The Talking Heads has not had an easy start to the year. News broke that the famous local venue was in trouble at the start of the year, and despite attempts to find new investors and our own societies helping to chip in to support costs, nobody could be found. The pub appeared to be consigned to closure, when suddenly two long-term friends, Guy Benfield and Martin White, purchased the venue. All seemed rosy until just a month later, attempted arson was carried out, damaging the back of the building and threatening to push the provisional re-opening date in April further back.
However, the team have persevered, and right on schedule The Talking Heads will re-open for business at 6pm on Friday 13th April, which in this case may be lucky for some. After some considerable refurbishment, it’s hoped that the venue will attract more local musicians and fans once more. With a full setlist this weekend, and with Battle of the Bands set to take place next week, the venue and management are attempting to rekindle the better years and put the Heads firmly back on the map when it comes to the local music scene.
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