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.”