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 www.dreadnoughtrock.com

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 - https://fb.watch/7z59YBxM2u/

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 www.dreadnoughtrock.com

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.