Heritage Venue Project

  • 5 Alt. Christmas Songs

    December 18, 2020 by

    Black Midi – Jingle Bell Rock Haim – Christmas Wrapping 2020 Bombay Bicycle Club – In The Bleak Midwinter The Wombats – Is This Christmas My Chemical Romance – All I Want For Christmas Belle and Sebastian – Christmas Wrapping

  • Interview: Field Music

    July 8, 2020 by

    We spoke to North East legends Field Music around Newcastle’s hubs of live music, and why they need to be saved. Long term advocates for the protection of venues, Field Music are integral to the voices of cultural survival. When playing certain venues, are you conscious of bands that have graced its stage before? And… Read more

  • Interview: The Ninth Wave

    July 6, 2020 by

    On the soon to be released Happy Days! EP, Glasgow Noise-Pop band The Ninth Wave fronted by Haydn Park-Patterson and Amelia Kidd, tell us about their experiences across their hometown, their recent tours and the underlying importance of protecting venues. When playing certain venues, are you conscious of bands that have graced its stage before?… Read more

  • Interview: lostboy

    June 29, 2020 by

    Playing a string of intimate dates over the last year, emerging Sheffield artist lostboy speaks around his experiences so far and the meaning of independent venues for the city and beyond. When playing certain venues, are you conscious of bands that have graced its stage before? And does this affect how it feels to play… Read more

  • Interview: The Joy Formidable

    May 20, 2020 by

    Welsh alternative-rock band the Joy Formidable share their thoughts and four albums worth of experiences on the significance of venues, the impact of Covid-19. 1. When playing certain venues, are you conscious of bands that have graced its stage before? And does this affect how it feels to play at such venue?  Always conscious, yes. It’s… Read more

  • emo: cultural identity in modern music heritage

    May 18, 2020 by

    An alternate youth culture, emo transcended music beyond the iPod Nano into the lifestyles of many adolescents. Coined through an embracement of emotional and sentimental lyrics, in an age of diminishing expectations and consumerism, emo flourised to define an era. Whilst the scene is often seen as a detrimental term, closely linked to acts of… Read more

  • 5 emo songs that cemented the UK cultural scene

    May 13, 2020 by

    The first of a series of posts identifying and explaining two notable UK scenes. Teenage emo culture, stemming from a variety of genres, mainly emo, pop-punk and pop-rock, the 00’s culture still has a legacy and a presence today. We explore through 5 songs that were biblical to identity within the scene. Cute Is What… Read more

  • Nostalgia: the foundation of venue heritage

    May 6, 2020 by

    With many of us spending quarantine at home, and the most spare time since our school days it is no wonder that nostalgia is rife. Spotify recently reported a 54% increase in searches for ‘oldies’ or ‘throwback’ since the lockdown, with a surge in nostalgic playlists. Music from the ’60s,’ 70s and ’80s have all seen… Read more

  • Duchess of York, Leeds

    May 4, 2020 by

    Capacity: 250; Established: 1985 (date not confirmed); Closed: 26 March 2000 Notable acts: Nirvana (25 October 1989), Pixies, Pulp, Oasis, Coldplay, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, Blur Sticky carpets. Awful lager. (Hann 2014) Situated at 71 Vicar Lane, passers-by would now be completely unaware of the building’s vibrant musical past. Currently a Hugo Boss shop, the… Read more

  • Bandcamp day: 5 purchases to support artists

    May 1, 2020 by

    On the first Friday of the month throughout June and July, Bandcamp are waiving their fees to ensure more money goes to the artists themselves. Over $4.3 million was spent via the site during the last fee-free event so we’re hoping this one is even bigger. Below is 5 key purchases to diversify your music… Read more

  • The 1975: How punk is evolving.

    April 29, 2020 by

    “Theres so much to see and so much to do, but I somehow still find myself doing nothing at all” – Matt HealyI’ll admit it, there was a time when I just didn’t get The 1975. I once said the same about My Chemical Romance and come 2005 I would be watching them live and… Read more

  • Immersive digital shows in a covid-19 era.

    April 27, 2020 by

    *note: I am not a gamer. Despite countless Instagram Live videos, there is a huge problem within the music industry. Apart from a rolling stream of comments, the performance is one way, musicians have limited resources at their disposal but most of all, there is little to no income being generated for the artist. This… Read more

  • 10 songs for earth day 2020

    April 22, 2020 by

    ‘The Lark Ascending‘ by Richard King, is a book based on the 1881 poem by English poet George Meredith, inspired by the song of the skylark. The book details the many ways nature has influenced musical production over the years, however, the full concept warrants a further blog post for another time. The beauty, tranquility… Read more

  • 5 bands you were going to discover at summer 2020 festivals

    April 20, 2020 by

    Creeper (Download Festival) Following their surprise comeback at the end of 2019, Creeper returned with singles Cyanide and Annabelle. With a string of UK shows for 2020, Creeper are back with a vengeance. Black Country, New Road (Wide Awake Festival) With only two songs released, Sunglasses and Athens France; Black Country, New Road have received… Read more

  • The Charlotte, Leicester

    April 19, 2020 by

    Capacity: 390 Status: Closed (2010) Notable Artists: Radiohead, The Cranberries, Pulp, The Stone Roses, The Killers, Bloc Party, The Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Blur, The Libertines, The Buzzcocks, Primal Scream, Muse and Kasabian. The venue of my first proper gig, aged 15 years old. Elliot Minor, February 2008. The Charlotte was a pinnacle of Leicester’s new… Read more

  • 5 essential live sets for covid-19 escapism.

    April 18, 2020 by

    With the return of live music in the unforeseeable future, live sets are the greatest way to re-live and discover some fantastic artists. Below are 5 key sets from a whole range of genres. Idles, KEXP One of the greatest ever KEXP performances, and knowing this was broadcast live on the morning commute adds to… Read more

  • Danny Nedelko, Heavy Lungs.

    April 17, 2020 by

    Bristol punk band Heavy Lungs have certainly learned how to craft a grassroots revenue. Following successive nationwide tours, Danny Nedelko, the bands lead singer, offers his views on the circuit and its importance to him. When playing certain venues, are you conscious of bands that have graced its stage before? And does this affect how… Read more

  • Covid-19: Future of Grassroots Venues

    April 16, 2020 by

    The recent news of the venue ‘Plan B’ still operating in the Swedish town of Malmö has presented an interesting thought in the current music economy. Whilst Instagram live is proving a vital form of connectivity with fans, this has been an inefficient way to generate financial support. On the back of a huge effort… Read more

  • Alt-J and the integration of contemporary music at heritage sites.

    April 2, 2020 by

    “music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” – Ludwig Van Beethoven Somewhat overshadowed by the launch of U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ invasive marketing campaign. In early September 2014, alt-indie band Alt-J launched a mobile application on iOS and Android to stream their latest album ‘This Is All Yours’ before its official release. Using… Read more

  • Interview: Callum Pitt

    March 26, 2020 by

    Following his nationwide tour in late 2019, I spoke to Callum around the importance of local venues such as Little Buildings and The Cluny and what they mean to him and his home town of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. When playing venues in the last few years, are you conscious of the bands that have graced the stage… Read more

  • Interview: Matt Hall, Little Comets

    February 27, 2020 by

    Ending 2019 with a huge run of tour dates, Little Comets have toured five albums and keen to start work on their sixth. They are a band notorious for their live performances, and unique shows in the past such as performing in lecture halls. After forming their own label, ‘The Smallest Label’ Little Comets have… Read more

  • Interview: Alex Rice, Sports Team.

    February 23, 2020 by

    Fresh off their riotous show at the Nags Head, Camberwell, where drummer Al Greenwood required a first aid kid mid set. Sports Team are on a non-stop road to success, after years of hard graft touring the UK, notoriously filling the Forum with more fans than they have on social media. They have built a… Read more

  • The Cockpit, Leeds

    February 9, 2020 by

    Capacity: 500 Notable Acts: Libertines, Coldplay, Amy Winehouse, White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, Korn, Arctic Monkeys. Despite closing in 2014, The Cockpit remains a focal point of any discussion surrounding the rich musical heritage of Leeds and its diverse culture. Opening in 1994, The Leeds Cockpit was formerly known as the Cock… Read more

  • Bull & Gate, Kentish Town.

    January 28, 2020 by

    Capacity: 150; Established: Early 1980s; Closed: 4 May 2013. Notable acts: Coldplay, Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Nirvana, Blur, Bloc Party, Muse, The Libertines  “Anyone could get a gig at the Bull & Gate. Even my band played there. We were shit.” (Goldhanger 2013)  The Bull & Gate was a sectioned off area of a pub.… Read more

  • 5 best gigs of 2020

    December 30, 2020 by

    A packed start to 2020 ended up a struggling year for the live music industry. With the return of innovative socially distanced shows, 2020 still managed to deliver some outstanding performances. Below are a selection of the best shows and a reason why they were so great. Mura Masa – Pryzm, Kingston Getting fucked for… Read more

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