Save The Loft from Barfly Take over sign now

Anyone in any doubt about the way that Barfly operates, we found this little gem advertising for bands to play just DAY TIME gigs! As good as 'pay to play' just dressed up a little differently.
"Barfly ROCKs is on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month at Barfly - London. All bands perform a 30 min slot in the day from 2pm till 6:30pm. This is perfect for all bands that wish to perform in london but with a smaller fanbase (minimum loyal fan base of 25). Door 5 or 4 with flyer"

If you're sitting there thinking, "yeh, we could get 25 punters in, no problem", believe me if you don't reach that magic number just once, you won't ever get re-booked.

So I ask...
All those artists and bands out there who simply want to get their music heard and to play live at a local venue that appreciates and supports what you do, regardless of 'how many people you can bring'
All of you bands/artists who may not have an army of fans/friends/parents to coherse into coming to see you everytime you play.
And to all of you who appreciate that writing and performing music is an art, not a commodity for some London fat cats to get rich off, help us fight this.

As we've heard nothing from either Barfly or Mitchell & Butler, this deal is most likely being done under the table. There could be no more Loft in as little as 5weeks time.
We've decided to start to fight this now rather than sit and wait for someone to tell us we've got two days left.
There is a petition started to 'Keep The Loft Independant' if anyone would like sign it there is a copy at The Loft.
If you know of anywhere else we could leave copies for signatures let us know. Also any ideas for publicity etc. Want to plan a 'mass busk' to draw some attention to this so any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

If any of you are still in any doubt and think that Barfly would be an asset to Cambridge, and would add something more than we already have, think again. This may not just mean the closure of the Loft, it may also affect the Portland Arms, Moon and Soul Tree, pricing them out of some of the great 'up and coming bands' we've already had the pleasure of seeing at these venues. (everyone remembers the Boatrace fondly and was sad when it closed, well, here we go again).

It is an absolute myth that you have to play London to 'get signed', if you're good enough the industry will find you, even it little old Cambridge.
Playing at any 'Barfly' will not automatically qualify you as a 'great band', it simply means you've been gipped into persuading loads of people to line the pockets of Barfly to come and see you at a venue where the quality of your music doesn't matter.
Barfly are bidding simply off the back of our hard work. The Loft has been growing massively in popularity and reputation, now known all over the world, and it's in your town.
You have a great venue on your doorstep, turning it into a Barfly is simply like tesco's taking over your village shop because it's popular.

If you want that to happen then ignore this petition, if you don't, then help us draw attention to this situation by signing below.

For more information about The Loft and Acoustic Stage visit

www.acousticstage.co.uk

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www.myspace.com/theloftcambridge

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