Independent Venue Week

I suppose most musicians and music lovers know the importance of our independent venues.  Between 28th Jan – 2nd Feb is a week dedicated to independent venues, where we will see some of the most import and historic venues around the country come together for a 6 day long series of gigs.

I’m really happy to be involved in such an exciting string of gigs.  Im playing in the Louisiana, Bristol, and am so delighted to see Southampton (my home town) on the map with their wonderful venue, The Joiners. – Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

The Louisiana holds many memories of many gigs for me.  It always houses a varied program of live acts, and is a real treat to go and see people play there.

Once I got involved with producing my own electronic music a few years ago, a very nice promoter put me on Fear of Fiction nights.  He kept on booking me, kept supporting me, and I kept bringing friends (and im eternally grateful for their support too), until he booked me for Simple Things Festival when things started to change.  Before Simple Things I was playing in the Louisiana on nights that were largely indie/rock, which i found nerve wracking, being an experimental-ambient-bass-music-type-producer. The Louisiana accommodated me, and the audiences supported me despite this, and were still interested even though i had (what looked then like) a strange set up, just a laptop and a nano kontrol pad!- balanced on two bar stools.   The Louisiana, their punters and staff have been very important to me when I was starting out as a musician trying to get into live music scene in Bristol.

Once I was booked for Simple Things Festival in 2011, I had a string of festival dates and things started to snowball, and since then I have had the chance to play at some fantastic events and an array of venues across Bristol, South Wales, Southampton & London.
The Louisiana played a huge part in me developing my live set to what it has got to today, enabling me to try something out that I wasnt sure was going to work, or whether people would like it, or what direction it would take.

So, hats off to independent venue week!   I hope to see some of you down at the Louisiana on Thursday 30th January.

Small Engine Repair/ Lionface / Three Kings High / Wyynona Ryder / Kayla Painter / Crisis Project / Locks / Lori Campbell
Event info here.

More info about independent venue week :
Pitchfork
Facebook
phil selway
“Independent Venue Week is a fantastic idea. Small venues are the lifeblood of British music. There’s a particular kind of excitement when you go to a gig at these venues. They’re visceral and intimate.”
– Phil Selway, Radiohead

Frank Turner
“Without small, independent venues, there’d be no small, independent bands, and without them there’d be no big acts either; these places are the lifeblood of any music scene, and any music fan should care about them and support Independent Venue Week”. – Frank Turner

Independent Venue Week

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02.11.2012. Crisis Project release single ‘Dice’

This weekend, tomorrow, I will be joining Jilk and supporting The Crisis Project at their launch party at Cafe Kino. 
Its at 8pm, free entry, and a lovely little venue. 

Those of you that came to my record launch would have seen The Crisis Project play a lovely set (and heard Jilk do the sound). Most of you have since asked me about them, where you can buy their stuff, listen to more, and watch their hypnotic visuals. (Cafe Kino is the answer to that).  But also here’s some links and stuff to ear up. 

Enjoy, 

See you there. 

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The Crisis Project on Facebook , Soundcloud

Jilk on Facebook
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Pulse Festival. 10th & 11th May 2013.

I have had the pleasure of being invited to play at this years Pulse Festival, near my hometown, Southampton.  I have heard lots of positive things about the festival from previous years, but have yet to see it myself.
I am looking forwards to enjoying a range of music, and joining many others that are there to support the cause.  Pulse festival was founded in 2010 to support the Childrens Heart Unit in Southampton.  It has been a huge success and continued to grow since it’s set up just three years ago.  After speaking to one of the organisers, Mark Ward, I can only see an exiting future for Pulse, and am very keen to be a part of it.  This year has plenty of things to offer for people of all ages and music genres, and who wouldn’t want to go and have a bit of a knees up, discover some new music, and support such a worthy cause?

More info & Tickets here – Pulse Festival

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