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« Reply #950 on: March 08, 2016, 10:55:30 am »

ALL are welcome

Even me?
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« Reply #951 on: March 08, 2016, 11:38:26 am »

If you behave yourself.
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« Reply #952 on: March 08, 2016, 09:37:17 pm »

Yes
even you
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« Reply #953 on: March 11, 2016, 06:31:40 pm »

I hope you don't mind me sticking this here.

Saturday 19th March 2016, Cogs Bar presents their Grand Steampunk Opening Party featuring Red Ruff & SteampunkDJ.co.uk .

Funny and eccentric, Red Ruff are made up of Jen, Sue and Nansy, a unique trio of a capella singers, and cellist, Sarah Newby. Together they perform their own 'cabaret folk' songs. They are passionate about music and fun, putting on a professional show guaranteed to raise both smiles and an eyebrow or two! They've been together for four years, and sing at venues & festivals all over the UK.

A regular of Steampunk events in London, the South East & Suffolk, SteampunkDJ will be playing a mix of Steampunk, Chap-Hop, Electro-Swing, Balkan Beats & other musical eccentricity.

£5 entrance fee on the door.

Doors opening from 4 o'clock. Entertainment from 8:30 until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cogs is located at 61 Newhall, St Birmingham, B3 3RB

The FB event page is:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1709997835938500/

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« Reply #954 on: March 12, 2016, 10:03:47 pm »

Interesting, I might see if i can get there for the entertainments!
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« Reply #955 on: March 15, 2016, 09:07:27 pm »

Disclaimer. In light of the recent 'discussion' regarding the organization and invitation of individuals to events on the Book of Face I am inviting members of the WMSA to an event. It is not an event organised on behalf of the WMSA. Should anyone wish to post this on the Book of Face then please feel free. If not then please don't complain that you or others are being blocked from attending events. You're not.

14 May 2016

Experience the industrial might of the Black Country at Red by Night as skilled craftsmen, live demonstrations and hard-hitting street theatre bring the reality of ‘black by day, red by night’ to life.

Part of the European annual Museums at Night Festival, the Museum will celebrate the region’s rich industrial heritage in this one off event at half the usual admission price.

Witness a full scale replica of the world’s very first successful steam engine – the Newcomen
Hear the sound of hammers clang and see sparks fly as re-enactors put on live demonstrations using centuries-old techniques
Enjoy a selection of Black Country entertainment across the site as poetry, music and stories bring to life the history of the region

Prices & Booking Details

Tickets Now on Sale

Book Online or call our Bookings Team on 0121 520 8054

Half the usual admission price:

Adult :£8.45

Child (3-16): £4.20

Event takes place from 7pm - 10.30pm
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« Reply #956 on: March 15, 2016, 09:18:50 pm »

Disclaimer. In light of the recent 'discussion' regarding the organization and invitation of individuals to events on the Book of Face I am inviting members of the WMSA to an event. It is not an event organised on behalf of the WMSA. Should anyone wish to post this on the Book of Face then please feel free. If not then please don't complain that you or others are being blocked from attending events. You're not.

14 May 2016

Experience the industrial might of the Black Country at Red by Night as skilled craftsmen, live demonstrations and hard-hitting street theatre bring the reality of ‘black by day, red by night’ to life.

Part of the European annual Museums at Night Festival, the Museum will celebrate the region’s rich industrial heritage in this one off event at half the usual admission price.

Witness a full scale replica of the world’s very first successful steam engine – the Newcomen
Hear the sound of hammers clang and see sparks fly as re-enactors put on live demonstrations using centuries-old techniques
Enjoy a selection of Black Country entertainment across the site as poetry, music and stories bring to life the history of the region

Prices & Booking Details

Tickets Now on Sale

Book Online or call our Bookings Team on 0121 520 8054

Half the usual admission price:

Adult :£8.45

Child (3-16): £4.20

Event takes place from 7pm - 10.30pm

See you there.
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« Reply #957 on: March 18, 2016, 12:04:59 pm »

I hope you don't mind me sticking this here.

Saturday 19th March 2016, Cogs Bar presents their Grand Steampunk Opening Party featuring Red Ruff & SteampunkDJ.co.uk .

Funny and eccentric, Red Ruff are made up of Jen, Sue and Nansy, a unique trio of a capella singers, and cellist, Sarah Newby. Together they perform their own 'cabaret folk' songs. They are passionate about music and fun, putting on a professional show guaranteed to raise both smiles and an eyebrow or two! They've been together for four years, and sing at venues & festivals all over the UK.

A regular of Steampunk events in London, the South East & Suffolk, SteampunkDJ will be playing a mix of Steampunk, Chap-Hop, Electro-Swing, Balkan Beats & other musical eccentricity.

£5 entrance fee on the door.

Doors opening from 4 o'clock. Entertainment from 8:30 until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cogs is located at 61 Newhall, St Birmingham, B3 3RB

The FB event page is:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1709997835938500/



Tomorrow night folks!
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« Reply #958 on: March 18, 2016, 08:28:55 pm »

I hope you don't mind me sticking this here.

Saturday 19th March 2016, Cogs Bar presents their Grand Steampunk Opening Party featuring Red Ruff & SteampunkDJ.co.uk .

Funny and eccentric, Red Ruff are made up of Jen, Sue and Nansy, a unique trio of a capella singers, and cellist, Sarah Newby. Together they perform their own 'cabaret folk' songs. They are passionate about music and fun, putting on a professional show guaranteed to raise both smiles and an eyebrow or two! They've been together for four years, and sing at venues & festivals all over the UK.

A regular of Steampunk events in London, the South East & Suffolk, SteampunkDJ will be playing a mix of Steampunk, Chap-Hop, Electro-Swing, Balkan Beats & other musical eccentricity.

£5 entrance fee on the door.

Doors opening from 4 o'clock. Entertainment from 8:30 until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Cogs is located at 61 Newhall, St Birmingham, B3 3RB

The FB event page is:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1709997835938500/



Tomorrow night folks!

Would love to but work and comic con, it's a hell of a weekend! Have fun all ^.^
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« Reply #959 on: March 21, 2016, 06:03:44 pm »

Wednesdays meeting is at the Lamp Tavern Dudley. 7.00pm ish. Join us for a couple of hours of mayhem.
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« Reply #960 on: March 21, 2016, 10:47:27 pm »

Shame nobody thought to have a meeting on Saturday in Cogs  Angry
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« Reply #961 on: March 22, 2016, 12:29:37 am »

I regret that though I'd fully intended to attend the opening of Cogs, I was rather overcome with fatigue from my exertions earlier in the day, and thus wasn't up to attending.  I do hope to visit the venue soon, though!
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« Reply #962 on: March 22, 2016, 02:09:02 am »

It was a good night, just not very well attended.  A few that did come had coats on & were out the door the moment the band finished. Which considering the distance I travelled....  I'll say no more, as it will likely turn into a rant.
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« Reply #963 on: March 22, 2016, 02:23:37 am »

It was a good night, just not very well attended.  A few that did come had coats on & were out the door the moment the band finished. Which considering the distance I travelled....  I'll say no more, as it will likely turn into a rant.

 That's a shame. Sad I wish I could have made it but I literally had not had a second to myself on Saturday, it was a busy weekend.
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« Reply #964 on: March 22, 2016, 11:33:30 am »

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...  I'll say no more, as it will likely turn into a rant.

Please rant away.
We hold regular meetings in our neck of the west midlands. We get moaned at for not organizing events in Birmingham city centre so we do. We then get moaned at for not inviting everyone even though we invite EVERYONE. Now we get moaned at for not going to an event. So please rant away and do let us know exactly what we should be doing.
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« Reply #965 on: March 22, 2016, 01:16:34 pm »

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...  I'll say no more, as it will likely turn into a rant.

Please rant away.
We hold regular meetings in our neck of the west midlands. We get moaned at for not organizing events in Birmingham city centre so we do. We then get moaned at for not inviting everyone even though we invite EVERYONE. Now we get moaned at for not going to an event. So please rant away and do let us know exactly what we should be doing.

Granted some of the fault lays with lack of advertising.  If I hadn't have posted on BG, it wouldn't even have been mentioned on here.

I've (for want of a better phrase) calmed down considerably since I last posted, but it did eat at me all Sunday & most of yesterday.  If I actually make the effort to dress up & go to an event, the last thing I'm going to do is bugger off after a small fraction of the evening's entertainment has happened.  In a venue that has a licence until 4am & has gone to the expense of booking a specialist DJ who has a 250 mile round trip to do the gig, I'd at least stick around long enough to see what they were going to play, rather than sodding off before the first track has ended at 10:30.

The venue were happy & I got paid, but I came away from what could've been a glorious night of Steampunk in a dedicated venue (something we don't have the luxury of in my neck of the woods) feeling somewhat deflated & considerably down.

Years of DJing have taught me that an unresponsive crowd doesn't necessarily mean that folks aren't enjoying what you are playing, in fact some of the best compliments I've had about the music I played have been on nights when there hasn't been a single dancer all night, but when I'm not even given the courtesy of being given the chance, I do take it to heart.  To be blunt, it's plain rude, pure & simple.

Whether or not I should, I don't know, but I tend to take things like that personally & although it's a lovely venue, with lovely staff, I would think twice about playing there again, purely down to being (again for want of a better term) by & large, ignored.

Maybe I've been spoiled by the reactions I get at the likes of Surrey Steampunk Convivial etc, but the whole thing has left me feeling decidedly un-splendid.
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« Reply #966 on: March 22, 2016, 02:53:27 pm »

Fair enough but please understand that some of us who attend things have to travel on public transport and with limited funds its either buy a drink or get the bus so which one a person decides is up to them and their circumstances and with that also comes timings for return travel.

This is a new bar in an area where bars are two a penny and open and close with more speed than Lewis Hamilton on a race track. Plus to be brutally honest the area that it is in mainly caters for the business community during the day and early evening so the prices I figure would go along with that. Again being on a limited budget people have to decide whether they want to sit around one pint for the entire evening. One also questions the longevity of such establishments in that area of town. for example there was another bar round the corner that also labelled themselves as a steampunk bar and another one altogether at where the people on this thread met before going to the very much local bars that we do currently frequent.

With regards to the advertising you are indeed correct but I think it would be up to the bar managers to advertise events not the people they book. They ought to know the crowd they are catering for after all.

To be honest it does get bloody annoying when trying to organise things and you get nothing back or you get criticised, I get it, but you have to take it on the chin. There are those that will always bitch and moan (and play the victim, while I'm at it) but please don't start having a go at those of us that put things on at a local level. There is a great deal of warmth and friendship from some bloody fantastic people in this area and going off at them with digs won't win you any friends.   
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« Reply #967 on: March 22, 2016, 03:15:55 pm »

Don't tell me to feel free to rant if you don't want to hear what I have to say.  Trust me if I'd posted on Sunday it would've been a lot more scathing.

I've been out in Birmingham enough times over the years to know the public transport situation & the cost of a pint. It runs well beyond 10:30pm on a Saturday & TBH the bar was extremely reasonably priced.  OK there are cheaper bars in Brum, but I wouldn't particularly want to go into a lot of them in a top hat & frock coat.

I share your concerns over the location, it's not exactly on the main drag is it‽ (although it is nicely situated for the Travelodge I stayed in overnight (even if it did cost nearly £100 without breakfast)).

The guys running it have spent a lot of time, money, research & effort (including a trip to see the now famous Steampunk bar in Romania) into the bar & while it is still a work in progress, with 2 further floors yet to be opened, it would've been nice to see a bit more support on their opening weekend.

I wasn't having a go at anyone in particular, but rather expressing a feeling of general annoyance at the situation.  It could've been so much better with just a few more bodies through the door. & I would thoroughly recommend a trip there the next time you have a meet in town.
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« Reply #968 on: March 22, 2016, 04:07:48 pm »

Quote
...  I'll say no more, as it will likely turn into a rant.

Please rant away.
We hold regular meetings in our neck of the west midlands. We get moaned at for not organizing events in Birmingham city centre so we do. We then get moaned at for not inviting everyone even though we invite EVERYONE. Now we get moaned at for not going to an event. So please rant away and do let us know exactly what we should be doing.

Granted some of the fault lays with lack of advertising.  If I hadn't have posted on BG, it wouldn't even have been mentioned on here.

I've (for want of a better phrase) calmed down considerably since I last posted, but it did eat at me all Sunday & most of yesterday.  If I actually make the effort to dress up & go to an event, the last thing I'm going to do is bugger off after a small fraction of the evening's entertainment has happened.  In a venue that has a licence until 4am & has gone to the expense of booking a specialist DJ who has a 250 mile round trip to do the gig, I'd at least stick around long enough to see what they were going to play, rather than sodding off before the first track has ended at 10:30.

The venue were happy & I got paid, but I came away from what could've been a glorious night of Steampunk in a dedicated venue (something we don't have the luxury of in my neck of the woods) feeling somewhat deflated & considerably down.

Years of DJing have taught me that an unresponsive crowd doesn't necessarily mean that folks aren't enjoying what you are playing, in fact some of the best compliments I've had about the music I played have been on nights when there hasn't been a single dancer all night, but when I'm not even given the courtesy of being given the chance, I do take it to heart.  To be blunt, it's plain rude, pure & simple.

Whether or not I should, I don't know, but I tend to take things like that personally & although it's a lovely venue, with lovely staff, I would think twice about playing there again, purely down to being (again for want of a better term) by & large, ignored.

Maybe I've been spoiled by the reactions I get at the likes of Surrey Steampunk Convivial etc, but the whole thing has left me feeling decidedly un-splendid.

I understand your frustration, especially if you had to travel so far, and it is indeed a bitter shame that the night didn't take off as you'd hoped, but it's possibly worth mentioning that it clashed with another partly steampunk event this weekend, I'm not sure if that might have affected numbers...it's certainly the reason I wasn't able to make it and probably my friend who was interested as well (an event, by the way, that we had been planning for for months). I think maybe when the place has been around a little longer and people know it better then events might take off a bit more.  In fact Aubreay was right, there are a lot of contributing factors to consider...not least that I know some people in the community (including myself) would not have been inclined to stay so late if they had come to the event, as I'm afraid drinking and staying up until 4AM really isn't everybody's cup if tea (not to mention those who have families and other priorities that stop them from hanging around until the early hours of a morning). I think Cogs looks amazing but some of us by nature just aren't party animals!

I hope a big old tiff isn't about to start in this thread.. I know sometimes when one types something out on the internet it can come off a little more....harsh than intended? So you understand, our Wednesday meets are a regular thing, meant to be nice and practical in the middle of the week so we can just meet up with our good friends for a couple hours and catch up...it's not the same kind of event at all. Please don't take it personally that another event is going on like this, I know it's not nice to see an event flop like Saturday and everyone turn up to something else as if you're being ignored, but it's all the more reason to try again next time. Best thing to do is probably chalk it up to experience and maybe bear in mind some of the feedback here on goggles for next time. Trust me, I have learned a lot in the past two years about things not going well and having to just take the criticism... Don't think we don't have a lot of respect for those involved and all of the effort that went into opening this amazing looking venue and putting on the event. A lot of us would have loved to show our support but we're unable to for many reasons.

......I'll get off my soap box now. Sorry. That's my bit, you can take it or leave it, but I feel like a calm voice if reason or two need to intervene before anything got taken the wrong way. Recently we've had some.....troubles concerning our events in Birmingham and it's likely left everyone a little hot-headed (for all the right reasons to be honest, but let's not drag it into this).

Anyway, all the very best and I hope the next time goes better. I sincerely hope I haven't said anything that will be taken badly, I mean the best.
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« Reply #969 on: March 22, 2016, 04:13:20 pm »

Also, 10:30 may not be the early hours of the morning, but it's still sort of late to be getting back from Birmingham to Tipton, especially if one is short on cash and tends to rely on busses to get around.
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« Reply #970 on: March 22, 2016, 04:15:34 pm »

Madame Takara

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« Reply #971 on: March 22, 2016, 04:25:26 pm »

As I said earlier, I guess I'm spoiled by the fact that most of the other events I do are weekenders, where both traders & attendees are glad to see me, & people are willing to travel to & in a lot of instances stay overnight for.  I do appreciate that staying out all night or finding accommodation is not as likely for an event that just lasts a few hours.

I wonder if I had a higher profile in the Midlands, whether attendance would've been higher? A Band - Interval/DJ - Band - DJ running order may have helped keep those there a bit longer too maybe?

Were there also evening events connected to Comic Con then?  We were hoping some of the crowd would venture over from the NEC.
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« Reply #972 on: March 22, 2016, 04:33:35 pm »

Also, 10:30 may not be the early hours of the morning, but it's still sort of late to be getting back from Birmingham to Tipton, especially if one is short on cash and tends to rely on busses to get around.
About half the distance I frequently travel by public transport from home to an event I attend (& considerably less that those I DJ at), but I'm getting picky now.  I appreciate staying out & late night public transport isn't for everyone & I hope my comments didn't cause any offence.
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« Reply #973 on: March 22, 2016, 05:03:28 pm »

As I said earlier, I guess I'm spoiled by the fact that most of the other events I do are weekenders, where both traders & attendees are glad to see me, & people are willing to travel to & in a lot of instances stay overnight for.  I do appreciate that staying out all night or finding accommodation is not as likely for an event that just lasts a few hours.

I wonder if I had a higher profile in the Midlands, whether attendance would've been higher? A Band - Interval/DJ - Band - DJ running order may have helped keep those there a bit longer too maybe?

Were there also evening events connected to Comic Con then?  We were hoping some of the crowd would venture over from the NEC.

Well, I suppose that is also a good point. After all it was a different kind of event, and as you say if not much advertising had gone around, those of us who don't frequent the main social media might not have even known about it. At least not until late, I only knew when you posted about it here. Weekend long events by nature probably attract far more poeople just due to the amount of time it goes on for.

I couldn't say for certain but it's definitely possible. The other thing is that not all events are well attended, I recall one I went to last year (which was brilliant all the same)  where our group consisted of four parties, two families, me with my other half and another girl and her mom. It was tiny, but I think not a lot of people knew it was going on, and by the time they did, it was quite far to go short notice. Sometimes it just happens...its not personal and is usually down to a clash or technical error.

So I hear, some people do have small after parties I think. Although even without that, I'm afraid it's a very tiring and expensive day, especially if you either exhibit (which I know some of the Steampunk gang do), or as I do stay all day for the costume contests and everything. By the time my other half and I got home all we wanted to do was collapse on the sofa. On top of that, those of us who make costume are usually in a frenzy that weekend. I know I had near enough three all nighters last week to finish mine...it's just a mad mad weekend.
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« Reply #974 on: March 22, 2016, 05:10:19 pm »

Also, 10:30 may not be the early hours of the morning, but it's still sort of late to be getting back from Birmingham to Tipton, especially if one is short on cash and tends to rely on busses to get around.
About half the distance I frequently travel by public transport from home to an event I attend (& considerably less that those I DJ at), but I'm getting picky now.  I appreciate staying out & late night public transport isn't for everyone & I hope my comments didn't cause any offence.


It's alright, I fully understand the want to vent ones frustration when something doesn't go as planned. Goodness, I've done so myself to an embarrassing scale before. I know it's not the greatest distance but little things like money and for example, I'm living with parents/brothers who wouldn't appreciate me rattling around downstairs a goodness knows what at night can contribute as well.
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