By Roger Tichborne, Founder of the Save London Music Campaign.
Summer feels like it has arrived in our little corner of the worlds greatest city. Even better news is that we have a couple of amazing weekends of live music coming up. On the 19th and 20th, we have the amazing North Finchley Festival. There will be nearly 60 bands playing at six venues in North Finchley. We’ve got an eclectic mix of music with just about every genre of music represented.
The UK Live Music Census was released on Friday, and it’s really packed full of useful information you should know and can use! The Census was conducted by academic researchers who are passionate about music. Here are some of the findings:
After a decade and a half of decline, we are finally starting to see the tide turn in the battle to save Londons live music scene. In 2016 the Mayor of London set up a London Music Board and has also appointed a Night Tzar for music (Amy Lame). A recent report by the board has reported that the tide is turning and for the first time in a decade, the number of grassroots venues has remained stable.
But, while anything that helps out the beleaguered pubs and clubs that remain the lifeblood of local scenes has to be good news, smaller venues will need more than a sympathetic ear over noise complaints if they’re to survive in the music industry’s bold new future. Such complaints are usually the final straw in a venue’s demise, rarely the first one.
Are you involved in Arts and Live Music in London? If you are this will be of the utmost importance to you. There is a Parliamentary inquiry into how this can be protected and promoted. This article forms three parts. Part 1 – This is the email inviting submissions from interested parties. I received this in my capacity as founder of The Save London Music Campaign. Tomorrow I will publish my submission and on Wednesday a commentary. Please circulate to any interested parties Continue Reading
We have some very exciting news from The Save London Music Campaign. Whilst last year was primarily one where we were promoting a message, this year, we’ve had a very different focus. We’ve been working on a few projects to bring music back to some iconic places.
One of Camdens best loved venues has been forced to close with owners warning of “exceptionally tough” times. The Forge in Delancey Street shut its doors on Friday April 1st, with a final Cuban Jam night. It was previously been the home of the Cafe Delancey restaurant.
The Save London Music campaign today welcomed the news that the mayor of London has appointed Amy Lamé as the Night Czar with a specific brief to ensure that Londons night time industries, including live music venues, are represented at the highest levels and have a proper advocate in local government.