Four months on and Lancaster is still feeling the effects of the December floods in countless different ways.
While some of the city’s pubs and venues are now back up and running, two major music purveyors are still out of action...but there is good news on the horizon.
According to Ali Baxter, bar manager at The Yorkshire House, if all goes to plan the Parliament Street pub and live music venue should re-open next month.
Ali said in a quick phone call: “It’s looking good but it’s very open plan at the moment!”
There is no word yet on The Bobbin, in Chapel Street, however it is due to re-open.
Given the state of the Yorkie, which has pretty much been Lancaster’s preferred “small, alternative, go to venue” for both touring acts and local musicians, other venues have been picking up the slack.
On Saturday night, D2 in Church Street hosts punk rockers Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions for Lancaster promoters Red and Black Collective, which usually operates from The Yorkie.
The show, part of the band’s album launch tour, will feature support from Eastfield, Born To Destruct and Skurvi.
Doors from 8pm, £5 on the door.
Tomorrow night, Friday April 8, at The Park in Prospect Street, ParkLive aims to raise cash for the Lancashire Flood Appeal, hosting four bands along with a DJ and compere.
Music comes from The Glass Poppies, Where Angels, Play, Dance, Puppet Dance, and recently formed funk/hip hop outfit Divide and Conker, featuring members of Lancaster Funk Club.
Admission is free with donations being collected on the night.
For those living outside the city, particularly in the Lune Valley, I wish you the best of luck trying to get to gigs and back now many of the evening bus services are out of action.
They provided a lifeline for those living in rural areas who need live music in their lives.