See change, sea change

As 2010 draws to a close, it seems to be the beginning of a number of changes for me – some good, some not so good.

As a few of my friends will know, I unfortunately lost my grandmother a few weeks ago as she finally lost her long and brave battle against cancer. We all loved Nanna dearly so this was a very sad occasion for us. It was nice at the funeral to meet up with family whom I seldom see but very sad to see her go. We had some nice visits in those final weeks, the memories of which I will cherish.

In the last week or so, I finally parted company with the Zuu bar. After over 2 years of events booking for the Zuu and before that the Mannville Arms, it was finally time for me to move on. It has had its ups and downs and some phases have been easier than others. After a recent communications breakdown at the venue, I initially decided to quit “for the foreseeable future” (i.e. a cooling off period and to get my breath back). However, I had not really been happy for some time and after more bad lines of communication, I have finally decided to move on completely. I won’t comment on the reasons any more than that. However, I would like to wish all of the staff at the Empress and the Zuu bar the very best. There is a fantastic team of dedicated people at those venues (and in the background) and they really do go the extra mile to keep things going from time to time. The last event I have booked there is this coming Saturday (11th) with Keyside Strike + The Bullet Kings + The Zombie Head Hunters. It is a great line-up with a great set of people. Sadly I will not be in attendance but it will be a fantastic night’s entertainment so please do call in if you are in the area. There are other outside promotions coming up in 2011 such as various Fungalpunk nights and Dragonfest so watch out for those.

A few weeks ago, Billy at the Black Swan had decided he would like to tackle bookings for the pub himself. I was involved in a limited capacity but at the time, I was too ensconced in the Zuu bar business to be able to do it justice, so this came as a welcome decision at the time. Billy has some great ideas and a lot of spirit for the Black Swan and the pub has really come into its own.

Events-wise, I am fairly relieved to be stepping down my commitments to be honest. I shall be supporting the Polish club where I can in times to come but I am happy to leave it at that for the time being. I have met some great bands and individuals over the last couple of years of doing this and am kind of looking forward to being a punter for a while. So, with that in mind, the old addresses for the Zuu and Black Swan will no longer be in use. I am still friends with people at various venues and am always happy to help out if I can, so please do ask. I cannot really commit to the levels I have in the past but I don’t mind lending a hand.

On the band front, things are changing round a bit after Mick has decided to leave the band. Things are on hold for SBC in the short term but we shall be back soon, initally down to a 4-piece probably. It is still early days yet, so much has to be discussed but we are still here and hope to be gigging again early next year. We are also hoping to play at some different venues too. More on this as it unfolds.

I would like to conclude by extending a warm and sincere thank you to all of my friends and family who have been there with me and for me through all of the above. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I hope to see many of you out and about real soon. Cheers!

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