Business is booming at Worksop music venue

A Worksop music venue is selling out its live music nights - with its owner saying he ‘can’t believe how well it’s going’.

By Ben McVay
Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 20th February 2020, 9:47 am

Dukeries Brewery Tap sold out two of its recent gigs within two weeks of tickets being made available with owner Phillip Longley saying bands are regularly ‘filling the place’.

The venue - which was first opened in 2016 - started by hosting unpaid local bands with no entry fee but has now started charging on the door for bigger bands and seen its audience number rocket.

Phillip, who also runs Dukeries Brewery from the venue, told how he sold out tickets to Oasis cover band Noasis within two weeks while tickets to Foo Fighters GB were bought up within seven days.

The stage and seating area

Phillip said: “Every time we get a decent band we’re filling the place - I’m really surprised how well it’s going.

“But then there’s not a lot for bands in Worksop.

“We had a Metallica tribute band last year who were amazed how good the acoustics were on the stage - it’s absolutely perfect for bands.”

Phillip - who admits if he did not own his own brewery the running costs of keeping the venue going would be impossible to meet - revealed how the he ‘cried’ when the place was flooded in November.

Foo Fighters GB this month

The music venue had only been running for six months when it was soaked in three feet of water - causing its solid oak dancefloor to buckle ‘like a rollercoaster’.

Phillip, who was unable to insure the building against flooding, lost over £10,000 in drinks stock and revenue as the venue was closed for over two weeks.

As well as a full schedule of bands Dukeries Brewery Tap are starting a comedy night this month and continues to host its usual poker night.

A fan of the up-and-coming venue posted on Trip Advisor about it, saying: “The Dukeries Tap is a great venue where there's always a warm reception.

The crowd watching Foo Fighters GB

“The good people of Worksop really should get behind places like this or risk losing them.”

For full details of upcoming events at the venue click HERE.

The venue - going since 2016 - is regularly selling out its gig nights
Dukeries Tap's ale selection