Months go by and, well, y'know, I just kind of forgot to do anything about it. That is until the last couple of weeks when I went mad on the internet and phone, trying to find a venue that would book us for the Saturday night.
First up came Gary, from The Diamond in Sutton-in-Ashfield (nr Mansfield, Notts) who didn't have that Saturday free, but he did have the Thursday night. Well I'm not one for saying "No", so I say "Yes" to Gary. The Diamond looks a great venue. IT's got its own 7KW PA and lighting rig and stage and everything. And there's accommodation at the venue too. Sorted!
And then I spoke to Ian, at Ye Olde Black Cross in Bromsgrove, who had just got one Saturday come free. Yep. Saturday 6th November! Result. The Black Cross is a bit smaller than The Diamond, but it still boasts its own staging and looks a peachy little place. Not only that, but we can head for home from Bromsgrove when we finish as its maybe 2.5hrs drive in the van.
I'm really looking forward to making new friends in Mansfield and Bromsgrove and catching up with some old friends in Leicester. Oh, and sampling another skinful of Russell's marvellous beers at The Criterion!
Here's some web addresses if you are in the Midlands that weekend:
Thursday 4th November - The Diamond, 47 Stoney Street, Sutton -in- Ashfield, Mansfield, Notts NG17 4GH
Friday 5th November - The Criterion, 44 Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN
Saturday 6th November - Ye Olde Black Cross, 70 Worcester Road, Bromsgrove B61 7AG
Hoover and out x