THE cob­ble­stones

Kerrang! (UK) - - Gigs -

TELL US THE STORY BE­HIND THE COB­BLE­STONES, GRA­HAM…

“The Cob­ble­stones opened as a ded­i­cated mu­sic venue in 2016, bring­ing lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tal­ents to the town. Over the past year it has evolved from an empty room that put on floor shows to a venue with a stage, light­ing rig and PA sys­tem.”

YOU’RE A PRETTY NEW MU­SIC VENUE – HOW IM­POR­TANT HAS IT BE­COME TO THE LO­CAL MU­SIC SCENE IN THAT TIME?

“I would like to think the venue is ex­tremely im­por­tant to the area. The venue is the first of its kind in the area, rather than the typ­i­cal pub for cover bands.we op­er­ate an open-door pol­icy so whether you’re a met­aller, punk, emo, pen­sioner or from a dif­fer­ent coun­try, you’re al­ways wel­come as long as you be­have and treat ev­ery­one equally.”

THAT’S THE ONLY GOOD WAY TO BE. WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BEST ROCK OR METAL SHOWS TO HAP­PEN AT THE VENUE?

“The best? That’s hard to say. Ev­ery night means some­thing to me, but per­haps pop-punk le­gends The Ataris, which was our first sell-out show, or Crazy Town, who are so much bet­ter than that one song [But­ter­fly].”

SWEET! AND DO YOU HAVE MANY SHOWS COM­ING UP TO SEE OUT THE YEAR?

“Well, Crazy Town are com­ing back! Then we have Shawn James & The Shapeshifters.we also have some big block­busters booked in for next year, but you’re go­ing to have to wait for an­nounce­ments.”

SOUNDS GOOD. APART FROM PUTTING ON GIGS, IS THE VENUE USED FOR ANY­THING ELSE?

“We are a fully-func­tion­ing pub on the days when we have no mu­sic.we open 11am un­til 11pm dur­ing the week, and close later at week­ends. We have a pool league, darts league, skit­tle league and the oc­ca­sional beer pong tour­na­ment.”

HOW ARE YOU LOOK­ING TO IM­PROVE THE VENUE IN THE NEAR FU­TURE?

“We will be hav­ing a re­fit in 2018 with more stag­ing and light­ing.af­ter that, we want to bring more big acts to the venue.”

FI­NALLY, WITH THE YEAR COM­ING TO A CLOSE, WHAT CHAL­LENGES DO YOU FACE IN THE CUR­RENT ECO­NOMIC CLI­MATE, AND HOW DO YOU SUR­VIVE THAT?

“I’d like to say that I’m a mil­lion­aire and I just throw money at it, but I’m not.we sur­vive; we work hard to keep regulars en­ter­tained and keep a roof over our heads.and next year we will carry on as nor­mal, book bands, en­ter­tain peo­ple and just have fun.we’re a tra­di­tional pub with al­ter­na­tive val­ues: it’s our motto and we will stick to it.”

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