TEESSIDE will be represented by The Georgian Theatre in Stockton for the second edition of Independent Venue Week.
Questions have been asked around the future of smaller venues and with the rise of multimillion sponsored arenas Britain faces losing one of its most treasured possessions.
Chris Cobain, The Georgian Theatre’s programming and production manager, says the event will allow people to become more aware of Teesside but he is calling out for more protection over the small venue circuit.
“We jumped at the chance to get us involved. I think Teesside has a lot of good artists but we just need the rest of the country to stand up and take notice of us,” says Chris.
“There have been a lot of issues with small independent venues lately with council taken them away from the promoters or turning them into flats.
“You need to be protective of these buildings because at the end of the day this is where artists cut their teeth. There wouldn’t have been a Royal Blood, Muse or Foo Fighters, without playing small venues.”
The Georgian Theatre has a capacity of 200 and will be joined by the likes of the Lomax, Brudenell Social Club and the Leadmill as over 80 venues host breaking and established artists over seven days.
The Jar Family, Violet Deep and James Kruman will be playing an intimate show on Saturday January 31 to celebrate the work that goes into producing the next big thing in music.
“It’s great when we have someone coming up and then a few months later they’re playing festivals and headlining slots in stadiums,” says Chris.
“Smaller acts can’t progress without our small venues but we can’t progress without them as well.
“It’s also good when the larger bands take a step down to play these kinds of places because I think the fans appreciate it. It’s a small, sweaty environment and it goes down really well.”
Managed by Tees Music Alliance, The Georgian Theatre stage has been shared by Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs and The Chapman Family.
Chris says Teesside is home to a number of good artists and venues and he is grateful to be working alongside Stockton council.
Chris said: “The council have been really good for us as we work with them a lot.
“At the end of the day people like going to see live music, whether it’s in a small room in a pub or at a festival, its part of a lot of people’s lives.”
Tickets for the event are priced at £5 and are available from: http://ift.tt/1d6EpzH