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***Reposted from makethatatakerecords.com***

As ye may well be aware, things have changed at Conroy’s Basement over the summer. We at Make That A Take have seized the means and are now in full control of the diary and the book. Evolution is part of our human experience, the only true constant being change. The previous “The Summer of Our Discontent” blog discusses these changes in greater detail, but we’re through the worst of the transition period now.

We thought it prudent to publish these terms and conditions, both in the interests of transparency and to have an online reference point. That MTAT formed in 2006 is no secret, but the pre-history of our collective stretches back well over twenty years. In the first instance, we were mentored by the folk music scene in rural Perthshire; Wedge took us into his practice room to watch his band rehearse. We learned by observation before being invited to play ourselves, by full immersion in the experience; learning by doing informed our principles and formed the foundations of our collective – ye do what ye can with what ye got. Ye can read all this back story stuff on Write Yer Ane Zine. We acknowledge our privilege; we were very lucky.

Collectively, we have spent most of our lives learning and growing, thousands of hours of labour; being in terrible bands, playing shows, touring, doing sound, hosting bands, booking tours, sleeping in vans, playing to nobody, being in decent bands, lending gear, building PA systems, badgering pals, losing money, making money, losing gear, being mugged, being banned, making friends, losing friends; making all the mistakes that it’s possible to make, like Sisyphus pushing the rock. We’re pulling for ALL artists, we want your band to rule. I want Goodbye Blue Monday to be bigger than Blink 182. If a lesson learned in Joey T can help our friends today, then it should be passed on. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it burned in six.

Basically what I’m saying is that these “rules” don’t exist because we’re assholes (we’re assholes for entirely separate reasons), these “rules” exist because we have lived and learned experience. We don’t claim to have all the answers, things ALWAYS work better in the spirit of collaboration, when a sense of shared purpose brings people together. We are living in times of desperate alienation, just today the local press has talked of another decade of austerity while millions are being made in the private sector. We believe that by working together to create a better space, we can begin to create a better world. Sure, a punk basement isn’t the world but it is a start. To quote Dom Kaddish, we “resolve to be socially responsible and just citizens in a time of spectres“.

While ye are here, there’s 20% off our 100+ release digital discography on our Bandcamp page and a summer sale happening over at BigCartel. Simple though it may be, the best way to support independent art of any kind is to buy it, share it, talk about it, TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS; come to shows, buy records, buy merch, get involved. You have so much more power than you know.

Together, we can conquer anything.


Conroy’s Basement is an independent live music space operated by Make That A Take Records (MTAT). The venue space is available for hire by independent promoters, bands and collectives to promote live music. The venue space is also available to hire for club nights and special events.

MTAT aims to foster a positive environment free from all forms of discrimination. Anti-social behaviour will be not be tolerated. Please see the MTAT “House Rules” attached at the end of this document. MTAT reserves the right to refuse or cancel bookings. These terms and conditions will be updated periodically, as required.

Contact email; conroysbasement@gmail.com


Hire prices


Standard Gig booking fee; £100

– This covers venue/PA hire + sound engineer.

– We encourage all bookers to bring their own backline.

– Gear shares between bands are also encouraged.

– If this is not possible, some gear belonging to the collective may be available for a small fee (£25)


Standard Club Night booking fee; £150

– This covers venue/PA/security hire

– Club night hours are strictly 11pm-2.30am

– Club night hires are only available on Friday/Saturday, at this time


All bookings include access to the basement bar.

Deposit; bookings will be confirmed upon receipt of a £50 non-refundable deposit, payable by bank transfer or cash. Deposits are also payable by Paypal but are £55, to cover fees (sorry!).

The remaining balance must be paid in full before doors on the night of your booking.

Paypal address; makethatatakerecords@gmail.com

Friday and Saturday nights are by far and away the most popular and get booked up quickly, so please be aware that your desired date may not always be available.

No bookings will be confirmed until deposits are paid and terms and conditions agreed to.

We will do our very best to work with you to make your event as successful as possible. In the spirit of collaboration, we believe that in working together we can host the best possible events in a positive and safe environment. MTAT is an anti-bigotry, anti-fascist, anti-sexist, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic collective.

For more information pertaining MTAT policies and history, please read this FAQ.



The Venue


Conroy’s Basement is a venue conceived by artists for artists. It’s a basement space with a DIY-built PA system, constructed by two of the east coast’s finest sound engineers with decades of collective experience. We’ve been running this space for over three years, hosting over 300 shows in that time, and our system has evolved over time. It will continue to do so.

PA is a 2.5kw rig with 16-channel mixer.

It’s loud. Earplugs are recommended.

– Venue capacity is 100.

– No more than 100 tickets can be sold.

– There is no “green room”.

– There is no allocated seating.

– There is parking around the back of the building

– Load in the side entrance of the building

– Gear must be stored in the corner to stage-right

– Gear cannot be stored in the venue over night

– We have no Wi-Fi

– There is a bar serving drinks.

– Strictly no drinks outside.

– Do not bring your own drinks (refillable water bottles excepted)

– We will provide all mics stands, mics, PA cables, etc.



Gig itinerary

Load in – 5pm onwards.

Soundcheck – 5pm-7pm

Doors open – 7pm/7.30pm

Sunday-Thursday must be finished by 10.30pm.

ALL gear and humans loaded out by 11pm.

Friday/Saturday shows must finished by 11.30pm at the absolute latest.

ALL gear/humans out by midnight. There will be no exceptions.

Your show will be assigned a representative from the MTAT collective and a sound engineer.

Access to the venue is available from 5pm. In exceptional circumstances, please advise of any requirements outside these hours at least two weeks in advance.

Club Nights; 11pm-2.30am

– DJs must provide their own equipment (vinyl/CD decks, laptop, etc).

– A MTAT representative will be present for load-in/set-up

PLEASE NOTE: If you are organizing a gig with more than 3 acts please let us know in advance.



Your Responsibilities


Promotion; it is your responsibility to promote the show.

– A Facebook event page alone does not count as gig promotion.

– Please make Conroy’s Basement a co-host on any event page that you make.

– Please make sure we have POSTERS for your show at the venue at least FOUR WEEKS prior.

– Please email all online promotional materials to Conroy’s Basement.

– We will include your event in all of Conroy’s Basement’s gig listings

– It is your responsibility to sell tickets for your events. We recommend Groucho’s Music in Dundee.


In advance; knowledge is power!

– Please provide full-tech spec and running order, including set times.

– Please make sure that FULL BACKLINE arrangements have been made.

– It is your responsibility to fulfill any/all contractual obligations to artists booked

– You must let us know of any RIDERS that may need be brought in. These are your responsibility.

– Any ALCOHOL on riders must be stored in the fridge behind the bar. Drinks tickets will then be allocated which can then be exchanged for rider drinks from the bar. There can be no exceptions.

– It is the responsibility of the promoter to provide all riders and information pertaining them.

– We have no cooking/re-heating facilities at this time.

– Let us know if there are any problems we can help resolve.


On the night; it is your responsibility to run the show.

– Booking fees must be paid in full before doors open. If this is a problem, please advise.

– You must provide your own door person to take tickets/entry. We will provide a £50 float.

– It is your responsibility to make sure all artists are informed of venue rules/set times/etc.

– You must provide your sound engineer with set times.

– Headline bands will soundcheck first. Opening bands will then set up. Line-checks for others.

– It is your responsibility to pay acts.

– Anyone found bringing in their own alcohol will be asked to leave and banned.

– Drinks in the venue are cheap.

– Loading out must be completed by the agreed times. No gear can be stored in the venue.



The MTAT collective was established in 2006 and we’ve been involved in thousands of shows and events since then. Run by punks for punks, we’ve been involved in the musical community for over twenty years and aim to foster an atmosphere of positivity, inclusion and collaboration.

We aim to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and would hope for the same in return. We are more than happy to discuss any issues or concerns that anyone may have about the operation of the space. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all questions/enquiries.

Be radical, spread joy.




“What’s the craic with Conroy’s Basement?”


So what’s the craic with Conroy’s Basement? Good question, for which I shall endeavour to provide the answer right now!

Basically, it’s been almost a year since MTAT hosted our first show there (okay, eight months) and since then it’s been both an entertaining challenge and learning experience for us all. With every new idea comes new challenges and, as we’ve never been ones to shy away from such things, we have poured our blood, sweat and tears into trying to make things work. Personally, all I’ve ever wanted is a basement space to put on shows so, in effect, that dream has come true (pity I don’t have a functional punk rock band, right?!?).

Firstly, we’d very much like to thank everyone who has supported us thus far with this endeavour; it takes a crew of people to make ideas work and put concepts into action. We are very grateful for all of the hard work and graft the extended crew has put into making things work and it must be known that we wouldn’t be in the position that we are without the support of our friends and colleagues. Y’all know who ye are.

We must also thank our landlords at Conroy’s for their welcome, understanding and patience with us as we worked through the teething problems. We are under no illusions that we are very lucky to be in the position that we are and cannot overstate how grateful we are. While things may not have been perfect since the get-go, I strongly believe that what we are doing is important and that it directly relates to many of the discussions that have been had throughout Dundee’s musical community of late. Hell, The Skinny just published a piece I wrote the other day (check out “Venues, Scenes and Spaces“) that addresses this exact issue.

Conjecture and debate is one thing, action is another. Without resorting to Minor Threat quotes, if ye want to get something done the best thing to do is to it yourself (DIY, ken?). As such, the craic with Conroy’s Basement is thus; we are now open for third party bookings.

Basically, Kenny G and I have formed a new company called Burst Cow. We have invested in a new PA for the basement and will be running the bookings independently of MTAT, for both logistical reasons and so as to avoid any potential conflicts of interest. We have begun taking limited third party gig and private function bookings, with a bunch of shows happening in November, and will be looking to gradually expand things once Book Yer Ane Fest X is in the bag.

Terms and conditions for all bookings apply, of course, but ultimately we aim to help nourish the scene that has helped nourish us so greatly for so many years. To us, DIY need not be a byword for “slack” or “shitty”.

Kenny G will be the go-to dude for all third party bookings and should be contacted at conroysbasement@gmail.com

I (Derrick) shall remain the “face” of MTAT and, as such, any and all MTAT related emails/enquiries/vegan recipies should be sent to info@makethatatakerecords.com

So yeah, it seems Conroy’s Basement is open for business!

Conroy’s Basement; Mini-Zine I

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2016; Ten Years of Cowpunk (Mailshot!)

This is a copy of the Tuesday 19th January email newsletter to the MTAT mailing list. Sign up here.

We at MTAT hope that everyone had a good time over the festive period and is looking forward to what the new year brings. 2016 marks ten years since MTAT put on our first show as a collective and we are very excited to be kicking off Ten Years of Cowpunk with another step in our evolution; we have a new HQ!

We have come to an agreement with the good people at Conroy’s in Dundee and will now be hosting shows in the basement of the pub. Conroy’s used to be The Beat Bar/Satchmo’s/The Saltire in years gone by and was one of the first venues we ever used back in Dundee, first hosting Frank Turner and Even In Blackouts there on November 15th 2006. An intimate basement space in the city centre, it’s pretty much perfect for small DIY shows and we’re very excited about the possibilities this arrangement may afford us.

february 27th

The inaugural show at Conroy’s Basement will happen on Friday 27th February and is a collaboration with Oh No! Not Another Wild Goat that brings together Bear Arms, Get It Together, Robot Doctors, Lachance and Polar Bears In Purgatory to kick things off with a bang. We shall then be celebrating the tenth anniversary of our first show on Saturday 12th March, ten years removed from hosting Glass and Ashes / I-Farm at Dexter’s with The Try Hards and 15 Minutes. Full details of the birthday show will emerge soon.

Some other show dates for the diary;

show dates

Book Yer Ane Fest X will take place at Buskers, Dundee from Friday 2nd through Sunday 4th December. The original BYAF took place in 2008 and we did two in 2009, hence why the years don’t align, so it’s serendipitous that in coincides with our tenth anniversary. We’ve already got some plans in place and we look forward to seeing what develops over the course of the year!

Before then, we are very proud to be part of the forthcoming split single release from Billy Liar and Paper Rifles in support of Refugee Survival Trust. A collaborative project alongside Anti-Manifesto and Struck Dum Records, the split single will be released on CD and as a digital download accompanied by a series of short films by Steve Cardno documenting the project.

refugee single launch

The single will be launched at a benefit show at The Southside Social in Edinburgh on Saturday 30th January featuring a host of multi-discipline talent. The RST was set up in 1996 as a reaction to the problem of refugees and asylum claimants being made destitute in Scotland. Grants made by the RST either alleviate poverty and destitution, or help refugees and asylum claimants to overcome obstacles in accessing educational and employment opportunities. We are proud to show solidarity in this endeavour. Thanks also to For The Love Of Punk for covering the story.

To help in the combat against the winter blues (and to help us clear some space for new stuff), we are keeping our End Of Year Sale going until the end of January. We’ve got loads of cool stuff from as little as three quid, although we are down to our last one or two copies on a many records, so please do act fast if there’s something specific you’re looking for!

Season Ticket

2016 MTAT Season Tickets are also currently available for £100 and are limited in numbers. A Season Ticket gives for entry to ALL SHOWS (including BYAF X) and physical/digital copies of ALL RELEASES this year, plus a welcome pack with a MTAT HXC shirt and cool free shit. Knowing some of the plans we have in the works, it’s the bargain of the year for sure!


Cheers to everyone who has picked up a copy of the excellent “Swells/Repels” EP by Stonethrower thus far. The EP was released on the Sunday of BYAF IX and we still have some copies left. We’d recommend checking out Minimal Media for a series of tremendous live videos from the weekend too. For our full recap of all things BYAF-related, check this story. Keep your eyes for new videos on Cowpunk TV too!

Right, that’s enough banging on for now. There is much to look forward to this year and loads of incredible new music coming your way. Thanks to everyone who has bought records/season tickets recently and everyone that continues to support what we do. The last ten years have been a continual evolution and we look forward to seeing how things develop further in 2016.

Thanks for the continued support, as always!
Make-That-A-Take Records


What is Book Yer Ane Fest?

(Revised(ish) 32/05/2018)

BOOK YER ANE FEST XI happens in Dundee, Scotland from Friday 1st through Sunday 3rd December 2017. Tickets are on sale here.

Book Yer Ane Fest is a DIY punk/hardcore/emo/whatever festival hosted in Dundee, Scotland by Make That A Take Records.

For the last nine years (and ten festivals, as we did two in 2009), Book Yer Ane Fest has raised money and awareness for Safe-Tay, a Tayside-based water safety charity formed in Perth following the death of our friend Graham Motion in 2006. The PCC, Graham’s core group of hardcore punk friends, organised “Motionfest” in 2006 and 2007. After consulting with the PCC and learning that they wouldn’t be holding a third event, we asked if they’d hold any objections to Book Yer Ane Fest being a benefit for Safe-Tay. They held no objections, thus our tradition was born.

 The first Book Yer Ane Fest took place at Mucky Mulligans in Perth on November 15th 2008. Book Yer Ane Fest III saw BYAF move to Kage Nightclub in Dundee, which became our home for the next five years, including for our first three-day BYAF in 2011, which saw Leatherface headline on the Saturday night at what would prove to be their final Scottish show. That weekend also proved to be, in hindsight, somewhat the turning point for our collective. 2015 saw Book Yer Ane Fest IX move to Buskers and The Firefly in Dundee, with great results, and Book Yer Ane Fest X was also held there.

Book Yer Ane Fest X also marked the final festival in support of Safe-Tay, as they have wound up operations after ten emotionally difficult yet incredibly productive years. Safe-Tay has achieved a great deal amidst great personal suffering over the last decade, including the erection of many water-safety and caution signs throughout Tayside, the bringing together of many divergent government and non-profit organisations concerned with water safety and education, and increasing awareness of water safety and education throughout the region. With cross-sector connections made between groups with greater reach and influence, Lisa and family felt they had taken Safe-Tay as far as they could. Their influence and legacy cannot be denied.

We cannot thank Lisa Stuart and her family enough for all of the hard work, commitment and dedication that they have shown over the last decade. Our gratitude to Lisa and family for all of their support over the years cannot be understated. Thank you, for everything.

Over the years we’ve had the distinct privilege and honour to host friends and artists from all over the world, collectively raising in excess of ten thousand pounds for charity. We are very proud that something that essentially started as a Joey Terrifying gig in the back room of a Perth pub to raise some money for our pal’s charity has developed into something for which people are willing to travel from all over the globe to attend and a central fixture on the Scottish punk rock calendar. While never expressly the intent, it continually blows our mind what Book Yer Ane Fest has evolved into and would couldn’t be more humbled at the interest we’ve been afforded over the last few years.

Over the years, we’ve aimed to provide an accessible, interesting and diverse celebration of DIY punk culture and have had the honour of hosting hundreds of local, national and international bands/artists including, but not limited to; Leatherface (ENG), The Slow Death (USA), Franz Nicolay (USA), Rational Anthem (USA), Lipstick Homicide (USA), Antillectual (NL), Bangers (ENG), The Arteries (WAL), Mikey Erg (USA), Oi Polloi, Kaddish, Departures, The Spook School, ONSIND (ENG), Helen Chambers (ENG), Chris T-T (ENG), Beauty School Dropout, Rebuke (SWE), The Bomb (USA), Bear Trade (ENG), The Living Daylights (ENG), Sink Alaska, Uniforms, The Upstarts, Chrissy Barnacle, Wonk Unit (ENG), Slaves (ENG), The Murderburgers, Billy Liar, Make War (USA) and many more. We aim to continue to do so!


Book Yer Ane Fest XI sees the evolution continue once again and will happen in Dundee from Friday 1st through Sunday 3rd December 2017. Our venues for this year will be Abertay Student Centre, Conroy’s Basement and The Firefly, all within easy walking distance of each other in Dundee city centre. This year we shall be raising money and awareness for Insight Counselling, The Royal Life Saving Society and Tayside Mountain and Water Rescue. This year, we shall also be running our TINS FOR TUNES programme to support Dundee Foodbank.

There will also be both pre and post-Book Yer Ane Fest shows this year, full details of which will emerge over the next few months. While we have yet to announce any bands, there are bands booked and we look forward to hosting our most open, accessible and inclusive Book Yer Ane Fest yet.

Limited Earlybird Weekend Tickets for Book Yer Ane Fest XI will go on sale on Sunday 21st May 2017. These tickets will be £20 and will be strictly limited to 100 in total, as this is the capacity of our smallest venue.

Possessing an Earlybird Weekend Ticket is THE ONLY WAY to ensure entry to ALL MAIN BYAF SHOWS in Dundee.

Please make sure to grab one if you want to ensure your entry!

Earlybird Weekend Tickets will be available for £20 HERE from 12 noon on Sunday 21st May. Don’t snooze on it!

Both the pre-BYAF and post-BYAF shows will be pay on the door only.

“Can my band play?”

It really depends.

There is NO FORMAL APPLICATION PROCESS for Book Yer Ane Fest. Let’s be honest, there’s no way to say this without sounding like a roaster, but BYAF is booked collectively with no one individual in a position to impose their will. We are all actively involved in our musical communities, hosting shows and touring all over, so our booking decisions come from an informed perspective and not just on the whim of Dr. Deeker!

However, all that said, we do love hearing from new bands so if you want to get in touch, please do so by email only. Please do not message our FB page as it is collectively run and a timely response cannot be guaranteed.

The best way to get involved is to come along and support the scene on a regular basis. With limited space for local bands, those who support the scene and what we do all year round are more likely to be considered for BYAF.

Please bear in mind that BYAF is a charity fundraiser. While we do have a small budget and do our best to accommodate every reasonable request, we aren’t in a position to offer anything extravagant. For a fuller discussion on this subject, please check out this post.

Local bands can drop off a demo CD/tape/USB/download code/floppy disk to the DEMO DROPBOX that will be in situ at all upcoming shows at Conroy’s Basement.

Also, we’d appreciated it if any/all booking requests went through our email address at; info@makethatatakerecords.com

Also, and we cannot stress this enough, please DO NOT add or message individual members of the collective on FB or any other social media platform to enquire about playing BYAF.

 When will tickets be on sale?

100 Earlybird Weekend Tickets will be on sale for £20 from Sunday 21st May. An Earlybird Weekend Ticket will be the only way to ensure your entry to all BYAF shows in Dundee.

Thereafter (once all 100 Earlybird Weekend Tickets are gone), a Weekend Ticket will be a straight up thirty quid. As it stands, there will be no advanced single/individual day tickets but walk-ups will be available on the days.

Keep your eyes peeled on the Make-That-A-Take facebook page for further details.

 Are you doing accommodation packages this year?

Afraid not. While we’d be love to be able to offer accommodation packages, we already have our hands full accommodating bands. However, Dundee has an excellent Backpackers Hostel and loads of hotels that you can get cheap if you book in advance. Again, please keep your eye on the MTAT page for further developments on this front.

 “Can I have a stall?” “Can I bring my distro?”

Very possibly.

Given that the main events of Book Yer Ane Fest XI will be taking place at Abertay Student Centre, we have a bit more space at our disposal. We’ll be hosting a “Punk Rock Flea Market” of sorts and are seeking to involve as many community groups as possible. If you’d like to get involved and claim a space for your activism, please get in touch.

We have limited space but are always keen to hear from progressive thinking organisations, labels and those that run distros. All decisions are made by the collective and are considered on a case-by-case basis.

 Is BYAF all-ages?

All shows at Abertay Students Centre are 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult). All shows in The Firefly and Conroy’s Basement are 18+, sorry. Please bear this in mind when ordering tickets.

 “My band is playing, can we get our friends on the guestlist?”


We operate a strict “no guestlist” policy so please don’t embarrass us or yourself. Van drivers, tour managers, etc, are obviously exempt. As Mike Watt says; “If you’re not playing, you’re paying”. Take it up with him.

 “I work for the press/TV/PR/blog/blahblahblah. Can I get guestlist?”


 “Is there anything that I can do to help?”

Yes, there are many things and we’d be very appreciative if you could!

This year especially we are looking for some troops to get involved in the BYAF CREW. Please do hit us up if you’d be keen to support in any way, shape or form!

We will also be looking for some volunteers to help us out with spreading the good word in terms of flyering, PR, postering, zine articles, radio play, interviews and all that other weird and wonderful stuff. If you feel like you’d be keen to help in this capacity, please hit us up. The spreading of the good word, even to your pals, is very much appreciated!

The best thing you can do is come to the festival and have an amazing time. It’d be great if you brought some friends with you and spread the word too. We’re always looking for people in Dundee who would be willing to have a bunch of punks sleeping in their flat for an evening and are always keen to hear from volunteers to help with this.

If you think you meet this description, please drop us an email.

 Why put on a festival in winter? In Scotland?

What’s a punk to do, eh?

For a more detailed background and history, we’d thoroughly recommend checking out “Film Yer Ane; The Book Yer Ane Fest Documentary” made by our friend Adam Morrow and the crew at Funguerins.

We’d also recommend checking out both the GGM Photography pages and the Smalbob YouTube channel for loads of BYAF photos and videos from over the years. Ye can also find some more at Cowpunk TV.

The first Make Yer Ane Comp was released at the original BYAF also. It’s still rad some ye should download it (and awhin else in the MTAT catalogue).


Keep your eyes on the BYAF XI event page and MTAT website for developments as they happen.