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GREETINGS FROM THE GREYHOUND TEAM!
Well a rather pitiful turn out for 3 great bands this weekend, no wonder so many small venues are closing down if this is what's to be expected. Friday we had the return of Cadence Noir who started out life back here around six year ago at our open mic night. So good to see how much they've grown and gelled over the years. Main band for the night was a new band to us Black Star Bullet who put on a great show of originals and covers to keep those who had bothered to come out entertained. A slightly better night on Saturday for Think Lizzy a local Thin Lizzy Tribute. A great night of classic rock and roll from the guys!
This weekend coming we have Cult Fiction on Friday followed by 8 Foot Under (Rock/Metal covers band). Let's see if we can get a better turn out this week. The words "Use it or lose it!" have never rang so true, so if you want to see small venues like The Greyhound stay open then we need support.
As many of you are aware, this time last year the future of this little music venue was looking very doubtful. Thankfully through the perserverance of Lil and her team we were able to keep the doors open and the music alive. This has not been an easy task and to be honest we’re still not out of the water yet by any means. In fact we’re barely breaking even. The place may look busy when we have the bands on over the weekend but that is only a small part of our week here. We know things are improving here with more new faces joining our great family of supporters each week but unfortunately with a price increase from our suppliers and the doubling of our business rates by the local council it is just not possible for us to continues as we are.
After many sleepless nights and discussions with the brewery we have come to the conclusion that unless we make some changes The Greyhound will close forever as a music venue and that is something we really don’t want to see happen. We have fought tooth and nail to keep this place going and we’re not about to give up on it now! So changes have to be made.
The only way we can see to do this is by firstly increasing our prices by a small amount to cover the cost from the suppliers. Secondly we will be introducing a two level pricing system. We have never charged on the door for bands on the weekend and we don’t want to now so the only alternative is to add a little to the price of your drinks when we have live music on to help cover the costs. We pay out around £1000 a week just for live music on top of all the other usual bills for running a pub.
Please realise we do not take these decisions lightly, if there was any other way to keeping The Greyhound alive we would. We hope you understand and continue to support us in the future and help keep music live at this great venue.
These changes will be taking effect from Friday 3rd February 2017.
THE REAL ALES RETURN!