Firstly, thank you to everyone who has supported our collective work at Conroy’s Basement over the first six months of our tenure. While not perfect or without teething problems, we’d like to think that we’ve been responsive to the feedback of those who attend the shows and we are continually seeking to make improvements. Our gratitude for the support we’ve been shown in this endeavour cannot be overstated.
With this is mind, it is with disappointment that we have to reiterate the following;
We have been very lucky to cultivate a positive relationship with our hosts at Conroy’s; we have been enabled with the freedom to put on DIY shows in their basement and with that we are in a position of trust and responsibility. Equally, those who come to shows share in that trust and responsibility.
If people abuse that trust, THERE WILL BE NO VENUE IN WHICH TO PUT ON SHOWS.
Drinks in the basement are cheap; three quid for a pint tin of Red Stripe, all bottles are two fifty and all fizzy drinks a pound. There are signs all over the venue stating the drinks policy. We have reiterated this point several times online and it is with frustration that we do so again.
At the risk of sounding dictatorial, we will take a ZERO TOLERANCE approach in this regard, without exception. “Respecting the space” is no mere slogan; it is the foundation on which our continued ability to put on shows in the space rests.
The whole is always greater than the sum of the collective parts; we are all active participants in this community. We are acutely aware that the vast majority of those who come to shows in the basement are respectful of the “social contract” with which we engage when attending DIY punk shows and are respectful of the space.
Hosting shows is a privilege, not a right, and is something that we take very seriously. Those who would seek to jeopardise future possibilities do so out of short-sightedness at best, selfishness at worst. Please don’t be that person.
We do not want to go down the road of searching bags and coats on entry but to protect Conroy’s license and our reputation we will take this step if required. To us, punk rock is about freedom with respect and responsibility.
MTAT collectively thanks you for your cooperation.