Apr 4 1992

Decline, Jailcell Recipes, Unsound


I persuaded Robbie and Barnstormers to host a Saturday afternoon show with No Age restrictions. They were hesitant as they were situated in a commercial street with many shops open for business. Because of the success of Spermbirds they agred to go with an afternoon gig. However the carpet showrooms next door weren’t too pleased. The noise was affecting customers judgement and we had to keep levels down ridiculously low until 5.30. A hard thing to do as the gig started at 3.

This was our third time to put a gig on for Jailcell Recipes and our our third time to lose money on the band. The Belfast Gig Collective were big fans so whenever they asked if “Jailcells” could play we had no option but to say yes. This gig was Barnstormers first and last Saturday afternoon affair. The owners decided it wasn’t worth disturbing the neighbouring businesses. We still couldn’t find an affordable venue to put gigs on that wasn’t a pub. So, for now, people would have to make do with false ids.

I had gone to school with the “bouncer” in Barnstormers and, thankfully, he turned very few people away. It wasn’t the ideal solution so, with Warzone collective in mind, we decided to start actively looking for our own place. We scoured Dublin for premises suitable to house a vegetarian café that could double up as a venue. We set up a co-operative and applied for as many grants as we could.

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