Well that's the first 3 weeks of reopening done and dusted at level 1 restrictions where we have asked so much of you also to adhere to many things we would never need to and book a table of tickets to comply to 2m distancing imposed on us. It wasn't easy but we all got there.
Can I thank all who did this and supported ourselves and the band during this period. Many making multiple appearances over the weeks.
It's still quite hard to put into words all the thanks on the way out the door and wee notes left behind. It certainly makes all the effort worthwhile.
A massive thank you to The Intruders, The Signs, Proposal, Gordon's Alive, Heavy Traffic and Too Late to Atone who all performed their first venue gig in over 16 months. All had those wee butterflies as if it was the first ever gig.
We now move into Level Zero from 23 July where all the restrictions we had before will continue but with a slight relaxation to midnight closing and 1m distancing now allowed in the venue.
The drop in distancing won't instantly allow double the amount of people we can or want in.
We intend to continue the baby steps we set out from the outset to provide a safe and enjoyable space to see live music once more.
It's hopefully just the start of a new dawn of live music support and nightclub when it's allowed to re-open.
We are now off life support, standing on our own two feet and all learning to walk again.
We are still very much in survival mode though as we take these small steps so still need as much support as possible.
Even when or if the restrictions fully or partially roll off hopefully in the near future we won't be out the woods yet until attendances come back and possibly more than they were pre-covid.
Events need supported from now on and I'm afraid we can no longer subsidise any lacking behind hoping it'll be alright on the night.
So hopefully the bad habits and apathy won't return that plagues small venues across the land. As I said numerous times before we're not mind readers and events may well have to be decided on if presales look poor.
If you are going please get a ticket in advance more so in the next 3-4 months as it would be hard to take after all that we have came thro to cancel an event due to very low or no sales.
A wee reminder we don't hold any ticket money - skiddle does and only gets paid after events take place so if it has to be refunded then it's instant if any postponements or cancellations still happen on the rocky road to normality.
Many have been asking - what do these changes mean.
Well as I said everything asked of you continues for another 3 weeks anyway.
The 1m distancing now allows us to offer a wee bit more flexibility on selling tickets and have a whopping two more tables in the space along with some extra single seats for those who have struggled to come along themselves. Those new positions will come online as soon as I can add them which takes time.
The revised seating options (shown) hopefully will assist to understand how we can now allow a block of seats to be booked at the same table as opposed to a full table.
We would still urge you to book the full table and organise your gang that you are comfortable being with at your table as before but also need to make you aware that a block of seats across the table may be people you don't know.
Either way we will be setting up the seating like this so those smaller blocks are 1m across the table and ask everyone to continue to be considerate of this and maintain your distance to others as we ain't out of this yet.
PLEASE READ THE EVENT INFORMATION you are interested in and TABLE/TICKET OPTIONS CAREFULLY before booking or just ask as many have.
We look forward to more live music in the next few weekends with some nights already proving very popular with very little tables remaining. Please keep an good eye on the event as I'm constantly having to juggle things round those who are booking. The Skiddle set up is helping but please bear with me as the system was never designed to deal with this and the permutations of who wants to come along so you might see a new block of tickets pop up unannounced.
Thanks again and look forward to seeing you return to the only place that rocks every weekend.