This month, ‘Vinyl’ returns for a Bank Holiday all-day special. With an extended running time and line-up, the event is not to be missed by fans of the local music and art scene here in Stockton.
The event may take place at the usual venue for the monthly ‘Vinyl’ nights, however, ‘Vinyl: Long Play’ is set to be anything but the usual. Speaking to photographer and the co-promoter of the event, Ian Allcock, he said the aim was: “To do something a bit more special. So, we increased the number of acts on the bill and doors open at 3:00pm”. Four musical acts have been announced so far with two photography and art exhibitions on display, not to mention what Ian describes as: “Something very, very special by way of a collaboration with Sound It Out Records of Stockton, a pop-up shop with lots of vinyl rarities for sale on the night”.
Ian and his co-promoter, Lauren Duncan, have been running music and art nights for just over a year now. The pair set up a one-off event at Riverside to raise money for the mental health charity, Raindrops to Rainbows, in May 2017 which went on to inspire them to start a regular event and thus ‘Vinyl’ was created. Ian added: “We have had some of the very best artists, bands and photographers the North East has to offer. We’ve had some brilliant nights and long may it continue. We will always have predominately originals acts and bands, they will always be paid for performing and we will always have local scene artists and photographers, oh and we will always be FREE to enter (and exit)”.
“It is a great opportunity to showcase their work, network with the bands and sell their work”
Although ‘Vinyl: Long Play’ aims to be bigger and better than the usual ‘Vinyl’ nights, Ian hopes that they can replicate the same ‘vibe’ that people love about the monthly events; this ‘vibe’ may be influenced by the Riverside Lounge itself which Ian says has a “very ‘Cavern Club’ feel. To them, it’s just the right place for ‘Vinyl’ and Ian noted: “We can’t imagine doing it anywhere else”.
As previously mentioned, at the moment four performers have been announced with more to come closer to the date. Ian says that they’ve got: “A mix of the best acoustic performers” including soulful musician Josh Mannion, indie artist Ellis Rayner, and Marie Marx, fresh from the release of her first album – and also Joining them are North East based indie-pop group, Great Waves.
However, ‘Vinyl’ isn’t all about the music, Ian says: “For the artists and photographers who are exhibiting we know it is a great opportunity to showcase their work, network with the bands and sell their work”. On display throughout the day and evening will be Ian’s own local photography as well as the artwork of Lauren Duncan of LD Designs.
Lauren, who is also promoting the event with Ian, says that: “The art scene in Teesside is rather sparse as there aren’t enough venues/events to encourage local artists to showcases their work”, so Vinyl works alongside: “Local artists to help share their passion with others through exhibiting their work”. For Lauren, music and art: “Are similar in the way that they provide an outlet for the thoughts and emotions the artists have experienced”.
Ian hopes to keep the ‘Vinyl’ nights: “Fresh and really enjoyable and [they] are always looking for bands, artists and photographers to get involved”. With a great venue and a platform to have your art seen or music heard, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your work out there.
‘Vinyl: Long Play’ will take place on Sunday 27th May at the Riverside Lounge in Stockton. Entry is Free.