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Second City: Making the most of outdoor space

Fewer than two in five pubs in the UK have a garden or outdoor space for customers to use and never before have these areas been so valuable to landlords. Following the lockdowns, beer gardens were the first areas to be reopened to the public and it is estimated that even in a normal year…

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Blind Tiger: Bucking the Trend

Blind Tiger inns was formed in 2017 and started with 10 pubs, made up of Star Pubs leases and private leases.  Over the past 5 and a half years the group has grown steadily, sitting now with 17 pubs in the North West. Chris Tulloch, the Managing Director of Blind Tiger, has been in and…

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Get the Vibe with the TouchTunes Festival Playlist

With Glastonbury taking place this week, kicking off the UK summer festival season, the team at TouchTunes/Soundnet have launched their free festival anthems playlist incorporating popular headliners. It’s an eclectic line-up at Glastonbury headed by 80-yea-old Sir Paul McCartney, with fellow industry veterans Fleetwood Mac and Robert Plant, bringing the retro vibe. At the other…

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Jubilee Playlist for Patriotic Pubs

In honour of the upcoming Platinum Jubilee, Soundnet has created a free special Venue Favourite update with songs that celebrate the Queen’s long-standing reign of 70 years. The tracks include patriotic British songs, celebratory songs​,​ and hits from 1952, the year of the Queen’s accession to the throne. These include: Royal Choral Society – ‘God…

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A Community Affair – The Ivy House

Music brings people together, from cavemen playing flutes around a fire 67,000 years ago to people singing from their balconies in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nowhere is this clearer that at The Ivy House, London’s first cooperatively owned pub. Located in Nunhead, this pub has had several names and many owners over…

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Ed and Shoulders Above the Rest

Soundnet and TouchTunes have released their combined music play charts for 2021 and it appears that brand new releases combined with a strong back catalogue are best when it comes to the UK pub-goers music tastes. Only Ed Sheeran strikes a current note, sitting at the top of the charts with his single ‘Bad Habits’…

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Looks Do Matter Says TouchTunes

What makes a successful pub machine can vary greatly but one vital ingredient has got to be the way it looks. Attractive cabinets that are well designed and beautifully illuminated are a clarion call to players in a crowded bar. This is a fact that has been recognised in the gaming machine market, where a…

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A Memory Down Trippet Lane

We often hear about hidden musical gems and mythical lost recordings – unreleased tunes from the early pub gigs of famous bands – but it’s almost never true. Why would it be? Nobody goes out on a Saturday night with a recorder in one hand and a mic in the other. Which is why three…

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This One’s on the House!

How much effort is a free drink worth? For UK house duo Freemasons, an almost 20-year music career would be the answer. Freemasons is formed of two producers, Russell Small and James Wiltshire. The pair had already enjoyed success independently in the 90s dance scene, but in the early 2000s were looking to create a…

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If you go down to the pub today…

Forget the stadiums, the best place to see the stars perform appears to be your local. Only last week, Blur front man and musical polymath Damon Albarn performed his seminal hit Park Life in an East London pub with a live cockney band called The Gents – to the surprise of the band and drinkers!…

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