Cryptic Street had a nasty surprise last weekend when they discovered that their rehearsal space in Rampol, Birkirkara had been broken into and robbed.
“We were terrified really. We received a call on Sunday afternoon telling me that our garage door was open,” Leona Farrugia told Lovin Malta.
Whoever broke into their space stole most of their personal equipment and hardware, including large amplifiers, drums and cymbals, and effects pedals.
The girls found out after they received a call from fellow bands who practice at the Rampol space – a popular garage space in Birkirkara frequented by Maltese bands – only to find out they had lost thousands of euros worth of equipment.
The news was devastating as the equipment contributes to a giant chunk of the band’s livelihood as musicians.
“We thought that something’s wrong immediately” Farrugia said. “Even drum sticks and shoes were stolen from the space.”
Leona was contacted by a fellow patron of the Rampol, Nicholas Bonello. Soon more calls followed as other people who frequent the garage were calling in to see if they can offer any help.
“At least I feel that there is a community here, everyone started to share our post. Especially musicians. It’s all very relatable to us,” she said.
The band have ended up in quite a tricky situation as they do not have anywhere else to practice — and no equipment to do so with either.
This incident could serve as an eye-opener for all other musicians in the area since the infamous building is not as safe as previously thought. It seems like security is almost non-existent in a space where youths are meant to feel safe.