The Bishops Stortford Acoustic Club

at South Mill Arts Centre

1-3, South Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire CM23

 

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IMPORTANT NEWS FOR 2024

Over the last year the enforced changes in location have caused us many issues. These uncertainties, often at very short notice, have been out of our control and have caused disruption to all concerned. The shut down of the Half Moon on two occasions was, in itself, no great problem, but what it did lead to was finding two alternative locations. We found The South Mill Arts Centre and the Belgian Brewer for running the Acoustic Club. The Management at both venues were brilliant in helping us out. Once the Half Moon had reopened it was clear from feedback from players and the audience that the SMAC was much preferred by most of the audience and the players.

The Acoustic Club is not run for the convenience of any particular group, we try to make it the best experience we can for the majority of the people who attend, so from the start of 2024 we have made the decision to move the venue of the Acoustic Club so we will be permanently moving the Acoustic Club to the South Mill Arts Centre starting on 11th January 2024.

 

 

There are naturally many people who would like us to remain at the Half Moon as it holds so many memories and has a history that is second to none, however there are a number of drawbacks when compared to SMAC. These are quite easy to define in terms of access, age limits on audience members, electronic payment facilities, parking, location and absolute size of venue.

In comparing the issues it is fair to say that at the Half Moon:-

Wheelchair access is virtually impossible;

We have continually struggled to find a cost-effective electronic payment system;

Since the closure of the public car park at the back of Waitrose it is a very long walk to the Half Moon from the public car parks;

The size of venue regarding occupancy numbers is continually being looked at by safety officers responsible for the licensing of the premises and as a seated venue the absolute numbers of seats is restrictive.

However it will not be plain sailing as there are some issues we have to resolve with SMAC in the future.

It will be impossible to run an Acoustic Night in the bar area when there are major events in the Auditorium;

There are additional costs involved in running the Club but these are not insurmountable.

The SMAC is not the Half Moon!!

On the plus side we will have better disabled, step-free access, on site car parking, electronic payment facilities, unrestricted age access and a less busy location.

It has been a very difficult decision to make to permanently move from the Half Moon, the Club was founded in the Long Room 21 years ago, but times have changed and so has the environment within Bishops Stortford. Access to North Street is frequently difficult and the Town Centre is not what it was.

We will be launching the 2024 season as plans firm up over the next few weeks and we are planning to visit other venues when the SMAC is not available for us, but with early planning on our part we will be able to share with you details so you can be certain of dates and performers.

So, what will change for the Acoustic Club in 2024.

The first thing to notice will be advance booking for every evening. Due to a slight increase in running costs it will be necessary to raise the price of the tickets to 7.00. This will be the same for tickets purchased in advance or by cash on the door. Tickets will be available via the SMAC Website and booking and buying tickets on line could not be easier. Just click this link Acoustic Club in the Live Lounge and follow the instructions.

We will start our evenings at 8.00pm and the evening should be finished by no later than 10.00.

We will have no defined minimum age but 18s attending must be accompanied by a responsible person and the young people attending should be of an age to understand the meaning of a music evening. There will be reduced prices for Under 18s only on our dedicated Young Players Evenings.

To find our new location, please see the Directions to the SMAC

We will start our 2024 season on 11th January with a Double Header with Rhys Wilson and Runaway Juke Box and support artists and will continue through January.

GEOFF AND BILL

 

HELLO AND WELCOME

Welcome to the Acoustic Club at the South Mill Arts Centre. Were here to provide an acoustic platform for musicians wanting to play in front of a live audience. We are happy to accommodate every level of player from a young player taking their first step in live performance to the seasoned professional.

 

All players will find an attentive audience, irrespective of the genre, in a great venue for live music.

 

We a capacity of about 70 and we a state-of-the-art amplification and sound system. Several visiting professional players have remarked that the sound achieved is equal to the best in many larger venues.

 

The onsite Sound Engineers are masters of their system and often get kidnapped to work on major tours headlined by household names.

 

Due to problems with our former home, we moved venues over 2023 and finally settled in the SMAC for the start of 2024

 

Once the final details have been concluded we will announce a couple of concerts later in 2024 with some pretty BIG NAMES.

 

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