People say that binge drinking and longer opening hours have contributed to the breakdown of civilisation in Britain, especially among the younger generation, but the Times seems to think that bingo could be the answer to the problem.
That’s Rock and Roll Bingo to be precise and, as regular readers will know, we have become good friends with the inventor of this great night out, Mark Walsh, and tend to agree that it’s a great night out and lots of fun. But as for being a cure for all Britain’s ills – we’ll have to wait and see.
A standard night out for the young generally involves just going from bar to bar and downing as many vodka Red Bulls, Sourz, Corona’s or Jagerbombes as possible, maybe getting more and more abusive on the way. Now many venues are doing what online bingo sites are trying to do and ensure that customers stay in one place longer.
To this end many bars have turned to Rock and Roll Bingo for its fun and simplicity to get their customers engaged. Bingo has long been recognised as a very social activity, by its very nature of bringing people together in one place to play, and younger people are now becoming fans.
Rock and Roll Bingo is great for the pub crowds as it means that great tunes from across the decades are being played, many cheesy to be fair, but that’s part of the fun and makes people happy. At the same time they can still get the beers in and have a laugh as people share the names of the songs they are hearing. People sing along and dance around in their seats to the familiar sounds.
In venues where these unique bingo games take place groups of people are coming together on a regular basis to play, who previously may not have bothered making the arrangement and would have only drifted into meeting by accident on ‘the circuit’.
It’s also true that the ages of players visiting the land based bingo sites of the likes of Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo are falling and this could be attributable to the ‘cool’ status that Rock and Roll Bingo brings. Mecca Bingo has tried its own versions of Rock and Roll Bingo, but without the level of success of the original.
Well done, Mark. Who would have thought that a simple game of bingo could be the answer to keeping the youth of today happy and bringing them together in harmony.