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Resonating with artiste aspirations

22 October 2019

GLASGOW-BASED new music festival and conference Resonate has announced the full programme for this year’s event. The third edition, which will take place at the Barras Art & Design Centre on 14 November, will feature keynote speeches by Katie Duffy from Glasgow Life, which manages venues such as the city’s…

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DHP welcomes The Grace to the family

22 October 2019

DHP FAMILY, owner of  Nottingham’s Rock City (cap. 1,900) and London venues such as Oslo (370) and The Garage (600), has rebranded the 150-capacity upstairs venue adjacent to the latter. It has also refurbished the premises below, formerly The General Store, opening the two-floor pair as The Grace presenting acts…

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Rec Rooms celebrates first year

22 October 2019

THE OWNER of West Sussex venue The Rec Rooms (cap. 350) in Horsham says the venue’s year has been a success, particularly in helping new and emerging artistes. Stu Green cites Flight Brigade as one of the best new acts playing the venue, along with Ashton Lane, Emma Stevens, Megan…

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Forty years on track for Winchester star

25 September 2019

THE OWNER of Winchester’s only live music venue, The Railway Inn (cap. 150 and 60)is hoping to persuade artistes such as Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa to return to where they played early shows in their careers. Next year, the venue will celebrate its 40th year of promoting live music…

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Momentum announces more grants

25 September 2019

PRS FOUNDATION, the charitable subsidiary of performance royalty collection society PRS For Music, has announced the next wave of emerging artistes to receive support from its Momentum Music Fund. Girl Ray, I SEE RIVERS and The Orielles are among the 17 artistes who have been selected by industry professionals to…

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Worthing gets new venue

25 September 2019

WORTHING IS about to get a new, purpose-built venue to host concerts, comedy and club nights. Located in the grounds of Soundhouse Studios, The Factory Live (cap. 350) is a partnership between the studios and local event organiser Atom Promotions, which has staged concerts with acts such as 10cc, Grandmaster…

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Jimmy’s twin for Liverpool

27 August 2019

THE TEAM behind Manchester grassroots venue Jimmy’s (cap. 150) has opened a sister venue in Liverpool. Owners and brothers Jimmy and George Craig opened the Bold Street property this month with a hometown show by The Coral. The three-floor building is four times the size of its Manchester counterpart, with…

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Birmingham arenas seek more unsigned artistes

27 August 2019

NEC GROUP venues Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,800) and Resorts World Arena (15,685) are seeking more unsigned acts to play to audiences arriving for concerts. The Unsigned Stage at Arena Birmingham and the Amstel Stage at Resorts World Arena have already have hosted performances bu more than 150 local acts, including…

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BBC Introducing Live announces new panels

27 August 2019

BBC MUSIC Introducing Live has announced a wave of brand workshops for the autumn event at London’s Tobacco Dock. The 31 October–2 November event, which comprises panels, master-classes and networking sessions, will include news features such as  Tell Us How It Is, an open forum in which attendees can discuss…

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Larmer Tree launchpad for winners

20 May 2019

ARTISTES WHO won festival slots at Larmer Tree (cap. 5,000) via its Breakthrough Music Award are already finding wider recognition according to the festival’s Lyndsey Harvey.  Winners of the 2018 event, Arcade Hearts, are now on their first headline tour, while Laura Goldthorp, who scooped the solo artiste award, has…

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Grassroots sector to benefit from £1.5 million Arts Council fund

20 May 2019

CAMPAIGNERS HAVE welcomed the announcement of a £1.5 million Arts Council England (ACE) fund specifically aimed at grassroots music venues and promoters. People working in the sector can apply to the Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund for grants of £1,000-40,000. Money is available to organisations whose main function is hosting…

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Hysterical production for Leppard tour

23 January 2019

THE ANNIVERSARY tour of Def Leppard’s 1977 Hysterical LP required a “steelyard” of overhead truss to support lighting and screens, and create architectural features to fit lighting designer Kenji Ohashi’s vision for the show. The tour, which visited venues including Manchester Arena (cap. 21,000), London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley (12,500)…

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Cardiff’s Buffalo Bar closes

23 January 2019

THE CARDIFF venue that hosted early performances by artistes such as Adele, Stormzy and James Bake has closed after 14 years. The 150-capacity Buffalo Bar in the city’s central Windsor Place, announced its closure on social media at the start of the year, citing rising business rates as the reason….

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Managers reap the rewards

23 January 2019

THE MUSIC Managers Forum (MMF) has announced the winners of its Accelerator programme, run in partnership with YouTube Music. Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 were made available (see LIVE UK 226) for music managers and 24 winners have been awarded. They include Callum Reece of Wommat Management, Rachel Millar…

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Matching US and UK for Halsey

22 November 2018

US SINGER Halsey based the stage of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour around a central LED staircase designed to show off her fluid movement around the stage according to lighting director and operator Jose Antunes. When she visited the UK for a date at London’s Eventim Apollo (cap. 5,050), her…

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Government backs more acts overseas

22 November 2018

TWELVE EMERGING  artistes will benefit from a slice of £220,000 awarded by the Department for International Trade (DIT)  to help then tour internationally. The latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding will support acts including Nina Nesbitt, YolanDa Brown and The Twilight Sad in reaching foreign markets. It…

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YouTube backs funding for managers

22 November 2018

A NEW independent fund to support music managers in England and Scotland has been launched by the Music Managers Forum (MMF), in partnership YouTube Music. Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 are available, as well as training, mentoring and advice from industry professionals. The MMF says it envisages the grants…

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Bedford back in business

22 November 2018

HAVING BEEN closed for more than a year, South London’s The Bedford (cap. 250) in Balham is set to officially reopen, after a soft launch this month. Its owner, Three Cheers Pub Company  invested £3.45 million in upgrading the venue, which played a part in launching the careers of Ed…

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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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