With no shows taking place we’ve had to switch around our weekly music news just a little bit. However we will still be here every Tuesday with a Leicester music update for you in partnership with PPL PRS Ltd.
Win guitar signed by Tom Meighan
As part of the fundraising for The Soundhouse, Kasabian’s Tom Meighan has donated a signed guitar to the cause. Anyone who donates £20 or more to the Crowdfund campaign to save The Soundhouse will receive an entry into the draw for the guitar. DONATE.
Wide Eyed Festival rescheduled
The inaugural Wide Eyed has now been moved to Saturday 6 February 2021 at Leicester’s O2 Academy. The line-up includes The Orielles, Squid and BEAK> with lots more to be announced. No need to worry about February weather as the festival is completely indoors. TICKETS.
INTERVIEW: Chris D Bramley
As people continue to pull together around the country, so too are Leicestershire’s musicians. Last week a number of performers go together to do a live stream performance to raise funds for NHS Charities Together. Raising almost £400 they’re going to be doing more performances going forwards and are urging people to get involved and help them raise more money through music. We caught up with one of the organisers and performers, Chris D Bramley, to find out more about it.
You recently organised/took part in a Musician 4 NHS charity streamed performance, can you tell us a little more about it?
Musicians 4 NHS is an initiative which helps raise money for ‘NHS Charities Together’, through a range of local musicians promoting and performing a livestream in dedication to this.
Which other musicians took part?
In our first week the following musicians took part: Graham Hinkley, Rhett Barrow, Dan Greaves, Sam Beach, Michael Vickers, Zaine Edge, Cassius Povey, Mason Bailey, JoekerDigz and myself!
How has the lockdown impacted you as a musician?
It’s halted some aspects such as gigging, elements of recording and collaboration (even though there are some ways round this) but it has certainly enabled a new approach for musicians plus plenty of time to be creative alongside inspiration from the current climate.
Do you think it’s been positive in bringing together more collaboration between musicians?
It’s very early to tell that, however it’s definitely been a success in solidifying and strengthening the local music scenes, also allowing local musicians from different areas of the country to be introduced to one another also and again has opened the eyes to many of the public how important live music is
Have you got further plans for virtual performances through the lockdown?
We’ll be announcing this weeks run of musicians v soon – resulting in performances on Friday and Saturday!
What advice would you give to any musicians who perhaps haven’t tried streaming live performances?
Give it a go! It’ll attract a different audience and get even more people to listen to your music who perhaps haven’t been to gigs really before! It’s also great experience at working on your interaction skills without a physical crowd in the room.
Where can people still catch the performances and how can they donate?
Enjoy this week’s best of Leicester playlist! Each week we’ll be pulling together some of our favourites as well as recommendations to highlight some top local talent. This week’s list features the likes of interviewee Chris D Bramley, Mahalia, Cassius Povey, Kamakaze and lots more treasures to enjoy.
Have a listen and get in touch to tell us which tracks you’re loving.