Independent Venue Week

As the first month of 2016 draws to a close, the music industry, still hurting from the tragic events at the Bataclan in Paris at the end of last year, has had to come to terms with the loss of far too many artists, especially in such a short space of time.

Whilst many columnist are writing of how ‘we’ll never see the likes of them again’ Are they writing off all hope of anything original ever being produced? Do we really believe the best has already passed? Are there no emerging artists waiting in the wings for their chance to shine?
I don’t believe so.

I have been working with the dedicated team at Discovery Talent, who, on the last Thursday of the month, host a showcase at London’s 229 The Venue. Featuring 4 or 5 acts, as yet unsigned. Previous showcases have featured a variety of styles such as; Ska, electro rock , alternative folk, indie punk, funk, blues, and a reggae, opera and hip-hop fusion. For under £10 (at time of typing!) you are witness to tomorrow’s icons and legends. Ed Sheeran, Scouting for Girls and The Guillemots (amongst others), are all Discovery Alumni.

As part of Independent Venue Week, on Thursday 28th January, the first Discovery 2 showcase of 2016, featured live performances by Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Spark The Sail, Anna Pancaldi and Keid.

Anna Pancaldi, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016
Anna Pancaldi, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016
Keid, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016
Keid, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016
Billy Bibby and The Wry Smiles, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016
Billy Bibby and The Wry Smiles, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016
Spark the Sail, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016
Spark the Sail, performing Live at Discovery 2, 229 The Venue, London, 28th January 2016

As always, a fantastic atmosphere and a fantastic array of talent.
I am certain, that across the country and around the world, there are small independent venues hosting inspiring nights of live music, featuring may of tomorrows stars, many of these events are under £10 or even free.

I urge you to give it a go one evening, support the music industry from the grass roots. You won’t regret it.

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