The DIY punk and hardcore scene were and are all about being resourceful. Putting on a show at a local music venue meant you had access to a stage, soundboard, speakers etc and I remember being blown away how great this was at The Leadmill in Sheffield and Barfly in London. But this was expensive.
We weren’t looking to make a profit, but bring bands from out of state (when I was in the US) or from the US and Europe (when I was in the UK) so that the community could see these bands, get their CD’s and merch and enjoy seeing these bands play live.
For those of you in your 20’s or maybe even 30’s, this was pre-internet, getting a bands music or t-shirt wasn’t available at a click of a button.
So we had to be resourceful, find venues that would allow us to put on a show for anywhere between 10 (occasionally less…ok just me) and 100 people.
In the US, there was an unusual scene to put on shows in laundrettes (Laundromats) and in strange places from old libraries to friends’ houses.
The sounds, smell and general temperature might be terrible, but everyone there is living in that moment. Singing every word rather than filming on a phone. No health and safety, no risk assessment.
I’m trying to keep this ideology a part of what we do at Putting Edge and am always looking for new, different and downright weird places to build one of our pop up mini golf courses for even just a few hours.
Although we might work with global brands and in a corporate arena, when we build a bright orange mini-golf course in an empty co-working space office, it takes me back to those days (but we do have risk assessments!)