Travelling down from the North Isles for any live show at Mareel, you can pretty much guarantee you’ll miss the encore or the last 10 minutes if you want to get home the same night.
So, when making the decision to spend £18 each to see Richard Hawley, we checked the start time of the show and the end time.
On being told that it would start at 8.30pm and finish at 10pm, we went ahead and booked, knowing we’d likely miss a bit of it. Being somewhat cynical, we also checked at the ticket desk when picking up our tickets on the night and were reassured of the times.
When Hawley eventually came on stage at 9.30pm, after a very talented support act (of which there had been no mention when booking tickets) and a quite unnecessary interval, we realised we were going to get about 35 minutes for our £18 before we had to leave.
It was a fine enough 35 minutes but if I’d known I would have saved my money and suspect I will do in the future. Mareel – open to all? Really?