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.