Hi guys, in answer to the disappearing venues article. Yes its getting bad around Staffordshire as well, rising beer prices, and no smoking seems to be the main reasons, and yes i agree, open mic/jam nights are not helping. Landlords are getting free music, not good. Back in the 70's/80's we used to get a couple of bands, hire a venue and do our own gigs, why not do that again??. There are loads of places that offer room hire. What about a "Grey Rock" tour, get 3 bands to travel around doing these self booked gigs.