Since starting Inspire Music, it has been really important to us to not only build our brand but to also provide a platform for local artists and musicians to perform.
There are many open mic nights and gigs in the area which are great and run by some fantastic people but we could see a gap in the market and wanted to provide something a little different that could have the potential to not only become bigger but to give some opportunity to the artists.
On August 17th, after weeks of planning, we launched our very first Inspire Music Acoustic & Networking nights in our hometown of Staffordshire at Blakeys Cafe Bar to a packed out crowd.
These monthly nights are Showcase opportunities for 4 different artists to perform their material but what we try to do is to invite musicians of different genres so that they are introduced to each other and everyone gets to network with people who wouldn’t normally cross paths.
For example, our August event saw local artists Chris Method Music, Simon Clewlow and Jay Johnson perform alongside The Angels With Dirty Faces.
The Angels With Dirty Faces are a Nottingham based country band who have been established for some time on the UK Country Scene whilst the other three artists of local and play a variety of pop, alternative and folk inspired music.
We also invited local photographers, bloggers and festival organisers to the event. Through networking, the event proved successful and two of our artists picked up a support slot opening for the Angels With Dirty Faces and gained some attention from a festival organiser for events next year.
Our music nights are completely free entry and we really encourage local artists, musicians, producers and all industry types to come along and network. Even if you are not performing, we are happy for you to bring along your promotional material to advertise your gigs and music.
All our events are also open to the public and are held at some of the best venues in Staffordshire so if you love good music and a good night out then come along to our next one!
You can keep up to date on all our events over on our website and on social media:
Watch our for our next blog, coming soon!
Matt & Charlotte
With thanks to:
All photographs courtesy of Vikki Hughes Photography
Simon Clewlow: www.facebook.com/simonclewlowmusic
Chris Rushton: www.facebook.com/chrismethodmusic
Jay Johnson: www.facebook.com/JayJohnsonStoke
The Angels With Dirty Faces: www.facebook.com/theangelswithdirtyfaces
Daniel James at Blakeys Cafe Bar: http://www.blakeyscafebar.co.uk