The recent snow here has been a pain in the bum.
We only tend to get deep snow 2 or 3 times a year and because it is so erratic, we aren't geared up to cope with it like countries who get the snow regulary every year and for long periods of time.
And sometimes the roads are a nightmare to pass and it causes chaos.
Last weekend our Saturday gig was cancelled because the venue was under a foot of snow and the owners closed it for the day.
This Saturday night went ahead, we got to the venue at 6pm, it was in darkness. The car park was covered in snow and most of it had turned to ice. Our Transit van was just skidding and we got stuck trying to turn it into position near the doors. No snow had been cleared. There had been no fresh snowfall that day.
We carry shovels in the van in winter - just in case - so we started to dig and managed to get the van into position. When the staff arrived to open up at 7pm they told us the stage was round the back and they expected us to drive all the way around there to unload the gear. We explained that we'd already got stuck in their car park and asked if we could carry the gear in through the front. That was ok. Of course, it was a long way to the stage from the front but we didn't want to get stuck again in the snow.
Nor did we want to have to dig a load of snow to clear a path for us.
This was now 7pm - we'd been there an hour, they said we had to be set up and sound checked for 8.15pm as that's when they wanted us to start the show.
So, why is it that venue owners show so little consideration for their entertainment?
Why hadn't they cleared some snow so we could get in their premises easier?
Why didn't they open the place up earlier because they knew their car park was covered in snow and that it might take us longer to get all the gear in?
And to make it even more fun, the dressing room was FREEZING.
And of course at the end of the night we had to dig a bit more snow out of the way because of the ice.
I feel better having got all of that off my chest.
What else annoys about venue owners being inconsiderate?
Oh by the way, the crowd in there are used to having solo acts on so they all thought we were a pleasant change and they really enjoyed our show. And they have said they will get us to come back again when there is no snow!