I had previously mused that by the end of September, trade will have evolved into some sense of normality, but it seems the cosmos has been conspiring against us! If the last two and a half years have taught us anything, it is that you plan, plan, plan some more and then some buggery thing will happen and it will all go to hell in a handcart and we will somehow change it all last minute and it will be amazing anyway! Each month brings yet another set of circumstances beyond our control, each as bonkers as the last! So whilst we wait for the latest scenario to blow over and hopefully for parliament to announce their plans to save us from the last, unresolved, bonkers scenario (the expected 400+% hike in business energy costs), we are cracking on the best we can! The good news is, we THINK, after a decent summer trade and successful fundraising campaign, that our survival is pretty much in the bag. Well, at least, I can confirm that we are in a far less precarious situation than we were just a few short months ago! And as a hike in energy costs of that extent is likely to kibosh EVERY business in the UK, the government are likely to take measures to cap/reduce the hike or offset it with tax cuts, so for the moment, we are pretty optimistic!
A massive THANKYOU is due to all of you who supported our campaign, our bar &/or our events. You are our heroes!!! Let's hope that this is indeed a dawning of a new era and we are finally about to enter the much awaited, (and very much required), Golden Age of live music, events and general frivolities!
Our Save From Extinction campaign will stay live and we will keep the page active on our website. We will also continue to sell our Crow merch from the website and will continue with our plans for world domination as before!!!! So in that vein, we still need your help. We still need you to frequent our bar, support our events and tell as many people as you can about our wonderful gaff!!!! The more people we get through the door, the safer our future becomes, and the budget for bigger and even more fantastic events grows!
So with that all in mind, check out what we have lined up for you this month (full listings until the end of October can be found on our EVENTS page, on our website).
WEDNESDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 7:30pm:
THE ECO SOCIAL AT THE CROOKED CROW BAR
The third Wednesday of each month is The Eco Social Meet Up! It is a fantastic opportunity for like-minded people, who care about the environment to meet, chat and socialise. There is no agenda, no formality, just a friendly space, with a bar, pool table, darts and board games and great tunes!
Over 16s only
The bar is also open 3-11pm for anyone who just wishes to pop down
THURSDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER, 8:30pm
SKA PUNK MAYHEM!!!
We can't tell you how excited we are for this! 2x amazing bands, great beer and more high energy, fantastic tunes than you can shake a stick at!!!
Codename Colin are a six piece ska-punk band from Hertfordshire who have spent the last two and a half years bringing their energetic live show to crowds around the UK: exciting the audience in the way only a ska punk band can – with catchy beats and impressive horn driven hooks.
PLUS support from easydread: A seven piece Conscious-Rock-Reggae band from Bedfordshire, combining sounds drawn from a wide range of influences, from Ska to Rap and Soul to Punk.
Limited Tickets Available £5 adv
FRIDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 8:30pm: THE MUDSHARKS
Awesome tribute to Led Zeppelin!
Over 16s only
SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER:
11am-1pm: MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING
Join us for tea, coffee and cake and to raise money for a fantastic cause.
There will be limited, gorgeous vintage teacups available (borrowed from Little Vintage Teacup) or you can BYO mug! We will have a range of homemade cakes with vegan and gluten free options.
12pm-6pm: BYO Vinyl
All genres welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Over 16s only. No pre-booking needed. Free Entry. Pool table and board games available to play from 1pm (after our coffee morning) and tasty pie & mash available 12-4pm as always, from The Pie Nest.
9pm: Live Music From Radio Generation
Fantastic post-punk covers from David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Blondie and more. Free Entry
SUNDAY VIBES 12-4pm
It's the last Sunday of the month so DJs Double Deckers will be here with their fantastic soundtrack of Northern Soul, Ska and Mod classic vinyl.
Free Entry. Over 16s only
Crow Cocktails available
Tasty Pie & Mash from The Pie Nest
Chilled, friendly atmosphere
Tuesday 27th September: BAR NIGHT
Over 16s only
Outside food allowed
WEDNESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER: CASTLE COMEDY NIGHT
A classic mixed bill of comedy featuring TV names and rising stars.
Doors 7.30pm Show 8.15pm Finish 10.45pm
The Crooked Crow will be doing a pre show meal offer of a Pieminster Pie & mash with a pint for only £12. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
CHRISTIAN REILLY is a Perrier Award-winner and former partner of gruff American mainstay of comedy Rich Hall! Christian’s career has taken him around the world many times. On his way, he received accolades at international festivals and numerous network TV credits. Now a solo stand-up performer and playing all the major comedy venues in his own right, he rocks every gig he plays!
“If you’re a fan of Bill Bailey or Rich Hall, you’re probably a Christian Reilly fan already” - THE GUARDIAN
KEITH PLATT is the worlds only Professional Yorkshireman and king of common sense. His job is dispensing opinions, advice and bloody funny stuff to comedy audiences, festival crowds and petrol station staff all over the world and he actually gets paid for that......he thinks it's bloody marvellous!
“Brilliant, like a Yorkshire Al Murray” – Daily Mail
ANTHONY AYTON is a London kid who was the first black guy at an all-white boarding school, Anthony has a unique and hilarious perspective on life which he weaves skillfully with plenty of very funny jokes, getting big laughs with all types of audience.
“British stand up welcomes the very clever Anthony Ayton” – Reginald D Hunter
Your host for the show is Paul Revill
THURSDAY 29th SEPTEMBER: Gaz Brookfield
Yep, THE Gaz Brookfield!!
Yep, here at The Crooked Crow Bar!!
This is going to be SO amazing!
Limited tickets, so we recommend you grab yours while you can.
Anti-folk artist and winner of Acoustic Magazines's UK singer-songwriter competition. His songs are instantly accessible, everyman tales of life, love more.
FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER: THE HIP HOP LOUNGE
The Hip Hop Lounge is the brain child of April Blue & Crazy James, who with a passion for the urban hip-hop scene, wanted to create a platform for fresh talent to perform and for people who love the genre, to enjoy. With open mic slots for singers. rappers & freestylers, guest performances, live band and DJ, this event is absolutely EPIC... Blinding talent, great atmosphere, brilliant music and great beer! Merch available on the night.
8pm-12am Entry £5