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Oh My God that was amazing….what a brilliant day we had. The sun was shining and the bands were on form, and so were you lot! We had 12 awesome hours and each one rocked in aid of such a worthy cause.

During the course of the day, with your help we managed to raise a total amount of £1856.64

With two great Cancer charities in mind we are donating £1000 to Breast Cancer Research. The good news here is that the wonderful team at Barclays Bank have agreed to match us pound for pound. So they will also be donating £1000 to Breast Cancer Research .


Our second charity is chosen in honour of Jason Leech, a very dear friend and inspiration to us all. Two of his friends are tackling the 400km bike ride through Kenya, over the course of 5days in aid of Breast Cancer Care. We are going to donate the rest of the money to the cause in his name. You can read more about the girls cycle ride across Kenya by visiting their JustGiving pages here.



Check out the breakdown below to see exactly how the money was raised!

DOOR MONEY £861.03
TOMBOLA £414.72
MARK ( £10 DONATION) £10.00
TUB ON BAR £74.05
TUB ON BAR £49.29

SUB TOTAL £1856.64
BARCLAYS £1000.00

GRAND TOTAL £2856.64

Thank you so much for all your support today, it meant the world to us and we’re chuffed to bits with what you all helped us to raise. WELL DONE EVERYONE!!!

Right folks, it’s getting on for 3am and my ability to type is dwindling so I am going to say goodnight now. Thanks again for everything, your support and friendship is overwhelming.

With love –

Charley, Pam, Em and the whole Brickies team!!! xxxxx

Well it’s quite a chilled out Easter Sunday so far. I’m sitting here at the sound desk listening to the marvellous Lee Vasey band. It’s Claire’s last session with them today, she’s heading out on her own with her own band and embarking on a solo career. We wish her all the very best, I have to say we are definitely gonna miss her on Sundays but watch this space guys, we have dates booked with her band so come and check them out, Claire is one of the most talented voices in the city right now!   Check out Claire Barker’s Website!

It’s been a great weekend for gigs, classic rockers kept us shaking on friday night and then I was in stage last night with Pure Passion, I was a little worried it might have been quiet what with the bank holiday but I needn’t have worried, we were jam packed and we had a brilliant gig, both from a pub point of view and personally – I had a great night.

Right now, we’re all looking forward to tomorrow. It’s our first charity bash of the year and it’s in aid of Breast Cancer charities. We’ve got 10 bands on from
Midday including, Mr Pink, Riot on the Third Floor, Sugar Rush, Gameplan, The Burning Crows, Pout at The Devil, Mucked Up Funkies, The Collective and more. We’ve also got bouncy castle and face painting for kids of all ages, yes- I reckon I might have a go too!! We have a massive tombola with loads of cool prizes including a digital video recorder and a Westfield Stratocaster guitar up for grabs donated by Norfolk Guitar And Bass Centre! It’s gonna be hot, it’s gonna be great fun. Come on over and help us to raise some big money for this worthy cause that means so much to us all! We kick off at 12 midday and it will only cost ya £2 to get in! See you there…

Right that’s it folks, have a fantastic Easter break!

C xx

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Yes, I’ve just recovered from my birthday weekend and what a weekend it was.  I spent two fantastic days surrounded by my family, friends and customers in a place I am very proud to call home. Yes of course I’m talking about ‘The Brickies’. On Saturday night just gone we had the awesome ‘MAETLOAF’, an exceptional tribute to the force that is MEATLOAF. Without going on about it too much I have to say that these guys are in my humble opinion one of the best tributes I have ever seen.  I saw Meatloaf a couple of years ago and to be completely honest I came away from the gig feeling empty and disappointed.  Maetloaf were just incredible, Craig (Mr.Loaf) is everything and more than the real thing, he rises to the challenge and exceeds all expectations. His vocals and stamina are exceptional.  The girls, Mel and Jodey are equally as competent with powerful, soulful vocals.  The Band themselves as a whole create a presence on stage fuelled by passion and charisma. I couldn’t have had a better birthday and am still on a high from the gig.  It’s always the sign of a great band when they leave you wanting more and the time went way too quickly. They wont be back until next year now, we’ve booked them in for another exciting birthday night next Feb. In the meantime, check them out and friend them on Facebook for more info.  Thanks to all of you guys that sent me cards, fuelled me with alcohol and helped me to celebrate… I am another year older but I’m sure I remain as unwise as I have always been lol.

So what has been happening in the world of ‘The Brickies’??? well, I know it’s been a few weekes since I last wrote, I have been kind of letting the new website settle in for the month and fixing last-minute bugs, it seems to be holding it’s own really well. We are so chuffed with how it’s going and the positive feedback we have had concerning it. The site itself has had in the month of February 1329 visits and 4796 page views. That’s a huge number and we are very excited by it. It’s good to see that it’s actually being used, I mean, I knew people would pop on and have a look but I wasn’t quite prepared for that response – it’s awesome! The next step as far as the website goes is to cater for all those with mobile devices. The website is exciting, flashy and new but it is not as present accessible to those with Iphones, Ipads and other mobiles with web capabilities. Luckily for us, we have the amazing Ben, he’s helping us to create an App-like version of the site which will work happily on all your mobile devices. It won’t have such a vast amount of content as the website but it will have a gig guide for the month, a in depth guide of what is coming up that week. It’s basically all you need for The Brickies on-the-go!  So that’s all pretty exciting stuff. I’ve also been looking into the possibilities of podcasting gigs, blogs and internet radio – just because I like to keep on the go and keep new things happening all the time here at ‘The Brickies’. I have loads of ideas for new and exciting additions to our offerings, you guys will just have to watch this space.  I just can’t sit still too long lol. 

This week is cool, the new newsletters are out, you can view it online here or pop in and pick a paper one up for more info on whats happening. This weeks hot happening is THE SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE this thursday night. Get in early and you’ll get in cheaper.  Also lined up for me this week is some more maintenance on the PA system and lighting rig. We spent a night last week going through the monitors and mending thingies, replacing drivers fuses and bulbs. I ordered new parts and am now waiting so I can fix the rest….everything seems to give up at the same time, lol.

Right, I think I’m supposed to be cleaning a loo somewhere so I had better go and do it  ( I wonder if I can do that with my soldering Iron and a phillips…..)

Laters folks


Mini blog – late night!

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Just a quickie guys.. I really just wanted to say hi and let you all know that although all has been quiet here on the blog front, I haven’t forgotten you all! As well as the day to day running of the pub and venue over the last week I have been working my butt off to try and get this website up and live. I am falling victim to my own perfectionism and creativity as I can’t help but make extra work for myself. I got it into my head that it would be a good idea to have, on the new site a section for bands. A place where you can all go and read about each band that plays here. I figured it would help you all when you’re deciding on your nights out. At the same time
It will help promote the bands involved by embedding sounds, video and even their own twitter feeds if they have them. It’s a great idea in theory, actually finding suitable promotional material on some bands is proving to be a nightmare. I am amazed that in this day and age there are still some bands that don’t have a website or even a presence on myspace or facebook. Come on can’t afford not to! Norwich itself has thousands of bands all trying to get gigs, trying to make themselves heard… It’s vital that bands make use of all the technology available to them… When venue owners like me sit down to advertise gigs we need at least a photo, a web address or myspace, a small paragraph would be nice.. How are we supposed to advertise bands if they don’t advertise themselves? Lol sorry, went off on or for a mo there didn’t I? Yes, so, as I was saying, researching bands for the right material to include is taking a little while. I’m hoping to have everything completed and live for the end of the week. Then, I need your help! I’m expecting a few teething problems – it happens but I am kind of relying on you to give me some feedback on the site, whether it’s easy to use, does it load up content quick enough? if you can find everything you need etc, that kind of thing..every comment will be appreciated, good and bad.. It needs to be user friendly and I know I sometimes get caught up in making things look pretty and forgetting basic needs…

I’ll give you all a shout when it’s live – watch this space!

Night folks

C xx

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Location:Brickmakers, Norwich

See that’s what happens when you’re feeling a little poorly and you think it’s a great idea to have a cough sweet in your mouth in bed. In fairness I’ve spent the last day and a bit struggling a little for air. I have the most commonest of colds but unfortunately, mixed with my Asthma it’s become quite ‘EEEEEVIL’. So thinking it would ease my cough I popped one of the largest cough sweets on the market – yes a JAKEMANS! whilst they are very good at clearing said tubes, they are rather huge. They obviously helped with my cough as I woke up several hours later to find it happily stuck to my chin… it was a tad gross, but I was most thankful for the Jakemans.  Anyway, enough of all that grossness…

This weekend just gone has been colossal, completely manic and busy but so much fun. THE QUIREBOYS gig on Friday was a huge success, they completely brought the house down with their honky tonk rock n’ roll. We had a very happy venue and many happy people. The boys are doing an acoustic tour next year and we’ve  already signed up for it so keep your eyes posted on us, we’ll let you know the details as soon as we get them.  Saturday was equally as exciting with DRESSED TO KILL. The KISS TRIBUTE were supported by Norwich’s very own ‘THE BURNING CROWS ‘who completely stormed the stage with their own unique self penned tracks. I have to say that I have watched these guys get bigger and better over the last year, they are definately a force to reckoned with on the local original rock scene.  If you haven’t seen them – WHY NOT?   The DTK team didn’t disappoint with their show, there were flashes, bangs, flames, fake blood and many sparkles!! They were awesome and we can’t wait to see them again next year too!

The start of a new week brings some new jobs and some repetitions of some old ones too.  Yesterday I managed to finish the January Newsletter and sent it off for printing as well as get it published online ready for you guys to read nearer the time. Today I’m trying to get a little in front by doing the quiz for 2nd January.  Way back in July, I spent two weeks working solidly on quiz material and completed enough quizzes to take me up to Christmas. Having just ran the last quiz for this year it seems I am out of free passes. The next couple of weeks will be filled with quiz related items as well as the website stuff.  I’m working to two serious deadlines here. The quiz has to be ready for Jan 2nd and the website needs to be ready for the launch on January 1st so really I need to shake a tail feather and get it sorted.  *Reaches for the Abba &  Boney M tracks to invoke good working mood*

As far as gigs this week go tonight young rock band ‘Slippery When Wet’ head for our stage around 9pm. Tonight I will be recording their set for their demo so it should be a good one. I have to say actually that it is very rare we see a young band come through the venue that you can see going on to eventually take the place of favourite rock bands such as Floating Greyhounds or Raw Edge in the future. If these guys keep at it they will be able to do exactly that.  On Thursday night we have a night with  ‘Stone Cold Sober’, three front vocalists and a set the includes songs from ‘Rod Stewart’ through to ‘Blondie’.  Modern local rock band ‘REPLICA’ take the stage on Friday and then popular lads ‘WORLDS APART’ give us their last performance of 2011 on Saturday night. It’s going to be a fun week and things are starting to feel festive, speaking of festive I think mum is out on the roof beginning Operation Christmas lights! The whole pub will be sparkling and twinkling soon, so much so that I think we will be able to land a few planes in the back garden lol.

Right folks, it’s a short and sweet one today as I really have to get a shifty going on and do some work…

Have a good Tuesday


PS: Check out the awesome DRESSED TO KILL piccies courtesy of Clare Phillips!

Oh yes… I’m not kidding when I say I’m getting over excited. ‘THE QUIREBOYS’  are here tomorrow and it’s going to be so good. We’ve sold a lot of tickets and are hopeful that we’ll sell out on the door. This will be the fourth return for the awesome Quireboys and we can’t wait – they are so good !LAST CHANCE FOR TICKETS HERE!  Then on Saturday we have sparkles and glam with KISS tribute ‘DRESSED TO KILL’ , it’s crazy – two of the most waited for gigs and they’re happening on the same weekend. What a double whammy of great music!  It’s a bit nervy, doing the sound for two professional bands but it’s all good, they know what they’re doing and with our top-notch PA we should be in for an awesome sound. The boys from DRESSED TO KILL will be using all the usual on stage sparkles including various indoor pyrotechnics and fire eating – it’s certainly going to be a visual spectacular.   Make sure you come and share this weekend with us, you’d be nuts to miss either gig if I’m honest!

Preparations for Christmas are underway, we’ve located all our decorations and are picking up the tree on Monday so the pub will be looking very twinkly very soon.  Mum loves it, all those Christmas lights to put up, it takes so long and all those little bulbs to test lol. It will all be worth it when they are up and sparkling.  The snow has helped us all feel a little more ready for the festive season, it’s the way Christmas should look after all. It will be here and gone before we know it so it’s time to make the most of the snow and the festive cheer… YAY!!!

I’ve almost caught up with all my deadlines, the January newsletter is just about ready for printing, everything went a little mad as all our suppliers shut down over Christmas so all our ads and artwork have to be in two weeks earlier than normal. It’s been a little bit of a mad rush over the last couple of days to get everything ready and in order.  In true sods law form – just in time for the Christmas Quiz our laptop has decided to stop outputting volume in stereo which means in some parts of the quiz and karaoke we are only coming out of one side of the PA system. In short it’s irreparable as the socket is fixed directly to the motherboard rather than a sound card that we can just change. So we’re gonna have to get a new laptop. There’s always something that needs repairing or fixing around here…it does my nut in at times lol. I guess it’s the nature of the job.

On a more positive note, it’s the quiz this week. It’s become something of a legend in the city, I never expected people to love it so much. I have to admit – it really is good fun and totally worth the 15 hours it takes me to create each one.  The Christmas one is always fun too as I get to include cheesy tunes and videos of a christmassy nature. It’s fab – if you haven’t been and had a go yet, you really should get yourself a team together and come and have a go. You need four people preferably with a little knowledge of music, the quiz includes music from the 1940’s right up to present day so the bigger age range of your team players the more chance you have of stealing the prize (which is usually the money pot of players entry money). This week we may put something a little extra festive in for the winners. It starts at 9pm and is only £1 each. Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough!!!

Right I think that’s all I’m going to say for tonight, It’s Thursday and it’s time to clean the lines so I better get my butt moving.

Get over here this weekend, it’s going to be awesome every night!!!


I started my Sunday with coffeee and  stumbled down the stairs in true zombie fashion at 11.30am to let the guys in from the Lee Vasey Band.  Kate and Garry are working the bar in classic Sunday style, chilled but competant, I have to say we are so lucky with our staff team. They are incredibly good at their jobs and we are very fortunate that they are so much more than staff – we are a tight family unit here and all very good friends. It makes the team very strong and more to the point – happy 🙂

It’s now 1pm, I’ve so far set up, sound checked and started the band, updated the screen ads for the Tv’s inside the pub and I’ve finished….   see that’s what happens!! I didn’t finish anything just then,  I had to get out there on the desk ready for the brass section to kick in and was needed on the sound. So it’s actually now 3.20pm and we’re half way through the Sunday session.  The band have finished and are packing up and I’m drinking more coffee.

I do love Sunday afternoons, it means I get to grab a couple of valuable hours of family time, it’s a time that becomes extremely precious in this trade, each day rolls into the next and you tend to pass family members in the hallway during the early hours on the way to the loo and grunt a ‘goodnight’ at each other, or catch sentances or brief phone conversations throughout your 5 min breaks between bands.  It’s a great life in the pub trade but it is easy to lose touch with those you care about. So Sunday afternoons are pretty important to me and mine.  For that reason, this ‘little’ post will remain just that, considering it’s took me nearly four hours to write it’s very tiny lol.  Family calls and I have so ‘me’ time to grab before Sunday evening karaoke kicks in! Whatever you do I hope you all enjoy your Sunday afternoon too!

Until Tomorrow 🙂


For the first time in a little while I have seen two 9 o’clocks in 24 hours. It was nearly disasterous however, as I nearly forgot we had agreed to let a local training company use B2 today OOOPS!! So at 9am this morning after about just 4 hours in slumberland I was shifting bloody wrought Iron tables and washing up cups and saucers and pretending that actually, I can be quite pleasant before midday – no really – I can, see? lol. On the bright side though, I get to make an early start on my jobs for the day which mainly include searching for a new mixing desk. Our Allen & Heath 2200 Mixer in the main Live Room has finally decided it doesn’t like mornings either and well, in fact it just doesn’t want to be here anymore. In fairness, it has worked real hard, 7 days a week for nearly 7 years, it certainly doesn’t owe us anything! It doesn’t ease the pain of having to buy a new one tho as its going to hurt a little financially – we seem to be looking at the best part of £4000 which is very scary..  BUT its a vital tool of our trade so it’s definately time to grin and bear it.

Also today I am blessed with the job of rewiring our cameras to the big screen as they seem to decide that they too will work as and when they like..I’m sensing a general theme here!! When these two wonderful tasks are in hand I will be then moving on to October’s edition of our newsletter, it takes me a good three to four clear days to prep the artwork for print and then convert it for the online version. Its quite a job but it is probably the biggest form of advertising for us as we shift nearly a thousand copies every month.  Im about half way through so with a little luck and my early start today I may complete it (that is if I don’t nod off at my desk!!)  When thats done I will be throwing myself into the redsign of our Brickies website. A mission that I have planned for the next 6 or so weeks. the plan is to make it much more interactive using some flash too I hope, however I need to maintain a healthy balance for those html fans and those with mobile devices. Ooooh the joys of a Monday.

Right I’ve ordered the new desk…32 channels of pure pleasure :o) managed to get it for just under £3500 which was a little better than expected but still a scary purchase!! It’s exciting having new toys to play with tho, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly excited by this. 

Oh well…time to make the coffee for the training group…. and more caffine for me I reckon….


Hello world!

Posted: September 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

Ok…. here goes!! Well this is a little new, theres always some technology that we need to be jumping on the wagon with… We’ve managed the myspace, the facebook, the twitter and now here comes the blog. I must say tho, this could be fun. A great way to vent any madness away that you get building up in the day. I’m happy to give that a go… A friend of mine suggested a Brickies based blog, something our customers and bands could read and comment on so that they can get an insight into our day as we go about our Brickies buisness… well here it is!! however I actually have to go down to work now as Ive spent most of the day designing the newsletter for October and it is gone 8pm and I havent set up for Acoustic night yet which starts in an hour (something that you will actually find about me as our blog relationship continues…. I am ALWAYS running late lol).  Anyway – welcome and laters :o) Cx