From Monday July 19, restrictions will ease across England, meaning all businesses, including nightclubs, theaters and pubs, will be allowed to open with no limit to the number of people attending. to concerts, theaters and sporting events.
It’s a huge sigh of relief for the city’s hospitality and events sector, which has had to go through 16 months of ever-changing restrictions.
Walter Veti is among the pub patrons eager to host events again and his Saltgrass pub will be among the first to host a live concert with house DJ Miguel Campbell taking the lead on July 31.
’90s indie band Space, which rose to fame with tracks such as Female of the Species, will also perform on the outdoor stage of the Deptford pub on August 27, with other events also in the works.
Walter says it’s a nervous time for the live events industry, but he hopes July 19, dubbed “Freedom Day”, will help bring some normalcy back into people’s lives.
“The July 19 announcement was the news we’ve been waiting for, but we’re still a little cautious because we don’t know how the public will react,” Walter said.
“We always wanted the pub to be a place for live music, but with the restrictions we had to go down the road to beverage delivery and the pub with table service. We will be doing everything for our first gig with Miguel Campbell who is an international – renowned DJ, which should be huge.
The pub will get rid of table service, with people able to order directly from the indoor and outdoor bars, but will still only open to 80% capacity and people will still be able to wear masks as a personal choice.
Walter said, “While we’re really excited to have live events again, we don’t want people to feel overwhelmed, so we won’t be operating at 100% capacity until we feel that its good.
“In a way it’s hard to think that people will be able to stand side by side again, but the live music in particular has really struggled throughout this so it’s amazing to be return.
“We have a great outdoor space here, which has been good for social distancing, but it also lends itself very well to live events. We really want to try to mix things up and create a scene here, to have a vibe. mini festival. “
The Saltgrass had served two pints of a pint during the restrictions to try to compensate for wait times for table service, but people will be able to order standard pints starting July 19.
Elsewhere in the city, venues such as The Point and Rainton Arena have many well-known names showing in the coming months, while Independent at Holmeside showcases a host of emerging talent.
The city will also welcome new venues with the new Pop Recs in High Street West to host its first event in the coming weeks, and the new £ 11million Auditorium is expected to open in the coming months.
* Miguel Campbell plays Saltgrass on July 31. Tickets are £ 10 here.
* The space occurs August 27. Tickets are £ 18 here.
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