Yes we did, through the debris of general elections and Brexit we have emerged into 2017 with this awesome vessel we know as The Brickmakers!! This Saturday – Mum, Emma and I celebrate our 14 years at the helm of this amazing musical institution. We have all took turns in driving but in all reality, it is The Brickmakers itself and the people who love it that really drive the machine. It pushes us all the time to strive to be better, to provide more entertainment, to help more bands along their journey and to be a safe and relaxed environment in which to come and enjoy the best in local music. All three of us feel privileged to have made it this far, running a pub in this day and age isn’t easy, overheads are reaching crazy heights, beer prices are always increasing and supermarkets don’t help pubs by selling alcohol at silly prices. Yet, we are still here floating on this sea of craziness!! We are fully aware that it is you guys, our customers and our huge rosta of loyal bands that have brought us along this far. We cannot express how grateful we are to you for being with us along the way, your love and support is precious to us and we promise to continue into the next however many years in the only way we know how. With a vision to support and promote local music, providing a platform for our young musicians to grow and develop their talents and of course to keep bringing you the best local music across both of our stages.
Heading into our 15th year we bring you a night of celebrations this coming Saturday. Come down and join us for our annual surprise birthday party. I know, I know it’s not a surprise because now we all know its happening (hahahaha) BUT….only Mum, Emma and I know who is going to be playing, not even our staff know so you’re not allowed to kidnap and torture them!!! All you need to know is that you will need to get here by 9pm, we get packed out every year for this and if you’re not in early you will have to queue out in the cold so don’t faff about, get your glad rags on and come and have a birthday drink with us. We can guarantee that this is one party you will not want to miss – It’s going to seriously ROCK!!!
Easter Sunday we have our regular appearance from the Lee Vasey Big Band at 12.30pm and then karaoke madness from 8.30pm. Then after midnight it’s going to be all hands on deck behind the scenes to get stuff ready for our first Bank Holiday Bash of the year –
Easter Monday – ROCK THE RIBBON – 12noon – 12 midnight
After 14 years of bank holiday bashes we are a well oiled machine when it comes to organising them. Emma bears the brunt of the work when it comes to booking all the bands, and she starts the planning of our charity bashes almost a year in advance, especially BRICKFEST. We ask a lot of our bands, we know this, but every year they come back and play for us for free (and a couple of beers), we are so lucky and ever grateful for their support on a day when they could all be down the beach with their families. You are all amazing, lovely people! Mum and our fab staff team spend ages gathering prizes from local companies for our gigantic tombola – we have an Amazon Fire up for grabs in our tombola on Monday so it’s definitely worth spending your quid on. Then of course we have the music, ten fabulous acts starting at 12pm. I get to kickstart this one off as Myself and Caz (Pure Passion’s first singer) play a impromptu acoustic set. It is almost 24years since Caz and I sang together as a duo so we’re going to relive the past for half an hour and see what happens! We also have Blind Tiger / The Collective / The Glamtastics / Enigma / Beautiful Dangerous / Lithium/ Super Action Heroes and Pure Passion taking to the stage to help us to raise some serious cash for Breast Cancer Research! So, come on down Monday for some great music, a few beers and a burger. There will be plenty for the kids to do too – facepainting and a bouncy castle to keep them entertained. it’s only £2 to get in and all under 12’s get in for FREE!!! All we ask is that if you have anything PINK – WEAR IT!!!!
So we are looking forward to celebrating our 14th birthday with you all and look forward to our 15th year with excitement and anticipation of whats to come. Whatever the future brings we can guarantee it will certainly be musical!
Thanks again to you all for joining us for the ride – now buckle up, ere’ we go again!!!
Love Charley (Pam & Em too)