Oh Yeah would like to invite promoters to participate in a discussion to be held on Wednesday 13th May at Oh Yeah.
This initial meeting would involve promoters and venues only, so that we can discuss and draw up a range of solutions that we would propose be taken to a follow up meeting with the Council.
If you are a promoter and would like to be involved please drop us an e-mail at - firstname.lastname@example.org - and feel free to spread the word...
UPDATE: - We have organised a few of the bigger promoters to come along but we are still really keen to get smaller groups along too, also we've now officially opened the Belfast Music exhibition so pop in for a look!
Did anyone hear Alan Simms and the Head of Cleansing at BCC on Talkback on Monday?
Alan was as articulate as ever, but given the response I'd say there is even less will on the part of the council to do anything other than continue with the painting over programme, until they get the powers to properly prosecute.
[quote:315131883d="Crackity_jones"]I noticed today that Distortion Project have obliterated one of Steven Agnew's (Green Party candidate and sound bloke) election billboards at the bottom of Lisburn Rd with their gig posters. Not cool.[/quote:315131883d]
That's really shit...Aggie is a gen, legend and all round nice guy.
[quote:a781a0d491="Crackity_jones"]I noticed today that Distortion Project have obliterated one of Steven Agnew's (Green Party candidate and sound bloke) election billboards at the bottom of Lisburn Rd with their gig posters. Not cool.[/quote:a781a0d491]
Were many of Steven's billboards vandalised, or did any other candidates get targeted? I'm quite pissed off about that. Steven has been a supporter of the local music scene for a long time, and only a few weeks ago we were talking about possible solutions to the council's decision to paint over gig posters. Wrecking his election posters is a counter-productive move. :roll:
I'm sure the comment made earlier about painting over election posters was made in good humour, but I hope no one decided to actually go through with it.
It'll probably never help but it truly annoys me about the painting over of poster cause I loved finding out about gigs just by walking about the town and that can't happen anymore! If people from here join let me know it'd be good to get a wee following on it!
The meeting took place and was attended by some of the live music venues and a couple of clubs in Belfast.
Among those who attended were CDC Leisure that covers Auntie Annies, Limelight, Spring & Airbrake and Katy Dalys, there were also representatives from Laverys and The Pavilion, The Mandela Hall and Speakeasy at Queens, Mono, Mynt, and Wine Inns.
After some discussion it was clear it’s going to take more than one meeting.
We discussed alternatives and it was pretty much unanimous that there should be allocated areas in the city for fly postering – fairly obvious but good to get agreement from everyone.
We looked at systems that work in other cities, Brighton has a system that was of particular interest, and we are doing a bit of research into it, as there are some things that we may need or want to do differently.
But it was along the lines of official poster board sites run by an independent organisation, approved by the council that put up posters for all kinds of promoters. The sites are then monitored, and everyone gets a fair and equal placement of posters for an agreed length of time leading up to the event. The company charges a small fee (there was some debate about the fee), in some cases cheaper than the amount you would fork out for having to continually paste up for the same event every time you poster is torn down or painted over.
We also agreed that a survey would help us gather evidence on how effective postering can be.
Therefore the Venues that were present agreed to survey customers on their busiest night, week commencing 8th June, although this is not set in stone and promoters can survey as many times as they like to get a better picture. If you are a promoter with Auntie Annies, The Limelight S&A, Katy Dalys, Queens Speakeasy, Mandela Hall, Mono or Mynt, or any of the Wine Inns venues, then the owners/management are aware of this and they have agreed to pass this survey onto any promoters that use their venue.
We will be getting the survey out the venues this week, if you promote for them please get in touch and they will allocate you some questionnaires.
I'd just like to apologise here for the postering over of the green party election poster. It wasn't intended as an attack on the Green Party in anyway, and that site was merely chosen because it is in a good location. We didn't mean to offend or upset anybody, and I can promise it wont happen again.
[quote:6cfd8cdb88="James Distortion Project"]I'd just like to apologise here for the postering over of the green party election poster. It wasn't intended as an attack on the Green Party in anyway, and that site was merely chosen because it is in a good location. We didn't mean to offend or upset anybody, and I can promise it wont happen again.
Thanks for your time, and apologies again.[/quote:6cfd8cdb88]