I really like the Consett Empire and have been to many memorable shows at the theatre. Staff are very friendly and helpful and it is a superb facility for the town.
On Saturday 23rd of November The Dust Town Dogs,(a local band),were appearing. You would have been fortunate to know this as the advertising at the venue was next to nothing, just one small poster that was actually took out of the window on the day of the show.
The band had sold enough tickets by themselves to just about fill the place and the atmosphere was buzzing for a big show.
400 people in the house and they shut the bar. How much money has the Empire lost? The staff explained that their drinks licence doesn't allow them to serve during a performance.
I hope the manager has been onto the licensing authorities this morning to get this changed. When venues are desperate for revenue it's just throwing money away.
I fully realise that all shows at the theatre are not like this one but the facility should be able to cater for a band night.
The Dogs were great and generated a fantastic party atmosphere. (Balloons were a great idea). Unfortunately Consett Empire wasn't up to the task this time.
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