomes all our responsibility including you on the next steps of opening and going out. 

All I can say is please check in regularly with the WEBSITE then Facebook, twitter, Instagram etc

Here is the only place the news is logged FIRST before it hits the other places. 

There will be alot of updates to come in the next week(s) and what we expect a staggered approach to the new normal of opening.  

Please don't just think BOOM we are back in the room - open and as it was when we closed. 

It will take time to get back there either by still being restricted by Scot Gov in one way or another or by us ramping things back up over a period of weeks as all staff and you guys will have to re-adjust to a later night opening than has been allowed lately. 

Please be patient as no one has been in the nightclub for a good part of year and half - two years, mibbey even longer. We don't know yet who will be confident to step back out and in for a damn good rocking or what measures may still have to be looked at to boost confidence about being out again. We know it's not going to be easy or instant. You might take minutes to decide to go back out but equally could take months or not at all. I'm afraid that will be your responsibility and decision. 

One thing that will remain in place from us is good hand hygiene thro the winter. 

Wash yer mits and sanitising won't be hard to do - will it ?  

In the meantime please have a wee check in more regularly - once a week should catch you up on the news page via the website and go there first.  

TO BE week. 

OH before you go some actual NEWS !

We have for many years teamed up with an APP platform to have our own app which isn't free BTW.

A very well used app and dead handy for many to look up and book up, check the news that eventually took you here etc etc etc.  Anyhoo for the last year tech support and various things haven't been happening or updated which has been out of our hands. 

Things like the app not now showing on the Google Play store, some important links to be able to find the app, NO app pings or notifications and as I said zero tech support in last year to resolve has brought us to a painful decision to break ties with that app platform and no longer pay for it.  

You might not even notice any issues until you change your phone and can't download it again - we actually don't know what will happen when we stop paying to use the platform as that doesn't work either and no one can advise us of it. Great fun this Tech gizmotronical stuff and yup more grey hairs. 

Monday, 26 July 2021

The Last weekend of July.

 Well what a weekend 23rd and 24th July was.

Our first at level zero with an extra hour of opening and 10 more seats. Nothing to get too excited about as the socially distanced and restricted events continued at Dreadnoughtrock but Christ the atmosphere generated by those who came along Friday for Dirty Betty and those lucky enough to have a seat for The Stormbreakers Scottish heats was just phenomenal.
All the more impressive were all the bands rocking up for their first gig after 18 months in some cases was a joy to behold.
A massive round of applause first though to the unsung heroes still working flat out to keep you safe, stocked up with beverages and the live music flowing. I'm talking about all our rock crew.
Only 4 weeks in and having to work round many totally different ways of doing things also the complete reverse of what we have done for the last 40 years is just superb. Hopefully just another two weeks of this way of doing things before we really get back to what we do best. Fingers crossed the 3rd Aug updates allow that to happen.
So to the weekend past :
Despite a last minute change to the night Dirty Betty rocked up with two lead vocalists that went down a storm with those who nabbed a table.
Then onto The Stormbreakers and crew who through a lot of last minute changes, different restrictions brought together a new format for this year to have 4 UK heats ahead of the Final back at Dreadnoughtrock at the end of August for those bands who make it thro.
In the case of Saturday Bad Actress topped the score sheets ahead of Bastyon Stormchaser and Victorius
Top performances all round wrapping up a first outing for the all new Jason Sweeney band as the guest headliners.
I heard a rumour they are back soon ?
Finally thanks to all those who came and rocked with us. We hope to see you again in the future.
The weekend to come and last weekend of July already.
Nightfly and Black Rose are primed and ready to bring more top notch live music your way.
However if you are reading this and think that would be good to come to I'm afraid you have left it too late as all seating/tables have all been snapped up. Sorry.
As ever, no matter if it's our socially distanced events or those still to come way into 2022 would say get onto the website more regularly, get clicking thro those events and book a ticket if you are coming along as that is the only place to see what is coming up and the events listed that will contain all the latest info.
Please read the info carefully and update yourself just before the events. I would also highly recommend downloading the SKIDDLE ticket App for your phone and set up an account using the same email you have bought tickets on as it will not only let you also see what's on at the Dread but hold your online tickets for you to scan in on the night and act as track and trace.
Tickets are only available to download and print 24hrs ahead of gigs just now to stop touting, duplication and assist with any last minute changes that could still happen due to covid, and more now with anyone needing to isolate.