With the growing number of independent music venues across the country closing down (around 40% across the UK in the last 10 years), it’s extremely important that we do our bit to secure their future.
Not only do these venues allow us to witness our favourite artists up-close and personal, but they give new artists a platform to perfect their craft, to build up fan-bases, and to eventually fill the same shows of some of the biggest names around.
Tonight’s event was a perfect example of just how important these venues are to the community, with both Ku Bar and The Georgian Theatre in Stockton putting on a showcase to allow up-and-coming artists from across the North East and the UK to show what they’re made of.
Newcastle outfit Shamu opened proceedings with their electro-pop sound, with frontman Jon Evans’ intensity gripping the young audience who listened intently throughout.
Young Middlesbrough indie-garage-blues trio Pink Tide, who chose to use jazz chords at times, blew me away with their technical ability.
It was all dreamy tones and sublime vocals from Llovers, whose new track ‘Just Lust’ contains reverberating guitar hooks and intense energy.
Things then slowed down as Teesside singer-songwriter Samantha Durnan played an awe-inspiring set of acoustic tracks (it was just a shame that a number of people in the audience chose to speak over her).
Dark Passenger, the new bluesy-skiffle project by ex-The Purnells frontman Stu Blackburn, were in fine form, with Stu getting erotically involved with a pole at one point during their extraordinary performance.
Guildford punk-rock outfit Blackwaters put on an adrenaline-fuelled set filled with raucous energy, with frontman Maximillian Tanner jumping off the stage and onto the bar at one point.
And Life finished this inaugural showcase with an intense and energy-sapping set, making them ones to watch in 2018.
It’s important again to note that without venues like Ku Bar and The Georgian Theatre these artists wouldn’t be able to showcase their talent. And what’s life without live music?