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Fever Nightclub, Atherton - Venue Warning

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Posted By : Coldplayer | Comments : 11

Only play here if you don't want to get paid, and if you're alright with the owner running off..

We played here on Friday 14th May, and had a bad experience.

The turnout was poor, but nonetheless we held out 'til 11.30 until we started playing, which in effect meant that we didn't leave the place until 3AM (got there for 7PM).

After we played the promoter Ian said they were having difficulty paying us as they hadn't collected enough cash on the tills, and usually the owner Tony makes up the shortfall. However, he'd disappeared and turned his phone off so no-one could get hold of him. So we were offered a part of our fee and were promised to get paid the rest. The promoter and bar staff were very apologetic (one was even crying) and the promoter claimed he was going to quit.

We've spoken to Tony since and he did claim we were to be sent a cheque with the difference, which has transpired to be something of a lie to stall us from putting the word about how we'd be treated.

Worse still, we had been warned. The week leading up to it the band Ohasis got in touch with us to say they'd be offered a massive reduction on their fee which they refused as they'd travelled from Nottingham for the gig. It was only after they kicked up a big fuss did the owner come back and sort them out. We were a little foolish to still do the gig but as our fee was alot less than Ohasis' then we thought it wouldn't be an issue.

It's worth noting that VLC are not mercenaries, and if Tony had reasoned with us before we'd played that the turnout was poor and would we accept a reduced fee and maybe just play a short set then that'd have been fine. However, we went way beyond the call of duty to do our part (our singer Chris paid £800 to get his front tooth done privately so we wouldn't have to cancel the gig) only to be bumped by a crook.

Stay away from Fever Night Club.



# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 01/06/2010, 15:41 (GMT)

mmm...and I bet it was hard work loading too!!!

# Posted by Mick (ex Bad Horsie) - 01/06/2010, 15:44 (GMT)

I know Mary that works there. She's well sick of it too.

# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 01/06/2010, 15:55 (GMT)

I knew the guy who originally started the place when it was Atmosphere's..he was a real live music fan who wanted a proper venue...spent a fortune on PA and doing it up...don't think it really took off then...shame, cos its a good venue...did they charge on door??

# Posted by Coldplayer - 01/06/2010, 15:57 (GMT)

Yeah, it was 3quid in. The load-in wasn't too bad as they were doing the P.A. (apparently the soundman never got paid either). The system was very cheap though, could hardly put a thing through it before it feedbacked.

# Posted by NIGHT TRAIN - 01/06/2010, 16:02 (GMT)

they had a really good PA originally...EV stuff, Beyer mics etc...shame....isn't the owner the guy who used to have the Glass Barrel in Tyldesley?

# Posted by John Wilkinson: - 01/06/2010, 16:06 (GMT)


All beware and spread the word

# Posted by LAST GANG IN TOWN - 01/06/2010, 16:16 (GMT)

I admire your honesty and courage in informing us all of this incident.
It's refreshing to hear such honesty. It's not always a 'great' gig and I assure you many of us have been stitched-up like this before.....same happened to us in Kendal a couple of years ago.....bar staff actually had a whip-round for us that night after the 'promoter' did a runner.....
Lessons to be learned for us all here, do your own 'spade-work' and fuck promoters/agents off.....come on, how many of us really need a fooking agent anyway.....
Take it on the chin mate and come back stronger for the experience.

# Posted by TEX & THE HARDCORE TROUBAD... - 01/06/2010, 17:37 (GMT)

thanks for the warning guys, I will be sure to avoid that one........Tex

# Posted by Keef - 01/06/2010, 18:28 (GMT)

Absolutely NO excuses for this kind of behaviour.
Gary, you may have had bad experiences of agents/Promoters in the past, but please do not consider us all to be bad mate. Some of us actually care

# Posted by HAPPY DAIZE - 01/06/2010, 20:06 (GMT)

Seems to me like it's not an agent but an owner that's at fault here. In my carrer, I've had far more positive experiences with agents than negative. In all honesty, you cannot handle your own datesheet chasing for work if you're out on the road (doing what your actually paid for)


# Posted by LAST GANG IN TOWN - 02/06/2010, 07:11 (GMT)

Never met you mate.....get us a gig in Blackpool and I'll forgive you.....seriously.....
That's LGIT the 'Classic' Punk band NOT the indie boys.....

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