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#1 EliasMooseblaster

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:38 PM

I don't wish to spread malicious gossip, or discredit a venue unduly, but a turn of events over the weekend has got me a little perturbed. Just wondering if anybody else here is liaising with, or connected to, the current crew running the music at the Hope and Anchor, in Islington?

The story so far: towards the end of last week, various threads popped up around a few Facebook groups to the effect that a couple of sound engineers had been parachuted in by the venue and subsequently ripped off, and the PA system was in a pretty dire state.

This alarmed me, as my band is playing there very soon (sorry, it's hard to add context without making this all sound like a plug...). On Saturday, I emailed the guy at the venue to ask what was going on, and whether we should bring our own PA to be on the safe side.

I was content to wait for a reply, but this morning I had a gander online and these threads had all disappeared. This makes me think:
i. was it just some people trying to smear the venue's name?
ii. did the venue bully the posters into taking the threads down?
iii. have they kissed and made up, and the original posters deleted their threads out of good will?

Basically just wondering if the dense network of BC has any inside info that might put my mind at rest. (I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's number iii, and that I'll get a response shortly to say that all the gear is fine/has been fixed.)
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:35 PM

The guy we`ve always dealt with is Rulie, and he`s a really decent bloke. The management there are also nice, I can`t remember the land-ladies name but she`s been there for long time and is very nice to deal with too. This sounds like some sort of campaign to me, especially as everything has miraculously gone now.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:48 PM

View PostLozz196, on 20 March 2017 - 02:35 PM, said:

The guy we`ve always dealt with is Rulie, and he`s a really decent bloke. The management there are also nice, I can`t remember the land-ladies name but she`s been there for long time and is very nice to deal with too. This sounds like some sort of campaign to me, especially as everything has miraculously gone now.

Allow me to thicken the plot some: Rulie has not worked there since the end of last year. It's not clear whether he left or was given the push, but I've been dealing with someone completely different for this one. Thinking about it, this opens up a fourth possibility, that it's just some people over-reacting to what some might call teething problems while the new guys get to grips with the place...
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 04:56 PM

Either pop in or phone them.

I've found emailing pubs is always a bit hit and miss, although I didn't know about the Hope.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:06 AM

Damn!

Played there regularly in the seventies.... Cant believe it is still a venue! I should get out more.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:45 AM

i have been hearing these rumours too, it seems there are new promoters or owners involved.

i've played there before and it was good, but im getting the impression the new runners are a bit sh*t at paying sound guys and honouring gigs etc

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:52 AM

be interesting to see how this pans out. Am meant to be playing there in august
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