Promoters get Plugged In to Newcastle venues

News: 17th June 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Live, Music Training & Careers

Plugged In Live: 16 Artists, 5 Venues, 1 City

Newcastle venues will get a fresh injection of live music talent on July 9 when five up and coming promoters collaborate for the first time and take over venues for a night of live gigs across the city centre under the banner of Plugged In Live.

As part of Plugged In, the professional development network for North East music businesses led by Generator, live promoters will be supported to stage the concerts in established venues and quirky buildings with a wide variety of music on offer.

Each promoter has chosen a venue and acts to match their own tastes as each show aims to attract a different audience and support new music. Amongst the 16 acts playing in the venues are Leeds-based rock act The Glitterati who have turned a few head s in the industry since forming in 2003, Trafik who are about to embark on tour in the far east in support of their new electronic album and folk songstress Emily Portman.

The Vaudeville Class lead a lineup of dirty blues, funk and hip hop at one venue, while garage popsters Baskin’s Wish provide an indie alternative. Promoters Sailor Girl, The Killing Suite, Shipyard Sessions, Global Music and NARC. are all members of Plugged In, a network of North East music businesses supported by Generator.

Venues for the event range from traditional music venues including Head of Steam, Northumberland Arms and The Other Rooms to the atmospheric All Saints Church and the historic Stephenson Works. Each venue will charge £4 entry fee on the door with 10per cent of the door profits going to Teenage Cancer Trust and all gigs will start at the same time, 7.45pm.

Russ Conway, Plugged In Co-ordinator, said: “We have watched the membership of Plugged In grow steadily since it was formed one year ago.

“Generator’s support for the event has meant that we have been able to offer the member companies a chance to work together, sharing their ideas and knowledge. It will also provide a vehicle for these companies to promote the artists they represent. This isn’t just ‘one nation under a groove’, but ‘one region under a groove, a guitar riff and a drum loop’. ”

The night-time events will be supported by live instore performances from Emily Portman, Trafik and The Glitterati at HMV in Newcastle from 12pm on Friday 9 July.

•    Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency, established Plugged In as a member’s network for music businesses in the North East in 2009, it currently has 58 members.

•    Plugged In is a member’s network with an annual subscription fee of £25, for more information on Plugged In and Plugged In Live

•    Members of Plugged In have access to a wide range of benefits including an online advice portal, regular networking events and seminars.

•    The Plugged In project is part financed by the European Union’s ERDF Competitiveness Programme 2007-13, securing £822,347 ERDF investment through regional development agency One NorthEast.

The ERDF programme is bringing over £250m into the North East to support innovation, enterprise and business support across the region.

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