The Annexe, CM: The Honeymoon is Over…
Hello good people,
Sorry if these pages have been rather stagnant. I’ve been sick since I got back from the Indon tour, nothing serious, just a long bout of heat-induced fever which was just starting to take hold when we played our last shows in and around Jakarta last Sunday.
Taking the train up from Yogya to Jakarta without air-conditioning killed me. That’s like eight hours of battling fatigue, interrupted sleep, red train dust and heat. Not to mention the fact that some smart kampung kid and his friends decided to stone the train halfway through the journey, and one big rock hit the side of my head.
Anyway, yesterday (Thursday, May 15th) I had a meeting with the Annexe’s management and crew about the shows booked at The Annexe. It appeared that a percussion group has taken over “the disko” where we have been doing our gigs. This means, there will no longer be any shows there. That is unless we get the new “owners” to work with us, but that would not happen just yet as we don’t even know who these people are!
There’s always the option of going back to doing shows at the gallery or the studio floors but such shows would need to be of very low numbers; i.e. around 150 pax and FREE entrance (as the management is wary about the permits needed).
The other option is to do shows right outside there at the main stage in the parking lot of Central Market. But then we’ll need to consider the higher cost of PA/Backline, security, etc. Not including the need for permits from the police and DBKL and all that bureaucracy bullshit.
Suffice to say that the honeymoon is over between the scene and the Annexe. It has been one and a half years, and now it’s time to find other venues. I would like to apologise to all the organisers affected by this change. I hope you guys and gals would find other venues in no time.
The Ricecooker Shop will be hugely affected by this but we’ll keep on keeping on. We’ll be there as long as we can hold the fort.