It started for me back in the early-mid 90s when I was in Yellowskin and we wanted to put on a gig with one of England's other (and back then only) skatey-type punk bands, TRAVIS CUT
A band that in my opinion were just ahead of their time since they were doing this all ahead of the ol' Green Day/Offspring burst that essentially opened the floodgates for the UK punk scene to become the awesomeness it was for a bit in taht era.
Back then in was called THE BREWHOUSE and it was a run down room that you could hire for cheap.....so we did. I like to think in many ways myself and my peers of the time contributed into making it what it became simply by repeatedly hiring it and bringing the punk.
Glad that I got to see it just befiore it shut down - THE CROFT will be missed but there will be another place!