Aug 09

What? In the Park???

FT + Pumpkin Publog////6 comments • 322 views

i heart pub As you are no doubt very much aware, here at Freaky Trigger we are:

A. very much in favour of the pub

B. quite partial to a festival every now and then

So, hey, what could POSSIBLY GO WRONG with Pub In The Park? I, I don’t really know where to start…

I know we’ve had our issues with the GBBF over the years, but at least you know where you are with it. It’s a very big room full of people drinking good, mainly UK produce and getting (nicely, socially, happily) drunk, and CAMRA, quite rightly, does little to hide this. PITP seems to be doing everything it can to get away from the idea that pubs are places of drinking, but rather places where karaoke, pool, darts and battle of the bands competitions are the most important thing, not welcoming places where Unorganised Fun is the key to a cracking night.

Given that there’s more space given over on the website to cocktail making than what beers they’ll have on (there is no link here for a reason), I’m a little confused by what they mean by “pub” anyway, and this list of Pub Cos and brewers and their endorsements doesn’t really help (not to mention that all bar two of the spokes are middle-age, white males. Good representation of the community, there, chaps). I mean, I know they’re speaking to the trade not to punters but really:

This initiative gives every operator the chance to engage with Pub in the Park and at the same time drive custom through the business.

really? It’s a bad state of affairs when the bloke from Mitchell & Butler sounds the most normal…

I understand why a trade event, where suppliers and publicans can meet and do business is a good idea, but I don’t understand why you’d want to open this up to the public, and, even worse charge EIGHTEEN POUNDS SEVENTY FIVE PENCE (or twice the cost of GBBF) and then make people buy tokens for food and drink rather than just letting them spend normal money. That seems to be really not what what The Pub is like at all…


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    Pete on 28 Aug 2009 #

    Its a farago of a travesty of a piss poor idea. One of the key things about THE PUB, and I can say this as a seasoned veteran, is that THE PUB is INDOORS. Not in a park. I would go so far as to say that some sort of ceiling, if not a roof backing it up, is vital to the pubbiness of a pub. A pub can be in a park, of course it can. But I would like it to be a building, some form of shelter for me and my mates and our beverages.

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    SteveM on 28 Aug 2009 #

    Let’s hope it rains! HA! I like beer gardens tho.

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 28 Aug 2009 #

    The Big Big Beer Garden is a much better name, but you will have to pay me for its use

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    Chewshabadoo on 28 Aug 2009 #

    I’ve always wished we’d import that greatest of German inventions, the Biergarten into our parks. Nice cold beer to wash down the incredibly salty chips and chicken on offer is one of the greatest ways to spend a summer day in the park.

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    Glue Factory on 28 Aug 2009 #

    To be fair, I’d imagine the people they want to attract to this event aren’t the kind of people who go to GBBF and already enjoy going to the kind of pubs that do karaoke, bands, pool, etc. It’s not my idea of fun, but then neither are the big town-centre pubs that do that kind of stuff and still seem as busy as ever to me.

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    Amy on 10 Sep 2009 #

    http://www.music.co.uk/music-news/pub-park-cancelled-refunds-offered.html pub in the park has been cancelled today

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