An unusual item from 'Strife', this morning. As well as having 'Granny Smith' as our shopping correspondent, we now have a 'rock correspondent', "M" and this is what he has sent in.
"Little did I realise when I attended the last ever gig at the Astoria in London back in January, that the demise of this grand old venue, could actually benefit Thanet! But with a major South East venue now closed, concert organisers have started looking further afield, and have finally rediscovered the Wintergardens.
First to slip in were Leicester’s finest ,‘Kasabian’ lined up to play on Mon 23rd March. If that was not enough, the feast continues with Welsh heroes , ‘Stereophonics’ coming in under the radar and playing the day after on the 24th! This almost amounts to a mini festival on the lines of ‘Give it a Name’.
Both bands are using these as warm up gigs for their bigger concerts the following weekend when they play the Royal Albert Hall for the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’.
Still, if organisers can see the Wintergardens as being a viable alternative, perhaps we will see more current and up and coming bands coming here. Let’s hope so! Rock on... \m/ ".
It is an interesting possibility that Rock Bands coming to Margate on a regular basis might attract more visitors to Margate than the pretty depressing Turner Centre. Perhaps the Dreamland site can be utilised between now and 'whenever' as an open air pop 'concert venue' during the summer week-ends. What a boost to Margate that would be!