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Lincoln Imp on the up

19 September 2018

PROMOTER WILLIAM Nicklen of Crown Promotion & Management is encouraging more acts to include to include a date at The Lincoln Imp (cap. 300) in Scunthorpe on their national tours. He says a momentum of good audiences has been building at the venue and he wants to keep it going….

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New venture aims to open grassroots venue network

19 September 2018

FORMER MUSE tour director Glen Rowe is seeking support for his charitable NEKO Trust, formerly known as Cato Trust, which hopes will begin opening new small-capacity venues across the country in 2020. Cato, which was set up in 2005 and ran a scheme collecting donations from people on concert guest…

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Stage Break – The Craufurd Arms

7 August 2018

59 Stratford Road, Milton Keynes, MK12 5LT, Bucks Bookings: Jason Hall and Max Harvey T: 01908 313864 E: Underpass@hotmail.co.uk W: www.TheCraufurdarms.com Capacity: 275    PA/lights: Yes Dressing rooms: Two Booking policy:  “We book 7 days a week, there is an Open Mic night on the last Wednesday of every month,…

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Funding sets up mercury moments

7 August 2018

PRS FOUNDATION points to nearly half of this year’s artistes nominated for a Mercury Award benefitting from funding at some point in their career. Senior grants and programme manager Joe Frankland says that the continued appearance of PRSF-funded artistes in this and other award nominations shows a strengthening of ties…

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Managing Talent – Chris Meredith, 35

7 August 2018

ATC Live, London E: chris@atc-live.com Your artiste roster: Admiral Fallow, Beverly, Catholic Action, Estrons, Fazerdaze, Hannah Peel, Lewis Watson, LUCIA, Lucy Spraggan, Mozes & The Firstborn, Partner, Sad13, Sleeper, SuperGlu, The Lottery Winners, The Mavericks, The Veils, We Are Scientists Favourite venues for seeing and/or showcasing new artistes:  St Pancras…

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Renewed focus creates buzz

7 August 2018

FOCUS WALES, the multi-venue conference and industry festival held in Wrexham is looking for acts to perform at the various showcase evenings scheduled across the city. Co-founder Andy Jones says that buzz around the event has been rising rapidly each year, not only in terms of those hoping to perform,…

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Summer rehearsal space available 

9 July 2018

THE ACADEMY of Music & Sound is offering free rehearsal spaces in its Exeter, Southampton and Gateshead campuses, to any unsigned artistes interested in using them during the summer, subject to availability. Head of UK and international digital marketing Louise Schofield says that it is far better to put the spaces…

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Fireball gets heavy for punk ‘house party’ 

9 July 2018

ACADEMY EVENTS and whisky company Fireball’s Fuelling the Fire Tour is accepting applications from artistes hoping to open for a line-up that includes Face to Face, Lost in Stereo and Flogging Molly. The Fireball Hottest Band 2019 Competition, in association with Kerrang! will see four regional heats taking place in…

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NightBus used to leave Nest

9 July 2018

RHYS FIERY, previously events manager for The Nest (cap. 220) in Bath, is now promoting with business partner Paul James under the name NightBus in the Bristol area. The pair plan to turn Mr Wolf’s (cap. 75) into a venue that hosts regular indie and rock shows. Friery, who has…

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PRS and MU find ‘thirst for knowledge’ in the north

9 July 2018

PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection society PRS For Music and the Musician’s Union have been conducting a series of free workshop-style events across the North East, with performance slots available at three remaining dates on the tour at the time of going to press. Events have so far covered Halifax and Preston,…

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Outstanding in their fields

9 July 2018

Many an aspiring artiste dreams of their first festival appearance and others see repeated festival appearances as a way to attract more followers, but it’s a big leap up from pubs and bars, and a bad performance can do serious harm.  Rob Sandall reports   Festival slots for unsigned and…

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Generator evolves with conference

5 June 2018

EVOLUTION EMERGING, Generator’s festival, held in numerous venues across Newcastle, has for the first time added a free conference programme at Sage (cap. 300) in Gateshead. Talent development manager Charlie Dancer says that the conference will be largely aimed at emerging artistes, but notes that it will also be applicable…

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West London space lets in labels

5 June 2018

THE LABEL Lodge, an Association of Independent Music (AIM) initiative that sees members host weekly pop-up residencies in Jäger Soho (cap. 200), London, has gotten underway to enthusiastic reactions. Following its debut last year, the space will feature residences by UK independent labels including 4AD, Sunday Best, Holy Roar, Wichita,…

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Artiste fund gathers momentum

5 June 2018

PRS FOUNDATION’S (PRSF) Momentum Music Fund, created to offer grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to emerging UK artistes, has generated £13 million for the British music industry, according to the findings of an independent evaluation. PRSF CEO Vanessa Reed says that the report confirms that seed funding can have a…

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Is it ever too early for a deal?

4 June 2018

In a world of DIY development, the emerging artiste might be forgiven for assuming that the odds of getting an early record deal are slim, Rob Sandall finds out if that is the case   There’s been much rhetoric over recent years concerning the role of the indie record label….

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Academy showcases new talent

4 June 2018

THE MULTI-VENUE Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is gearing up to select new inductees to its much-lauded Academy, an initiative created to help local emerging talent between the ages of 16 and 25. Music manager and creator Yaw Owusu says that the Academy has been setup in an effort to…

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