Well what can you say about Rocktober 2021.
Frustrating to amazing all in a weekend. Packed to the rafters and not so packed to the rafters. It's difficult to explain to be honest as we rounded off the month by another amazing Halloween Party.
Thanks again to all who made it happen.
One constant thro' the uncertainty is we are still moving heaven and earth to bring you top live music and rock club action EVERY weekend that you just won't get anywhere else in the Lothian's as we rock on and be there for nights like Halloween. Just wish that level of commitment could be made on many other nights if I'm honest as it's just as safe on all our other nights too.
We also stood on the edge of the cliff a couple of times in October with a couple of events in the month that should have been postponed due to poor sales but we held firm for those who committed to a ticket and to the bands travelling from far and wide. Soooo glad we did as they didn't disappoint on stage. We thank those for showing up and supporting some excellent artists also to all the bands who supported the situation at some cost to them also. No explanation to it I'm afraid but as I keep saying it's the very last resort for us to cancel and unless going to really hurt financially will carry on best we can which we are glad went ahead. We hope you can understand that taking the plunge early to get tickets and not leave it to the very last minute to see if it will go ahead which is a wee bit backwards in thinking if I'm blunt, helps massively. If everyone held off then nothing would go ahead now would it ?? or Is it busy ? - ach I'll no bother then. How will it ever get busy if everyone did that too ? Or later in the night it does get busy and you've missed out big time.
A wee bit of faith and confidence goes along way just now.
Frustrating - you bet, especially when the those who do come pick their jaws aff the floor on what they are seeing for the money. They are the ones asking us where is everyone or look what they are missing at the quieter nights, then at the other extreme complimenting us on the ones that run perfectly to a capacity audiences. We hear it constantly. Also if this venue was in .....Edinburgh, Glasgow, London or generally where the people who have travelled for hours to make an event saying they would be here every week or be jammed packed if this closer to them or was in...........fill in the blank place.
The simple fact is it isn't anywhere else and right here on many doorsteps as it has been for decades and sometimes taken for granted that we will always be open for next Halloween or next big gig. We very much plan to be as it'll be 50 years of the club in 2022 !
We get it is still very much a see what happens for you just now but please don't buy into the we are heading for another lockdown or the doom never to go out again - do what you can and be in when you can as your support is appreciated regardless and still very much needed going forward. Even if it's just a simple share on social media or a like as it can make all the difference if not coming out. That's way better than not doing anything or skipping past our reminders and posts.
SO a new re-cap before I run over November.
Covid Passports/ Vaccine status proof are only required to be on the upper Nightclub level.
So if coming to a general live event downstairs you WON'T REQUIRE to show vaccine proof to be at the show or stay on DOWNSTAIRS after the live event ends at approx 11pm to catch up with pals, the band etc etc etc. ONLY IF you want to be upstairs in the nightclub will you have to show your proof of vaccine on entry from 10pm or going upstairs after the show. Hope that helps a pretty confusing situation as it will vary from venue to venue and gig to gig as everywhere is different. Something not assisted by Scot Gov to be honest and lack of information or clarity over the last month as many still don't have a clue it's now law and been in place since 1st October.
The bottom line is 88% of the over 18's are double jagged but you have to prove it say Scot Gov to get into the nightclub. We don't agree at all with it but there ye go. We can be prosecuted if we don't ask to see the proof or refuse entry to those without it even though statistically we know that nearly 9 out of 10 people will be fully vaccinated at the door. It's bonkers so please take that up with your local MSP on why you need to prove it but in the meantime please make the effort to get your proof posted out, on your phone or via the app. For now we need to see it as do all nightclubs and many other places in Scotland.
Track and Trace is built into your live event tickets so only required to check in manually if coming along to the nightclub.
MASKS have still to be worn to enter, move about and being served at the bar. We have refused service to a good few over the past wee while that have entered with a mask to then say they didn't need one. You do and the staff aren't zipped up the back so pop on your mask, get served and enjoy your night. I know this might come as a shock but our patience is a little thin now so a wee bit assistance with something so simple yet effective to reduce the risk of transmission would be appreciated. I've not been asked for it elsewhere or don't have one will only get a death stare.
Can I jump in here and take you to Thursday 18th Oct and say that opportunities to have the likes of MARCO MENDOZA come to play are few and far between so when the call comes no matter what night of the week it falls on you have to sometimes take the plunge and risk that like many other gigs similar we get a packed venue to welcome artists like this. Marco has played with many awesome bands over the years also tours regularly all over the world himself and with some talented musicians. So are you in or out ?