MOVING FROM A PUB VENUE TO A DEDICATED LIVE MUSIC VENUE – The Old Bell Enfield Live Blues – rock ‘n roll – rockabilly-ska & reggea- swing -jazz-regular live music
Vicky Poyser and Pete talk about live music at Enfield’s Old Bell
At a time when pubs and music venues are struggling to survive it is really good news to see a long established pub making the step to a dedicated music venue; that’s exactly what’s happening at The Old Bell Enfield – its been established for over 35 years, as a music pub –now it’s being transformed and is set to become the live music place in Enfield North London. It’s a tale of community spirit and of the fans making it the place they want to it to be – the proprietor Vicky Poyser and partner Pete asked the regular customers and local people for their contributions to the look of the place. The result was astonishing; locals showered the couple with rock & roll, pop and blues memorabilia from the 50’s right through to the present day. The result is a trip down memory lane with tables covered in cuttings and pictures from the great days of live music with highlights that include a signed cheque from George Harrison to Donovan Leitch plus a signed picture of Buddy Guy. The tables are laminated so that customers can enjoy the memorabilia and the walls are covered with old 45’s, vinyl albums and covers, posters and flyers. Its fascinating to look around at and has a real rock ‘n roll vibe. The venue is featuring some of the local acts and acts from Hertfordshire. As it fully establishes through 2011 they are looking to feature acts from the national blues / roots / rock circuit which will bring them to the attention of many more people. For once a venue seems to be doing everything right and the future seems assured, the venue is valued by and performing a service to the local community; it’s something that’s long been needed in the area and at last its happening.